The Alameda Education Foundation has opened registration for its spring break camps for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Camp offerings include Skilly Circus and Mad Science. The camps will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 1-5 at Donald D. Lum Elementary School, 1801 Sandcreek Way, with the Alameda Recreation and Park Department offering aftercare from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park for an additional fee. Additional information and registration are available at http://www.alamedaeducation.org.
In other AEF news, the Golden State Warriors are supporting the foundation by donating a portion of the ticket sales for their March 9 game against the Milwaukee Bucks to support its middle school sports program. In addition, kids 18 and under are invited to shoot a free throw on the court after the game. Tickets are $29-$33, and the deadline for orders is February 22. More information is available on the Alameda Education Foundation’s website.
The Frank Bette Center for the Arts has extended the deadline to apply for its seventh annual Alameda on Camera show. The application to participate in the show has been extended to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 10, and the 48 photo-based artists selected to participate in it will be notified a week after applications are in. The show will open April 5. Applications and a prospectus are available on the art gallery’s website.
Two Alameda companies took top honors in this year's East Bay Innovation Awards. Penumbra Inc., a medical device manufacturer that specializes in products for people with vascular diseases and stroke, took the Life Science award, while Alameda Point distiller St. George Spirits earned the Food Award. Two other Alameda companies, DOER Marine and Perforce Software, were finalists for the awards, which are sponsored by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance and the San Francisco Business Times and honor companies that contribute to the East Bay's spirit of innovation. “It was a great evening for Alameda firms,” Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft, who attended the event with City Councilwoman Lena Tam, was quoted as saying in a city press release. “We are very proud of these companies for being acknowledged as pioneers and leaders in their industries. It is exciting to see them get the recognition they deserve.”
State Assemblyman Rob Bonta has authored a trio of bills aimed at curbing gun violence. AB 174 considers putting an end to rules allowing people to keep guns that have since been banned; AB 187 would tax ammunition sales, with the proceeds going into a fund to be spent to reduce crime in high-crime areas. Bonta also co-authored AB 48, which would require ammunition dealers to be licensed and ammunition sales to be reported. The bills were part of a package introduced by Democratic Assembly members over the last several weeks.
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