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Players from the Oakland Raiders and representatives from the National Football League (NFL) visited Maya Lin School on Tuesday to reward students there for winning the Super Bowl Play 60 Challenge, a fitness program developed by the NFL and the American Heart Association.  

May Lin fifth-graders completed more minutes than 12,000 other students who participated in the program in seven Bay Area counties. The Maya Lin students also showed the most enthusiasm, an NFL source said.

Alameda resident Les Hilger (right) kisses Poe after paying for the privilege. Hilger’s organization, Alameda Support Foundation, donated $5,000 to the Angel Fund for sick and injured animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Poe has a neurological condition, but he’ll still be in the kissing booth at the Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St., from 2 to 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, when a donation to the Angel Fund will earn you a kiss from Poe.

Anita Hollerer-Squire has lived in Alameda for three years. She is originally from Austria, and has spent many years travelling around the world. Her husband is part of Artemis Racing, the Swedish team that took part in the 34th America’s Cup races in 2013. Artemis was based at Alameda Point during the races and many of the team’s families took up residence here.

“Since we arrived, the people in Alameda have been so welcoming and friendly and have included us into their community,” she said. Hollerer-Squire would like to repay this kindness and give something back.

Feeling — Vedana in the Pali language of early Buddhism — is the subtle first point where any experience becomes accessible to the conscious mind. Buddhism teaches practitioners to see feeling as the trigger for craving, and also the easiest point to interrupt the cycle of craving, clinging and suffering. 

A daylong retreat titled “Getting More Skillful with Vedana with Bhikkhuni Sobhana” will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to explore how to more fully know and experience feelings. Registration is requested. Drop-ins accepted.

Alameda Fire Captain Sharon Oliver will be conducting a community presentation open to all Alameda residents on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, located at 1201 Grand St. at the corner of Encinal Avenue. 

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude around 7:30 p.m. 
A question-and-answer period has been scheduled for the end of the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided and child care will be available for residents who require such assistance. 

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