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Have a Heart Gala is Saturday

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The 20th annual Have a Heart Gala, a benefit for Midway Shelter, is being held this Saturday, April 2 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Redline Avenue. Tickets for the event are $65, or $110 per couple, and reservations are required. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar and continues at 7 p.m. with dinner and dancing. Festivities will also include a silent auction and drawing. Catering for the event is being provided by Asena Restaurant, and music by the Jim Franz & Jan Nichols Band. Midway Village provides shelter for battered and abused women and their children. The event is hosted by the Mayor’s Committee for Midway Shelter; for information and reservations, call 523-2377.

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Academy of Alameda picks new director

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The Academy of Alameda Middle School has announced that it has hired a new executive director. Matt Huxley will start his job as the school’s new leader on July 1.

Huxley comes to the Academy from Mill Valley Middle School, where he served as principal for five years. Huxley, who holds a master’s degree in education from the University at California, Berkeley and is a graduate of the school’s Principal Leadership Institute, has 19 years of teaching and administration experience, including a stint as vice principal of Berkeley High School.

He was selected by a unanimous vote of the public charter school’s board and was a preliminary screening committee’s highest ranked candidate, a press release from the school said.

Huxley will replace Lori MacDonald, who has served as acting executive director of the school since the school’s founding director, Dean Tannewitz, left less than three months into the school’s inaugural year. The Academy opened in September 2010 as a replacement for Chipman Middle School and serves students in grades 6-8.

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Park Department announces spring activities

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The Alameda Recreation and Park Department has announced a pair of activities for May.

The department is hosting “Pottery Painting with Mom” from 10 a.m. to noon May 7 at The Magic Paintbrush, 943 Marina Village Parkway. The cost to participate is $40 for each mother/child pair, and pre-registration by April 20 is required. The cost includes one pottery item per pair, instruction and a snack.

On May 21, the department is offering a day trip to the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. The six-hour journey includes a trip to the museum with a theater and planetarium show and a visit to Tucker’s Ice Cream for a sundae. The cost is $28 for adults, $24 for children 3-8 and $6 for children under 3, which includes transportation to the museum, admission and one ice cream sundae per person. Pre-registration by May 6 is required.

Registration forms are available at the Park Department’s offices at 2226 Santa Clara Avenue or on the department’s website; registration can also be handled online. More information is also available by calling 747-7529.

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Rent Review Advisory Committee seeking members

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The City Council is seeking tenants to serve on Alameda’s Rent Review Advisory Committee. Applications are due by April 15.

Appointees will serve indefinite terms. The committee’s job is to review tenant complaints about major rent increases. It meets the first Monday of each month in council chambers at City Hall.

Application forms are available in the City Clerk’s office in Room 380 at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue; by calling the clerk’s office at 747-4800; or on the city’s website.

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