Alameda Education Foundation

The Alameda Education Foundation and a list of other local nonprofits have kicked off their annual Equipped 4 Success backpack and school supply donation drive.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Video courtesy of the Alameda Education Foundation.

More than 2,700 Alameda school students learned how to make music with a leaf, a box of pasta and other common objects during a pair of October 24 concerts given by the Oakland East Bay Symphony at Kofman Auditorium. Symphony musicians, under the direction of Michael Morgan, played a series of classical pieces using toy instruments, spoons and macaroni and cheese. Many of the students brought their own, home-made instruments to the performance so they could play along.

The Mouse King sneaks up on Clara during an Alameda Civic Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Photo courtesy of Alameda Civic Ballet.

The city is kicking off $1.9 million in road repairs starting on July 28. Work will take place on the affected roads from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through early September. Construction is expected to create minor traffic and parking disruptions and will temporarily restrict street access, though access to bus stops will be maintained. Street segments set for paving work include:

Mayor Marie Gilmore and members of the Alameda Kiwanis Club recently honored eighth graders who earned the club’s Hope of America awards.

Darrell A. Doan will be tasked with marketing the city to prospective businesses and promoting existing businesses, as well as smoothing the way for businesses as they wend their way through city approval processes.

Google-owned Makani Power will be expanding its presence at Alameda Point.

An Alameda-based company has been nominated as a finalist for an East Bay Economic Development Alliance Innovation Award. Singulex is being considered for a life science award for an advanced diagnostic test it developed for early detection of cardiovascular disease. The company is one of 16 finalists for the awards, which will be presented on February 13 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. More information on the awards is available on the alliance’s website.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department is hosting an Alameda Community Garden Day of Service from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 18 at the in-progress Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, at the corner of Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue. The department is seeking volunteers who can weed, mulch, build planter boxes and compost bins, paint and assist with signage. Lunch will be provided. Children are invited to attend with an adult. Tools will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring work gloves.