News Briefs

Join Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) as they kick off their “Year of Sustainable Gardening” for a free screening of filmmaker Mark Kitchell’s new film: Evolution of Organic at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at Rhythmix Cultural Works.

The film tells the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. By now organic has gone mainstream, split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. 

The Alameda police and fire departments teamed up last Thursday to rescue a combative women from the waters of San Francisco Bay. Rescue swimmers from both departments pulled the woman from the water near Park Street and Shore Line Drive.  

They took her to a waiting ambulance. Paramedics transported her to the hospital. 

Christmas morning will be that much happier in many Alameda homes thanks to “Shop with a Cop.” Shop with a Cop breaks down the barriers between the community and the police, helps families in need and builds important new friendships.

Alameda police officers who belong to the Police Officers Association paired with children from various Alameda elementary and middle schools last week to spread a little Christmas cheer. The delighted children spent a few hours roaming the aisles of Target in search of perfect holiday gifts.

The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) wants all the shelter animals to have homes for the holidays, so the group is offering a special discount through the end of the year. As of now, all adoption fees are 50 percent off through Sunday, Dec. 31. That means fees as low as $20 for a senior cat 7 years or older. A puppy or kitten would be just $60. (Try to beat that, Santa!) 

See all the adoptable animals and check back often because potential furry family members become available every day. 

To help Alamedans prepare for upcoming storms, Public Works has opened a sandbag station on Alameda Point at Lexington Street and West Tower Avenue. The station will be open from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Dec. 15. 

If you are not able to pick up sandbags when the station is open, call Public Works at 747-7900 to receive instructions for a self-serve area. Please note that the sandbag station is closed during storms, as staff are occupied with storm-related service requests.  

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