Community Corner: Skate for schools, park volunteers sought and more

Community Corner: Skate for schools, park volunteers sought and more

Michele Ellson

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. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to sign up online or call 747-7570.

BART is increasing the parking fees by 50 cents per day in lots at several of its stations. The increases will take place in two phases, on Monday and January 27. Additional information about the fee increases and where they will go into effect is available on BART’s website.

The Little Ice Rink is holding special, discounted skate nights to benefit local schools. The events will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; admission will be $12 for adults and $8 for children, which includes skate rental. Proceeds from the skate nights will be donated by Alameda South Shore Center owner Jamestown Properties and the Perforce Foundation to 19 local school parent teacher associations and Alameda’s PTA Council.

The Alameda Education Foundation has elected three new members to its board of directors. The new members are Diane Foster, Kathy Moehring and Courtney Shepler. Foster is a former teacher and current president of Diane Foster & Associates, which provides leadership competency and career management services. Moehring is director of community affairs for the Harbor Bay Group of Companies and former executive director of the West Alameda Business Association, and has served on several local nonprofit boards. Shepler, a certified public accountant who leads the school district’s Measure A parcel tax oversight committee, will serve as the board’s treasurer.

Registrations are being taken for Encinal High School’s Shakespeare Monologue Competition 2014. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 1 on the cafeteria stage at the school, which is at 210 Central Avenue, and prizes will be awarded for dramatic and comic monologues and audience choice. The registration fee is $10, $5 before Friday, and forms are available online; the deadline to register is January 24. Participants must live or attend high school in Alameda, and must prepare a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays that is one to two minutes long.

Temple Israel is offering Taste of Judaism, a trio of weekly classes offering the modern Jewish take on spirituality, values and community, on January 21, January 28 and February 4. The series will be led by Rabbi Barnett Brickner and Cantor Brian Reich. Admission is free but registration is required; additional information is available here.


Submitted by Frank Li (not verified) on Fri, Jan 10, 2014

It's unfair and unsafe that a the gardening group is getting special treatment by Rec & Park to hold a public event in Jean Sweeney Open Space Park (JSOSP) when the CEQA and EIR for the park has not yet been completed. No official use plan has been approved yet for JSOSP, no one knows the environmental impacts and no one knows the true measure of potential chemicals and poisons in the soil. Other groups have expressed the desire to hold volunteer events in JSOSP be we've always been told we have to wait until the plan is complete and there is CEQA approval. Very unfair to those who have been participating the planning process.