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The Alameda Education Foundation presented nearly $16,000 in checks to Alameda’s schools at the school board’s January 11 meeting. The money, which was raised at the foundation’s recent “All Together Now” fundraiser, will help fund visual and performing arts programs in the Island’s schools. AEF president Bill Sonneman, who presented the checks, is third from left. Contributed photo.

School fundraisers set

Local schools have announced a trio of fundraisers set for late January and February.

Terrance Kelly and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 22 to raise money for Ruby Bridges Elementary School’s fifth grade science camp. The “Seedlings” concert, which will also feature performances from OIYGC, Daughters of Grace and the students themselves, takes place at First Baptist Church, 1515 Santa Clara Avenue.

Admission to the concert is $15, and tickets can be purchased or donations made by contacting Heather Figueroa at 748-4006, ext. 5304 or hfigueroa@alameda.k12.ca.us, or by stopping by the school, which is at 351 Jack London Avenue. The event includes a raffle and door prizes.

Franklin Elementary School is holding its third annual auction fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, February 5 at the Alfred H. DeWitt Officers Club, which is at 641 West Redline Drive on Alameda Point. Tickets for the “Summer of Love” gala are $40, and are available on the Franklin PTA’s website.

The event will feature a silent auction and games with prizes; auction items include a Goldendoodle puppy, a one-week trip to Mexico, three-day accommodations in New York City with a tour of Capitol Records and concert tickets, a five-night stay in a Tahoe condo, a day sail on San Francisco Bay, and more. Beverages and food from Asena Restaurant, Blue Dot Cafe and Coffee Bar, Troy, Pacific Fine Food, Hangar One Vodka and more will be served, and sixties music will be provided by A Sound Explosion.

Perforce Software and Bladium also contributed to the event; childcare will be available at Bladium for $25 for the first child and $10 for each additional child.

Period attire is optional; the school is hoping to raise $25,000 for PTA-sponsored programs.

The Child Unique Montessori is hosting “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” a benefit for Alameda’s public schools, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, February 25 at Bayside Pavilion, 2203 Mariner Square Loop. Tickets for the fundraiser, which will feature a performance from the Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland, are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and are available online or by calling the school at 521-9227.

Proceeds for the event will be shared with the Alameda PTA Council. It will also recognize the California families, school districts and education groups serving as plaintiffs in the Robles-Wong vs. California school finance lawsuit.


Surplus property committee announces findings

The school district’s Surplus Real Property Committee is set to announce its recommendations and to gather community input regarding use of the district’s old Island High School site at a public hearing on Thursday, January 20. The hearing begins at 7 p.m. in the third floor conference room of the district offices, at 2200 Central Avenue.

The site is at 2437 Eagle Avenue. For more information or to review a copy of the committee’s draft report, go to the district’s website or call 337-7066.


Hospital offers free stroke risk assessments

Alameda Hospital is offering free stroke risk screenings to members of the community. The first in the monthly series of screenings will be made available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, January 28. Participants will receive an assessment, health information and educational resources and a personal review of their risk factors, as well as information on signs and symptoms of a stroke. Participants must be pre-registered; to register, call 814-4362. A second day of screenings will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. February 24.

The Park Street Business Association has donated $500 to Alameda Meals on Wheels. The money, which PSBA president Debbie George (right) and vice president Duane Watson (left) recently gave to Meals on Wheels’ Rosemary Reilly (center), came out of the proceeds of the 17th annual Park Street Classic Car Show, which was held in October. Contributed photo.

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