With the extreme drought conditions taking hold in California, the City of Alameda is doing its part to reach the 20 percent reductions in water use requested by the Governor. All Alameda parks will be watered 20 percent less. This may result in green grass turning brown. Submit questions online at the city website or call the Parks Maintenance Line at 747-7572.

The day before Valentine’s Day was a day for sharing for the Alameda Women’s Golf Club (AWGC) as there was a three-way tie for the Net Tournament event Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Earl Fry Course.

Debbie Adams, Sarah Valentine and Bobbie Hoepner each shot a net 73 for a share of the tournament’s top distinction. Adams competed in the first flight — handicap of 10 to 20 — where her net 73 was three strokes better than the closest competitor. Dot Moody shot a net 76 for second place in the flight. Fran Mori and Tai Chewpanich both shot a net 77 for third place.

Three Encinal High student-athletes and one from Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) committed to their future college destinations last week on the Encinal High campus.

Current seniors Melissa Ma — she attends ASTI, but is a member of the Encinal women’s soccer team — Alexandra (‘Alex’) and Cecilia (‘CeCe’) Sifuentes and Dylan Tongilson all committed to college programs within the last two weeks.

Third grade students at Franklin Elementary School were paid a special visit from San Francisco 49er backup quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson Jan. 31.

Bethel-Thompson tossed the ball around with students and answered questions about life in the National Football League, but his objective for coming to Franklin was to educate them about a program he founded, the Central America Sports & Education Project.

The project’s plan is to "improve the quality and accessibility of sports and education globally."

There are many reasons to embrace the activity of bicycle riding, especially here in Alameda.

Cycling is one of the easiest ways to exercise. Remember being a kid and riding your bike everywhere, it was just plain fun. You met up with your friends and off you went. The bike was always a way to have adventures and fun. To recapture that fun today, all you need is a bike and a helmet. You do not have to spend a fortune and only need to ride for 30 minutes a few times a week to reap the benefits.