Island Arts

Above, the horn section for the Bob Claire Orchestra performs at a prior Crab Cove Concert. Alameda’s own Soulstice performing its unique brand of reggae music will headline the last free family-friendly outdoor concert of the year set for Friday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Local Alameda family band The Barefoot Quales, pictured at right, comprised of (left to right) Teo, 9; Miles, 11; Maria; Niko, 6; and Christopher, will play during the concert’s intermission.

Alameda’s own Maze Daiko ensemble performed at the 2015 Taiko Jam, the highlight concert of the North American Taiko Conference, on June 13. Held this year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the conference draws hundreds of taiko players from around the world and virtually all North American taiko community leaders annually, according to conference promoters.

Two productions of the 42nd annual musical song and dance extravaganza by Alameda-based West Coast Dance (WCD) is set for this weekend, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Dance to the Music presents a cavalcade of fluorescent colors, pop tunes, and funky fancy footwork. The product of Artistic Director Marnell Xavier celebrates 42 years of West Coast dancers showcasing stars of tomorrow singing and dancing to favorite songs from past to present. The shows take place at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave. in Alameda.

A senior from Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) will have his photograph grace the halls of Congress. Each spring, the Alexandria, Va.-based non-profit Congressional Institute sponsors “Congressional Arts Competition, An Artistic Discovery,” a nationwide high-school visual-art competition. The institute works with Congress to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. 

Marrow Registry this Weekend

Gallagher & Lindsey Realtors is hosting “Team Joey Marrow Registry Drive.” Donor registration and swabbing will take place this Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gallagher & Lindsey’s office, 2424 Central Ave. 

The company hopes to find a marrow transplant donor for Joey LoParo, 27, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. His aunt died of the same disease the year he was born. Joey’s parents, Joe and Laura LoParo, are Realtors at Gallagher & Lindsey.