This is an important time of the year for Alameda’s Jewish community. Temple Israel marks this Saturday with three events. They have a Torah study and “Art for All!” at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. Call 522-9355 to confirm the time for the Torah study.
Then, at 8:30 p.m., in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, there will be a reading of the penitential poems and prayer, the Selichot, followed by nosh and conversation.
In August 2015, we lost two generous Alamedans; and now in August 2017, Alameda has shown how it gives back and remembers by creating a beautiful public space at Krusi Park that is open to all.
Two years ago, Rachel Shahinian, 50, and her daughter, Annika Zinsley, 10, were killed by a driver going the wrong direction on State Highway 120. The Krusi Park Stage & Gathering Space behind Otis Elementary School, where Annika attended school, celebrates the inspiration to live generously that is their legacy — offering a space for performance, gatherings and time outdoors.
Local residents, organizations, businesses and the city’s Recreation and Parks Department recently teamed up to create a performing arts space in Krusi Park. The space is open to the public to express themselves. Many volunteers contributed to the effort including professionals who donated their services. To learn more about the motivation behind the stage’s creation and the team that poured their hearts into it, see Cindy Miner-Kapelke’s commentary in the editorial section.
Marking 10 years in business can be a challenging milestone to reach, especially in the arts business. But on Saturday, Aug. 19, Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW), Alameda’s destination for the arts, will do just that. The #Rhythmix10 anniversary gala will present an exceptional roster of live entertainment, women winemakers, brewers and distillers plus tasty bites from an array of Alameda eateries from 2 to 5 p.m. All proceeds from the event support free cultural arts education programs for youth in Alameda and Oakland.
The Alameda Free Library has a great solution for summertime boredom for library cardholders called Discover & Go. Discover & Go is an online platform where library card holders can access free and discounted passes to local venues. These include the Oakland Zoo, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Exploratorium, the Pacific Pinball Museum, the USS Hornet Museum, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the California Academy of Sciences and many more. For more information, visit https://alamedafree.discoverandgo.net.