Community Corner: School supply drive, same-sex church weddings, Park Street fair and more

Community Corner: School supply drive, same-sex church weddings, Park Street fair and more

Michele Ellson

Equipped 4 Success volunteers show off donated supplies. Photo courtesy of the Alameda Education Foundation.

A group of Alameda nonprofits is banding together for a second year this year to sponsor Equipped 4 Success, a school supply drive that aims to fill backpacks for 1,000 low-income students. In 2012 the drive distributed 900 backpacks full of supplies and collected enough money to give 90 graphing calculators to high school math departments for students who can’t afford them. Several Alameda businesses and organizations are hosting supply drop off locations; a complete list of locations, along with items the groups are seeking, is available on the Alameda Education Foundation’s website. The nonprofits are also collecting cash donations as part of the drive; donations may be made online on the foundation’s website or mailed to the Alameda Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, Calif. 94501 and designated for Equipped 4 Success. The drive is sponsored by the Alameda Education Foundation; Alameda Boys & Girls Club; Alameda Point Collaborative; Head Start; Girls Inc. of the Island City; the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and their Families; and the Alameda Unified School District.

Alameda’s Christ Episcopal Church announced this week that it is opening its doors to same-sex weddings. “We are thrilled that our bishop has given us permission to conduct weddings for same sex couples,” the Rev. Thomas C. Jackson said in the announcement, adding that the church has heard from three couples who have long been together and are considering getting married. The church requires those interested in marrying there to be members of Christ Episcopal or another Christian congregation, or to be open to exploring membership. Additional information about the church and its marriage policies is available on the church’s website.

Park Street’s 29th Annual Art & Wine Faire is this Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on Park Street between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues. The event includes art & craft booths with merchandise for sale, food, drink, music, children’s activities and more. Additional information about the annual street fair is available on the Park Street Business Association’s website.

Alameda Friends of the Parks is hosting the first-ever Play for the Parks Golf Tournament on September 25 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. The cost to play in the scramble tournament is $75, and includes green and cart fees and dinner. Additional information is available on the Friends of the Parks website, linked above.

The Public Utilities Board is welcoming a familiar face back to the dais: Ann McCormick rejoins the board after a three-year hiatus. McCormick, who served on the board between 2000 and 2010, brings a quarter century of energy efficiency experience. She is a founding principal of Newcomb Anderson McCormick, a San Francisco-based consulting firm that works to solve energy and sustainability issues. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. McCormick, who was named to the board on July 15, will replace John McCahan, who served two, four-year terms. The board oversees Alameda Municipal Power, the city-owned electric company.