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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.

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.

The Google-owned wind energy company, Makani Power, has announced it will expand its presence at Alameda Point. Google has renewed Makani’s lease for up to 21 years with an additional 110,000 square feet of industrial space in a former naval airplane hangar. The company currently leases 17,000 square feet.

The lease gives Google the first right to negotiate for an additional 367,000 square feet in immediately adjacent hangars when those properties become available. Google will also have the option to purchase the buildings should the city make them available in the future.

Alameda celebrated the "Year of the Horse" at the Spring Festival held at Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center last Saturday.

Many attended, including Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Councilman Stewart Chen, Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi, Police Chief Paul Rolleri and Alameda Unified School District Board President Niel Tam.

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