Community Corner: Fundraisers, school slots and kid flicks

Community Corner: Fundraisers, school slots and kid flicks

Michele Ellson

Friends and family of the late Webster Street chef Soleil Banguid are hosting a fundraising memorial event to celebrate his life and to savor his food. Le Soleil Brille Toujours (The Sun Always Shines) will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. this Friday, April 12 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Redline Avenue, on Alameda Point. The event will include a five-course dinner featuring the sounds and tastes of Africa; a no-host wine bar stocked by local wineries; a raffle and silent auction; and music, including love African drumming. Admission is $75, and all of the proceeds will go into a memorial fund to help defray Banguid’s medical and funeral expenses. Tickets can be purchased online or in person (cash only) at Wescafe, 1536 Webster Street; The Frog and Fiddle, 1544 Webster Street; and Dan’s Fresh Produce, 2300 Central Avenue. Donations are also being accepted via a memorial fund online.

Bay Farm Elementary School is accepting applications Island-wide for seventh grade. Slots are open on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications are available through April 26. Information is available on the Bay Farm Elementary website or by calling the district office at 337-7072.

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex has announced its summer family movie series, which kicks off on June 18 with a screening of “The Lorax.” The weekly screenings will take place at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday through August 14. Tickets are $2 each or $5 for the nine-movie series, with proceeds supporting local schools and youth organizations. Tickets will be available at the Alameda Theatre box office and are also being sold by Girls Inc., St. Philip Neri Elementary, Lum Elementary, Boys & Girls Club of Alameda, Nea Community Learning Center, Alameda Education Foundation and Bay Farm Elementary. School representatives interested in participating may contact the theater box office, at 769-3456.

Alameda Family Services, in cooperation with the Alameda Police Department and Alameda Fire Department, is hosting “Shoots and Ladders,” a fundraiser that pits the departments against one another on the basketball court. The event is slated to take place on May 3 at the Alameda High School gym, which can be accessed at the corner of Alameda Avenue and Oak Street. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students with ID, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6, and tickets are available online or at the door; proceeds will go to Alameda Family Services. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game begins at 7 p.m.; events to take place in addition to the game include a free throw contest, door prizes, and a grand prize drawing for a mountain bike.

Alameda Municipal Power’s customers are a pretty satisfied bunch, the utility said, citing the results of a 2012 survey. Customers gave the utility a customer satisfaction score of 88 percent, the utility said in a press release, higher than the 66 percent average score of California’s publicly owned utilities.

Alameda’s community development director is headed for Hayward. Lori Taylor, who joined the city in August 2011, will head Hayward’s economic development department. Debbie Potter, the city’s housing development and programs manager, will run the community development department on an interim basis.