City seeks applicants for Golf Commission

The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Golf Commission. The appointee will serve a partial term that will expire June 30, 2016.

The Golf Commission was established to advise the council on operational policies and fees for golf facilities, including the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. It meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Golf Complex, 1 Clubhouse Memorial Road.

Application forms may be obtained from and filed with the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, or by calling 510-747-4800.

Deadline to apply is March 27.

Dance will celebrate 'World Water Day'

College of Alameda's Dance Department and the Nguyen Dance Company will present "Dance The Bleu," an informal dance celebrating United Nations World Water Day on Saturday.

Under the direction of Professor Danny Nguyen, students will join the Nguyen Dance Company to celebrate the healing rhythms of modern, salsa, hip hop, ballet, ballroom, as well as traditional Vietnamese ethnic dance.

The evening will close with "The Aftermath," a tribute dedicated to the villagers of Ke Rua,Vietnam, whose communal water supply remains dangerously polluted.

While the event is free, donations to help pay a new, safe water supply for the village will be accepted.


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The Oakland Sister Cities International Da Nang is co-sponsoring the performance, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the college's dance studio, or G-111.

Library to offer free preparedness class

Alameda residents care for people with disabilities, seniors or those who are home-bound or who have limited ability can take part in a free "Personal Emergency Preparedness" class March 31.

The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters is hosting the class, which is sponsored by the Alameda Fire Department and the Alameda County Public Health Department.

For information and to reserve a space, call 510-268-7023 or e-mail Rosanna.Lee@acgov.org.

Fire displaces two people on Benton Street

Two people were displaced after a fire broke out at a residence in the 1500 block of Benton Street on March 15, firefighters said.

Firefighters were dispatched about 3:30 p.m. about a fire in a lower unit of the two-story building. It was confined to a bedroom and quickly extinguished.

No injuries were reported, although extensive smoke damage made the unit uninhabitable. Damage to the structure and its contents was estimated at $40,000.

A total of 18 firefighters responded. The fire is under investigation, but not considered suspicious. Red Cross assisted the displaced residents.

Business group salutes seven Alameda schools

The California Business for Education Excellence, which is made up of business leaders who are committed to improving public education in California, has named seven Alameda schools as "2013 CBEE Honor Roll Schools."

The schools are being recognized for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps.

The seven schools named to the honor roll are: Amelia Earhart; Bay Farm; Donald D. Lum; Edison; Frank Otis; and Franklin elementary schools; and Lincoln Middle School.

The organization designated six of the seven schools as "Scholar Schools," or high-performing schools that do not have "significant levels" of low-income students. The seventh school, Lum, was designated a "Star School" because it has a significant number of low-income students, but is also high performing and closing the achievement gap, according to the organization.

The Alameda Community Learning Center, a charter school, was also named to the honor roll as a "Scholar School."

Each school will receive a banner to announce their designation.

The organization named 2,091 other schools to its honor roll this year, including 1,022 high-poverty schools that are increasing academic performance and closing their achievement gap.

Alameda High 'Hornet Sting' benefit slated

The Alameda High Athletic Boosters will present their Fourth Annual "Hornet Sting" Social & Poker Night on April 12 at the Rock Wall winery at Alameda Point.

The party and fundraiser is the high school's athletic department's most important fundraiser of the year, according to the boosters.

For information, including on registration, go to www.hornetboosters.org, or search for 'Hornet Sting' on EventBrite.com.

Harry James Orchestra to play on USS Hornet

The USS Hornet will present the Harry James Orchestra on Saturday.

Directed by trumpet virtuoso Fed Rake, the orchestra is considered one of the most popular Big Bands in the United States and Canada. Attendees can dance on three large dance floors on the enclosed hangar deck from 8 p.m. to midnight.

While not required, period attire is encouraged and welcomed.

Free dance lessons will be provided throughout the night by Jim Truesdale, a former Fred Astaire dance instructor.

Tickets are $75 per person for cabaret reserved seating with tables near the dance floor; $60 per person for reserved seating near the dance floor; and $40 per person general admission.

If the event does not sell out, general admission tickets will be available at the door for $45 per person.

A cash bar and food will be available for purchase.

Tickets can be ordered online at www.hornetevents.com or by calling 510-521-8448, ext. 282.

The USS Hornet is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda.