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Mayor Trish Spencer and the City of Alameda Social Service Human Relations Board will host a reception honoring the contributions of individuals, businesses and nonprofits at the 2018 Community Service Awards. The award ceremony is set for next  Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Light dinner will be served. Reserve seats by tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 2, at www.2018serviceawards.eventbrite.com.

Love the idea of group hikes but, hate the pace of big group hikes, have a schedule that doesn’t jive with a group or just don’t want to go where the group goes? Alameda library has the answer.

The Libraries Outside project invites everyone to take part in the first-ever Virtual Group Hike in November, where the only thing “virtual” is the group. National Take-A-Hike Day is observed annually on Saturday, Nov. 17. With more than 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.


Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 with enthusiasm and passion for an innovative idea or project can take advantage of a new source of financial support.

The Hunter Brooks Memorial Fund offers grants to young people who have demonstrated a passion and enthusiasm in developing new ideas, especially in fields such as music, the performing arts, computer technology or entrepreneurship.


If for some reason you were unable to attend the mayoral candidates forum at the Alameda Elks Club, don’t fret. You missed nothing. I cannot recall one thing worth remembering.

The most interesting event of the evening was waiting to see if the microphone would function or malfunction. 

Frank Matarrese, Trish Spencer and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft are running for mayor in the upcoming election. One is indistinguishable from the other. They all speak and say nothing.


The First Presbyterian Church of Alameda (FPCA) will host an e-waste recycling fundraiser, this Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2001 Santa Clara Ave. (at Chestnut) from 10 to 4 p.m. The church will accept old computers, TVs, cell phones, microwaves and small appliances. A recycling fee may apply for some electronic items.   
Document shredding is also available at $10 per banker’s box. 

The church will also pick up items locally, call 908-4156 for pick-ups. Proceeds fund the annual church retreat in the Sonoma County redwoods.