Community Corner: Street fair, home tour, Nutcracker auditions and more

Community Corner: Street fair, home tour, Nutcracker auditions and more

Michele Ellson

The Neptune Beach Community Celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, September 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 8 on Webster Street between Central and Pacific Avenue. The event will include carnival rides, food and craft booths, music, a history walk and more. A full program of events for the street festival is available by clicking the link above.

The Alameda Legacy Home Tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 22. The tour, which is a fundraiser to benefit the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and Alameda Museum, will feature six homes and the Meyers House garden. Advance tickets are $30, and are available at select merchants, online and by mail; day-of tickets are $35, and will be available at Franklin Park, at the corner of San Antonio Avenue and Morton Street, and the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Avenue. The keepsake guidebook will be available starting September 18 at the museum, which will be open from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 18 through Friday, September 20 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. Additional information is available by clicking the link.

Alameda High School initiated a new “Link Crew” this school year whose purpose is to help incoming freshmen build strong relationships with older students and to provide them strategies for a successful high school career. The engagement effort, which the district says has been shown to reduce absences and increase student performance in other high schools, mirrors a similar program that has been in place for several years at Encinal High School. That school conducted a similar outreach effort with students in the district’s new Junior Jets magnet program for middle schoolers, which is on the Encinal High campus. The Alameda High effort linked 400 freshmen with 94 juniors and seniors, and is expected to continue by providing a variety of supports over the course of the school year.

Alameda Kiwanis is accepting applications for grants from the club’s foundation program. The club offers grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools as part of its mission of supporting the community. Additional information and the grant application are available on the club’s website; additional information is also available by calling 764-1492. Applications must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2013 to be considered.

Auditions for Alameda Civic Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” are scheduled to take place on September 21-22 at the Alameda Ballet Academy, 1402 Park Street. The audition fee is $10, and youths auditioning for the production are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their audition time. Performances will take place at 2 p.m. December 21-22 in Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Avenue. Additional information is available on the ballet company’s website or by calling 337-1929.