Fundraiser to benefit children's music theater

A fundraiser for the Alameda Children's Musical Theater will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Angela's Bistro at Central Avenue and Oak Street.

Wines from R&B Cellars will be featured during the event, which is part of the restaurant's Friday Night Flights series. All proceeds will go to the theater group.

Alameda High School also will begin presenting "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 7:30 p.m. today at the Little Theater on the campus.

Encinal High School will begin presenting "The Dining Room" on Dec. 7. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the school's cafeteria.

For information, go to www.acmtkids.org.

Holiday lights powered all by renewable energy

Alameda Municipal Power has partnered with the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department to "green" the holiday light display at City Hall with light-emitting diode lights, or LED lights.

The lights are powered by 100 percent renewable energy from wind and solar sources.

LED lights use up to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent holiday lights and last up to 10 times longer, which city officials say will save on maintenance and replacement costs.

The holiday light display will be turned on Saturday during the city's Hometown Holiday Celebration and Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

Arsonist targets Alameda High School

An arsonist set fire to a stack of books at Alameda High School early Wednesday morning, causing minimal damage inside a classroom before firefighters extinguished the blaze, police said.

No one was hurt, and classes continued as scheduled on Wednesday.

Investigators suspect the arsonist may have entered the ground-floor classroom, which is used by an English teacher, through an unlocked window because they found no sign of forced entry, Alameda police Lt. Ted Horlbeck said.

Firefighters were dispatched after a smoke alarm was tripped about 3:26 a.m., and crews quickly located the classroom because the alarm system also shows where on the campus smoke is detected, Horlbeck said. The books that were set alight were stacked on a table.

The damage was minor and contained to just the small area of the classroom, Alameda fire Capt. Jim Colburn said.

Firefighters put out the fire with extinguishers, Horlbeck said.

Colburn said he was not aware of any recent arson fires that could be connected to Wednesday's blaze.

Teachers and administrators in the school at 2201 Encinal Ave. also said they have not had any issue with a student that would indicate someone was possibly planning to set a fire, Horlbeck said.

It was not immediately clear whether the arsonist used an accelerant.

Hornet to host viewing of Army-Navy game

Football fans can watch the upcoming Army-Navy game during a special broadcast of the 113th gridiron match onboard the USS Hornet.

The game will take place Dec. 8 with the kickoff at noon. But fans can arrive at 10 a.m. to claim their viewing spot. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from Schubros Brewery.

The game will be shown on a super large screen.

Tickets are included in the price of admission to the museum.

Admission is: $16 for adults; $13 for military personnel, students and seniors $7 for youth ages 5-17; children under 5 are free with paying adults.

The USS Hornet is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 at Alameda Point.

This year, Navy looks to expand on its unprecedented 10-year winning streak, while Army looks to break the decade-long slump. The first Army-Navy game was played in 1890 at West Point.