Alameda

 

More than 100 tail-wagging canines tugged their families down to Crab Cove last Friday evening to hear first paw what post-Latin music was all about as part of the Concerts at the Cove music series. Billed as the “Dog Days of Summer” concert, the Rotary Club of Alameda collaborated with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Pet Food Express to create greater awareness of the city’s shelter animals that are available for adoption. 

 

A “citizen’s watchdog” group recently added an Alameda resident to their ranks. Jane Sullwold was appointed to the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury after being nominated earlier this year by Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. 

The Civil Grand Jury is an arm of the court authorized to investigate local government for the purpose of ensuring that public agencies are working in the best interest of the public, and are doing so effectively and economically. Its independence gives the jury a unique role in promoting local government accountability.

 

The city has begun street repair and resurfacing this month, improving seven miles of 47 streets. Work is estimated to be completed by late September. The work will be completed Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During those times, drivers will temporarily experience traffic disruptions, loss of parking spaces, restricted street access, as well as increased noise and dust levels. Bus stop access will be unchanged.

 

Some 150 members of the public are asked to join in a community effort to build a new playground for the community in just one day, Thursday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To pull this off, volunteers will be needed to prepare the site on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19 and 20.    

The playground is combined project of Alameda Family Services, College of Alameda, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and the national nonprofit KaBoom dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve. 

 

Friday, July 15

  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Express Yourself!: Share the arts, music, poetry or just observe. Suggested donation: $10 with some of the proceeds going to charity. Bring a snack to share. Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. (Info: Cathy Dana, 523-7853)

Saturday, July 16

 

The Alameda 12-year-old All-Stars took home the District 4 championship with a 13-9 victory over Lafayette on Monday, July 11.

Alameda’s chances of winning the title looked grim late in the contest. They trailed Lafayette 9-6 entering the top of the sixth inning, but underwent a ferocious rally with seven runs in the top half of the sixth to take a commanding 13-9 lead. This is the 14th time the 12-year-old All-Stars have won the District 4 championship in 21 years. 

 

Friday, July 15

  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Express Yourself!: Share the arts, music, poetry or just observe. Suggested donation: $10 with some of the proceeds going to charity. Bring a snack to share. Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. (Info: Cathy Dana, 523-7853)
  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic. Dance lessons at 8. Tickets sold at the door; $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-285-6285) 

Saturday, July 16

 

Have an idea of who should sit on the Alameda City Council? The public can nominate candidates who haven’t filed for the general municipal election to be held in the city of Alameda on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Candidates are sought for these four elective offices:

 

On Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. Alameda residents are invited to meet with City Councilmember Frank Matarrese at the Peet’s Coffee location inside Nob Hill Foods at the Bridgeside Center located at the intersection of Blanding Avenue and Broadway. Matarrese will give updates on City Hall activities and answer questions. 

For more information, contact Matarrese at 759-9290 (voice or text), f.j.matarrese@gmail.com or visit http://councilmanmatarrese.blogspot.com.

 

 

Alameda residents can dispose of hazardous household waste for free at a one-day drop off event on Sunday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alameda Point. 

The public is invited to bring old paint, computers, cell phones, leftover pesticides, herbicides, batteries, compact flourescent bulbs and more. To see the entire list of accepted materials and make a drop off appointment, visit www.stopwaste.org/onedayevent. 

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