News Briefs

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.

Members of a study group at the Home of Truth are sponsoring “Island Heart Fest,” a dinner and concert to raise funds for the Midway Shelter and the Home of Truth Building Fund. The event takes place this Saturday, July 26, at the Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. The Home of Truth was founded by Annie and Harriet Rix more than 100 years ago, so study group members thought it was important to donate some of the proceeds from the event to a women’s shelter Dinner will start at 6 p.m. in the rear courtyard. The concert and sing-along will start at 7 p.m. in the main building.

The California Federation of Republican Women has announced applications are now open for a scholarship in honor of President Ronald Reagan.

The annual scholarship of $2,000 is being offered to an undergraduate registered Republican woman who is majoring in political science, communications, or directed toward law.

The applicant must be a United States citizen who has completed two years of college. The applicant must also be a resident of the State of California. Deadline to apply is Aug. 15.

The City of Alameda Democratic Club is hosting its seventh annual garden party from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 27. Willie L. Brown, Jr. former San Francisco mayor and former speaker of the California State Assembly will be the keynote speaker. He is scheduled to speak promptly at 1 p.m.

This fundraising event, which will be held at 1004 Paru St., features politicians, good food and drink, as well as a silent auction with many unique items. The club is raising funds to support its 2014 campaign headquarters, Democratic candidates and democratic issues.

Daysog Holds Office Hours
City Councilman Tony Daysog will hold office hours from 6:30 to 8 p.m. this evening, Thursday, July 3, at the Blue Danube Coffee House, 1333 Park St.

“I will be available to answer questions and offer comments on city issues,” he said. Daysog will also be available at the Alameda Farmers’ Market at Webster Street and Haight Avenue from 9:30 to 11 a.m., this Saturday, July 5. 

Call Daysog at 747-4726 or email him at