News Briefs

This Saturday, Feb. 3, marks the fourth year of the Alameda Spelling Bee. The contest to prove the best student speller in town takes place at 9 a.m. at Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St., and is open to Alameda students in grades 4 through 9.

The top spellers receive trophies courtesy of Alameda Awards & Recognition and sponsorship to county-level competition courtesy of the Alameda Elks Lodge. 

This Sunday, Feb. 4, football fans can watch Super Bowl 52 live at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex for no charge. The theater will present the live simulcast of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots on the 50-foot screen in the Historic Theatre. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available only at the Theatre Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis. A $5 donation is requested per ticket to benefit a local charity.

The theatre snack bar will be open for hot dogs, beer and wine. No outside food or beverages allowed.

The 21-member community task force assembled to help draft the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP) will meet Monday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Alameda’s Main Public Library, Stafford Conference Room, 1550 Oak St. The public is invited to attend as the task force reviews a draft of the EDSP. 

The EDSP will be the city’s long-term (five- to 10-year) roadmap for business attraction, retention and workforce development activities, while improving the quality of life for Alameda residents and employees. 

Applications are currently being accepted from individuals who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. The committee reviews, comments and advises the board of directors and district staff on the implementation and enhancement of programs and services for seniors and people with disabilities.

All vacancies and resignations during the 2018 calendar year will be filled from qualified applications received. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Feb. 2.

The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Public Art Commission for a partial term expiring June 30, 2019. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, by calling 747-4800, or on the city’s website. Interested persons are encouraged submit applications to the City Clerk by Thursday, Feb. 1. 

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