Chef John Thiel recently announced his restaurant, Pappo, will host its ninth annual Soup Kitchen this Saturday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The restaurant is able to open its doors to those in need once a year thanks to donations and support from the community. Anyone that could use a hot meal and some fresh toiletries and clothes is invited to attend.
The restaurant will begin accepting donations today after 4 p.m. Donors may drop off items as late as 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24.
All Alameda County Courthouses, with the exception of the Wiley W. Manuel (WWM) courthouse in Oakland, will be closed to the public for a holiday break from Friday, Dec. 23, to Jan. 2, 2017.
The closures are part of the Alameda County court system’s Voluntary Time-Off Program, according to an Alameda County Superior Court (ACSC) press release. Staff who participate will take five business days off without pay. The program is aimed at cutting costs without having to lay staff off.
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has been talking about developing a community solar facility in Alameda for several years. Funding for such a project will be available starting next year. The former city trash dump next to the Bay Farm Bridge is the perfect location. Now is the time for our Public Utilities Board (PUB) to launch the effort.
The Alameda Art Association will be hosting an art raffle and silent auction on Saturday, Dec. 17, to help raise money for the victims families of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. The association will donate 100 percent of the proceeds. The event will be held at the association’s gallery space in South Shore Center. For more information, visit www.alamedaartassociation.com.
Online crowdfunding for the victims’ families is also taking place at youcaring.com and gofundme.com.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) men’s basketball team went 1-1 in the 27th annual Island Classic last weekend played at the SJND Gym.
The team took part in games on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3. In the first game, the Pilots drubbed Lincoln of San Francisco 73-33. The Pilots were never in any distress on their way to the 40-point win. However, the Pilots faced a much more potent opponent in the final against Modesto Christian.
The City of Alameda has unveiled its Homeless Action Plan to help accommodate the homeless encampment population at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park during its planned construction.
The particulars of the plan were mapped out in the city’s Addressing Homelessness in Alameda report. The plan, which is already underway, includes an initial survey assessment and posting of park timeline notices, both of which has already been completed.
Christmas Tree Lane
Thompson Avenue really outdid itself last Saturday night for the opening of its holiday decoration celebration known as “Christmas Tree Lane.” Each home on the street contributes something fantastic and the street drew a dense first-night crowd. There were new Star Wars: Rogue 1 illuminated characters abounding, including Yoda and R2D2, along with old favorites Mickey Mouse and The Muppets. Other decorations featured accompanying music, moving, flashing lights of all colors and more.
Bay Ship & Yacht’s parent company, Bay Maritime Corp., announced on Monday, Dec. 5, that it had acquired Svendsen’s Chandlery and Svendsen’s Marine International.
Svendsen’s has had a working relationship with Bay Ship & Yacht for decades, according to the press release that announced the deal. Bay Maritime will take over operations at Alameda Marina in January. Sean Svendsen will continue in his role as Svendsen’s general manager.