The 53rd annual Sand Castle & Sculpture Contest will be held along Alameda’s shoreline this Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thousands look on as architects and sculptors compete for best in show. Judging starts at noon; awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Meet at the bathhouse, Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Otis and Westline drives. Above, the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars fame made an appearance on the beach last year. Competitors may only use materials found on the beach.
Harbor seal haulout located near data firm’s planned water outlet pipe
Nautilus Data Technologies is proposing to convert Building 530, located at 120 West Oriskany Ave. at Alameda Point, into a data storage facility. This facility would consist of racks of computer servers that heat up and that Nautilus needs to keep cool. Nautilus has chosen to use water from San Francisco Bay to accomplish this because water cooling is a cheaper alternative than traditional air- conditioning.
The City of Alameda has arranged a second community event to collect public input on potential amendments to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, Thursday, June 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alameda Elks Lodge, Rathskeller Basement, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Topics will include:
When Alameda firefighters responded to a reported structure fire on Bay Farm Island, they found light smoke throughout the house caused by unattended food left on the stove. They forced entry into the home and were greeted by an unexpected occupant that was very happy to see them. The resident’s pet dog ran out the door and jumped into Firefighter Derek Dutra’s arms, as shown above. The fire crew secured the scene without incident.