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Host families are needed in Alameda for 17 more students visiting from Spain this summer. A total of 25 students, ranging in age from 13 to 18, will arrive on Monday, June 30, and depart on Monday, July 28.

They are coming through the EMY organization, located in northern Spain. The students will participate in three excursions each week from historical, cultural and entertainment sites including Alcatraz, I Fly, Great America, an Oakland A’s game and more.

Kiwanis Club of Alameda is hosting a pair of Wednesday meetings that feature Lisa Leverton, the volunteer coordinator for Alameda’s Relay for Life, and City Manager John Russo.

Leverton will address the club’s April 16 dinner meeting held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Russo will be on hand for the luncheon meeting the following Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The meetings are open to the public and feature no-host bars and an optional no-host meals. They are held at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. To learn more, call 764-1472.

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) announced last week that sewer lines along Webster Street will be undergoing replacement during the next month.

The locations impacted are: Webster Street between Haight and Central avenues; Taylor Avenue  between Webster and Page streets and Page Street between Taylor and Santa Clara avenues.

The project is underway now between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and is expected to last until May 2.

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.