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The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Safety Accessibility Program provides services to low-to-moderate income residents over 62 and to the disabled of any age.

The program offers installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replaces aging batteries. The program also has grab bars, handrails, raised toilets to install and provides nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks.

“Our program is eager to serve you and your family,” said AFD Chief Mike D’Orazi.

Despite the recent rains, California is still in a drought, and the Alameda Backyard Growers want to help local gardeners conserve water. The group has scheduled a presentation on waterwise irrigation at its meeting scheduled for Monday, April 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). 
Chad Martens of Irrigation Equipment Company will discuss how to grow food using a minimum of water. Martens will discuss how to deal with water restrictions and how to make the most of the water you have. 

In an effort to inform homeowners as to the best practices for preserving historic homes, the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS) will be present a discussion titled, “The Mysteries of Paint Protection” this Sunday, April 13, at 7 p.m.
Presenters Pacific Northwest Painters & Construction (PNPC) will discuss what products and practices should be used when removing old paint, or applying new paint. PNPC has been owned and operated by founders Eric and Cornelia Grunseth since 1981. They have been married, living and working in Alameda for the past 32 years.

Support the Food Bank
The Alameda Food Bank is in need of volunteers to work in a fun, family-like environment giving daily help to Alameda friends and neighbors in need.
The food bank is seeking people who have an afternoon or morning free each week and would be willing to make an ongoing commitment to the food bank.
Current volunteer shifts available are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 5:30 p.m. or Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The food bank also needs drivers.

Artist Carrie Clinton (left) sneaks a peek at one piece of early California art that Deric Torres will use in his Wednesday, April 9, Art Talk at the Frank Bette Center.

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