Town Crier: Slain Dimond District girl’s family needs help for funeral

MONTCLARION: August 2, 2013

It’s a parents’ worst nightmare — to lose a child to gun violence. But in the case of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine, the loss extends well beyond family and friends.

Alaysha was killed at a sleepover in the Dimond District — something so innocent it’s practically a rite of passage for a youngster. Yet a night of giggles and sharing turned tragic when the third-grader answered a knock at the door and someone sprayed bullets into the apartment.

While the police are searching for suspects and the family is dealing with this horrific loss, we, as a community, can help. District 4 Councilmember Libby Schaaf says the Carradines need $4,200 to cover the funeral expenses. Please consider sending a check to Roselawn Cemetery, 26295 Mission Blvd., Hayward, 94544 and use reference number R3982.

Staying alert: One more bit of bad news before we lighten things up … purse snatching is on the rise, and more women are being hurt as they try to hold on to their property. Oakland police say some simple things can keep you from being a victim. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your things close to your body. Also, park in well lighted areas and be sure to lock your doors as soon as you get in your car.

Vocal local: Skyline High grad Mara Hruby is one of the headliners at this weekend’s Art + Soul Oakland Festival Saturday and Sunday. The 21-year-old singer has been touring the Bay Area and beyond with stints at Yoshi’s and other popular jazz clubs. Check out her music video “Character” and you’ll be treated to her sultry style as well as scenes from Woodminster Amphitheater at

Around town: Praise the Lord and pass the bratwurst. Beer, brats and a high-octane band are coming to Zion Lutheran, 5201 Park Blvd., at 3 p.m. Aug. 17. The church’s outdoor garden is known for its heavenly acoustics — a perfect place for the Houston Jones quintet to dish out its original folk, bluegrass, blues and gospel. It’s the band’s second performance in the garden, a venue which is being considered for a summer concert series. Tickets are $25 and available in the church office or at the door.

Reel entertainment: Red Oak Realty’s Outdoor Movie Night is gaining traction. The Montclair Village Association’s Daniel Swafford says about 120 people showed up for July’s event and they were buying takeout from Village restaurants and getting hot chocolate from Montclair Bistro. The next outdoor movie is “The Goonies” on Aug. 17. The DJ starts spinning at 7 p.m. for anyone who wants to set up their lawn chairs early for the 8:30 p.m. show.


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