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A couple of weeks back, the Alameda Sun presented an introduction to commissions, boards and committees (“Get Directly Involved in Quality of Life Decisions,” March 29). Since then, Sun staff received an update on the many vacant seats on those bodies from the city.

The City Council solicits applications from volunteer residents to serve on the city’s boards and commissions for the following vacancies.

Available Seats 


The Library Fund consists of monies given as gifts and memorials or collected as fines. In addition to city funding, the library is supported by the Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization composed of local, civic-minded residents, which annually sponsor fund raising events for the benefit of the Library System. 

These funds cannot be used by the Library Board without the Friends’ consent. 

All meetings are scheduled to take place at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Council Chambers, third floor unless otherwise noted. For more information see www.

Thursday, April 12

  • 7 p.m. Recreation and Park Commission. Meetings held second Thursday of each month.

Tuesday, April 17

  • 7 p.m. City Council. Meetings held the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Monday, April 23

As Alameda’s deciduous fruit trees have come out of dormancy, passers-by might be forgiven for having simply enjoyed the beauty of their blossoms, unaware of the dynamic little miracle advancing the tree’s true mission. In super-slow-motion and from the ground up, reproduction takes place in the form of juicy, sugar-laden fruit. With the help of a root system in a new cycle of growth, and the process of winterstored sap being drawn up into every reach of the tree, flower and foliage growth are thus ensured.

Peter Murphy with the Boys Scouts of America — Alameda Council, Troop 1015 earned the organization’s highest rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held April 8. For his Eagle project, Murphy and a group of volunteers from Bishop O’Dowd High School, Alameda High School, Oakland Strokes Rowing Team and the Troop re-landscaped an overgrown garden area at Lincoln Middle School. 

Murphy presented his plan and budget to the school’s PTA and was granted funds for the project. He also raised the funds needed for project’s completion.