News in Brief

Fashion Show to
Help Cure JM

Lilac Dress Boutique will be holding a fashion show benefit at 1918 Encinal Ave., today at 6 p.m.

The event will raise funds for the Cure JM Foundation. JM or juvenile myositis is a rare and terrible autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own healthy cells and tissues. It causes severe muscle pain and weakness, often leaving children unable to walk, lift their heads or swallow. Treatments involve a rigorous process that includes steroids, chemotherapy and immunosuppressants. Three Alamedans have the condition.

This is the fourth fashion show in Lilac’s Silhouette series. The event will celebrate the dynamic worlds of fashion and cuisine with appetizers, wine and a signature Sangria to go along with the unique style of the featured designers. Male and female models will showcase outfits from more than 10 designers.

Lilac will sell designer Hobo purses with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the Cure JM Foundation. A raffle will also benefit the foundation.

Tickets are $25 online, or $30 at the door. To purchase tickets for the fashion show, visit

Democratic Club Meets

The Alameda Democratic Club will meet from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, in Conference Room C at Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. The meeting will focus on awareness of environmental issues as they affect our island in the context of climate change and related local and national matters.

Local environmental activists Judy Pope and Floyd Earl Smith of Bay Area and Michelle Myers, director of the Sierra Club’s Berkeley chapter, will lead a discussion on topics such as oil transport through the region, divestment, growing clean energy efforts and fracking in different areas across the state and nation.

They will also address sea-level rise, a particularly applicable topic for Bay Area shoreline residents. The club will also discuss taking action on related issues through volunteer efforts, including a possible beach clean-up day later this year.

To learn more, call Casey Sparks at 629-1162

Deadline Looms for
Rotary Scholarship

Tomorrow, March 6, is the deadline for high school sophomores and juniors to apply for a Rotary International Youth Leadership Award, which aims to recognize and develop leadership potential among young people. Rotary must receive the application by 5 p.m.

Successful applicants must be well organized with good listening and problem-solving skills. They also must have demonstrated leadership potential, public speaking ability and be in good academic standing.

Selected students will attend an all-expense-paid leadership conference from Sunday, Aug. 2 to Friday, Aug. 7 at Mission Springs Camp near Scotts Valley. To learn more, call Marie Reyes at 866-9024 or e-mail

A Tale of Two Cities

The Alameda Public Affairs Forum is hosting "A Tale of Two Cities," a panel discussion about the last election and its impact on Alameda and Richmond. Panelists will include Jamin Pursell and Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance and Mayor Trish Spencer.

The discussion will focus on how the cities of Alameda and Richmond rejected the big money candidates in the November 2014 election. The panel will also entertain the factors that contributed to the upsets in both cities. Questions from the audience will follow.

The forum will take place on Saturday, March 14, at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and refreshment; discussion begins at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door; enter at the library’s back door. For more information call Gretchen Lipow at 846-5465