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The Alameda Food Bank is issuing a call to the community for 1,000 turkeys and the fixings to go with them to be distributed this holiday season to the families it serves.

All turkeys need to arrive at the Food Bank by Monday, Nov. 24.

Each year in November and December the food bank distributes turkeys and bags of special holiday food items to its clients. It relies upon the generosity of local residents and businesses for its donations.

The group dedicated to encouraging local gardening, the Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG), has announced upcoming presentations at its monthly meetings into 2015.

First up is "Selecting and Planting Fruit Trees on the Island of Alameda" with Eve Holguin, Irene Rakochy and Linda Carloni on Monday, Nov. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This discussion will focus on selecting and planting fruit trees that will thrive here. The audience is invited to share their experiences and ask questions.

Les Hilger III of the Alameda Support Foundation (left)handed over a matching grant donation of $10,000 to FAAS Executive Director Mim Carlson recently.

The Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), the creation of Alameda resident Les Hilger III, celebrated the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter’s (FAAS) fourth annual "After the Ball" gala by providing a matching grant for the shelter’s Angel Fund.

The Angel Fund is 100 percent donor supported and covers the costs of extraordinary medical care for animals in critical need. It has helped more than 100 animals since March 2012.

Oakmont Senior Living recently broke ground on Oakmont of Mariner Point, a 43,000-square-foot retirement home at 2400 Mariner Square Dr., the site of the long-shuttered Chevy’s restaurant on the Oakland Estuary.

The company, which also manages the nearby Cardinal Point retirement facility, has scheduled completion for early next year. Oakmont of Mariner Point will offer a combination of lifestyle plans, including as-needed assisted-living and memory-care services.

With more available homes for sale, California’s housing market will see fewer investors and a return to traditional home buyers as home sales rise modestly and prices flatten out in 2015.

This according to the California Association of Realtors’ (C.A.R.) recently released 2015 California Housing Market Forecast.