News in Brief

Ballet Company
Receives Grant

Alameda Civic Ballet (ACB) was selected to receive an Artsfund Grant from the Alameda County Arts Commission. These grants become available for non-profit arts groups every two years. Best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker ballet, the ACB also received an Artsfund grant in 2009 and 2011.

The Artsfund program promotes the development of Alameda County as a center for arts innovation and promotes the county’s arts organizations. The program awarded $72,000 in unrestricted grants to 38 organizations this year.

To learn more about ACB, visit

Help Equip Students
for Success

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) and its nonprofit partners are asking the community to help Alameda students start off the school year "Equipped 4 Success" with new backpacks and school supplies.

Equipped 4 Success is a community-wide school supply drive taking place. The drive is also collecting new or used musical instruments to distribute to school music programs.

Backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to low-income students served by the school district’s McKinney-Vento Program for homeless families; Alameda Point Collaborative, which serves formerly homeless families; Alameda Head Start; Alameda Boys & Girls Club; and Girls Inc. of the Island City.

There are three ways to support the drive: make a tax-deductible contribution by mailing a check payable to AEF to: AEF, P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94501; write "Equipped 4 Success" on the check or make an online donation at

Donors can also purchase specific items online at or donate new items at collection bins at several locations around town. Bin locations may be found on the AEF website at

Items will be collected at the South Shore Center’s Summer Beats Concerts through Saturday, Aug. 30. The concert series will also benefit the drive with wine sales at the free concerts on Aug. 2, 16 and 30. The concerts take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at South Shore Center Court and feature local cover bands such as the California Beach Boys and The Sun Kings.

For more information about how to help the drive, contact Vicki Sedlack at 459-5204 or vicki@

Alamedan Dies from
Crash Injuries

Nicholas Obenchain of Alameda died Monday, July 21, at Oakland’s Highland Hospital after succumbing to injuries he received in an automobile accident in Oakland in the early morning hours of Friday, July 18.

Obenchain, 25, was riding in the passenger seat of a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette when he was ejected from the vehicle onto an Oakland highway in what investigators are calling a DUI crash.

The Corvette struck a curb and a light pole and overturned on Interstate Highway 580 near Park Boulevard around 3 a.m. Friday, according to the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau.

Police identified Corey McDonah, 23, as the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash. McDonah was arrested for suspicion of felony driving while intoxicated. He was also taken to Highland Hospital to be treated for what California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Sean Wilkenfeld described as "major injuries."

This is not the first time McDonah has gotten in trouble for his driving. He was arrested on April 2 on suspicion of driving recklessly after a CHP airplane spotted him doing wheelies near the MacArthur Maze in Oakland. He reached a plea deal with prosecutors in the earlier case, Wilkenfeld said.

Local Artists on Display
in San Francisco

More than 230 artists from across the country will gather at Fort Mason Center for a three-day celebration of all things handmade from Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10. Two of these artists, selected through a rigorous jury process, hail from Alameda.

Island City-based artists Yan Inlow and Christina Goodman will return to this year’s American Craft Council show. The work of these and the other artists from across the state touch on every medium, from ceramics and wood to jewelry and furniture.

Yan Inlow combines painting with Chinese embroidery to depict people, animals, and village life. She does this by first painting an image on silk backing and then accenting the painting with very fine silk thread embroidery. You can watch a video of her at work on her website, www.yans

Using extremely fine brushes and a magnifier, Christina Goodman hand paints small objects, paintings and wearable miniatures, each built out of wood or cast resin and gilded with 22k gold leaf. Her work is inspired by Renaissance painting and frames, tromp l’oeil, manuscript illumination, and all things miniature.

Purchase tickets prior to the show online at

Courtesy photo. Alameda-based artist Christina Goodman’s finely brushed works will be on display in San Francisco starting Friday, Aug. 8.