World War II pilot to visit USS Hornet

The USS Hornet museum will continue its Living Ship Day series on Saturday with a talk by Billy Bush, a U.S. Navy dive bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Bush, who also served aboard the Hornet, is the author of the memoir "Carrier Pilot: USS Hornet CV-12 1944." His talk will begin at 1 p.m.

A big band performance will take place at 11 a.m.

On Living Ship Days, the staff at the museum replicates what life was like aboard the ship while at sea, including lifting aircraft to the flight deck.

The USS Hornet is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 at Alameda Point.

For information, go to www.uss-hornet.org or call 510-521-8448.

Talk and tour of Alameda homes set for May 11

The Alameda Home Team will present "Homes are the Heart of Alameda," a bus tour of current and possible future affordable, rental and market rate properties, on May 11.

The nonprofit is made up of businesses and individuals who "believe in the value of Alameda taking care of its own," saying a mix of homes creates vibrant neighborhoods, strong families and a healthy economy.

A panel will discuss how sites are chosen and buildings are constructed, financed and managed before the tour.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Park Alameda apartments. A bus will then tour sites and return at 12:30 p.m. The event, including refreshments, is free.

To reserve a space or for information, go to www.heartofalameda.eventbrite.com, call 510-523-4460 or email adchousing@sbcglobal.net.

Lee, Speier to attend veterans 'Fix It' event

Congress members Barbara Lee and Jackie Speier will take part in the Second Annual Veterans Fix It from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in San Francisco.

During the event, veterans can meet with employers, claim representatives, and take part in a town hall discussion with Lee and Speier. Oakland VA Director Douglas Bragg will also be on hand.

The American Legion War Memorial Commission is sponsoring the event, which will take place in Room 207 at the War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.

For information, e-mail alwmcsf@gmail.com or call 415-861-4920.

Scholarships available for Chinese students

The Alameda Chinese Club has announced its 34th Annual Scholarship Awards for students of Chinese heritage. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to seniors at Alameda and Encinal high schools who are attending a postsecondary institution.

Students must have a 3.5 to a 4.0 GPA to be eligible. They also must write an essay on their experiences as an Asian-American.

Applications may be obtained from their counselor or the campus Career Center.

The application and essay are due May 3 and winners will be presented with their award at a scholarship dinner on June 9 at Pier 29, an Alameda restaurant.

Anyone who would like to support the Alameda Chinese Club is welcome to attend.

For information, e-mail Sandy Kiyomura at skiyomura@gmail.com or call 510-865-5496.

Otis Elementary PTA to host 'Owls' fundraiser

The Otis Elementary School PTA will present its 2013 Spring Fling "Night Owls" fundraiser on April 27.

The event will feature live music by "The Post Street Players," dancing, specialty wines, food catered by Asena Restaurant and Nothing Bundt Cakes, live and silent auctions, raffles and balloon pops.

Pre-event bidding begins April 19 online. Prizes include tickets to Disneyland, gift certificates to local restaurants, a San Francisco Bay cruise and an 18-person suite for an A's game.

Proceeds fund art, music, gardening, and technology programs, plus assemblies and field trips for Otis students.

Childcare will be offered at $25 per child and a "safe-night drink/don't drive bus" will be available at $10 per person.

The event will take place 6:30 p.m.—10:30 p.m. at JC Cellars Winery, 55 4th St. in Oakland.

Tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the door (includes two drink tickets and an assortment of small plates and desserts); $30 for kindergarten parents.

To purchase tickets online, go to https://auctions.readysetauction.com/frankotiselementary/tickets/buy.

To view the online auction go to http://auctions.readysetauction.com/frankotiselementary/home.

For information, e-mail Brenna Young at BrennaYoung@me.com.

Girls can now apply for math, science program

Girls Inc. of the Island City is now accepting applications for its "Innovative Eureka! Teen Achievement Program."

Eureka is a three-year program for girls beginning the summer before eighth or ninth grade. It encourages girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math.

The program culminates with the girls shadowing a professional who works in a field connected with science or math, such as assisting a local veterinarian, acupuncturist and pediatric dentist.

Applications are being accepted for girls in 7th or 8th grades. To apply, call 510-521-1743 ext. 208. Deadline to apply is April 29.

For information, go to www.girlsincislandcity.org.

'Eat to Defeat Malaria' fundraiser Thursday

Alameda students will host an "Eat to Defeat Malaria" fundraiser Thursday, or Malaria Awareness Day.

Their goal is to purchase 2,014 bed nets by next year for Nothing But Nets, which provides insecticide-treated nets around the world to protect people from malaria.

During the upcoming fundraiser, local restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds to the nonprofit. Customers must present this article to secure the donation.

The all-day sponsors are Café Q, 2302 Encinal Ave.; Side Street Pho, 2304 Encinal Ave.; and Bowzer's Pizza, 1330 Park St.

The morning sponsors are Café Jolie, 1500 Webster St.; and Wes Cafe, 1536 Webster St.

The dinner sponsors are Chef's Wok, 1821 Webster St.; Dragon Rouge, 2337 Blanding Ave.; and East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, 1713 Webster St.

For information or to contribute, call 510-523-7150 or go to www.NothingButNets.net.

Island power customers to see rate increase

The city of Alameda's Public Utilities Board voted 5-0 on April 15 to approve the fourth year of Alameda Municipal Power's five-year rate adjustment plan, which calls for an average overall rate increase of 3.25 percent for customers. The increase will take effect July 1.

The actual increase will vary depending on the customer's rate class. A typical residential customer with an average monthly bill of $53.04 can expect to see an increase of approximately $2.64 on their monthly bill.

Rates for commercial customers will change up to 5 percent based on electricity use.

The five-year rate adjustment plan was the result of a financial assessment in 2010 that showed revenue increases were needed due to increased operating expenses, including higher power transmission costs, according to the board.