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On behalf of Santa and the Alameda Recreation & Park Department, we would like to thank the following local businesses and organizations for their recent support of our "13th Annual Breakfast with Santa" held on Saturday, Dec. 6. Our appreciation goes to Trader Joe’s for the donation of bananas and to Peet’s Coffee on Park Street for donating coffee.

A big thanks to Otaez Mexican Restaurant for catering the event. We are also grateful to members of the Alameda Youth Committee who assisted during the event. Your collaboration helped make Santa’s annual breakfast special for everyone who attended!

Christina Bailey Recreation Services Specialist


Your readers can help a child go to sailing camp next year and take a tax deduction at the same time. Over the last two summers the Alameda Community Sailing Center (ACSC) introduced 130 children to this great sport. Nearly one-third of the children were paid for by individual donors through the club’s scholarship funding.

These were kids who otherwise would not have been able to afford a summer camp. In 2015 we will have room for as many as 120 children in our weekday camps. 

Your readers can make a $25 (or more) tax-deductible donation to ACSC and the club will put the money in its scholarship fund for kids who would otherwise not attend summer camp.

ASCC hopes to get 30 percent of its scholarship funding in place during the holiday season. You can donate: online or by mail. Visit www.sailalameda.org and click on the "donate" tab or send a check to ACSC, 2532 Santa Clara Ave., #150, Alameda, CA 94501. ASCC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit; contributions are tax-deductible.

Doug Perry


On behalf of the Alameda Community Sailing Center (ACSC) volunteers, sailing instructors and students, I’d like to say a warm and hearty thank you to the members of Rotary Club of Alameda.

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Alameda Community Sailing Center was honored by the Rotary Club of Alameda with a donation to the center’s scholarship fund. The check was presented by Rotary President Deb Knowles at the Rotary’s Community Grants Luncheon at the Grand View Pavilion in Alameda.

This donation from Alameda Rotary will help insure that under-served youth will continue to have access to sailing in Alameda. Next year will mark the third year of Alameda Community Sailing Center’s Youth Sailing Camp.

In the past two years 35 percent of the children who have participated were awarded scholarships. ACSC aims to leave no one ashore due to financial constraints.

ACSC currently offers low- cost boat storage adjacent to the Encinal Boat Ramp near Encinal High School. In the future, ACSC plans to make small sailboat rentals available to qualified people and offer classes to teach sailing to adults as well as youth. Learn more at www.SailAlameda.org.

Kame Richards, President, Alameda Community Sailing Center