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Stuck without tools and need to fix your bike? Luckily, the city’s efforts to be bike friendly have resulted in the installation of a free-to-use bike repair station conveniently located near the Alameda Main Library. The bicycle pump and tools station expands the city’s mission to promote eco-friendly travel options.

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.”

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.