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Food bank aims to raise $40,000

Each spring the Alameda Food Bank holds its Spring Challenge, an effort to fund the food bank through the upcoming summer months. The food bank hopes to raise some $40,000 in donations from the business community, Alameda residents and other donors to fund its food programs.

Developer tour Saturday

On Saturday, March 28, the developer for Site A at Alameda Point, Alameda Point Partners, will be leading a one-mile tour of the area they intend to develop. To join the walk, gather outside 1800 Ferry Point at 10 a.m.

Transportation for persons with disabilities will be provided, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, email alamedapoint@alamedaca.gov with name, phone number and number of seats required.

A unique charter school for students who have previously dropped out of high school called Civicorps is open to Alameda residents ages 18 to 26. Young people come to Civicorps to earn their high school diplomas while engaging in paid job training on environmental mitigation projects throughout the East Bay. While working and earning their diplomas students are paid the new Oakland minimum wage of $12.25 an hour.

A trip to Alameda’s Farmers Market is always a colorful experience.

l foodies flock to the quaint Farmers Market on Haight Avenue just off Webster Street. I arrive on my fire engine red bicycle as part of the zero emission market aficionados who leave their cars at home and walk, bike or ride the bus. There is an air of therapeutic leisure here, unlike shopping at major supermarkets where 40,000 packaged foods are nothing more than manufactured edibles (some inedible). They overwhelm the brain as shoppers grab and pick through the shelves and dump it all in a cart in a hurry.

Curves of Alameda has announced that its annual food drive is currently underway and will run through Saturday, March 21. Christelle Cicero-Lopez of Curves of Alameda invites both non-members and members to participate by bringing in a bag of non-perishable food or a contribution of at least $30, which Curves will donate to the Alameda Food Bank. Curves will waive the enrollment fee for any new members who donate food or money