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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis will visit Alameda Free Library by live video stream Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Shalvis will discuss her bestselling romance novels just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Shalvis is the author of more than 50 contemporary romance novels, including her award-winning Lucky Harbor series. She lives in a small Sierra town full of quirky characters. 

Visit jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, Jesse and Jessie Lee James joyfully celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Bayport Community Center. The James family has lived in Alameda for more than 65 years and raised their seven children and cared for 10 grandchildren here. Their children, grand- and great-grandchildren from Alameda, Mexico, Los Angeles and West Virginia attended the celebration, along with more than 50 friends from Alameda, Central and Southern California. Jesse, 94 said in excitement, “I cannot wait for number 71.”

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