Alameda Point bike tour set for Saturday
The City Council and Planning Board invite the public to join them for a bicycle tour of Alameda Point on Saturday.The tour will take place at 9 a. m., rain or shine, at City Hall West, 950 West Mall Square.
The public should bring their bikes and helmets and if possible RSVP on the city's website at alamedaca.gov/alameda-point/bike-tour.
"Bike Walk Alameda," a community-based group, will help guide the tour around locations considered key for the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station. City officials also plan to gather input from those who take part. For people who do not have a bike, a limited number of bikes will be available for use on a first come, first serve basis. An ADA compliant van will be available for people who cannot use a bike.
Call 510-747-6894 for reservations and details.
City working to replace street lights with LEDs
Alameda Municipal Power and the city's Public Works Department have partnered to replace 251 existing high pressure sodium street lights with energy-efficient LED lights at 82 traffic signal intersections.
The switch will save an estimated $26,000 annually and help lower greenhouse gas emissions, according to city and agency officials.
The LED, or light-emitting diodes, street lights last about 12 years compared to 5.5 years for high pressure sodium lights. LED lights also provide much better illumination and color distinction at night, plus they reduce sky glow, or the artificial illumination of the night sky.
The $107,000 project qualified for a $33,000 rebate under the power agency's "Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program," which offers rebates and guidance to Alameda businesses and government agencies that install energy-efficient lighting. The work is expected to be completed in mid-December.
More time sought for Crown Beach project
The city will host a public meeting Monday to gather comments on a request from the East Bay Regional Park District for additional time each day to carry out work on its restoration project at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
The park district wants the additional hours because crews cannot finish the work by the projected deadline.
The proposed hours for construction are until 9 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
With the expanded hours the project will be completed by Nov. 30, according to the district.
The upcoming meeting is to allow people, especially those who live near the beach, a chance to weigh in on noise. light and other impacts. Anyone who wishes to comment can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alameda Island Poets to host book signing
Alameda Island Poets will host a book signing for a new journal entitled, "North Coast Literary Review," from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Books Inc., 1344 Park St.
This new journal is published by noted poet, writer and artist Vince Storti, who has been publishing literary journals since 1995, beginning with Awaa-te. A writer and artist, Storti has had artwork and writing published in numerous literary journals including "Inkblot," "Beautitude Golden Anniversary Anthology," "Haight Ashbury Literary Journal," and "Dad's Desk." Several authors from the journal will also read their poetry.
Author Tony Pino will also read from his book, "A Hidden River," a collection of poems and short stories. Pino has been published in "riverbabble," "Tattoo Highway," "Poets Against the War," "A Day Without Art," "Oasis Journal" 2005 and 2011. Pino teaches English at San Jose City College and Ohlone College, where he received a "distinctive teacher" award.
The evening will also include a remembrance memorial for noted poet, writer and artist Tony Gali from the Pit River Nation in Burney.
Meals on Wheels benefit Thursday
The Gold Coast Bistro & Bar will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from food sales Thursday to Alameda Meals on Wheels.
Volunteers with Alameda Meals on Wheels deliver hot meals each day to more than 140 of the city's residents, including seniors, people who are home-bound due to recent surgery, and those who simply cannot cook their own meals. The kitchen staff at Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center prepare the meals.
Subscribers pay a sliding fee based upon their ability. The Gold Coast is located at 1900 Park St. Hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. For information, call the restaurant at 510-522-5388.
Interview workshops available at Mastick
Job seekers age 50 and over can get interview tips during free "Interview Drill" workshops beginning Saturday at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave.
A job seeker will take part in a mock interview in a formal, business-like atmosphere. Job seekers can choose to be interviewed by a single interviewer or a panel. Others will observe the interview and offer feedback. The goal is to help a job-seeker's polish their interview skills and boost their confidence.
Particpants should dress professionally and bring three copies of their resume, as well as a description of the position they are seeking.
The interviews are scheduled in advance and will take place 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 16, and 23. Those interested in participating should register before 3 p.m. on the Friday before each drill.