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Editor: Boys & Girls Clubs serves nearly 4 million young people each and every year, To show its ongoing support in preparing today’s youth for a bright tomorrow Ross Stores, Inc. is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs with a three-week program called, “Help Local Kids Learn.” Over the lifetime of this partnership, Ross Stores and the Ross Stores Foundation have been responsible for donations of $20 million in support of clubs across America.

From this Saturday, July 31. until Sunday, Aug. 22, Ross customers in Alameda can make a monetary contribution at checkout to the Alameda Boys & Girls Club.

Every $3 donation helps provide one hour of Power Hour homework help for a club youth, and $15 helps keep a kid safe after school. We encourage you to get to our local Ross store and donate. You can also donate at https://givebutter.com/alameda.

— Lauren Zimmerman Cook, Chair Alameda Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors

Editor: I read with interest Jeffrey Smith’s letter “Disseminate this theory widely” in the July 22 edition of the Alameda Sun. He suggested that printing “billions of copies of Critical Race Theory (CRT) would dissuade potential immigrants from coming to America.

My understanding of CRT is not that it is a diatribe against America; rather it advocates an honest critique of our nation’s mistakes in the past: slavery, Jim Crow, poor treatment of native Americans, interment of Japanese citizens in World War II, etc. and this can lead to further improvements in our nation. Many people around the world still see America as a nation of freedom and opportunity; check out our southern border or the attitude of many of our Afghanistan allies who wish to come here. A recent joke counters some of Smith’s pessimism.

Question: A Jew and a Black walk into a bar in Atlanta. What does the bartender say?

Answer: “Welcome Senators.”
You gotta love this country.

— Tom Engh

Get your tickets now; this will sell out

Editor: The Second Annual Corks, Forks, Rhythm, & Brews Festival is back after being cancelled from the pandemic last year, and this year they want to shift their focus to showcase local restaurants, wineries, and breweries.

All proceeds of this festival go back to the local community, specifically to the Alameda Boys & Girls Club.

Attendees can expect an array of diverse foods including handmade Pho, gourmet sandwiches, fresh Italian pastas and pizzas, street tacos, Mediterranean food, fresh baked cookies, soft-serve ice cream and more.

Specialty wines, beers and cocktails will also be showcased at this festival from a variety of small businesses including family vineyards, cellars, and breweries alike accompanied with live entertainment, with guests guaranteed to have a good time!

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2 from noon to 5 p.m.

Buy tickets at https://corksforksonthepoint.com/Corks, Forks, Rhythm, & Brews is currently running a 20 percent of early-bird special with the code MEDIA21.

Alameda Boys & Girls Club

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