The Alameda Education Foundation will showcase and honor inspiring school programs and volunteers at its 35th annual Salute to Education event on Friday, April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. 

Salute to Education celebrates the work being done in Alameda public schools. It also honors school volunteers who support local students. Reading intervention, technology, conservation, art programs and more will be recognized. Every Alameda public school will have a program and a volunteer recognized. 

Families in Alameda can broaden their knowledge of other cultures through hosting a student from Spain this summer. Help build world understanding through sharing of culture, language, values and lifestyle with these young people.


Last year Barbara Bick and I, Dan Burr, opened Neptune Nature School, Alameda’s first, and only, forest-nature school. The all-outdoor, all-weather preschool serves children ages two-and-one-half to five years old. The school nurtures a child’s curiosity of the outdoors and believes children grow best when allowed to be themselves.

Peter Murphy with the Boys Scouts of America — Alameda Council, Troop 1015 earned the organization’s highest rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held April 8. For his Eagle project, Murphy and a group of volunteers from Bishop O’Dowd High School, Alameda High School, Oakland Strokes Rowing Team and the Troop re-landscaped an overgrown garden area at Lincoln Middle School. 

Murphy presented his plan and budget to the school’s PTA and was granted funds for the project. He also raised the funds needed for project’s completion.

Local kids jumped at the chance to get up close and personal with a number of animals at Zoo Day hosted by the Alameda Main Library on Saturday, March 24. The visitors included reptiles, raptors and raccoons, among others. 

The animal presentations from the Oakland Zoo, Conservation Ambassadors and Tracy the Animal Guy were so well attended that the community room reached maximum capacity, according to the library. 

The Friends of the Alameda Free Library provided the funds to host this “unbearably” awesome event. Let’s all “paws” to thank them.