Community Corner: Fundraisers, innovation nomination and more

Community Corner: Fundraisers, innovation nomination and more

Michele Ellson

An Alameda-based company has been nominated as a finalist for an East Bay Economic Development Alliance Innovation Award. Singulex is being considered for a life science award for an advanced diagnostic test it developed for early detection of cardiovascular disease. The company is one of 16 finalists for the awards, which will be presented on February 13 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. More information on the awards is available on the alliance’s website.

A pair of children’s authors will appear in separate events at the Alameda Free Library. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, will give a talk at 3:30 p.m. February 7, while Annie Barrows, who writes the Ivy + Bean books, will read from her books at 3:30 p.m. February 20. Both of the author events will take place at the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street; admission is free, though books sales and signings will take place at the end of each event.

The Alameda Music Project is holding a CD release party and fundraiser at 7 p.m. March 7 at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue. The event includes a performance by The String Arcade and video games from High Scores Arcade, The M.A.D.E Oakland’s Video Game Museum and several local independent games studies. Admission is $20 for adults attending the performance and playing games; $5 for children under 12 attending the performance and playing games and for adults playing games only; and $25 for entry plus a copy of the String Arcade CD. Admission is available at the door.

Park Street businesses raised $1,500 for Alameda teachers during a “Shop for Your Schools” fundraiser on October 22. Alameda Natural Grocery, Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, Bead Inspirations, Daisy’s, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Park Jewelers, Tucker’s Ice Cream and We Are Hair participated in the fundraising event. The Alameda Education Foundation, which received the funds for its Adopt A Classroom program, gave $500 gift cards to Maya Lin School, to help redo its media center; Will C. Wood Middle School, to support its after-school robotics program; and to a teacher at Island High School, to help them purchase classroom supplies and curriculum materials.

Relay for Life is holding an Alameda kickoff event at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Avenue. The suggested donation is $15. The event includes a concert by the Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band; a raffle; and information about the Relay for Life event, which takes place on June 21-22 at Encinal High School. Alameda residents have raised nearly $1.5 million during the 20 years the city has hosted a local event. A dinner will be held before the event, at 5 p.m.; admission is an additional $15 and reservations can be made by e-mailing strauss.mj@gmail.com. Proceeds from the events benefit the American Cancer Society.