News Briefs

creation & Park Department’s (ARPD) Underground Teen Center is a supervised, free drop-in program for all sixth through 12th graders in Alameda. The Underground features big-screen TV and video games, pool table, ping pong and a snack bar. Participants must sign-in and out each day.

Transportation is provided in ARPD vehicles from six Island City middle schools, The cost per ride is $2 or students can purchase a 10-ride punch card for $20. A list of schools is available on the website,

Girls Inc. Celebrates 50 years

Girls Inc. of the Island City will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a gala at Faz Restaurant and Bar, 1111 Broadway in Oakland from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. Tickets cost $75.

Guests will enjoy a formal wine reception with an abundance of hor d’oeuvres catered by Faz. Jim Franz and Jan Nichols will provide the entertainment.

Guests will be able to bid on silent and live auction packages that include a seven-night stay in Australia, a weekend stay at Disneyland, gift certificates to local businesses, and much more!

EBMUD Director to Address Rotary

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Doug Linney, Alameda’s representative on the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) board of directors will speak at the Rotary Club’s lunch meeting. Linney will address topics like the current drought and EBMUD’s plan for managing the water shortage. He will discuss the possibility of an EBMUD rate increase and the restrictions on and policing of water use.

Rhythmix Awards Golden Gears

Rhythmix Cultural Works will be awarding three East Bay residents with the Golden Gear Award for their outstanding contributions to the Bay Area arts community.

The awards will be given to Mi’Chelle Fredrick for visual art, Terri Odabi for performance art and Lorrie Murry for art education. Fredrick, an Alameda native, received her award for her water color paintings, along with colored pencil, graphite, mixed media and photography work.

Ballet Company
Receives Grant

Alameda Civic Ballet (ACB) was selected to receive an Artsfund Grant from the Alameda County Arts Commission. These grants become available for non-profit arts groups every two years. Best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker ballet, the ACB also received an Artsfund grant in 2009 and 2011.

The Artsfund program promotes the development of Alameda County as a center for arts innovation and promotes the county’s arts organizations. The program awarded $72,000 in unrestricted grants to 38 organizations this year.

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