The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead has been chosen as the City of Alameda’s initial selection for the launch of ReadAlameda, an annual Island-wide book club. Alameda residents voted and choose The Underground Railroad to be the inaugural title. The book was published in 2016 and received broad praise, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. Whitehead’s book is also a New York Times Bestseller and an Oprah’s Book Club selection.
Property owners of rental units in the City of Alameda are now required to pay a Rent Program Fee. On June 6 the City Council adopted a resolution that sets the fee at $120 for each rental unit that was rented or available to rent as of July 1, 2017.
Landlords will begin receiving a registration form and invoice from the city this week. The fee will cover the period from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. Registration forms and payments must be returned no later than Jan. 1, 2018.
The city is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Commission on Disability Issues. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, by phone at 747-4800, or on the city’s website, www.alamedaca.gov.
Interested persons are encouraged submit applications to the City Clerk by Thursday, Dec. 7. Contact the City Clerk’s office at 747-4800 with any questions.
At two upcoming events Alameda’s C’era Una Volta Italian Restaurant will be serving up deliciousness and generosity. Cheryl Principato and Rudy Duran, owners of C’era Una Volta, will contribute to the “Week of Italian Cuisine in San Francisco” event held Nov. 13 through 17, to benefit those still recovering from the North Bay firestorms. C’era will present a $35 four-course prix fixe dinner and wine pairing as part of the weeklong celebration of Italian food at its location on Park Street.
Come support local artists and businesses while getting a ton of holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving at the Holiday Fest 2017. The holiday shopping expo, has been set for Sunday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
A huge variety of handcrafted and specially made items will be on sale in one convenient place: Temple Israel and the Community Center of Harbor Bay Isle at 3183 and 3195 Mecartney Road in Alameda.
Plenty of free parking is available nearby at Bay Farm’s Harbor Bay Landing. Overflow parking is available at CVS and Safeway.