Tomatina to host station benefit on Wednesday

Tomatina restaurant, 1338 Park St., will sponsor a "Dine and Donate" fundraiser for Alameda Community Radio on March 12.

The restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales to the nonprofit and listener-supported radio station, which recently applied for an FCC Low Power FM broadcast license.

After securing a license, the station wants to build a community radio station that entertains and engages listeners while providing broadcast access for all of Alameda.

Money from the fundraiser will help pay for engineering, equipment and other expenses.

Anyone wishing to support the benefit can present a "Dine and Donate" coupon at the restaurant. Station representatives will distribute "dine and donate" coupons on Sunday at Alameda South Shore Center, on Park and Webster streets and other areas of the city that can be presented during the fundraiser.

For information, call 510-394-4227 or go to http://www.alamedacommunityradio.net/.

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.

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.

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

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

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.