Elks Hoop Shoot winners announced

The 40th annual Elks Hoop Shoot City Finals, conducted by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department and sponsored by Alameda Elks Lodge #1015, took place on Jan. 10 at the Alameda Point gymnasium.

The basketball contest consisted of shooting free throws. Each contestant had 25 opportunities to shoot a basketball into the hoop.

The winners were:

Boys ages 8 and 9: first place, Jacob Baca; second place, Carl Hollins; third place, Diego Amador.

Boys ages 10 and 11: first place, Elijah Caliz; second place, Justin Walker; third place, Jacob Price.

Boys ages 12 and 13: first place, Ameer Omar; second place, Jake Emerson; third place, Dean Sarmiento.

Girls ages 8 and 9: first place, Samantha Wheeler; second place, Georgia Rodriques; third place, Kayla Billeter.

Girls ages 10 and 11: first place, Sierra Guiterrez; second place, Katie Ohno; third place, Sara Motley.

Girls ages 12 and 13: first place, Sabrina Motley; second place, Marina Donovan.

The first place winner from each division can represent the city and the Elks lodge in the Bay District Contest, which will take place Jan. 18 at Sierra High School in San Mateo.

Day of service Saturday at Sweeney Open Space

The Alameda Community Garden Day of Service will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, located at the corner of Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue.

Volunteer for all or part of the day to clean up and launch the Alameda Community Garden. Projects include weeding, mulching, building planter boxes and compost bins, painting and signage. Lunch is included. All ages are welcome and children and youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tools are provided but we encourage volunteers to bring work gloves.

Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LW86qgmTnuvJPLm0wFXfS4LilRMNE-ZFTeKLGxc0o9A/viewform or call the Alameda Recreation and Park Department at 510-747-7570.

Relay for Life set for Encinal High School

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life will take place June 21-22 at Encinal High School. People can learn more at the event's kick-off at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., where the Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, will perform.

Suggested donation is $15 at the door, which open at 6 p.m. An optional dinner is available at 5 p.m. for $15. E-mail strauss.mj@gmail.com for dinner reservations.

During the 24-hour relay participants take turns walking laps around the high school track as a way to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Since 1995, when Alameda was the first local city to host a relay, the event has raised $1,474,561.49 for cancer research and services.

For information, including to register a team, become a sponsor, volunteer on a committee or to donate, go to www.RelayForLife.org/AlamedaCA or call Lisa Leverton at 510-834-3800.

Meeting Wednesday on Crown Beach future

The Friends of Crown Beach and Alameda Citizens Task Force will co-host a kickoff meeting to discuss a proposed ballot measure to protect Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach.

The meeting will take place at 7 .p.m. Wednesday at the second floor conference room at Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave.

Van Sickle Scholarship application period open

Applications are now being accepted for the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship from graduating seniors at the city's public high schools who are also Alameda residents.

Selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.

The scholarship is named in honor of Ken and Shirley Van Sickle, educators who together devoted more than 50 years to the education of Alameda's students. Now in its 27th year, the scholarship was established by their son Keith, a 1976 graduate of Alameda High School who later earned degrees at Stanford and Harvard universities.

Last year, the scholarship was awarded to Naza Djelic, now a freshman at Mills College. Djelic attended Encinal High School.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 22 and the award will be made in May. Application forms are available at each high school's counseling office.