Community Corner: Salute to Education, Resource Fair, Powerstar Awards and more

Community Corner: Salute to Education, Resource Fair, Powerstar Awards and more

Michele Ellson

Student get muddy at Ruby Bridges Elementary School science camp, one of the innovative programs being recognized at the Alameda Education Foundation's "Salute to Education." Photo courtesy of Ruby Bridges.

The Alameda Education Foundation is offering its “Salute to Education” this Friday, April 19 at Rock Wall Wine Company. The event will honor volunteers and innovative programs from Alameda’s schools. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, and are available online or by cash or check at Cafe Q, 2302 Encinal Avenue. In addition to admission, the ticket price includes a drink ticket, commemorative wine glass and appetizers plus entertainment from the Alameda and Encinal high school jazz bands. Additional drink tickets will be available for $5 each. Rock Wall is at 2301 Monarch Street on Alameda Point. The event’s major sponsors are Cafe Q, Alameda South Shore Center and Rock Wall Wine Company.

The Alameda Special Education Parent Support Group is hosting a Resource Fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the multipurpose room at Donald D. Lum Elementary School, 1801 Sandcreek Way. Local families, students, teachers and special education professionals are invited to attend the fair, which will have information about local recreational programs, support organizations and more. Admisison is free.

Alameda Municipal Power has announced its 2013 Powerstar Award winners. Abbott Diabetes Care took the large commercial category award for its energy saving upgrades and recycling efforts, while eco-friendly Park Street retailer Monkey Bars took the small commercial category award for its reclaimed-materials façade, LED lighting and environmental education efforts. Ben and Estie Kus won the residential category award for installing green upgrades to their home. The awards, which will be presented at the city's Earth Day festival on April 20, showcase innovative approaches to energy savings and greener power use.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department has announced the winners of its 31st Annual “Egg” Stravaganza Coloring Contest. The annual event, cosponsored by the Alameda Kiwanis Foundation, Alameda Art Association Art Gallery, Alameda South Shore Center and Alameda Friends of the Parks, was open to children from kindergarten through fifth grade, and winners were recognized at a reception held at the gallery on April 10. Kindergarten and first grade winners were Kathleen Tang, first place; Isabel Connors, second place; and Roman Hernandez, third place. Second and third grade winners were Caitlyn MacAskill, first place; Devon Casias, second place; and Sofia Orduna, third place. Fourth and fifth grade winners were Cynthia Khuu, first place; Lola Teeters, second place; and Jade Robinson, third place.

Alameda’s Kiwanians and a more than a dozen interns from Abbott Laboratories helped the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda get ready for spring on April 6, removing weeds, preparing flower beds and spiffing up plantings as part of Kiwanis Clubs in California, Nevada and Hawaii’s annual One Day service project. The volunteers were treated to a barbecue in exchange for their work.