Otis Drive kitchen fire damage about $5,000

A kitchen fire at an apartment in the 2000 block of Otis Drive on Saturday caused about $5,000 worth of damage, firefighters said.

The resident extinguished the fire, which was reported at 6:09 p.m., before crews arrived. But the 18 firefighters who were dispatched still checked for any hidden fire, ensuring that it was completely extinguished. No one was hurt.

Band Extravaganza set for Saturday

The music department of Encinal High School will host its 12th annual Extravaganza of Bands on Saturday.

More than 1,000 parents and students are involved in the event, which attracts numerous school bands. The middle and high school concert band competition will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym. It will be followed by a parade competition down Pacific Avenue beginning at 3 p.m.

An awards prevention will take place at 5 p.m. on the football field. As part of the event, streets around Encinal High School will be closed 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and parking will be restricted.

The closed streets are Central from Third to Pacific; Pacific from Central to Fourth; Fourth from Pacific to Haight; the 300 block of Haight; and Third from Haight to Central.

The school is located at 210 Central Ave. For information, call 510-748-4023, ext. 2702.


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Angela's Mojito Monday to benefit Temple Israel

"Mojito Monday" on Monday at Angela's Bistro, 2301 Central Ave., will feature Rabbi Barney Brickner as the bartender and will benefit Temple Israel. The fundraiser takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Customers can order a mojito or another type of drink and 100 percent of the tip will go toward programs at Temple Israel, the city's only Jewish sanctuary and school. Brickner was installed as rabbi in February after he and his family moved here from Ohio. For information, e-mail Events@templeisraelalameda.org.

Community Learning Center to raise funds

The Alameda Community Learning Center's Fundraising Club will host "Rock Out For The Move," an evening of live music and dancing 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 11 at 610 Central Ave., #603.

The event is open to all ages and will include live music, dancing, a raffle, games for children and food. The Bob Claire Orchestra will headline and perform Motown, soul, and rhythm and blues from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The center's Rockshop will perform 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $7 adults and $3 for students age 18 and younger. The Fundraising Club is a student-led organization that raises money for the center, which is a combined middle and high school and serves sixth through 12th grade.

For tickets or information, e-mail Sam Showalter at samwam2@gmail.com or at 510-316-3271; or call the center at 510- 521-7543.

Talk and tour homes in Alameda on May 11

The Alameda Home Team will present "Homes are the Heart of Alameda," a bus tour of current and possible future affordable, rental and market rate properties, on May 11.

The nonprofit is made up of businesses and individuals who "believe in the value of Alameda taking care of its own," saying a mix of homes creates vibrant neighborhoods, strong families and a healthy economy. A panel will discuss how sites are chosen and buildings are constructed, financed and managed before the tour.

The free event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Park Alameda apartments. A bus will then tour sites and return at 12:30 p.m. To reserve a space or for information, go to www.heartofalameda.eventbrite.com, call 510-523-4460 or e-mail adchousing@sbcglobal.net.

Free car seat inspection at City Hall parking lot

The Habitot Children's Museum will host a free car seat inspection in the City Hall parking lot, 1555 Oak St., with the Alameda police and State Farm Insurance 10 a.m. to noon on May 18.

The event will help mark the Berkeley museum's 13th annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign, which highlights the high number of unintentional accidents among young children.

People who take part in the inspection will receive a guest pass for museum admission. Habitot Children's Museum was founded by parents and educators 15 years ago and features hands-on exhibits and programs that focus exclusively on early childhood. For information, go to www.habitot.org or e-mail parented@habitot.org or call 510-647-1111.

Harvey Milk celebration will be at Encinal High

Alameda's Fourth Annual Harvey Milk Day Celebration on May 20 will feature Anne Kronenberg, Milk's campaign manager, as the keynote speaker.

Kronenberg is the co-founder and co-chair of the Harvey Milk Foundation and served as Milk's primary political aide. The event will also feature a presentation by student Hunter DeVecchi, a winner of the Season of Nonviolence essay contest, a reading of the Harvey Milk Day Story by children from Alameda's elementary schools, and the announcement of winners of the Alameda Harvey Milk Day Poetry and Poster contest.

The East Bay Gay Men's Chorus will perform. A Kids Zone with art projects and activities for children age 3 and older will be available, according to the organizers. The event will take place at Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave. It will kick off with a buffet at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m. For information about the event, go to the AlamedaHarveyMilkDay Facebook page.