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The Encinal High Drama Department is currently presenting the mega opus extravaganza: Hairspray.

Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, this musical is ostensibly centered on 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues; but don’t be fooled.

The music and dancing takes place on the “Corny Collins Show,” a diminutive version of “American Bandstand,” but with an audience of thousands, not the millions that Dick Clark enjoyed.

For those of us who eschew the infamous Irish drinking culture, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations might be a wee bit boring. One could be content to celebrate soberly and simply, by noshing on fatty boiled beef and over-cooked cabbage per the pseudo- New England Irish tradition, or one could take the unusual step of making St. Patrick’s Day saintly.

A saintly St. Patrick’s Day celebration should start with St. Patrick.

The Alameda Post Office swore in a new Postmaster last Friday, March 7, at its 2200 Shore Line Drive location.

Around 8:30 a.m., Danny Sosa raised his right hand and took the official oath of office as postmaster at the Alameda post office branch. Jack Boster, manager of post office operations, administered the official oath.

Games, booths, prizes (gold fish and more), face painting, mask making, the Shushan Saloon and the Shushan Deli are a few of the fun and delicious activities taking place this Sunday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Temple Israel of Alameda’s world famous Temple Purim. The temple is located at 3183 Mecartney Rd.

Alameda author and editor Julia Park Tracey annouced Monday her latest book in The Doris Diaries series: Reaching for the Moon won the grand prize at the Great Northwest Book Festival, which honors the best titles of the late winter and early spring season. Tracey released the book in 2013.