Alamedans can help support local youth simply by shopping at Old Navy in the upcoming weeks. The store’s Back2School Donation Drive is currently underway. From now until Wednesday, Aug. 8, Old Navy customers can make a monetary contribution of $1, $3 or $5 at checkout to be donated to the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. Each customer will receive a $5 bounce-back coupon when he or she contributes $5. All proceeds raised at the Alameda store will benefit the Alameda club.
Alamedans came out in force to support Alameda Meals on Wheels while also enjoying delicious wine and food at Rock Wall Wine Company July 15. The event was the 22nd annual fundraiser to benefit the charity that helps the home-bound. To make a donation, or to help out, visit www.alamedamealsonwheels.org.
Two Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighters remain at the Ferguson Fire with Water Tender Two (WT-2). They are assisting in fighting the blaze burning in Mariposa County in the Merced River Canyon near Yosemite National Park. AFD Capt. Jim Colburn said that WT-2 is assisting in supplying water to many of the engines —203 at the latest count — currently fighting the blaze. “Engines typically hold between 300 and 500 gallons of water,” Colburn said. AT-2 holds 3,000 gallons. Firefighters are working 24 hours on duty and 24 hours off.
Girls Inc. of the Island City presents feminist writers, activists, and educators Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl sharing their latest installment in the New York Times-bestselling series “Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women (Ages 10+),” 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, Books Inc., 1344 Park St. A portion of the sales will benefit Girls Inc. of the Island City. For more information call Books Inc., 522-2226.
The City Council capped off a marathon meeting that lasted until past 2:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, with unanimous approval of the Alameda Marina Master Plan. Marina owner Pacific Shops, Inc.’s proposal to develop Alameda Marina must reconnoiter several more twists and turns before it can put shovel to dirt, however. First, the City Council must approve the master plan at its second reading on Tuesday, July 24.