News in Brief

Girls Inc. Celebrates 50 years

Girls Inc. of the Island City will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a gala at Faz Restaurant and Bar, 1111 Broadway in Oakland from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. Tickets cost $75.

Guests will enjoy a formal wine reception with an abundance of hor d’oeuvres catered by Faz. Jim Franz and Jan Nichols will provide the entertainment.

Guests will be able to bid on silent and live auction packages that include a seven-night stay in Australia, a weekend stay at Disneyland, gift certificates to local businesses, and much more!

Girls Inc. of the Island City is also hosting a raffle for the chance to win a seven-night stay in Kauai, Hawaii plus airfare for two. Accommodations for the seven-night stay at the Wyndham Kauai Beach Villas must be used June 20 to 27, 2015.

The drawing will be at the gala, but you do not need to be present to win. Tickets are $25. Tickets for the gala and the raffle can be purchased in advance at www.girls
incislandcity.org or by calling 521-1743, Ext. 225.

Russo Presents
‘State of the City’

City Manager John Russo will discuss the latest developments at Alameda Point and City Hall at the League of Women Voters of Alameda’s (LWVA’s) free public forum "The State of the City." The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., next Thursday, Sept. 11, at Cardinal Point, 2431 Mariner Square Drive.

Russo will review progress at Alameda Landing and Alameda Point, discuss the City Council’s recent rezoning of Neptune Pointe, as well as the improving city budget outlook. He will also address funding retiree pensions and benefits, sales-tax leakage, traffic congestion, finding development partners and dealing with sea level rise.

A time for questions and a discussion will follow Russo’s presentation.

Neptune Beach Community Celebration this Weekend

Now in its third year, the Neptune Beach Community Celebration (NBCC) will be held along Webster Street between Central and Pacific avenues both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. NBCC commemorates the existence of Neptune Beach, an amusement park once accessed via its distinctive entrance at Central Avenue and Webster Street.

The event features live music on two stages, cold beer and wine as well as rides including a giant slide and Ferris Wheel for the kids. The NBCC also features hot food, vintage cars and arts and crafts booths.

Join Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos, Alameda Sun publishers and local historians for a tour of the former grounds of Neptune Beach on Sunday at 11 a.m. The tour starts at the intersection of Webster Street and Taylor Avenue by the Golden Bridge Beverages advertisement.

Be aware of new traffic patterns as access to Webster Street will be limited this weekend.

AHS Class of 1984
Prepares 30th Reunion

Alameda High School’s Class of 1984 has announced it will be reliving the days of Van Halen, Night Ranger and Fast Times at Ridgemont High with pre-reunion "shenanigans" prior to its upcoming 30th Reunion on the weekend beginning Friday, Sept. 19.

All classes from Alameda High’s 1984 era are invited to join the shenanigans at the 1400 Bar & Grill (1400 Webster St.) starting at 8 p.m. on Sept. 19.

The official Open House Reunion for all classes kicks off Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Aeolian Yacht Club, 980 Fernside Blvd.

Entertainment will be provided by AHS alumnus D.J. Alex Mejia. A Santa Maria-style grill and cash bar will be available. Cost is $40 prepaid and $50 at the door.

For more information, contact Gina Mariani at 459-0242 or ginamariani@aol.com; Brian Blewer at bblewer1@comcast.net; or Kirstin Lockwood at 530-559-5963.