Island Arts

Chabad of Alameda will host a “Shofar Factory” this Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Harrison Recreation Center in Lincoln Park, 1450 High St. The free, all ages, educational event will have parents and kids work together on creating their own shofars, instruments used to celebrate Jewish New Year on Rosh Hashanah. 

Historically, the shofar was a ram’s-horn trumpet used by ancient Jews in religious ceremonies and as a battle signal. Rosh Hashanah falls on Sept. 10 and 11 this year. 

Public Art Commission Special Meeting Tonight 
A special meeting of the Public Art Commission has been set for today, Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers, City Hall, third floor, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 
Agenda items include: 


Works from the annual Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) Plein Aire Paintout will go on display at a special opening reception tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. During the paintout, up to 40 artists from around the nation are selected to paint Alameda’s tree-lined streets, Victorian-era homes, shops, views of the Estuary, San Francisco and the Bay en plein air (outdoors). The paintings were completed in town from July 30 to Aug. 4. Artists may paint anywhere within the city limits, which include Bay Farm Island. Paintings have been juried for awards and are for sale.

Girls Inc. of the Island City presents feminist writers, activists, and educators Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl sharing their latest installment in the New York Times-bestselling series “Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women (Ages 10+),” 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, Books Inc., 1344 Park St. A portion of the sales will benefit Girls Inc. of the Island City. For more information call Books Inc., 522-2226.