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Local residents interested in helping to shape the future of public art in Alameda can apply to do just that as part of a panel to review proposals for public art.

The City of Alameda is seeking volunteers to serve on a selection panel to review and score applications for cultural arts grants of up to $5,000. Panelists must be based in the Bay Area and interested in the arts. The city particularly encourages artists, performers, administrators, cultural workers or those otherwise engaged in the arts to apply.

The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with featured poets M.K. Chavez, Rafael Gonzalez and Juan Sequeira, at its monthly reading set for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. The event is hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Admission is by donation and includes light refreshments and an open mic after the featured poets.

Local boaters, officials and business people gathered last Saturday, Aug. 18, to celebrate the opening of Svendsen’s Marine & Industrial Supply, a new facility that represents the merger of two longtime maritime businesses located on Alameda’s north shore. Mayor Trish Spencer was on hand to officially cut the ribbon. Now a part of the Bay Maritime Group, Svendsen’s, formerly located in Alameda Marina, has relocated and reopened.

At the new location, the staff has much more room. The shop now stocks a wider array of marine and industrial supply items in a larger warehouse. 

Earlier this month 10 gull chicks just learning how to be Western Gulls in San Francisco Bay were helped by a group of youngsters learning how to be sailors.

The gull chicks had been raised at the International Bird Rescue (IBR) in Fairfield. Brought there as injured or orphaned chicks and after weeks of care, even surgery in at least one case, the birds were old and well enough to be released. The youngsters were sailing students at the Alameda Community Sailing Center’s (ACSC) summer sailing camp, which meets at the Encinal Boat Ramp on the West End.

Alameda Boy Scouts Miles Abadia, Charles Carvalho, Aidan Potts and Mutaaz Whitehead received the Eagle Scout award during a Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor held last spring. Each Scout, over a several-year commitment, has worked his way through the various ranks earning at least 21 merit badges, served in multiple leadership positions and planned and implemented a community service project to earn Scouting’s highest achievement.