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The St. Joseph Notre Dame  High School (SJND) Reindeer Run is back for the second year and the school is looking to invite the broader Alameda community to join in the fun. Register now for the run set for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8:30 a.m. at Crab Cove, 1231 McKay Ave.


A sophomore at Alameda High School has won a statewide contest for teens to help promote the dangers of drinking and driving. Serena McIntosh, 15, will receive a $2,000 prize from the contest sponsor, the National Road Safety Foundation. She will also receive the opportunity to work with an Emmy Award-winning director to make her concept into a finished 30-second public service announcement (PSA) that will be broadcast nationwide on more than 150 TV stations after it debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Alameda Free Library will present a Youth Code Camp in the computer lab for an additional week. Especially designed for youth from ages 7 to 18, the program includes an open invitation for parents to join the fun. 

Lead intructor Manish Sinha from Youth Code Camp will make a special appearance to teach this workshop. Sinha is a UC Irvine and Columbia University-educated software engineer, who has worked in the White House and on Wall Street for Morgan Stanley. 

Civil War veteran lived on Bay Farm Island near road that bears his name

George Anderson was among the second wave of settlers, many of them Portuguese, who began settling on Bay Farm Island in the 1870s. Other men who came to farm the rich soil with their families included: Adrian Hamlin, J.E. Ellis, Daniel Swett, John Titlow and Thomas Jose Miranda. 


Blood donors who find a way to give by Wednesday, Dec. 19, will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card in thanks from the American Red Cross. Alamedans will have just such an opportunity to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelet donations around the holidays, on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3120 Van Buren St. The local drive is being hosted by the social media group Alameda Peeps.

Some restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.