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Alameda Networkers Staging Special Holiday Event

The Alameda Business Network is hosting a special holiday get-together from 5:30–9:30 p.m. this Thursday, December 2, at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave.

The group now includes about 35 members and has hosted regular meetings and other events throughout 2010, says Chuck DiGuida, the group’s treasurer.

Members hope to collect toys for Toys for Tots and funds for Operation Mom, a Castro Valley-based group that supports families of the military and sends care packages to troops worldwide, with ticket sales ($10 each), silent auction and a raffle.

As part of the mixer, a Japanese “taiko” drumming group led by Rhythmix’s Janet Koike and others will perform.

The group had two other mixers already this year – one in May to benefit the Alameda Welfare Council at the Churchward Pub and another in August at Aroma Restaurant to support the Alameda Education Foundation.

Members of the group meet weekly on Tuesdays for networking, and they aim to host mixers every three months or so. “We’d like to see the group grow to 50 or 60 individuals,” the group’s treasurer said. “We want to grow and yet remain a very personal, interactive organization.”

For this Thursday’s mixer, guests are asked to bring new unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots collection. Those bringing toys will get a free raffle ticket, DiGuida says.

Janet Levaux