Six young ladies from Alameda Girl Scout Troop 33373 wanted to promote making new friends and stomping out bullying. So they took time from their vacations this summer to build and paint two “Friendship Buddy Benches,” which they finished just in time for the start of the new school year. The scouts, pictured above, left to right are Olivia Aney, Aja Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Alice Onderwater, Meadow Mihok and Jennifer Proffitt. They will donate one of the benches to the Kinder Yard at Otis Middle School and the other to St. Philip Neri’s Share-Care Yard.
The Alameda Elks Lodge No. 1015 recently contributed time and funds to the Alameda Parks and Recreation Department (ARPD) so that it might continue the famed T-shirt baseball league based at Krusi Park. “I cannot express how important it is to our children participating in this program,” said Lodge Chaplin Dan Timney. “It helps them become better people, develop socially and brings enthusiasm to their young lives.” Elks’ funding went directly to the kids through the purchase of T-shirts, sponsorships that help low-income parents with enrollment and baseball equipment for the year.
A new “Introduction to Meditation” class will begin Tuesday, Sept, 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Alameda Center for Buddhist Meditation located at 1134-E Ballena Blvd, No. 8. In this 12-week class, students will undertake a graduated course in mindfulness of breathing to develop calm, inner strength and clarity. These can then become a basis for wiser choices. The Samatha method is derived from the Buddhist traditions of Thailand and will be taught by long-time practitioner and teacher Chris Morray-Jones.
Local residents interested in helping to shape the future of public art in Alameda can apply to do just that as part of a panel to review proposals for public art.
The City of Alameda is seeking volunteers to serve on a selection panel to review and score applications for cultural arts grants of up to $5,000. Panelists must be based in the Bay Area and interested in the arts. The city particularly encourages artists, performers, administrators, cultural workers or those otherwise engaged in the arts to apply.
The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with featured poets M.K. Chavez, Rafael Gonzalez and Juan Sequeira, at its monthly reading set for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. The event is hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Admission is by donation and includes light refreshments and an open mic after the featured poets.