Kids Stuff

Sixth months ago the Alameda Unified School District explored the possibility of combining the Island’s two public high schools. Last Friday’s rivalry between Alameda and Encinal high schools reminded the community that the Island Bowl is a tradition worth keeping. 

The 65th Island Bowl wasn’t as close as last year’s matchup, but there were still fireworks between the Hornets and the Jets. When the dust settled, the Jets trotted off with a 42-0 victory and bragging rights for yet another year.

Alameda recently hosted the first Bay Area display of the youth-led “Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful.” Kaia, Laila, and Alexandra show some of the butterflies that they created as part of a youth-led program to craft 15,000 butterflies to symbolize the plight of 15,000 children the federal government is holding in detention centers along America’s border with Mexico. As of last Tuesday, contributors had created 8,135 butterflies, 54 percent of their goal. The movement chose butterflies because the creatures symbolize that migration is beautiful.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda organized a Special Needs Day at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. Forty youth registered for the event. Members of the Bay Area Outreach Program for adaptive sports shared their love of inclusiveness and bicycles. They made various adaptive cycles available. These bicycles scored high with everyone including the local Key Club youth groups. Their members will share this resource with their schools. Other adapted sports and games included basketball, bowling, beanbag toss and Frisbee. A barbecue lunch concluded the sunny and very successful event.

A fundraiser concert to benefit the women and children of Alameda’s Midway Shelter is set for this Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2:30 p.m. at Twin Towers United Methodist Church. Guests will be treated to a performance by the Harmony Fusion Chorus, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines. Advance tickets cost $20 or at the door, $25.

Also, mark the calendar for the Saturday, Sept. 28, Have a Heart Gala that will benefit the shelter.

To learn more, call 357-0205, Ext. 206 or visit www.midwayshelter.org.

A true miracle of thespianism, a creation beyond the reach of ordinary actors, “The Lord of A Ring in A Suitcase” brought magnificence, drama and madcap hilarity to Franklin Park last Saturday. The Peripatetic Players, an ensemble of five actors, played every part of the broad dramatis personae of the J.R.R. Tolkien book, The Fellowship of the Ring.

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