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Photo courtesy of the Alameda Food Bank

Holt named Food Bank volunteer of the year

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The Alameda Food Bank has named Phil Holt as its volunteer of the year. Holt, who has served the food bank for 15 years, was honored at an August 12 dinner at the Aeolian Yacht Club.

The food bank distributed 1.1 million pounds of food last year, and Holt “helped move and distribute about half of that himself,” the food bank’s executive director, Paul Russell, said.

The event also honored Tommy Anderson, Penny Carlson and Ken and Frances Hoeschen for five years of service and Pat Koons for 30 years of service.

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Democratic Club opens campaign headquarters

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The Alameda Democratic Club is opening its 2010 United Democratic Campaign election headquarters from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, August 22 at 1553 Webster Street. The event will include appearances from local candidates and U.S. Representative Pete Stark, state Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Sandré Swanson and Supervisor-Elect Wilma Chan.

“We are excited to bring our headquarters back to Webster Street for the first time since 2000, and will need a strong grass-roots effort to combat Meg Whitman’s millions,” club co-president Jim Oddie was quoted as saying in a press release.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Cure JM pushes for Pepsi grant

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The Cure JM Foundation, a nonprofit working for a cure for juvenile myositis, needs your vote to win a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh research grant. The foundation is in second place in an online contest for the grant, and if it maintains its position through August 31, it will earn the grant.

Juvenile myositis is a rare and potentially fatal disease affecting children, including three children who live on the Island.

“My daughter is doing well now, but it’s been three years of horrible drugs with devastating side effects. Other children with JM suffer even more, and some don’t survive,” said Suzy Clement, whose daughter, Mielle Gonzalez, suffers from the disease.

To vote for Cure JM click here.

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"House on Pacific" by Nancy Roberts

Plein Air Paintout winners announced

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The Frank Bette Center for the Arts has announced the winners of its 2010 Plein Air Paintout competition.

David Savellano took the Alameda Award, the Watercolor Award and the Artist Choice Award for “Union Street Afternoon” and “Park & Central 2,” while the 2010 PAPo Award went to Nancy Rogers for “House on the Pacific.” Ulrich Gleiter took the Frank Bette Award for “Off the USS Hornet,” and Sergio Lopez garnered an honorable mention for “Old Fighter.”

Mark Farina picked up the Alameda Award honorable mention for “Hornet.” Honorable mentions for the Watercolor Award went to Linda Darsow Sutton for “Napping Solo” and Larry Cannon for “A Workhorse in the Thoroughbred Stable” and “SF View.” The Patron’s Choice Award went to Joaquin Turner “Golden City,” with the honorable mention going to Linda Darsow Sutton “Napping Solo.”

Paintings by the winners and all the participating artists will be on display through August 28 at the Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru Street. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Towata Park cleanup is August 28

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The Kiwanis Club is hosting a cleanup and restoration project from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 28 at Towata Park, 3315 Bridgeway Isle. They’re asking volunteers to bring gloves, weeding tools and clippers. For more information, call Scott MacAskill at 282-5447.

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