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Edison PTA hosts fundraiser


edison-schoolThe Edison Elementary School PTA is holding a “Fun in a Box” fundraiser (it’s a Cat in the Hat theme, apparently) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this coming Saturday, January 16 at Bladium Sports & Fitness Club, 800 West Tower Avenue. Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and admission is free for kids under 18.

The event food, beer and wine for purchase. Activities, most of which will be available for a $2 to $3 fee, will include Wii games, sneaker hockey, jump houses, a climbing wall, a sports wall and baby and toddler activities. The entertainment includes live music from Old Coal, performing the best of Neil Diamond and more.

For more information, check out the Evite (you’ll need to register first if you haven’t already).


ACLC holds annual Science Fair


Alameda Community Learning Center is holding its annual Science Fair from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Wednesday, January 20 at the school, which is at 210 Central Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

Almost all of the school’s students, who are in grades six through 12, are expected to participate in the competition, which will be judged by graduate students from the University at California, Berkeley. Participants in previous years’ competitions have gone on to win higher levels of science fair competition, including last year’s Bay Area competition.

Categories include physical science, biology, engineering and computer applications, environmental science and mathematics and behavioral science. Previous projects have focused on solar panel efficiency and water desalinization.

Most of the school’s science program is hands-on learning.


Five Chipman students in honor band, orchestra


Congratulations are due to five Chipman Middle School students who were selected to perform this past weekend in the 2010 California Music Educators honor band and honor orchestra, Bay Area section.

The students, all eighth graders, are Olivia Woods, who played alto saxophone in the honor band; Eddy Chen, who played the tuba in the honor band; Rebecca Roller, who played violin in the honor orchestra; Marquise Robinson, who played viola in the honor orchestra; and Jessica Barrett, who played string bass in the honor orchestra.

The students rehearsed Friday and Saturday and performed Saturday afternoon at San Jose State University in San Jose.


About that photo …


n249284719967_5833In case you were wondering about the authenticity of that photo we ran last week in our post on the Save Encinal Facebook page, Superintendent Kirsten Vital says it’s the real deal.

In an “AUSD Web Communication” sent out Friday, Vital said the photo, which we grabbed from the site, was snapped in November when President Barack Obama honored Mythbusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage at a White House event launching the “Educate to Innovate” campaign to promote math, science, technology and engineering education.

Hyneman’s wife, Eileen Walsh, is a teacher at Encinal, Vital wrote. So she passed the sweatshirt along, and, viola!

“Thank you to Ms. Walsh and Mythbusters for sharing our Jet Pride with the President,” wrote Vital.

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