West Contra Costa schools expand performing arts education
AGAINST COSTA WEST
Living Jazz, a nonprofit jazz-based education organization in the Bay Area, announced that the Living Jazz Children’s Project (LJCP) is expanding into the West Contra Costa Unified School District and will offer programs extracurriculars at four other schools this term. This brings the total number of public schools served by the non-profit group in the greater East Bay to 11, with more than 1,300 students.
Through this partnership, Living Jazz is able to provide high quality performing arts education to over 300 new students, free for their families.
“This is the first time most of these students have been trained in the performing arts,” said Lyz Luke, acting general manager of Living Jazz, of the new partnership with West Contra Costa schools.
Since its inception in 2005, the Living Jazz Children’s Project has filled the void where school district budgets were insufficient for the arts. East Bay schools are now facing new challenges just to find enough staff to fill after-school teaching roles, leaving parents and administrators clueless.
This coincides with anticipation of the upcoming Proposition 28 ballot initiative, which could provide an additional $1 billion a year in funding from the state’s General Fund directly to California public schools for arts and music education. . These new demands and challenges put Living Jazz at the forefront as it increases its bandwidth to meet community needs and prepares for greater growth within the organization.
The new dance component of the Living Jazz Children Project (LJCP) is unique, as 97% of schools nationwide do not offer dance. The LJCP offers Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and hip-hop dance lessons to a student body that averages 67% Latinx, by some of East Bay’s top community leaders.
— Live Jazz
Lions Club Sponsors Annual Veterans Day Flag Placing
The El Cerrito Lions Club sponsors its 30th annual placement of flags at veterans’ graves on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at El Cerrito’s Sunset View Cemetery at 101 Colusa Ave.
The event will begin, rain or shine, at 8:30 a.m. with a brief ceremony honoring our veterans. Light refreshments will be served. The club will provide flags and cemetery plans. Veterans, community members, Cubs, Scouts and Girl Scouts have participated in past events and are encouraged to attend. Those wishing to help place flags are asked to bring a screwdriver or similar sharp object to do so.
The El Cerrito Lions Club (ECLC) is a community service club established in 1927. The club’s projects include free eye screening for low-income seniors, collecting eyeglasses for reuse in developing countries, a annual speaker competition for high school students and contributions to organizations such as Lions Eye Foundation, Canine Companions and disaster relief. For more information, please contact John Anderson at 510-222-0633 or [email protected]
See the film about the internment of Japanese Americans on Sunday
The Berkeley Video & Film Festival will present the Bay Area premiere of the award-winning documentary film “Before They Take Us Away” at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the East Bay Media Center at 1939 Addison St. in Berkeley. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at berkeleyvideofilmfest.org or by calling 510-843-3699. Each screening will include a Q&A with the filmmakers and a community reception will take place between screenings at 4 p.m.
Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon and the Best Japanese American Award at the Japan Film Festival in Los Angeles, “Before They Take Us Away” tells the untold stories of Americans from of Japanese descent who “voluntarily” evacuated from the West Coast following President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 and spent the WWII years in America living outside the concentration camps that held their friends and members of their family.
While these “self-evacuees” had their freedom, they became refugees in their own country, during a forced migration into the unknown. Many faced isolation, poverty and racial violence as they struggled to rebuild their lives. “Before They Take Us Away is the second film from the creative team behind The Ito Sisters: An American Story.” For more details, visit beforetheytakeusaway.com online or email [email protected]
—Antonia Grace Glenn
Volunteer to help protect Codornices Creek on Sunday
Join volunteers from Friends of Five Creeks (F5C) in sowing wildflowers and curbing harmful sediment on Codornices Creek, this area’s only trout stream, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. All ages and costumes are welcome!
Help F5C prepare a meadow by a stream for winter storms and spring flowers. Volunteers will seed wildflowers and lay erosion control fabric in the meadow between Albany Little League Fields and Codornices Creek, expanding last year’s colorful flower quilt. The work is mostly light, but wear clothes that can get dirty. F5C provides tools, gloves and seasonal snacks. Work will be canceled in the unlikely event of heavy rain.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. on 10th Street at the Berkeley/Albany border, one block west of San Pablo Avenue and between Harrison and Monroe streets (use 1101 10th Street as the address for directions on line). AC Transit lines 51B, 72, 18 and 12 stop nearby. Questions are welcome, RSVPs are appreciated, and large groups should email [email protected] in advance.
Dead and dying eucalyptus trees are cleared and reused
As shared in recent months, the City of Albany’s project to address the decline of Blue Gum eucalyptus trees on Albany Hill is progressing well. In addition to the Coastal Conservancy grant awarded to develop a large-scale forest management and habitat restoration plan, city staff also partnered with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE ) and Bay Area company Redwood for a pilot project addressing a small portion of the currently dead and dying trees.
In September, CalFIRE National Guard crews felled about 15 dead or dying trees on Albany Hill. The city then partnered with Bay Area Redwood to machine about 10 logs from three large trees deemed to be in good enough condition for reuse.
Bay Area Redwood brought a portable milling operation to the hill to process the logs into over 2,000 linear feet of lumber. The city plans to use the wood for railings along the paths and for retaining walls along the roads and paths on the hill. The miller has also provided slabs from the logs which can be used for the benches. Scouts working on their Eagle projects and the Urban Tilth Watershed Stewardship Field Team will be installing the wood at various Albany Hill sites.
— City of Albany
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