Community Corner: Coloring contest winners, distinguished school and more

Community Corner: Coloring contest winners, distinguished school and more

Michele Ellson

Winners of the Alameda Recreation and Park Department's 32nd annual "Eggstravaganza" Coloring Contest. Photo by Gil Garitano.

The Alameda Point Collaborative is honoring its Community Heroes for 2014 at its upcoming Not Your Mother’s Garden Party on Sunday. Honorees include Volunteer of the Year Eric Wiens, Corporate Partner of the Year Perforce Software, Civic Partners of the Year the Alameda Education Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 689, and Education Partner of the Year Bishop O’Dowd High School. Tickets for the event are $30 and are available online.

The City of Alameda is inviting eligible homeowners to participate in its Housing Rehabilitation Program. The program provides low-interest loans to fix leaky roofs, plumbing, electrical problems and for other home upgrades; interest-free loans and deferrals for seniors; and small grants for emergency fixes and accessibility modifications. The program is available to homeowners who meet income eligibility requirements. For information, call Miriam Delagrange at 747-4341.

The Alameda DragonFlyers, a local dragon boat team, is sending a 22-person team to Venice to participate in the Second Annual Venice Canoe and Dragon Boat Festival on June 5-6. While in Venice, the team also plans to take part in the Vogalonga, the city’s famed boat parade. The team practices year-round, at 8:45 a.m. Saturdays and 5:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday at the Jack London Aquatic Center in Oakland, and its race season runs from April to October. More information is available on the team’s website.

Edison Elementary School has been named to the California Distinguished Schools list. The designation honors schools that have made progress closing the achievement gap between different ethnic and economic groups. “Signature practices” performed at the school include a program that teaches students multiple methods for solving math problems and another that teaches students to read using technology, reading groups and other methods. Edison was one of 424 California elementary schools to earn the honor this year.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department has named winners for its 32nd annual “Eggstravaganza” Coloring Contest. The contest, which was co-sponsored by the parks department, Alameda Kiwanis Foundation and the Alameda Art Association art gallery, was open to grade school students. Winners in the kindergarten and first grade category were Zac Struthers, Nami Blackburn and Layla Berumen; second and third grade winners were Brandon Chu, Caitlyn MacAskill, and Nika Shafiei; and fourth and fifth grade winners were Katy Hosokawa, Amina Huffman and Janiya Williams. Winners were honored with prizes at a reception Monday at the Alameda Art Association gallery.

The Alameda police and fire departments' Shoots & Ladders fundraiser takes place at 7 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium at Alameda High School, 2201 Encinal Avenue (enter on the Oak Street side). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students with identification, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6, and are available at Alameda Family Services, 2325 Clement Street; or at the door. Pizza and soft drinks will be available for sale at the event, and admission includes entry in a half-time raffle. The event is a fundraiser for Alameda Family Services.