Island's endangered birds need protection

On a recent morning I yelled at a pair of rowing teams in the wharf area behind the old Del Monte building because they rowed right through a breeding flock of western Grebes. The flock is down to only 20 this year because they have been disturbed by rowers and also by the Alameda Fire Department practicing nearby with their new fire boat.

I've notified the Fire Department and the Audubon Society, but I don't know who else to notify. Can anyone suggest something? This is tragic. I've counted as many as 55 in that flock over the years. They've got to have a place to breed.

Monty J. Heying

Girls Inc. grateful for support of event

Thanks to our caring Alameda community, Girls Inc. of the Island City's "Women Who Dare" event was a phenomenal success, raising more than $60,000 for our innovative programs. With this critical support, Girls Inc. of the Island City can deepen its capacity to help more girls seize opportunities and thrive.

On behalf of the Women Who Dare Committee, I would like to thank our tremendous sponsors and supporters for helping us inspire all girls to reach their full potential and create bold futures.

A strong, smart and bold thank-you goes to our Women Who Dare sponsors: the Alameda Welfare Council, Kaiser Permanente, Excel Graphics, Alameda Hospital, Alameda Alliance for Health, Alameda Elder Communities in honor of Darnelle Zimmerman, Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, Andy and Nadine Barbera of Barbera Pangelinan Insurance Agency, Dorie Guess Behrstock, First Community Bank, Greer Family Mortuary, Trader Joe's, Alameda Police Department, Lauren Zimmerman Cook, the Office of Deb Knowles of Edward Jones Investments, Sally R. Han of Alain Pinel Realtors, Harbor Bay Realty, Karen Petrulakis, Kate Rezucha, and Morgan West Hansen; to our in-kind donors, Alameda Bicycle, Alameda Theatre, June Allen, Susan Cashin, Beth Degolia, Dragon Rouge, East Bay Crew, Irish Monkey, Peg Kofman, Ken Pearce, Bryan and Madonna Pendleton, Rythmix Cultural Works, Charlotte Tlachac, Trukid, Trader Joe's and Julie Van Buhler; and to our time and talent sponsors Nick Sandy, Lauren Hopkins, Olivia Lopez, Janet Thoma, Mary Ann Rose, Maricel Ago, Al Wright, Marilyn Sandifur, Anita Battle, and Rose LeCount.

Audrey Lord-Hausman

chair, special events, Girls Inc. of the Island City

First Green Festival at Earhart a success

On April 16, Amelia Earhart held its first Green Festival. Since January, the Amelia Earhart Parent Green Team has been working to develop the school's first Green Festival. Many ideas were contributed in the spirit of raising awareness of Earth-impacting issues and teaching our students how to be green.

Leading up to the Festival, Waste-Free Wednesday created schoolwide buzz. Kids were challenged to bring waste-free lunches on Wednesdays. The grade level with the least amount of waste would win prizes for their teachers.

At the last Waste-Free Wednesday count, all four of the first-grade classes created the least amount of waste. Thanks to the grant from Livermore Altamont Education Advisory Board, the first-graders won $50 Amazon gift cards for teachers Michael O'Neill, Diane Alexander, Shauna Mack and Elizabeth Struble. Alexander expressed "thanks, with hopes of continuing forward with all of our efforts."

The afternoon of the Green Festival was full of fun. Music and announcements led by DJ Richard created an energy-filled atmosphere.

Learning stations included community exhibits, games, art. Exhibitors included Alameda Municipal Power; EBMUD; StopWaste.Org; Back to the Roots; Alameda Backyard Growers; Ploughshares, Alameda Point Collaborative; East Bay Parks District, Crab Cove; Denise Lum, Tupperware/Zumba; and Damian Mason.

Parent volunteers led art and game stations based on using something reused or recycled to teach how to create less waste going into landfills. To encourage kids to visit many learning stations, they each received a card to try at least six stations. Once the card was completed, they were entered into a raffle to win prizes donated by Jamba Juice, Harbor Bay Club, Zero Waste, anonymous parents, Pacific Pinball Museum, Back to the Roots' mushroom kits and a reusable lunchbox.

A snack table with bread donated by Semifreddi's and a colorful rainbow of fruits and veggies was a big hit. Using a grant from the Livermore Altamont Education Advisory board, the Green team was also able to purchase reusables to serve these healthy snacks and water for more than 220 attendees (to be used for future school parties and events).

Alameda Municipal Power's Bill Garvine and Dan Mark had kids make pledges to turn off the lights, TV and other power when not in use by placing their names on a pledge board. In turn, the kids earned capes that brought even more life to the festival and days to follow.

Other community members also donated their time and efforts. Kohl's associates from the Alameda and San Leandro stores volunteered to help with games, and Alameda High School students helped with the planting and rock decorating stations. Lincoln middle school students also came to help with the popular Angry Birds launching station, made by DJ Richard.

This first Green Festival was a huge success. The large attendance and outpouring of community volunteers, exhibitors and raffle prize donations was amazing. By working together as a connected community, we truly can make a difference.

Lori Melero

Green Parent volunteer