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Two eighth-grade Lincoln Middle School musicians — Jack Pace on trumpet and Nick Yajko on alto saxophone — represented Lincoln on Jan. 8 and 9 at the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Winter Conference and Honor Band Concert. These two students are members of Lincoln’s Advanced Band.

Lincoln was one of 85 middle schools in the Bay Area and Central Valley with students participating in this honor band. The student musicians attended rehearsal all day Friday, Jan. 8, and again on Saturday morning, Jan. 9, at Chabot College in Hayward. 

Teams of students from Chinese Christian School and Lincoln Middle School are participating in an upcoming competition to determine which middle school will represent the Bay Area in the national finals of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s National Science Bowl.  

This year marks the 26th National Science Bowl, which the Department of Energy launched to interest today’s youth in pursuing careers in science and math. 

The National Weather Service is forecasting significant winter storms this season that are expected to bring rain, thunderstorms, high surf, wind and associated hazards to the Bay Area.

When heavy rainfall is expected throughout the Bay Area, the volume of rainfall can overwhelm waterways and roadway drainage systems, leading to flash flooding. 

Alameda’s own Island City Opera is currently presenting five performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s finest operatic masterpiece Rigoletto.

The opera epitomizes the very zenith of what scholars call Verdi’s Middle Period: that brief span when Verdi exercised his greatest creative genius and was granted the broadest artistic freedom by his patronage and censors.

The Alameda Free Library will welcome New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen via a live video stream on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Main library, 1550 Oak St. Gerritsen will converse with the audience from her home in Maine about her bestselling novels, including her thrilling Rizzoli & Isles series, which inspired TNT’s popular television show. The event is a part of the Library Talks project.

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