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Your weekend: Fundraiser a go-go

Submitted by on 1, May 20, 2010 – 8:30 amNo Comment

The folks out at Rhythmix Cultural Works have really embraced the whole where-hipsters-come-to-breed thing, with an array of cool camps, bingo and their monthly Pip Squeak a Go Go event.

The event offers all the trappings of those pre-k nights out, including cool live bands and what we’ve come to call “adult beverages,” along with dance lessons and healthy eats for the little ones. And this coming Saturday, May 22, it offers something else: The opportunity to support your neighbor’s efforts to raise funds for a worthy cause.

Proceeds of the event, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, will support Cure JM, a nonprofit dedicated to curing juvenile myositis, a super-rare autoimmune disorder. The disease affects just 5,000 kids in the United States – and three of those youngsters, all under the age of 10, are right here in Alameda. (Put another way, Alameda is home to about 75,000 people, and typically, three children out of a million are diagnosed with it each year.)

The fundraiser was set up in honor of 8-year-old Mielle Gonzalez, one of the three Alameda kids diagnosed with the disease. (You can read the account Mielle’s mom, photographer Suzy Clement, has been writing on her blog.)

The dance party features live music from The Devil-Ettes, plus Quarter Mile Combo, DJ Tanoa Samoa Boy and kiddie fave Cowboy Jared. The special show will also feature a craft faire, raffles, pizza and prizes.

Tickets are $10, free for kids under 1, and are available online or at the door. Rhythmix is at 2513 Blanding Avenue.

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