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Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave., will hold an African Art and Crafts sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this Saturday, Sept. 19. The event is presented by Asante Network, which is committed to helping Women’s Groups in East Africa by finding markets for their crafts. By purchasing their artisan crafts, you are helping the women earn money to feed, shelter, clothe and educate their children. Asante’s profits and donations are returned to these villages by funding projects and programs such as scholarships, school lunches and micro-loans.

Celebrate the High Holy Days with Temple Israel

It has been the tradition for more than 2,500 years to sound the shofar, usually a ram’s horn, every day in the Hebrew month of Elul, the month before the Jewish New Year.

Bank of Marin has announced a fall charitable giving program to benefit nonprofit organizations based in Alameda. The program will award a total of $10,000 in grants, ranging between $500 and $2,500 to selected organizations.

The bank will choose the recipients based on how community members will be served, the geographic reach the funds have and how the grant will benefit Alameda. To be eligible for a grant, nonprofits must be 501(c)(3) organizations with their main offices located in the city of Alameda. Participants do not need to be Bank of Marin customers.

The Alameda Public Affairs Forum begins its fall program 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, in the Regina K. Stafford Community Meeting Room at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. with "Songs of Protest."

Discussion will revolve around music and its role in political movements. Examples include "There Once Was a Union Maid," about labor, the anti-war song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and the civil-rights theme "We Shall Overcome."

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is soliciting applications for its Underground Utilities District nomination board. Members of this board — three members of the public and city staff— will have the responsibility for nominating a set of districts where AMP would place overhead utilities underground.
Applicants must be AMP customers. Once appointed by the City Council, board members will serve from three to six months until a technical advisory committee has accepted their recommendations.