News Briefs


The Alameda Elks Lodge No. 1015, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., would like to welcome back all previous members. Come back and just $1 will cover membership dues for the rest of October and all of November.

Previous members who take advantage of this offer will not have to pay past dues if they stopped their memberships before 2016. The Elks would love to have former members back, they have been doing so much for the community and having fun doing it. 

Learn more at or call 522-1015.



The North Bay firestorms have visited an unimaginable tragedy on thousands of people, their homes and their pets. Last week representatives from the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and the Hayward Animal Shelter drove to the Napa County Animal Shelter (NCAS) and brought back some of the pets available for adoption there. This opened up kennel space for the more than 100 animals pouring into NCAS.


For many decades the Alameda community has come together to support local families during the holiday season. Last year, the community donated more than 1,100 turkeys, which were distributed, along with other holiday food items, to Alameda Food Bank’s clients. This year the Food Bank aims to collect 1,100 turkeys by Wednesday, Nov. 8.


The Encinal High School (EHS) Drama Department is presenting Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a special fundraiser to help support the Alameda Food Bank. Midsummer will play over two weekends: Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 2 p.m. in the Encinal Amphitheater (a.k.a. the student parking lot). 

Admission is free, but donations are requested to help provide food for the hungry in Alameda. This continues a tradition of using theater to help fund local nonprofits going back many years. 


Next Thursday, Oct. 26, outstanding community volunteers, one nonprofit organization and representatives of Alameda’s business community will receive City of Alameda Community Service Awards during a reception and presentation ceremony at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. 

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at 7 p.m.
A lifetime achievement award will be presented to Honora Murphy, for her more than 50 years of volunteer service.

Additional honorees include: