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Elders Village will present the free seminar "Safe and Efficient Transit Travel Options for Seniors" Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

The seminar features Robert Raburn, Ph.D, who currently sits on the BART board of directors. Raburn will explain the Senior Clipper Card transit discount, including how to use the card to make traveling on most Bay Area transit systems more convenient, safer, and economical. He will review paratransit services and reveal some of the great destinations reachable by local transit.

Columbia College established a campus on Coast Guard Island in 1976. Students have access to a computer lab, a conference room and high-tech classrooms with wireless access. "The campus provides a unique educational opportunity to working adults through its degree offerings and eight-week course format," said campus director Darla Cuadra. She pointed out that the college offers courses to civilians as well as military adult learners, who take a mix of classroom and online classes.

A lecture focused on the art of pinball titled, "The Tilted Hand: Sexism and Racism in Pinball," takes an unabashed view of the origins and effects of the racism and sexism throughout the history of pinball art on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Curated by writer-journalist Jetta Rae with contributions from other activists, the lecture will deliver a crash course in intersectional oppression and show why and how unexamined, unchecked racism and sexism can impact pinball’s cultural comeback.

Movoto, an online real estate brokerage based in San Mateo recently published a ranking of the smartest suburbs in the country. The firm ranked 109 different suburbs based on criteria such as higher education, public libraries, bachelor’s degrees, GreatSchools.org rating and more.

Alameda ranked as the 10th smartest suburb in the nation according to Movoto’s unique approach to city-based research.

Other suburbs recognized included Santa Monica, Cupertino, Berkeley and Seal Beach in California.

Positive news has little effect

Rates for the both the 30-year and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages remain virtually unchanged despite good economic news on two fronts

Freddie Mac’s Oct. 2 Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage stood at 4.19 percent, down just 1 basis point from Sept. 25.