Residents sought for disability commission

The City Council is seeking applications from residents who would like to serve on the Commission on Disability Issues.

Commission membership is not limited to people with disabilities.

The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at City Hall. It was formed to provide information and make recommendations regarding disability issues to the council and to receive information regarding the disabled from the community at large.

Application forms may be obtained from the City Clerk at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., the city's website or by calling the clerk at 510-747-4800.

Interested persons must submit their application to the City Clerk by March 4.

Harry James Orchestra to play on USS Hornet

The USS Hornet will present the Harry James Orchestra on March 22.

Directed by trumpet virtuoso Fed Rake, the orchestra is considered one of the most popular Big Bands in the United States and Canada. Attendees can dance on three large dance floors on the enclosed hangar deck from 8 p.m. to midnight.

While not required, period attire is encouraged and welcomed.

Free dance lessons will be provided throughout the night by Jim Truesdale, a former Fred Astaire dance instructor.

Tickets are $75 per person for cabaret reserved seating with tables near the dance floor; $60 per person for reserved seating near the dance floor; and $40 per person general admission.

If the event does not sell out, general admission tickets will be available at the door for $45 per person.

A cash bar and food will be available for purchase.

Tickets can be ordered online at www.hornetevents.com or by calling 510-521-8448, ext. 282.

The USS Hornet is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda.

TEDxAlameda program set for main library

As part of its 30th anniversary, the TEDxAlameda program on March 18 at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library will include two "All Star" sessions.

Details on who will be speaking during the sessions will be released later.

The session "Retrospect" will take place 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. and the session "Reshape" will take place 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The All Stars session one, "Planet Dearth," will take place 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

The All Stars session two, "Beauty and the Brain," will take place 3:45 p.m.- 5 p.m. The fourth session, "Wish," will take place: 6 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

Anyone wishing to take part can sign up at the reference desk at the library, 1550 Oak St., or by calling 510-747-7713. Space is limited to 100 people.

Rhythmix concert series to feature Latin music

Rhythmix Cultural Works will present launch its 2014 Island Arts Concert series with Fito Reinoso y sus Clasicos De Cuba on March 29.

A major force in the Bay Area Latin music scene for more than a decade, Reinoso will perform a variety of styles ranging from urban Havana grooves to timba to the classic son, mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha.

The evening will kick off with a beginner dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. with Salsa with Rebecca. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.

Rhythmix Cultural Works is located at 2513 Blanding Ave. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door The cost includes the dance lesson.

For information or tickets, go to www.rhythmix.org or call 510-865-5060.

Free Library to host gardening lecture

The Alameda Free Library invites community members to attend a lecture on spring gardening from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the main library, 1550 Oak St.

Topics will include picking the right seeds, rotating crops and building hearty soil. To RSVP, call 510-747-7713.

Police officer appointed to state commission

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed veteran Alameda police Sgt. Anthony Munoz to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Munoz, 45, has held multiple positions at the police department since 1995, including sergeant and officer. He is past president and executive board member at the California Narcotics Officers' Association.

His appointment, which was announced Feb. 21, requires state Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Munoz is a Republican, according to the governor's office.

State, federal tax forms available at library

State and federal tax forms are available at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

The forms can be picked up near the self-checkout machines, and reproducible forms are available in both copier alcoves.

Tax forms are also available to print on-line from home at www.irs.gov.

While the library staff can assist people in finding the forms, they are not tax advisers and cannot tell you what forms you need to use.

Online parking survey open until Sunday

The city Public Works Department, the Park Street Business Association and the West Alameda Business Association are conducting an online parking meter study to identify the needs of visitors in the city's shopping districts.

The survey, which takes about three minutes to complete, also aims to find ways to protect the environment from unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and allow shoppers more convenient access to parking.

The survey will remain open until Sunday. It is available at http://alamedaca.gov/public-works/metered-parking-survey.

For information, call Alan Ta, an assistant engineer with the city, at 510-747-7946 or e-mail ata@alamedaca.gov.