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Hope for the Holidays: Arts in Alameda

Submitted by on 1, December 29, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

Throughout this holiday season, I’ve written posts about a number of worthy non-profits that need your help to thrive. But Alameda’s also got a host of great arts organizations too, and they could use your help.

I’ll start with Frank Bette Center for the Arts (they did send a neat Seussian poem asking for donations, after all). If you’re not familiar with them, they’re the converted house on the corner of Lincoln and Paru and they showcase the visual and literary arts, and they host a number of art events around the Island. You can click to donate here.

Another organization to consider is the Alameda Museum. The museum, which is on Alameda Avenue just off Park Street, lost its city funding to maintain the Meyers House earlier this year and could lose its rent money from the city this coming year. For information and a form to join, click here; to donate, call 521-1233. They’re looking for volunteers too, by the way.

Alameda Civic Light Opera are the folks who bring you “Broadway in the East Bay.” This year’s shows, which will be put on at the Kofman Auditorium, include “Ragtime,” “Annie” and “Hair.” You can get information on tickets and shows here; to donate, scroll to the bottom of the page. You can also help earn money for ACLO through your purchases on Amazon.com; that info’s at the bottom of their main web page as well.

And while we’re on the subject of theater, Altarena Playhouse will take your donations as well. In fact, they’ve set up an endowment fund to help them ensure they continue to build on their 70-year history of providing entertainment in Alameda’s East End. Their donations page is here; I tried the link but got their tickets page, you may have better luck. You can also call 523-1553.

Last but not least is the Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre, which provides kids of all ages with the chance to perform or work behind the scenes of their own shows (I just took in their production of “A Christmas Carol” a few weeks ago). For the form to sponsor them, click here.

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