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For Coastal Cleanup Day, the City of Alameda and local marinas will team up again to spearhead an effort to clean Alameda beach and other parts of the shoreline and Oakland estuary this Saturday. Besides these more familiar efforts, Alamedan Mary Spicer has been organizing “On the Water” clean ups on the estuary for the past four years. Spicer and her volunteers usually collect between 600 and 1,000 pounds of garbage. 

This Saturday, Sept. 21, Alameda Meals on Wheels will host its third annual “Fall Fest — An Island Celebration of Craft Beers, Wine, Music and Games.” The beer-centered fundraiser runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina. 

The City of Alameda announced it will host two community meetings with local, state and federal tsunami experts to help residents prepare for a potential tsunami. The first is specifically geared to assist the maritime business community and live-aboard resident boaters in protecting their assets. The second meeting will discuss what Alameda residents in general need to do to prepare for a tsunami. 

Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a 65-member orchestra,  called “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia” by Indonesia’s Tempo Magazine, will perform at Rhythmix Cultural Works Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. Since 1979, Gamelan Sekar Jaya has presented more than 400 concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Indonesia. The group’s success arises from its devotion to traditional repertoire and its passion for innovation having composed more than 60 major new works for Gamelan and dance. 

Alameda resident Julie Lyons lives an active lifestyle. She runs her own acupuncture business, main-tains an active workout schedule and stays up to date with friends and family. Lyons enjoys a lifestyle similar to any other Alamedan, but she also has multiple sclerosis (MS). 

“It’s kind of like every day I feel like I run a marathon,” said Lyons. “Fatigue can be a major symptom for some people with MS.”