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. 

Out of 900 participants, Encinal High School DECA Chapter students stood out at the NorCal Development DECA Conference held Jan. 12 to 14 in San Ramon. Encinal’s team of 64 students participated strongly with many of the students being recognized and receiving awards, medals and trophies. They were honored for their performances in their particular areas of study. Encinal staff and parents helped and supported the students leading up to the event.

The honors included:


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.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) will welcome approximately 180 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from 28 participating schools to compete in the Ninth Annual Diocese of Oakland Science Fair. The annual event, which began in 2010, continues to thrive thanks to the generous contribution of a SJND alumnus Rick Fischer, class of ’61, a senior partner and attorney at Morrison & Foerster law firm in Washington, D.C.