Join us for a festive afternoon of cultural performances, live music, dancing, singing, poetry, spoken word, raffle prizes, interactive art, and more! March is Women’s History Month! For the past six years, SAVE has hosted an International Women’s Day event to celebrate all women in our community. After celebrating virtually for the past two years, we are thrilled to bring this long-loved Fremont tradition back to the community in person! Together we’ll dance, eat, be entertained, and even learn a little as we honor womanhood of all kinds and celebrate many contributions women have made to our community. Date: Saturday, March 4th, 1 to 3 PMLocation: Niles Discovery Church — 36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont The event is free; please RSVP so we can estimate for food and beverage. Feel like sharing your culture with the community? Bring snacks that represent your culture! All are welcome at this free event, and we hope to see you there! For questions about the event, please connect with Chao Lee, our Development Manager, at [email protected]. Meet the Artists Read More Albela Dance Group Dance Read More Ana, Mujeres Poderosas Poetry and Dance Read More Anahita Dadnam Bollywood Dance Read More Anita Li Guzheng Read More Carol Jin Zumba Read More Diya Dipak Poetry Read More Lekshmi Satheesh Indian Classical Song Read More Leticia Imehana Samba Read More Narika Dance Read More Nitika Sathiya Poetry Read More Rewire Community Dance Read More Vice Mayor Teresa Keng Chinese Song X Dance Albela Dance Group The mission for Albela dance group is to spread the love of dance in the community and perform for the community. Albela focusses on giving opportunity and platform to members of the neighborhood community and thus infusing the serenity and liberation that comes from dancing their hearts out. The group is dancing to the song Brave by Sara Bareilles. It showcases the importance of using our voice and speaking up and not just sitting in silence. This is very important for all the girls and women to ensure they are heard. The dance form is a fusion of contemporary dance inspired by Indian classical dance Kathak. The piece is presented by the 4 Middle Schooler girls from San Ramon – Inika Arya (who is also one of the co-founders of the Albela Dance group and choreographer of this dance piece), Prachi Pishe, Prachi Mehrotra, Shriya Mehrotra. Visit their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@albeladancegroup6092 X Poetry and Dance Ana, Mujeres Poderosas Ana is part of the NAKA Dance and Theater: a group for art and social justice. X Bollywood Dance Anahita Dadnam Anahita loves to laugh, dance and help people in need. She is a preschool teacher and has worked in the Applied Behavior Analysis field for 10 years. She chooses to perform with these songs as part of her journey through anxiety and depression, and learning how to cope with them. The first song is about having faith in oneself and the almighty (if you believe in), which she did, and that gave her the strength to be positive and overcome any obstacles. The second song is about being yourself and not changing to fit in or like my people. Being herself helped her cope with her anxiety because not stressing about what others will say helped. The third song is about going with follow, not stressing over your past or future, and just enjoying the moment. Following these rules has helped her a lot. X Guzheng Anita Li Anita Li is a famous Chinese instrumentalist who plays Pipa, Guzheng, and Erhu. She has been teaching Chinese instrumental music at Berryessa Chinese School for over 16 years, and also teaches at Exploring Music, and Ale’s Art School Anita’s experience allows her to tailor her curriculum to fit each student’s different age and level to maximize learning. Her students have the opportunity to perform with her on states at many concerts and musical events. X Zumba Carol Jin Carol Jin is a licensed instructor of Zumba sweat in Fremont recreation for Adults and Kids, she is also an inclusion navigator in the 4Cs of Alameda county. The class will combine cardio Zumba, and flexibility & Pilate formulas. This combination helps to improve cardio, strength, posture, and flexibility. Moves are easy-to-follow and international dance appeal. Wear tennis shoes, bring water bottle and let’s have some fun! X Poetry Diya Dipak Diya is a freshman from Fremont. She enjoys performing arts, particularly poetry and theatre. X Indian Classical Song Lekshmi Satheesh Lekshmi is a talented Indian classical vocalist and composer from the Bay Area, California- whose musical journey started with her first stage performance at the tender age of 3. She has since then continued to learn music all her life, for over 23 years now and is still learning everyday. Lekshmi learned music from Guru Smt. Mahalakshmi Ramachandran and Guru Smt. Geeta Kalyanaraman, from the Tanjore Kalyanaraman lineage in Vadodara, Gujarat. Her singing style constantly evolves and she doesn’t follow one school of training in particular. She believes in using the best variations and ideas in a raga that can make a rendition not just technically brilliant but also engaging and soulful. Her music and style define her personality and devotion to the art form. She received her “National Award”, and was awarded the First prize for Carnatic Classical Vocal Music at the National Youth Festival, organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in Jamshedpur in the year 2004. She was the youngest musician in the lot to receive this prestigious award. She has also received two State awards in Carnatic