The Alameda Education Foundation has kicked off its annual drive for school supplies to support several hundred Alameda students in need -- in cooperation with the Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Boys & Girls Club and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families.
"Our goal is to ensure that all students begin the first day of class in 2012 with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom," said Bill Sonneman, president of the Alameda Education Foundation.
The groups aim to collect and fill 800 backpacks. Supplies collected through the program — Equipped for Success -- will be distributed to low-income students served by the school district's McKinney-Vento Homeless Program and other programs on the Island.
"All of these organizations working together enables us to broaden the scope and effectiveness of this effort and help ensure all students have the supplies they need on the first day of school," said Doug Biggs, executive director of Alameda Point Collaborative.
Donations can be dropped off from 5 to 7 p.m. during the free summer concerts at South Shore set for July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 and 18, and Sept. 1. In addition to school supplies, donations of musical instruments, picture frames and cash are requested. For a full list of businesses around the Island collecting supplies, go to www.alamedaeducation.org.
A different form of collaboration is happening at Alameda Museum from July 6 to 28. The Island Alliance of the Arts is sponsoring Cross Currents, a show of 27 California artists, at the Alameda Museum.
Alamedans are invited to meet the artists at a reception to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 7. The event will include refreshments and music.
Artist talks and presentations will be held noon to 2 p.m. on July 28. Island Alliance of the Arts Board President Bonnie Randall Boller will speak, along with Peter Baczek, E. B. Bounds, Francesca Saveri and Mark Zaffron.
Coming up on July 13, the East Bay Regional Park District, Regional Parks Foundation and the Rotary Club of Alameda will host their second free Concert at the Cove. Food will be sold, and a family program will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Crab Cove Visitor Center. Lyin' Is, a group that plays the rock music of the Eagles, will take the stage at 5:30 p.m.
On July 14, Ballena Bay Yacht Club is hosting a poker run to encourage local residents and sailing enthusiasts to visit the Island's various clubs, such as the Aeolian, Alameda, Ballena Bay, Encinal and Oakland yacht clubs.
In past years, some top prize payouts have topped $400. The event takes place from noon to 5:30 p.m. on July 14, with a steak dinner set for 7 p.m. at Ballena Bay.
On July 21, the Encinal Yacht Club will host Island Fever, a benefit for the Encinal Sailing Foundation and its youth sailing programs. The evening program includes an auction.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.