Community Corner: Ballet gets grant, streets to be sealed and more

Community Corner: Ballet gets grant, streets to be sealed and more

Michele Ellson

The Mouse King sneaks up on Clara during an Alameda Civic Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Photo courtesy of Alameda Civic Ballet.

The city is kicking off $1.9 million in road repairs starting on July 28. Work will take place on the affected roads from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through early September. Construction is expected to create minor traffic and parking disruptions and will temporarily restrict street access, though access to bus stops will be maintained. Street segments set for paving work include:

  • Central Avenue, from Grand Street to Sherman Street
  • Weber Street, from Central Avenue south
  • Third Street, from Central Avenue south
  • Robert Davey Jr. Drive, from packet Landing Road to Oyster Pond Road
  • Otis Drive, from Willow Street (east) to Willow Street (west)
  • Waterton Street, from the west end of Mound Street to Court Street
  • Mound Street, from Waterton Street to Otis Drive
  • Court Street, from Otis Drive to Bayview Drive
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    Two other street sections will be sealed this summer; streets will be closed, and access to driveways barred, for up to six hours while the seal hardens. Streets set for sealing include:

  • Chestnut Street, from Buena Vista Avenue to Clement Avenue
  • Buena Vista Avenue, from Broadway to Versailles Avenue
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    The Alameda County Arts Commission is awarding at ARTSFUND grant to the Alameda Civic Ballet. The ballet will receive a $1,900 grant to help cover the cost of its annual production of The Nutcracker, which includes over 200 dancers of all ages and plays to a crowd of about 3,000 each year. This year will be the ballet’s tenth staging the production. The ARTSFUND program awarded $72,000 to 38 arts organizations this year in an effort to develop Alameda County as a center of arts excellence; Alameda Civic Ballet earned grants from the program in 2009 and 2011.

    The Alameda Education Foundation is welcoming a new board member. Ginger Schuler is a Realtor with Harbor Bay Realty who has served on a list of boards that includes the Chamber of Commerce and Greater Alameda Business Association, the Alameda Welfare Council, West Coast Performers and the Alameda Museum. The nonprofit foundation’s mission is to raise money for programs that enhance the quality of public education in Alameda.

    The Kiwanis Club of Alameda has awarded scholarships to five local high school graduates: Fischer Davis, Danica Liang, Ryan Lee and Jiahe Ziang of Alameda High School and Lachlan Addicot, an Encinal High School graduate. The scholarships, which ranged from $3,000 to $10,000 per student, were awarded based on community involvement, educational factors and financial need.