Alameda Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave., is hosting a talk on how to keep chickens healthy at 1 p.m. Saturday as part of its free monthly pet-education series. The guest speaker is Dr. Elinor Granzow of Alameda Pet Hospital on Buena Vista.

"Backyard chicken keeping continues to grow in Alameda and the East Bay," said store owner Cynthia Schorle. "This talk is a great way for local chicken owners to meet Dr. Granzow and benefit from her expert health care knowledge."

Dr. Granzow recently joined Alameda Pet Hospital. She attended veterinary school at UC Davis and has worked as an emergency vet, in shelter medicine and in general practice for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and small mammals.

"Many of the health problems we see in chickens are preventable with proper care and feeding," the veterinarian explained. Healthy chickens, she added, experience less stress and lay more eggs.

Also Saturday, the Alameda Education Foundation will present a discussion on how families can best handle college costs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Alameda High School's Little Theater. Independent financial analysts Mark Stewart and retired Alameda Unified School District high school counselor John Maiers will speak about the real cost of going to college, the different loan types and related topics.

A group of Alameda High students have their artistic works on display at Rhythmix Cultural Works' K Gallery on Blanding Avenue through Wednesday. The students' watercolors, drawings and image-transfer projects are being shown along with some artwork and cardboard sculptures made by their instructor Charlie Milgrim.

Congrats to Gotham Harbor Coffee, now open for business in Park Street Plaza from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The shop features beans roasted by Bicycle Coffee Company.

Across town at Chica Contemporary Peruvian Bistro on Webster, owner Carolina Yong invites the community to a presentation by Manuel Villacorta, author of "Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-Aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes," at 6:30 p.m. April 5. The author will introduce dinner guests to maca, lucuma, pichuberries, sacha inchi and purple corn, while Chicha Bistro will serve a four-course meal for the event.

Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.