News Briefs

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.

Join Girls Inc. next Thursday, July 31, for the Fourth Annual Eureka!thon, an event showcasing the accomplishments and work completed by teens in Girls Inc. of the Island City’s Eureka! Teen Achievement Program. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1011 Chestnut St.

Island City Opera opens its inaugural season next Saturday, Aug. 2 with a 2 p.m. free concert in Franklin Park on the 1400 block of San Antonio Avenue. The event will feature a range of favorite arias, duets and ensembles.

Just this past spring, Island City Opera was founded earlier this year to bring great opera to Alameda, support the ambitions of promising and established performers and encourage a love of the art of opera.