Island Arts

Registration for the 2019 Summer Reading Program at the Alameda Free Library is now open. Created to encourage reading as well as life-long learning, this eight-week program is open to everyone from birth through adult.

Like last year, registration and the tracking of reading and activity completion will take place online, enabling anyone to take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using the computers at the library. All three library branches will have a supply of physical game boards available to those who prefer them. 

Marnell Xavier’s West Coast Dance Theatre (WCDT) is now preparing for its 46th annual musical song and dance productions, “Dance to the Music.” Two different productions on two different days, but both are a cavalcade of fluorescent colors, pop tunes and funky, fancy footwork. 

“Under The Sea,” a one-act production celebrating 46 years of one, two and three generations of West Coast Dancers takes place Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. The performance will showcase tiny tots to adults with four months of professional experience.

The 53rd annual Sand Castle & Sculpture Contest will be held along Alameda’s shoreline this Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thousands look on as architects and sculptors compete for best in show. Judging starts at noon; awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Meet at the bathhouse, Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Otis and Westline drives. Above, the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars fame made an appearance on the beach last year. Competitors may only use materials found on the beach.

A newly created community group called Alameda Bands Together formed in April upon learning about a sudden two-thirds cut to the music program at Encinal High School for the next school year as well as the subsequent reassignment of its long-time music director to Alameda High School (AHS), which, in turn, would displace the AHS music director.

Parents and students from both high schools, as well as from all middle schools with current music programs, rallied immediately to save Encinal’s music program and protect AHS’ Mitchell White from being terminated.  

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