Community Corner: Plein Air Paintout, women honored, a graduation ceremony and school meals

Community Corner: Plein Air Paintout, women honored, a graduation ceremony and school meals

Michele Ellson

2012 Plein Air Paintout winner Ed Bertolet's Crab Cove vignette. Photo courtesy of Frank Bette Center for the Arts.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts’ Eighth Annual Plein Air Paintout is taking place this week all over Alameda, as 40 artists from all over the United States paint on the Island’s streets, shores and parks. Artwork created as part of the juried show will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday near the frog pond at the interior of Alameda South Shore Center, corner of Park Street and Otis Drive. The works will be made available for viewing and purchase at Frank Bette following the show. Frank Bette is at 1601 Paru Street, and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, honored five East Bay women during his first-ever Women of the Year celebration on Thursday. The list includes Teresita Bautista, programs manager for the Oakland Asian Cultural Center; Deborah Cox, co-founder and president of the San Leandro Education Foundation; Gray Harris, president of the Alameda Education Association; Dee Johnson, for her work with the Lend a Hand Foundation in Oakland; and Cynthia Wasko, president of Alameda’s Social Service Human Relations Board who had led volunteer organizations for 15 years.

Alameda Point Collaborative will hold a graduation ceremony for seven women who successfully completed their On-The-Job Training Program at 10 a.m. today at the Collaborative’s Farm2Market farm, 2600 Barbers Point Road. Light refreshments will be served. Trainees must first complete 20 hours of classroom instruction in basic workplace etiquette, resume writing and interview skills before being selected for the program, in which they work 20 hours a week in a variety of collaborative programs and receive additional classroom training. Trainees who worked in the Farm2Market program helped launch its community supported agriculture program, providing produce for 40 members.

The Alameda Unified School District is distributing application forms to households with students letting them know free and reduced-price meals are available for the district’s students. Application forms are also available in the principal’s office of each school. To qualify for benefits, forms must be completed and turned in to a student’s school. Applications may be turned in at any time during the school year; the information provided on them will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price meals and may be verified at any time by school or program officials. A press release explaining requirements and listing eligibility information is attached to the bottom of this post.