Community Corner: Daughter-dad hoedown, Christmas concert and more

Community Corner: Daughter-dad hoedown, Christmas concert and more

Michele Ellson

Photo courtesy of First Congregational Church Alameda.

The music department at First Congregational Church Alameda is hosting “That Perfect Light,” its annual Christmas concert, at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 15. The Chancel Choir, Resounding Joy Ringers Hand Bell Choir, steel drums, congas and guest soloists will perform, offering traditional and innovative arrangements of sacred Christmas music. The choirs will be conducted by music director Janice Peterson and accompanied by percussionist Ron Jones. Tickets will not be sold but a love offering will be collected, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to Midway Shelter. Child care will be provided for infants and toddlers; the church is at 1912 Central Avenue, and is wheelchair accessible.

Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Father and Daughter Western Hoedown Dance Party, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. February 7, 2014 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Redline Avenue, Alameda Point. Admission to the event, which is sponsored by Girls Inc. of the Island City and the Alameda Recreation and Park Department, is $25 per couple, and $15 for each additional child. The party, which is open to girls in kindergarten through fifth grades and their fathers or other male role models, includes dancing, art, crafts, hors d’oeuvres and more. Registration is open through January 24, or until the event sells out; information is available online.

The College Board has named the Alameda Unified School District to its AP District Honor Roll, one of just three Bay Area school districts to earn the honor. The distinction was granted to 477 school districts across the United States that increased access to Advanced Placement courses – which are college level classes – while maintaining or increasing the percentage of participants who received high enough scores on their final exams to obtain college credit for them. The number of students taking Advanced Placement classes at Alameda and Encinal high schools increased more than 40 percent between 2011 and 2013, the district said in a press release; 67.9 percent of students who took final exams for the classes passed in 2013, compared with 71.7 percent in 2011.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department is looking for part-time park rangers who can patrol and monitor the Island’s parks, fields and recreation facilities. Interested applicants will need to be able to work independently, greeting park visitors, enforcing the city’s rules and resolving conflicts between park users. Applications are available by clicking the park department link; calling the department, at 747-7529; or visiting in person, at 2226 Santa Clara Avenue.