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Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda’s destination for global arts and culture, celebrated the eighth instance of its “Radical Beauty, Love Our Island” art walks last Friday. On Park Street between Pacific and Blanding avenues, Rhythmix arranged for local musicians to perform in front of storefront installations by local artists. In addition, Rhythmix celebrated entire art walk series with a party featuring videos from previous art walks plus more art and live music. Every event in the series was completely free and open to the public.

The American Red Cross annouced recently that it is facing a critical shortage of Type-O blood, the blood group most needed by hospitals. With less than a two-day supply of blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical, medical treatments and patient care can be impacted.

Alameda residents Lyle and Susanne La Faver traveled to Manzanar National Historic Site for the 50th Manzanar Pilgrimage. More than 2,000 people, spanning generations, ethnicities and religions, participated in the April 27 event, which included speakers, awards, interfaith service and small- and large-group discussions.

Students at Alameda Martial Arts on Harbor Bay Parkway surprised their instructor, Erik Lee, with a beach cleanup for his 53rd birthday April 22, the same day as Earth Day.

Coach Lee is known for giving “life lessons” and his students know how much he dislikes litter.

The music department at First Congregational Church of Alameda (FCCA), United Church of Christ presents its annual spring concert and fundraiser, entitled “Music is Life,” on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The performance will present musical selections from across the decades by the FCCA choral and bell choirs, followed by a wine and cheese reception. Director of Music Janice Peterson will conduct the choirs, with Christopher Hewitt on piano, Ron Jones on percussion, and guest vocal and instrumental soloists.