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Here are five things you need to know in and around Newark through Oct. 30.
1. Get civic-minded — attend a city meeting. The Newark Planning Commission meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the City Administration Building, 37101 Newark Blvd. The City Council meets Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the same location. You can download agendas for both meetings at the city website. (Update: the agenda originally posted for Tuesday's planning commission was incorrect. A new agenda is being posted Tuesday afternoon.)
2. Take in the Ohlone College Community Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the college's Smith Center, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont. You'll hear ragtime and more for $5-$10 per person, plus $2 parking. For tickets, call the box office at 510-659-6031 or order online at smithcenter.com.
3. Saturday's a busy day in Newark. Start out at 10 a.m. by cheering on participants in the NMHS Athletic Walk-A-Thon fundraiser at Newark Memorial High School, 39375 Cedar Blvd. A $5-per-person barbecue follows at 11:30 a.m. (free for walkers who bring in at least $100 in sponsorships). If you can volunteer to help out, contact Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Times are tough, but there are jobs to be found. Get help Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Ace the Interview: Critical Skills for Midlife Jobseekers, at the, 6300 Civic Terrace Ave. Eileen Williams, author of Land the Job You Love! 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50, teaches you how to send the right nonverbal messages, anticipate the questions, create essential examples, answer event-specific questions and end on a high note. Participants will be able to purchase a copy of her book. The event is free, but advance registration is required. Sign up at the library's information desk, call Barbara at 510-795-2627, ext. 20 or e-mail email@example.com.
5. And now for just plain fun! The Newark Community Carnival starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at , 38517 Birch St. Enjoy carnival games, face painting, inflatable jumpers, carnival food, lots of candy, a maze, music and a skit. Come in costume if you wish. Admission is free, although there's a charge for some activities.