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The nonprofit Alameda Support Foundation (ASF) recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to graduates from two Alameda high schools.

Encinal High School graduates Dylan Tonningsen and Camille Torres received money to help pay college expenses, as did St. Joseph Notre Dame High School alumnus Emilio Sanchez.

Alameda Council of the Boy Scouts of America invites boys in the first through fifth grade to join one of its nine Cub Scout packs in Alameda. The scouts are hosting meetings at the following times and locations:

 Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Pack 14, Alameda Christian Reformed Church, 2914 Encinal Ave.

 Thursday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m. Pack 16 (ages eight to 10), Church of the Latter Day Saints, 1201 Grand St.

 Monday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m. Pack 2, First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Ave.

The Alameda Ballet Academy, 1402 Park St., is holding auditions for its 10th annual presentation of The Nutcracker, which it will present at the Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Ave., on Dec. 21 and 22. All levels of dancers are welcome.

Saturday, Sept. 20

 3 to 4 p.m., children four and five years old

 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., children six and seven years old

 6 to 7 p.m., children eight to 10 years old

Sunday, Sept. 21

 11 a.m. to noon, beginner and intermediate dancers, nine years old and up

On March 24, 1897, a fire destroyed Fernside, the Cohen family’s palatial villa. "All the fire left of Fernside," Edgar Cohen wrote in a description of a similar picture in his photo album. He did not take this photograph.

Tragic blaze compounds widow Emilie Cohen’s woes

The fire that destroyed Emilie Gibbons Cohen’s Alameda mansion in 1897, brought tragedy home to her at Fernside once again.

Every month, I wander over to Alameda’s premier independent pharmacy to pick up a copious amount of prescription drugs. Last time, my "personal behavior advisor and culinary appraiser" Raoul accompanied me, to help tote my stash of pharmaceuticals.

After the wander, Raoul and I stopped by the nearby Versailles Avenue digs of a legendary culinary icon, Mrs. Bagley. Bagley considers herself "The Cooking Perfectionist."