Classical Vocal music from the State of Gujarat, India in 2003 and in 2004. She has won several first prizes for semi-classical, light music and bollywood songs in Hindi and Malayalam at the city and inter-city levels in the State of Gujarat. She sang classical and devotional songs with her father, Shri G. Satheesakumar- for over 14 years for the Ayyppa Pooja in Vadodara, as she is an ardent devotee of Lord Ayyappa. This pious pooja is held on the 14th of January every year, for the auspicious Makarsankranti or Makaravillaku event. She also presented a carnatic song and got featured as a young talent at the age of 12, for the TV show “Suprabharatam” on Asianet- a popular TV channel in India for Malayalam speaking viewers. Lekshmi has taught over 40 students in India and over 25 students in the U.S. She also teaches bhajans, devotional songs, shlokas and semi-classical songs as well. Connect with Lekshmi: www.lekshmi.co X Samba Leticia Imehana Raio de Luz Samba Studio is led by Founder and Creative Director Leticia Imehana. Her samba home is the proud recipient of the 2022 San Francisco Carnaval Spirit Award. As a Certified Health Education Specialist, Leticia brings a unique spin and passion to dance teaching by advocating for physical and mental well-being. She earned her Bachelor of Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience and Ethnic Studies from the University of San Francisco and her Master’s thesis at Columbia University centered on community resilience. As a full-time Equity Officer she evaluates diverse Bay Area programs and policies centered in health equity and social justice. She has also devoted 30 years of her life to multi-cultural dance apprenticeship and performance. Connect with Leticia on Instagram: www.instagram.com/raiodeluzsamba X Dance Narika Narika’s mission is to promote women’s independence, economic empowerment and well-being by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support and education. Narika was founded in 1992 by a group of immigrant women, who identified the need for domestic violence services in the local communities of the Bay Area. These women opened the doors of Narika by use of an informal familial model of service, engaging victims as sisters rather than clients, and providing assistance in several different languages. Their initiative duly evolved into the organized non-profit that today proudly serves the Bay Area as Narika. Connect with Narika: www.narika.org X Poetry Nitika Sathiya Nitika is a Co- Youth Poet Laureate Of Alameda County 2023. Connect with Nitika on Instagram: www.instagram.com/nitika._.s X Dance Rewire Community Rewire Community is a grassroots organization dedicated to creating awareness, dialog and action to help prevent and break cycles of gender-based violence, especially intimate partner violence. Using the cultural medium of theater, songs, dances, open mics, community events and workshops, we raise education and resources to support ongoing work in this space. We believe in building empowered, integrated and inclusive circles of care through community collaborations, to create waves of change. Connect with Rewire: www.rewirecommunity.org X Chinese Song Vice Mayor Teresa Keng Teresa believes that working and creating jobs for the local community is necessary for the economic vitality of the City of Fremont. In 2016, Teresa opened Milk and Honey Cafe, her own small family restaurant business in Fremont. Since then, she has been proud to share authentic Taiwanese cuisine and culture with the broader community. Cultural representation and inclusiveness are important and as a member of a multicultural family with roots in Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, China, and the United States, she serves as a bridge that embraces all Fremont residents. As your councilmember, Teresa wants to make local government more accessible, and as a resident, she shares her neighbors’ concerns regarding traffic congestion, public safety, and senior services. On City Council, Teresa has worked to create better partnerships between city hall and our schools and prioritized working with our local non-profit agencies to deliver free food and resources for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. During her spare time, Teresa enjoys teaching and learning from others. Over the past 20 years, she has regularly taught English to seniors. Teresa also enjoys volunteering for her local PTA and the Fremont Rotary Club. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and in her free time is studying Spanish. Teresa is passionate about the same community in which she grew up and continues to call home. She graduated from Newark Memorial High School in 1993, and in 1997 she received a B.A. in Business and Economics from UCLA. In 2000, she obtained her M.S. in traditional Chinese medicine. Teresa is the proud wife of a Marine, arriving in a horse-drawn carriage to a dreamlike procession, she said “Yes” to her husband Robert at the Palmdale Estates in Mission San Jose. Inspired by her two children who are both on the autism spectrum, Teresa has been passionate about educational equity and fair school funding, particularly for those of special needs. As a domestic violence and sextual assault survivor, she is passionate about addressing the violence in our community and involving in making a difference. Teresa is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership at San Jose State University. She and her family currently reside in North Fremont. Connect with Teresa: www.facebook.com/teresainthecity Check out the fun we had in 2020!