Last September, for the second year, the City of Alameda invited residents to turn in old mattresses and box springs at its hazardous-waste drop-off day at Alameda Point. The city’s Public Works Department oversaw the event, while the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) managed and paid for the mattress recycling. MRC is a nonprofit created to develop and implement statewide mattress recycling programs in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The Alameda Firefighters Toy Program (AFTP) is currently underway and donation boxes have been set up all over town. Low income families residing in the City of Alameda can still sign up to receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children up to age 12 and a $30 Target gift card for youth ages 13 to 17. Enroll at the Alameda Food Bank through this Saturday, Dec. 14, with proof of Alameda residency.
Among the many 2nd Friday art openings taking place tommorow, Dec. 13, Autobody Fine Art will celebrate its winter-themed artworks by a series of local artists from 6 to 9 p.m. Upstairs at 1517 Park St. works in printmaking, sculpture, painting, watercolor, sign-painting, miniatures, textile arts, even a fine-art, limited-edition music label will be on sale along with small-format pieces for smaller budgets. The gallery will also open Saturdays: Dec. 14, 21 and 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., as well as Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Many talented craftspeople, authors and artists will present their wares for sale as low-cost holiday gifts this Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the annual Temple Israel Holiday Fest.
Craftspeople will offer unique handcrafted gifts not found in stores, including: Samantha Chelouche’s crocheted octopi, Sofie’s exploding boxes and Aroma Fizz bath bombs to name a few. Locally-made treats will be available from vendors like The Jam Guy and Honour Brand.