Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) has partnered with Clean Water Action in recruiting 100 Alameda restaurants to join a campaign designed to reduce the amount of waste being produced at area restaurants. 

On Jan. 23, Alameda Rotary Club declared Joseph Picchi, a senior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, the winner of its youth speech contest. Rotary awarded Picchi a $100 prize and an opportunity to advance to the area speech contest where he will compete against other local Rotary contest winners for a first-place prize of $200. The winner of that contest will have an opportunity to advance to the Rotary’s regional competition.

Picchi’s five-minute speech addressed Rotary’s “4-Way Test” as a guide for everyday living. His speech focused on the way Rotarians say and do things:


The Bay Farm Island Library, 3221 Mecartney Road, will bring in the Year of the Dog with a special Lunar New Year event from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10. The highlight of the program will be a multimedia story time for children ages five and above. 

A guest storyteller from the Asian Art Museum will highlight the day with the ways different cultures throughout Asia celebrate Lunar New Year. The festivities will feature crafts, light refreshments and the possibility of surprise entertainment.

This Saturday, Feb. 3, marks the fourth year of the Alameda Spelling Bee. The contest to prove the best student speller in town takes place at 9 a.m. at Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St., and is open to Alameda students in grades 4 through 9.

The top spellers receive trophies courtesy of Alameda Awards & Recognition and sponsorship to county-level competition courtesy of the Alameda Elks Lodge. 


The Alameda Free Library launches its new Sensory Friendly Family Film series with the film The Secret Life of Pets this Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Stafford Meeting Room at 1550 Oak St.

Sensory Friendly Family Films give individuals with sensory sensitivities an opportunity to enjoy movies in a safe and accepting environment. The movies are family friendly and appropriate for all ages. The lights are dimmed, the volume is lowered and individuals are welcome to move around and make noise.