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On Friday, Sept. 26, comedian and storyteller Dhaya Lakshminarayanan will appear at the Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St.

A scene from last year’s blessing of the animals.

The public is invited to gather and celebrate the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi when leaders of the First Congregational Church of Alameda bless local pets on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10:30 a.m.

The blessing will be held in the outdoor courtyard at 1912 Central Ave. between Chestnut and Lafayette streets.

When the word “genocide” is said or heard, the first event to appear in the minds of most people is the Holocaust. Upon first learning about it, many have come to know it as the first genocide of the 20th century. For many, it may have been a highlighted topic in grade school history class. However, few people know of the Armenian Genocide. From 1915-1923, Armenian Christians of the Ottoman Empire were victims of mass killings, violence and deportations from present-day Turkey. This was, in fact, the first genocide of the 20th century.

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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.