Circus for Arts in the Schools to Hold Its 5th Annual Circus Arts Event in Alameda, CA on February 8, 2009

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Circus for Arts in the Schools, which has raised over $92,000 for Bay Area public school art programs since 1995, is proud to announce the program for its 5th Annual Circus for the Arts, which will be held February 8, 2009 at Kofman Auditorium in Alameda, California. Tickets are available on-line at http://www.circusforarts.org, in-person at Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street, Alameda; by phone through Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

Circus for Arts in the Schools, which has raised over $92,000 for Bay Area public school art programs since 1995, is proud to announce the program for its 5th Annual Circus for the Arts, which will be held February 8, 2009 at Kofman Auditorium in Alameda, California. The 2009 "Ensembles" themed Circus show will feature top professional ensembles including Circus Bella and Circus Finelli, as well as student ensembles such as the Prescott Circus Theater, the Lincoln Middle School Jugglers, and two advanced ensembles out of the San Francisco Circus Center and the Clown Conservatory. The two 70-minute shows will feature aerialists from the San Francisco Circus Center's Professional Aerial Program, and acts by Johannes Mager, and the Zaccho Dance Theatre. Jeff Raz of The Pickle Family Circus, Vaudeville Nouveau, Make*A*Circus, and who most recently held the lead in Cirque du Soleil's traveling show Corteo will once again share his talents as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The Circus for Arts in the Schools has been dazzling audiences with skill, daring and silliness from acrobats, clowns, jugglers and musicians for the past four years. All proceeds from the shows support the Creative Arts Education program in Paden, Otis and Lum Elementary Schools in Alameda, California. Centered around live, professional works of art, the Creative Arts Education program brings classroom teachers and teaching artists together to create vibrant, curriculum-rich lessons that challenge every student and that strive to meet each child's learning needs. Proceeds from the 2009 Circus for Arts in the Schools will continue to support the Creative Arts Education program at Otis, Lum and Paden Elementary Schools. In addition, all Alameda public schools have the opportunity to raise money for arts in their school through ticket sales.

Alameda-based Toy Safari and Campbell Law Offices are once again the principal sponsors of the Circus. Financial Benefits Credit Union, Deidre Dixon of Harbor Bay Realty and JetBlue Airways are also continuing to be major sponsors. Additional sponsors include businesses and individuals interested in supporting the arts and public schools. Generous support from sponsors also allows Circus for Arts in the Schools to continue its tradition of donating tickets to organizations which provide services to disadvantaged members of the community Over the past four years, the Circus has donated over 1000 tickets to groups such as a Midway Shelter, DreamCatchers Shelter, Mastick Senior Center, and youth serving agencies in the Bay area.

What: 5th Annual Circus for Arts in Schools
When: Sunday, February 8, 2009, 1:00PM & 4:00PM
Where: Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave. (between Oak and Walnut Streets), Alameda, CA

Tickets: Adults - $12.50 ($15 at the door); Seniors/Children (3-17) - $10; Children under 3 - Free. Tickets are available on-line at http://www.circusforarts.org, in-person at Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street, Alameda; by phone through Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006

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