Kids Stuff

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda organized a Special Needs Day at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. Forty youth registered for the event. Members of the Bay Area Outreach Program for adaptive sports shared their love of inclusiveness and bicycles. They made various adaptive cycles available. These bicycles scored high with everyone including the local Key Club youth groups. Their members will share this resource with their schools. Other adapted sports and games included basketball, bowling, beanbag toss and Frisbee. A barbecue lunch concluded the sunny and very successful event.

A fundraiser concert to benefit the women and children of Alameda’s Midway Shelter is set for this Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2:30 p.m. at Twin Towers United Methodist Church. Guests will be treated to a performance by the Harmony Fusion Chorus, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines. Advance tickets cost $20 or at the door, $25.

Also, mark the calendar for the Saturday, Sept. 28, Have a Heart Gala that will benefit the shelter.

To learn more, call 357-0205, Ext. 206 or visit

A true miracle of thespianism, a creation beyond the reach of ordinary actors, “The Lord of A Ring in A Suitcase” brought magnificence, drama and madcap hilarity to Franklin Park last Saturday. The Peripatetic Players, an ensemble of five actors, played every part of the broad dramatis personae of the J.R.R. Tolkien book, The Fellowship of the Ring.

At noon on International Youth Day, Aug. 12, a somber group of Alamedans stood in unity with hundreds of other sister city affiliates in the United States and at sister cities across the globe. The locals called for compassion, peace and community in the wake of the recent violent acts perpetrated against the cities, families and individuals in Gilroy, Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Tex.

The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) has a brand-new logo, thanks to the diligence, insight and creativity of three Alameda High School students. Seniors Talia Grumet, Hailey Jiang and junior Janine Barot developed the logo under the direction of their instructor, Andrea Szeto, in their advanced multimedia art class during the spring semester.

The students made up one of 10 teams that selected local businesses and nonprofits from among a large number of applicants. They then spent the term developing new logos through continuous interaction with their clients.