Annual Coastal Cleanup Day set for Saturday

The Public Works Department, in collaboration with the East Bay Regional Park District, is sponsoring the city's Annual Coastal Cleanup Day from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach along Shoreline Drive.

Volunteers are asked to check in at the corner of Shoreline and Westline drives and to bring a reusable bucket or bag to collect trash and to wear heavy-duty gloves and closed-toe shoes.

If possible, volunteers are asked to pre-register on East Bay Regional Park District's website: https://ebparks.apm.activecommunities.com/Activity_Search/coastal-cleanup-2013-crown-beach/2953.

Hornet event to salute women in aviation

Female aviators will take center stage during the USS Hornet's Living Ship Day series on Saturday.

The event will celebrate women aviators in the military and feature guest speaker U.S. Air Force Capt. Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, who will give a talk beginning at 1 p.m.

Tiscareno-Sato flew patrols and enforced the No Fly Zone in southern Iraq after the end of Operation Desert Storm, averaging two to three combat sorties per day over Baghdad. She spent nearly10 years on active duty as a navigator and instructor.

Tiscareno-Sato also wrote the recently-published bilingual English and Spanish children's book, "Good Night Captain Mama."

During the event, she will be presented with a "Quilt of Valor" by the Quilt of Valor Foundation and Amador Valley Quilters.

The USS Hornet Museum is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 at Alameda Point.

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

Boy Scouts benefit set Sept. 28 to fight ALS

The Alameda Boy Scouts Troop 73's bike riding team, the "Storm Troopers," is raising money to help fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which gradually robs the victim of muscle control and ultimately leads to death. Currently, there is no cure.

On Sept. 28, the troop's team will join more than 45 other teams in an attempt to raise $400,000.

To help the Alameda riders, go to http://webgw.alsa.org/site/TR/Events/GoldenWest?px=3149832&;pg=personal&fr_id=9000.

The organizers say all donations are appreciated, even as little as $1.

Firefighters Charity Ball scheduled for Sept. 28

The Alameda Firefighters union Local 689 will host its inaugural Firefighters Charity Ball on Sept. 28 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club at Alameda Point.

The black tie event will take place 6:30 p.m.- midnight and feature dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $75 and include dinner. Proceeds benefit local charities.

To order tickets email: kschelinl689@gmail.com. Checks should be made payable to " Local 689" and mailed to PO Box 727, Alameda, Calif., 94501.

For information, call Kara Schelin at 925-209-6725.

Public invited to name Alameda Point area

City officials are seeking suggestions for the name of the neighborhood around the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point, where they hope to build a waterfront transit hub with a mix of homes, businesses and walking and bike paths.

Currently, officials have been calling the area the "Town Center," a name which some residents say they wish changed. As a result, the city is conducting a survey to gauge support for possible alternatives.

The choices are FerryPoint Bay; FerryPoint Station; FerryPoint Village; Seaplane Bay; Seaplane Station; and Seaplane Village.

The survey also allows people to suggest a name.

The survey will stay open until 6 p.m. Sept. 24. The results will be presented at the joint meeting of the City Council and the Planning Board on Sept. 25.

People should note that city officials will only use the survey results as a guide as they consider a final name for the area.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/towncentername.

Official to give update on Alameda Point

The city's Jennifer Ott will update the Kiwanis Club of Alameda on efforts to redevelop Alameda Point on Oct. 2.

Ott, the chief executive officer for Alameda Point, will also field questions, including about the plans to transform the former U.S. Navy base's Seaplane Lagoon are into a "Town Center."

The free event will take place noon-1:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

To reserve a no-host lunch of for information, call 510-523-5822.