Alameda Schools Benefit Set for Friday

The Alameda Education Foundation’s 28th annual Salute to Education takes place this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St.

The event aims to celebrate innovation in Alameda’s public schools and recognize teachers, staff, volunteers and local businesses that make a positive impact on students.

Tickets are $40 and can be bought at the door or at alamedaeducation.org.

According to AEF President Bill Sonneman, the event is “a chance for the entire community to come together and get to know each other a little better, learn about innovative programs in our schools, and honor the people who work so hard for our students.”

“We’ll be celebrating at Rock Wall Wine Company on Alameda Point, and the evening will include gourmet hors d’oeuvres, local wines, and the beautiful backdrop of the San Francisco skyline,” Sonneman said.

Music will be provided by the award-winning Alameda High School jazz band.

Some of the innovative school programs to be showcased this year include a Creative Arts Institute program that helps students integrate visual and performing arts into Language Arts curriculum; “Fire Fighters in our Classroom;” a tutoring program developed by high school students that provides academic support for peers and younger students; and “The Wall Breakers,” a middle school classroom project attempting to change the perspectives of young people in order to end bullying.

(Photo courtesy of AEF and Lifetouch.)


Alameda’s ‘On Camera’ Event in Progress

A group of 48 adults and 24 teens gathered at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (at Lincoln Ave and Paru Street) on Friday, February 26, for the start of “Alameda on Camera 2010″.

They each got a small slice of Alameda, or rather a piece of a map of Alameda, to photograph over the weekend — including this blogger.

Many got to photograph the waterfront, while others did commercial and residential areas.

And now, these amateur and professional photographers/artists are in the process of looking over their weekend shots of the Island.

The group members have until the end of the month to turn photos they took last weekend into “art.”

This art will be shown during a public exhibit at the center from April 2 to May 2.

For any painters out there, the Frank Bette Center is hosting a new event on April 17:  “Images of Alameda,” which needs submissions.

Paintings made outdoors in Alameda may be selected to be shown (and sold) as part of the April 17 fundraiser at Rock Wall Wine Company (on the former Alameda Naval Station), which will raise money for the center and for the Alameda Hospital Foundation.  

The deadline for entries is March 19.