Police to launch two bike safety programs

The Alameda police are kicking off two ongoing bicycle safety programs on Dec. 1.

Officers will reward middle and high school kids who are riding independently and show safe cycling skills with a "Tucker's Token" for a free ice cream cone at Tucker's Ice Cream on Park Street.

When an on-duty traffic officer spots a minor following the rules of the road, such as wearing a helmet, stopping at stop signs and red lights and using hand signals before turning, the officer will present the kid with a wooden token. Fifty tokens will be distributed each month for a year.

Along with the police, BikeAlameda is behind the program, which is sponsored by Greer Family Mortuary, Alameda Bicycle and Tucker's Ice Cream.

The police are also launching a "bicycle traffic school." The school will be available for cyclists who have received a moving citation, allowing them an option to attend a two-hour bicycle safety class instead of paying a traffic fine.

Instructors with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition will offer the class once each month. While the cyclist still must pay a $50 fee for the class, the amount is less than what the cyclist would pay for a moving violation, according to program organizers.

Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Alameda Fire Department Conference Center, 431 Stardust Place, Building 522 at Alameda Point.


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The class is also open to all teens and adults for free if they have not been cited for a violation.

For information call Robert Prinz at the East Bay Bicycle Coalition at 510-845-7433 ext. 2, or email robert@ebbc.org.

Firefighters extinguish fire on Eagle Avenue

A Saturday kitchen fire in the 2300 block of Eagle Avenue caused about $1,000 in damage before it was contained, Alameda firefighters said. No one was hurt.

Talk on reforming state initiative process

Michael Salerno, a law professor at Hastings law school at the University of California, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 on "California's Initiative and Referendum Process: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" at the College of Alameda.

The free talk, which will include a discussion session, will review the possibility of reforming California's 102-year-old initiative and referendum process.

The League of Women Voters of Alameda and the College of Alameda are co-sponsoring the event, which will take place in Building F on the campus at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway.

For information, call local league President Kate Quick at 510-610-4042 or email katequick@comcast.net. Information is also available at http://alameda.ca.lwvnet.org/Public_Events.html.

Food bank needs turkeys, hams for holidays

The Alameda Food Bank is issuing a call to the community for 1,000 turkeys and hams as well as the fixings to be distributed this holiday season to the families it serves.

Each November and December, the Food Bank distributes turkeys, hams and bags of special holiday food items to its clients, relying upon the generosity of local residents and businesses for their donations.

The Food Bank is also seeking boxed stuffed mix, canned black olives, canned gravy, cake mix, corn bread muffin mix, instant potatoes, canned yams and condensed milk.

Donations can be dropped off any time during normal Food Bank hours. Businesses or groups making large donations can contact the Food Bank to arrange to have those donations picked up. The Food Bank office is at 1900 Thau Way in Alameda, near Constitution and Atlantic avenues.

Holiday season hours to drop off donations are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and the second and third Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Food Bank will be closed Nov. 24-26, Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2.

Monetary contributions can be made at the Food Bank during business hours or can be mailed to P.O. Box 2167, Alameda, CA 94501.

To make an online donation, go to the Food Bank's website at http://www.alamedafoodbank.org/contribution.html.