Community Corner: Encinal Robotics Team, teacher of the year, fundraisers and more

Community Corner: Encinal Robotics Team, teacher of the year, fundraisers and more

Michele Ellson

Ploughshares Nursery will host “Not Your Mother’s Garden Party,” a benefit for the Alameda Point Collaborative, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Tickets are $30, and are available online. The event will include cocktails using Hangar One vodka and seasonal ingredients, a farm-to-table tasting menu created by Pacific Fine Foods, a live music by Cha Ching. Ploughshares is located at 2701 Main Street.

The Encinal High School Robotics Team took top honors in the University at California, Berkeley Pioneers in Engineering Robotics Competition, which was held on April 27-28 at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Working with a team from Ralph Bunche High School in Oakland, the team took second place in the competition and won the Judges Award for best mechanical design. The team’s members include co-captain and mechanical lead Dat Hua, co-captain and programmer lead Victor Chu, Angela Wu, Ingrid Rodriguez, Gabriella Ramirez, Kobe Schwinges-Williams, Ashish Ratna Manandhar, Kim Wong, Stephen Ouyang, Marcello Predovic, Jay Justin Feria, Bobby Ching and Brandon Allen Edquilang. Additional team members who helped out during the eight weeks it took to prepare for the competition include Peter Ka-Wai, Joseph Quach, Armando Negrete, Paolo J. Baquiran, Sione Abellera Muni Ealelei, Ethan Ryan and Brandon Chow.

The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter’s Second Annual Wiggle Walk will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Harbor Bay ferry terminal, 885 Island Drive. Registration is $25 per dog, and the fee includes an event T-shirt; pledges of $50 or more earn a goodie bag, and the person who raises the most pledges will earn a three-night stay in Tahoe. Registration can be done online or by mail, at 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, Calif. 94501.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda celebrated its 90th birthday on May 1 with a luncheon and celebration. Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft read a proclamation from the city commending the organization’s service, and a Kiwanis leader was on hand to distribute letters from the club’s leadership offering thanks for its work. "Our Club's involvement in so many aspects of the community has demonstrated our motto, 'to change the world one child and one community at a time.' We have been an important organization in Alameda, and we will continue making a significant mark here for the next 90 years," club president Bob Larsen said.

The Pacific Pinball Museum will be exhibiting pinball games at the 2013 Pin-a-Go-Go Pinball Show in Dixon. The event is a fundraiser for the Dixon Teen Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Vacaville.

The Alameda Boys & Girls Club is asking people to save the date of September 23 for its Great Futures Golf Classic, which is presented by Marzolf Brothers Construction. The cost to participate in the tournament, which is being held at the Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, is $250. More information is available by calling 522-4900 or e-mailing

Tracy Corbally has been selected as Alameda’s Teacher of the Year. Corbally, who teaches at the Alameda Science and Technology Institute magnet high school, will be formally recognized at the Board of Education’s May 28 meeting and will compete to be Alameda County’s Teacher of the Year. Finalists for the teacher of the year honor were Andrea Hardman and Marc Jaeger from Otis Elementary and Michael Lamb, a teacher at Alameda High School. “Tracy is an amazing teacher who uses multiple teaching strategies to assist independent thinking and deeper conceptual learning. She employs group dynamics, technology, role playing and debate to engage her students in comparing fictional and non fictional writings,” a member of the committee that selected Corbally for the honor wrote. Said another: “Tracy Corbally builds a learning community in her classroom where students perform at the highest, most current standards. Energetically collaborating with her colleagues, Tracy is making the future of teaching a reality.”