In October 2018, the City of Alameda released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the rehabilitation and reuse of the long-vacant Alameda Carnegie Library at 2264 Santa Clara Ave. and the adjacent Foster House at 1429 Oak St. The goal of the RFQ was to find a tenant for the Carnegie that would provide cultural, educational and economic benefits to the Alameda community, restore and maintain the historic character of the building and provide for public use of the building as frequently as possible.
Alameda’s Climate Action session on Jan. 26 asked the question “What can each of us do for Mother Earth?” Dylan Mochizuki, left, and Jack Connolly, pictured at left, chose to do their part right away by using the recently installed bike rack at Queener’s Piano Studio. They also know to keep their sweaters on during the colder days to conserve heat and to donate used music to the studio’s lending library. In addition, students earn drought-resistant plants for their musical accomplishments at the studio.
The Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is currently taking public comment on the proposed new name for Haight Elementary School. The AUSD regulation that governs school names mandates a comment period for a new name that runs, at a minimum, from March 1 to April 15. The comment period for the Haight renaming opened on Jan. 25. Comments can be sent to Board of Education members who can be reached at 337-7187, or at their individual email addresses.
The Alameda Islanders’ 2009 girls red soccer team finished second at the NorCal Premier State Cup tournament after losing to the San Juan Soccer Club Spirits, 1-0, in the final Sunday, Jan. 27.
The Islanders’ 2009 girls’ team is an under-10 team. The team played in the Division 4 Gold Cup division of the Premier State Cup tournament.
Three new members officially started their terms on the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) 2019 Board of Directors in January. Otto Wright, Eric Olney and Joe LoParo were elected by the membership at October’s annual meeting and join existing board members who were re-elected or are completing a second year of their terms.
Rhythmix Cultural Works will present “My Darling New Orleans: A Mardi Gras Show” with CHELLE! and Friends Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. From jazz, funk and soul to Cajun, Creole and zydeco, experience a musical tour of New Orleans as the band delivers a musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy and intoxicating. Information and tickets, www.seerhythmix.org.
The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will celebrate Lunar New Year with a huge festival set for Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. Come mark the arrival of the Year of the Pig with WABA at its second annual Lunar Year celebration. The event will be produced in partnership with the West End Arts & Entertainment District and features cultural performances by the Toi Shan Family Association. The celebration is made possible this year through a public art grant from the City of Alameda.
Alameda City Council authorized the interim city manager to work with the Alameda Social Services Human Relations Board to finalize the city’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) at its Jan. 15 meeting.