Community Corner: Food bank seeks volunteers, students triumph, and yacht club gets a new GM

Community Corner: Food bank seeks volunteers, students triumph, and yacht club gets a new GM

Michele Ellson

Grade schoolers Josephine Kientz, Jennifer Sauter, Cordelia Spencer (last row), Liam Hofmann, Tsaunder Huff, Isabelle Sauter (second row) and Margaret Konecky (sitting) are headed to the global Destination Imagination competition in Knoxville, Tenn. Contributed photo.

The Alameda Food Bank is looking for volunteers who can contribute a morning or afternoon each week on an ongoing basis. The food bank is seeking volunteers to fill shifts from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, as well as volunteer drivers. Anyone interested in contributing their time is asked to call program manager Samantha Kahn at 523-5850.

The city has kicked off is Webster Street sewer project, which will result in street lane closures as the project is being completed. Work will be conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 2 on Webster Street from Haight Avenue to Central Avenue, on Taylor Avenue from Webster Street to Page Street and on Page Street from Taylor Avenue to Santa Clara Avenue. While work is underway, the middle two lanes of Webster Street will be closed and no parking signs will be erected in parking lanes adjacent to where work is underway. Anyone with questions or seeking to report a violation can call Ranger Pipelines’ main office, at (415) 822-3700; project manager James Duffy, at (415) 316-8390; a 24-hour emergency line at (800) 876-3778; City of Alameda construction inspector Greg Stoia, at 919-9178; City of Alameda Public Works managers Philip Lee and Flavio Barrantes, at 747-7930; or Michelle Berner at the West Alameda Business Association, 523-5955.

Students from Alameda Community Learning Center and Nea Community Learning Center are teaming up to paint animal art to raise funds for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. Their Art for Animals fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11 at Jingletown Art Studios, 3001 Chapman Street, Oakland. Paintings will cost about $15, and refreshments will be served. The fundraiser is being conducted to fulfill students’ community service hours requirement.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department is working on a long-term strategy for its senior program and is conducting a survey as part of that effort. The survey can be taken online, and the whole community is invited to participate. Anyone who takes the survey before May 10 will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card from Trader Joe’s.

Students at a pair of Alameda schools are celebrating wins in regional and state competitions. The seven-student We Rock, Paper, Scissors team from Amelia Earhart and Edison elementary schools’ gifted and talented education programs – Josephine Kientz, Jennifer Sauter, Cordelia Spencer, Liam Hofmann, Tsaunder Huff, Isabelle Sauter and Margaret Konecky – took second place in the Destination Imagination state finals in Riverside on the weekend of March 29 and will be traveling to the competition’s global finals in Knoxville, Tenn. in May. The students collected donations from local residents and partnered with local charities and businesses to plan birthday parties for low-income children. The team is seeking donations to help them travel to the event; to contribute, contact Chris Kientz at (575) 644-2082 or The competition presents challenges that students must solve by engaging in critical thinking, improvisation, collaboration and teamwork.

Meanwhile, 18 students from the Alameda Community Learning Center took top honors in the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair, held March 21-23 in Pleasanton. First place winners included sixth grader Harrison Coorey, whose project, “Are Some Multiplication Facts Harder than Others?” earned a top middle school honor in the behavioral sciences category; eighth grader Erika Badalyan, whose “The Effect of Meditation on Stress Reduction” also earned a top award in the behavioral sciences category; eighth grader Alex Orla-Bukowski, for “Why Are You So Repulsive?” which took the top spot in the middle school physics category; and freshman Rudy Skowronski, whose “A Novel Way to Create Electricity with Waste Water” took the top spot in the high school engineering category. Coorey qualified for the state science fair, to be held April 28-29 in Los Angeles; he, Badalyan, Orla-Bukowski and eighth grader Mary Jane Howland also won Broadcom Masters awards, earning them an invitation to that organization’s Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars competition. In addition, juniors Michelle Cosette and Michelle Luo, who took second place honors in the energy and transportation category for “Engineering Biofuel Using Termite Gut Micro-organisms to Produce H2,” earned $500 Chevron scholarships and the Most Innovative Project award.

Encinal Yacht Club is welcoming a new general manager and chief operations officer. Rigo Headley comes to the club from the Berkeley Tennis Club, where he also served as general manager. Headley has a degree in hospitality management and business from San Jose State University; he worked his way through school, teaching and coaching swimming and tennis at the local YMCA and the Los Gatos Swim & Racquet Club, where he ultimately served as assistant general manager. He has 15 years of club management experience. Headley begins May 5, replacing Dennis Conneally, who resigned March 26.