Many thanks to the community members and VIPs who supported and attended the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at Curry Court, part of Leydecker Park on Bay Farm Island.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Under Armour Basketball partnered with Alameda's Recreation and Park Department to refurbish the basketball area. Mayor Marie Gilmore and Park Commissioner Mario Mariani were among the individuals who made the project happen.
Curry and Under Armour also hosted a basketball camp at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School for 20 high school point guards and shooting guards from around the world. Alameda High School player Jade Smith participated in the program.
Kiwanians: The Alameda Kiwanis Club presented a group of eighth-grade students with the Hope of America Award. The students were recognized by Mayor Gilmore, Kiwanis President Jim Franz and Alameda school board President Trish Herrera Spencer at a luncheon.
The Hope of America Award is given to eighth-grade students who demonstrate outstanding capacity for leadership, ethical and moral character and academic competency. Students receiving the honor include: Ada Baretto, Gabriella Gustafsson, Amanda Gorham Kelly, Isabel Luna, Mary Malkic, Phuoc "Lucky" Nguyen, Christina Pirrotta and Esther Alice Solomon.
school-supply drive: Speaking of students, the Alameda Education Foundation is asking Islanders to support its annual school-supply drive for about 1,000 low-income kids, Equipped 4 Success. Donations will be collected through the summer.
In addition to school supplies, backpacks and musical instruments are needed. See alamedaeducationfoundation.org for a list of bins where items can be dropped off or for how financial donations can be made, or call 510-337-7189. To donate specific items, go toatroonga.com/equipped4success.
concerts, etc.: The Summer Beats Concert Series at South Shore will benefit the Equipped 4 Success via wine and popcorn sales; the retail site also has a collection bin for school supplies. The next free concert takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. July 19 and features the California Beach Boys.
Crab Cove presents its July concert at 5:30 p.m. Friday. BeaufunK with Michael Jeffries will perform music that highlights funk from New Orleans to Oakland, including some Tower of Power songs.
For those looking to find out more about cultural activities and outreach on the Island, staff from Rhythmix Cultural Works will speak at the Alameda Kiwanis Club's next noon meeting on Wednesday. The Kiwanis meet at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.
Relay for life: Finally, congratulations to all the Alamedans who ran and walked for this year's Relay for Life, which supports the American Cancer Society. In mid-May, 11 girls from Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School, led by senior Allie Oilar, attended an event in San Leandro.
The group raised more than $2,000 from Krispy Kreme doughnut sales and donations from friends and family. They also earned about $200 in henna tattoo sales, with senior Erica Smith sharing her artistic talents.
The Relay for Life takes place across the Bay Area and other areas. In Alameda, it was held at Encinal High School on June 21.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.