Alameda's second annual flag-raising and Philippine Independence Day Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 in front of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
As with last year's trailblazing event, this year's free activities will include tributes, entertainment, food and more.
Event organizers say that there will be cultural performances by several youth groups. The national anthem of the Philippines, "Lupang Hinirang" or "Chosen Land," will be sung by a chorus of three organizations. Guest speakers include the Hon. Marciano A. Paynor Jr., who is the Philippine Consul General of San Francisco, as well as state Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Mayor Marie Gilmore.
Later in the day, Rhythmix Island Arts will present "Lumago Lampas" at 7 p.m. The show will include performances by the American Center of Philippine Arts, Parangal Dance Company, Kulintronica and Kristian Kabuay. Event organizers hope to showcase the celebrations on the Island with Alameda's sister city, Dumaguete, through a live Internet connection.
LIBRARY EVENTS: Over at the Alameda main library, environmental artist Jon Kerpel will have a show on the second floor from Sunday through June 28. The exhibit, entitled "A Page From the Great Book of Nature," consists of pieces he has assembled that resemble food trays. Each piece of artwork aims to ask viewers questions like: what do animals and other creatures mean to us at this point in history?
Docent Avril Angevine, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will speak at the main library at 6:30 p.m. June 18 about the Northern California art scene from the 1950s through the 1980s, a period when local artists, nurtured by the area's educational institutions, developed a rich visual culture.
Highlights of the talk, called "From Figure to Funk," include celebrated artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, David Park, Joan Brown, Robert Arneson and Jay Defeo.
school supply drive: Yes, the school year wraps up on June 12. But the Alameda Education Foundation invites community members to support its school-supply drive before then, so the program can get a head start and raise $20,000 before classes are over. Each year, the group provides about 1,000 needy kids with backpacks full of school supplies. Go to http://alamedaeducationfoundation.org/ways-to-give/equipped-4-success to support the program. Checks can be sent to the AEF at P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94501.
adoption days: Also, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter invites community members to participate in Maddie's Pet Adoption Days on Saturday and Sunday. During the weekend, Maddie's Fund will cover all adoption fees and donate $500 or more to FAAS for each pet taken in by an Islander. More than 20 kittens and 25 dogs, cats and puppies are available for adoption at no charge.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.