Community Corner: Kid auditions, transportation grants, stroke screening and a rent check

Community Corner: Kid auditions, transportation grants, stroke screening and a rent check

Michele Ellson

The Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre is hosting auditions for its spring production of “The Wizard of Oz” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 11 at First Christian Church of Alameda, 2441 San Jose Avenue. Callbacks, if necessary, will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 13. Appointments are not necessary, and children ages 5 to 18 are invited to audition. Auditioners are asked to prepare a selection from a song no longer than two minutes and will also be asked to do a cold read from the script. Tuition for the program is $250 to $600, depending on the number of volunteer hours their family is willing to provide. Sibling discounts and limited financial aid are available. Performances for the show, directed by Gene Kahane with musical direction by Anna Joham, will take place on May 10 and May 17 in the Encinal High School cafeteria.

The Alameda Kiwanis Club honored Dave Denyven for his 60 years of service at the club’s February 13 luncheon. Denyven, a former club president who has previously been honored with a lifetime membership and as a Distinguished Kiwanian and Kiwanian of the Year, heads several club committees and is an active volunteer.

Alameda Hospital is hosting a free community stroke risk assessment from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 1 at the hospital, which is at 2070 Clinton Avenue. Appointments are required, and can be made by calling 814-4362 or e-mailing

Bay Farm breadmaker Semifreddi’s has donated $150,000 to The Bread Project, a nonprofit job training program that trains low-income people with barriers to employment for commercial baking and cooking jobs. The check helped cover the project’s rent at Semifreddi’s former home in Emeryville.

The Alameda County Transportation Commission is accepting applications for $65.2 million in transportation grants. Nonprofit community organizations may apply for funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on March 15.

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