Good Seed 

New use for kid-grime?

SUN 10/5

According to scientists, the human body yields up to fifty grams of dirt a day, so it's an easy assumption that kid-produced soil is increased exponentially. And considering the habits of many ten-year-olds, you could probably pot a rhododendron in no time. However, this Sunday's Seeds of Creativity street fair -- at Preservation Park (Martin Luther King Way, between 13th and 14th streets in Oakland) from 2 to 6 p.m. -- suggests all that kid-grime has a purpose. Sponsored by the African American Museum/Library Coalition -- the volunteer nonprofit behind Eternal Voices, the Oakland African American Museum and Library's ongoing video project to record the oral histories of East Bay African Americans -- the free event will showcase visual and performing art from youth in grades K-12. There will be poets, choirs, and dancers, plus clowns, crafts, music, mural auctions, and plenty of hot dogs and cotton candy. Not only should the all-ages event be fun, but AAMLC president Ruth Beckford hopes it will "water children's seeds of creativity, encouraging them to grow and blossom." Consequently, expect a bumper crop of professional artists on hand, including Oakland native and Wee Pals cartoonist Morrie Turner, to talk to your wee ones about making a life in the arts. If you think of Seeds of Creativity as a watering can, you'll be happy to know your child's dirt is going to good use. 510-893-8211. -- Joy White

SAT 10/4

Kid Gloves

"BoomBoom" at Girls Inc.

Three-time Women's International Boxing Federation champ Gina "Boom Boom" Guidi first donned gloves in her teens, as part of a Police Activities League program aiming to keep kids out of trouble. The San Leandro resident will be on site to support clean-livin' girl power during the Girls Inc. Fall Fest 2003. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can get an autographed picture from Guidi, check out a live hip-hop performance by Angelic, make your own karaoke video, win prizes, check out the computer and fitness centers at Girls Inc. (2251 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro), and more. The program has been in San Leandro for forty years, providing year-round academic enrichment, skills, and counseling assistance to young women aged six to eighteen. Info: 510-357-5515, x 20. -- Stefanie Kalem


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