New restaurants coming soon to South Shore

Jamestown, which owns Alameda South Shore Center, announced the opening of two new restaurants at the shopping center.

Bagel Street Café, a family-owned cafe known for fresh baked bagels, homemade cream cheese spreads and gourmet lunch sandwiches, has signed a 10-year lease for 2,323 square feet. It will open this summer next to Old Navy.

The Best Lil' Porkhouse, a regional barbecue restaurant serving organic, humanely raised meats, will open its third location later this year at the center. The restaurant signed a 10-year lease for 3,639 square feet of space in Neptune Court near Loard's.

The Best Lil' Porkhouse also has restaurants in San Rafael and Corte Madera. With the addition of these new tenants, the center now has 15 restaurants, cafes and a weekly Saturday food market with Off the Grid. For information on Alameda South Shore Center, including activities, hours, and tenant promotions, visit AlamedaSouthShoreCenter.com or call 510-521-8100.

Crab Cove egg scramble scheduled for April 12

The Rotary Club of Alameda, the East Bay Regional Park District, and the Alameda Recreation and Park Department will present this year's "Splash into Spring Egg Scramble" on Saturday.


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Preregistration is not necessary for the free event, which will take place in the Crab Cove Picnic Area at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, 1252 McKay Ave. Free parking will be available at the Otis and Westline drives parking lot.

Activities will include beach exploration, lawn games, arts and crafts and photos with the bunny ($3 per photo -- with your own camera). The activities begin at 10 a.m., and the egg hunt will begin promptly at 11:40 a.m. in the different age areas.

Bring your own basket, and snacks will be available for purchase courtesy of the Alameda Youth Committee. In the event of rain all activities will be rescheduled for April 19 at the same times. For information, call 510-747-7529 or go to http://alamedaca.gov/recreation.

Alameda Municipal Power receives award

Alameda Municipal Power has become one of 184 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn platinum Reliable Public Power Provider, or RP3, recognition from the American Public Power Association.

Utilities are recognized for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. The designation, which is valid for three years, was announced April 7 at the 2014 APPA Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in Oklahoma City.

This is the second consecutive time the Alameda utility has received the designation, which recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key areas: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

The criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utilitywide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. There are also financial benefits associated with the designation, such as improved bond ratings and cost savings from workers' compensation and insurance.

"Receiving the RP3 designation means a lot to us," said Douglas Draeger, the utility's assistant general manager for engineering and operations. "It's an honor to be recognized on a national level for the work we are doing here locally in Alameda."

For information, visit www.alamedamp.com.

Firefighters assist boaters off Crown beach

The U.S. Coast Guard asked Alameda firefighters to assist with a "mariners in distress" call near Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach on April 4.

Firefighters, who were dispatched about 1:10 p.m., located the 14-foot aluminum boat about 500 yards south of the beach and launched "Rescue Boat 2" from the Encinal boat ramp. They contacted the occupants at 1:34 p.m.

The boat was mechanically disabled and taking on water because of the high wind and rough waves. The rescue boat towed the disabled vessel to Crown Beach, where other firefighters pulled it onto shore.

No one was hurt and 15 firefighters responded. The Coast Guard responded with a 24-foot rescue boat, but was unable to reach the disabled vessel because of the shallow depth of the bay water.

Easter event set April 19 at South Shore Center

Families can celebrate Easter at Neptune Court at Alameda South Shore Center between noon and 3:30 p.m. on April 19. The event is sponsored by Jamestown, owner and manager of Alameda South Shore Center.

St. Vincent de Paul to host art exhibit Friday

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County will host an exhibit and opening reception for "Altered Paintings 2" 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave.

The event is free and food and beverages will be available. Redux is a social enterprise of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, and the profit generated helps fund the Community Center and Dining Room in West Oakland, plus other programs.

Renewed Hope calls for rent stabilization

Renewed Hope Housing Advocates has asked the city to explore the possibility of adopting a rent stabilization ordinance similar to those in other East Bay cities.

Renewed Hope President Laura Thomas told the Planning Board on March 10 that the ripple effect of the boom in the tech sector in San Francisco, as well as a national trend for investors to exploit rental housing for profits, was beginning to affect Alameda with renters reporting stiff competition for housing and big rent increases.

Those who are at risk of being unable to live here any more are seniors, the disabled, immigrants and young people, Thomas said. Renewed Hope's request focused on the city's current review of the 2015-2023 Housing Element, a document it must file with the state to show that it is providing enough sites for affordable housing. If a policy to examine rent stabilization was included in the document, it would only commit the city to a process, and not necessarily adoption of an ordinance.

Renewed Hope is asking people to fill out a survey so that it can gather data on rent increases across the city. It is available at http://goo.gl/WKyAB4. More information is also available at www.renewedhopehousing.org.

The public is also invited to attend the next meeting of Renewed Hope's rent committee at 7 p.m. April 22 in the social hall at Buena Vista United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. For information, call 510-522-8901.

USS Hornet event will remember Doolittle Raid

The USS Hornet will commemorate the anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo during World War II on April 19.

The event will feature Richard Nowatzki, a former crew member who witnessed the launch of the raid from the aircraft carrier on April 18, 1942. He has written a book, "Memoirs of a Navy Major."

A Roseville resident, Nowatzki will talk about the raid and his time onboard the Hornet beginning at 1 p.m. His book will be available for purchase and Nowatzki will also autograph copies. Nowatzki remained on the Hornet (CV-8) until the vessel was sunk in combat in October 1942.

A Big Band will also perform at 11 a.m. The USS Hornet museum is located at 707 W Hornet Ave., Pier 3 at Alameda Point. For information, go to www.uss-hornet.org or call 510-521-8448.

AEF to host 'Salute to Education' on April 25

The Alameda Education Foundation will host a "Salute to Education" to celebrate public education 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 25 at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave.

The annual event honors an innovative program and a selected volunteer from each of the city's 20 public schools. Jazz combos from Alameda and Encinal high schools will perform and Cafe Q will provide appetizers. Local wine and beer also will be available.

"Salute to Education is the one time of year when teachers, administrators and parents from all the schools come together to celebrate and socialize," foundation President Bill Sonneman said.

Some of the school programs featured this year include a high school "Link Crew" that helps ninth-graders transition into high school, an elementary school "Garden Docent" program that supports grade level science curriculum, and a middle school assembly program that builds school unity.

The Alameda Education Foundation will also be showcasing some of its programs, including Adopt A Classroom, middle school sports, and enrichment programs. Advance tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at www.alamedaeducation.org. All tickets include one drink ticket and a commemorative wine glass. Additional drink tickets are $5 each.

Library to take part in national book giveaway

The Alameda Free Library will be one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries across America supporting World Book Night on April 23.

On that date, which is Shakespeare's birthday, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

The Alameda library will host a reception for our local givers at 6:30 p.m. April 22, when readers Walter the Giant Storyteller, Mayor Marie Gilmore, Vice Mayor Marilyn Izzy-Ashcraft, Chelsea Kerrington, Mariana Rueda and Mary Kay Hardwick will be on hand.