Alamedans might want to prepare now for the 30th annual Scouting for Food canned food drive to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, adult leaders, other youth representatives and community volunteers will be going door-to-door to collect bags of canned and non-perishable food to meet the needs of local Alameda families.


Alameda firefighters Jeff Weidler and Rich Gianuario learned that Santa Rosa native and school teacher Cassie Marie needed help transporting donated items from the her school in the East Bay to those in need in her home town. The firefighters did not hesitate. They loaded their truck and got the wares into the hands of those who really needed them.  



The Encinal High School (EHS) Drama Department is presenting Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a special fundraiser to help support the Alameda Food Bank. Midsummer will play over two weekends: Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 2 p.m. in the Encinal Amphitheater (a.k.a. the student parking lot). 

Admission is free, but donations are requested to help provide food for the hungry in Alameda. This continues a tradition of using theater to help fund local nonprofits going back many years. 


Alameda Hospital’s Community Health Fair, billed as “Alameda’s premiere health and wellness event of the year” has been scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Representatives from the hospital will offer free flu shots to the public (14 and older only) while supplies last. 



Next Thursday, Oct. 26, outstanding community volunteers, one nonprofit organization and representatives of Alameda’s business community will receive City of Alameda Community Service Awards during a reception and presentation ceremony at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. 

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at 7 p.m.
A lifetime achievement award will be presented to Honora Murphy, for her more than 50 years of volunteer service.

Additional honorees include:


The Color Run Dream Tour will hold a 5K run Saturday, Oct. 28, at Alameda Point. The event will benefit the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading non-profit organization supporting American children and adults living with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.


Housing, new tenant, improvements scheduled for Point

The city has announced it is moving forward with bringing affordable housing to Alameda Point. In addition, the city said that a forward-looking Oakland company is coming to the Point and improvements to the infrastructure there are moving forward.  


Alameda is in the process of updating its local climate action plan, and sea-level rise will be on the agenda. Much of our shoreline will be impacted. Will we need sea walls, levees and dikes? A new system of pumps for storm water diversion?


Alameda Arts works with the Alameda Unified School District to bring its programs to the city’s public school community. The program that caters to working families runs from the first day of school to the last, Monday through Friday following the school calendar.

Hazel Seiden and Kate Meade bill themselves as “fun-loving moms” on their website. They teamed up to form Alameda Arts as an after-school arts enrichment program where they can share their love of art and passion for crafts.