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It’s spring and many California parents are signing their kids up for summer camp. Sports, science, church, camping, general recreation — one for every interest. But, are they safe? How do you know? Can you check? Should you?

It’s not just the Texas and Florida football camps where kids are hospitalized every year when coaches push them too hard. Every camp has risks, but some are vastly more safety conscious than others.

Parents must look beyond the enticing websites and brochures for a safety check.

For Alameda youngsters just itching to get their hands on new technology, the Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech weekly summer camps will return to Alameda this summer at Bay Farm Elementary School. The camps will celebrate eight years on the Island presenting cutting-edge programming.

Camp Edmo is designed for children in grades pre-K through fourth grade, and Camp EdTech caters to young people in grades five through eight.

Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) learners love their poetry. They love it so much they have selected poets laureate from among the learners — this year’s are Ellie Dodds and Sophia Moore, juniors at ACLC. They’re both members of Poetry Club, which meets on Fridays.

Fundraisers from the USS Hornet Museum, Alameda’s floating aircraft carrier museum, were excited to announce last week that a large Bay Area charitable foundation is reviewing a critical grant request.

The grant money would pay for weatherproofing and resurfacing of the Hornet’s flight deck as well as repairs to two aircraft elevators. The grant request has reached the second stage of the review process, including a site visit from the foundation’s representatives.

When he left the United States for the first time and spent a year in China, Alameda author Tony Brasunas didn’t dream that his time in the Middle Kingdom would utterly transform his life and that 15 years later he’d publish a book about it.

He will read from his new book, Double Happiness: One Man’s Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China, at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 5.