Registration is now open for the second annual Alameda Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Alameda Elks Lodge and the Alameda Sun, to be held at Otis Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
All students in grades 4 through 9 who reside or attend school in the city of Alameda are eligible to participate. Prizes will be given to top spellers, and winners from both the elementary and middle-school grade levels will be sponsored to participate in the Alameda County Bee, set for Saturday, March 12.
Story time from Tales of the Arabian Nights at the Old Bazaar room inside Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park St., tonight, Friday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Join a reading about Aladdin and his magic lamp and other stories inside a room filled with fantastical objects from stories in the book. This is open to kids and adults of all ages. Dressing up is encouraged and refreshments will be served. If you are out for second Friday, stroll on over. For more information call 910-3922.
Each year the Alameda Business Network (ABN), holds a fundraiser for the Alameda Welfare Council, Alameda Food Bank and Toys for Tots. This year’s fundraiser took place at the Alameda Elks Lodge on Dec. 3 was a financial success, and took up a collection of food and toy donations. On Dec. 29, ABN donated $15,000 to the Alameda Welfare Council. ABN is a professional networking group and also a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. in the Rathskellar of the Elks Lodge.
Jay-walkers got a nasty surprise when Alameda police set up a crosswalk sting in late June. Some 168 citations were issued to pedestrians who disobeyed traffic laws to jaywalk. About 80 percent of the citations were for pedestrians; however, drivers were also ticketed for distracted driving and speeding.
On New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, Councilman Tony Daysog will hold his last-Thursday-of-the-month office hours” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Blue Danube Café, 1333 Park St. He will be available to answer questions and share comments on city issues. He will also be at the Farmer’s Market the following Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Call him at 747-4726 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.