Concerts at the Cove continue this Friday

The Concerts at the Cove series will continue Friday with BeaufunK featuring Michael Jeffries, who will perform music that highlights funk from New Orleans to Oakland, including Tower of Power songs.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with food and family activities. The concert will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Alcoholic drinks are prohibited.

The series will continue Aug. 8 with Local Scene and radio station KFOG. The Crab Cove Visitor Center is at 1252 McKay Ave.

Kiwanis will host Rhythmix discussion

Representatives of Rhythmix Cultural Works will speak at Kiwanis on Wednesday, when they will discuss its cultural arts programs and their vision for expanding access to the arts in the city

The Kiwanis meet at noon at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Lunch is optional.

For information, visit www.alamedakiwanis.org.

Election filing period to commence Monday

The filing period for the Nov. 4 election will open Monday and continue through Aug. 7. The elected offices that will be open are the mayor and two City Council seats.

A candidate must be a registered voter of the city for at least 30 days before the date of filing nomination papers.

In the event an incumbent fails to file by Aug. 7, voters will have until Aug. 13 to nominate someone other than the incumbent for that incumbent's seat, according to the city clerk's office.

Nomination documents are available 8 a. m-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the clerk's office, Room 380, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

Litter cleanup day set for Alameda Point

The city's Public Works Department's Clean Water Program, in collaboration with PM Realty Group, is sponsoring a litter cleanup day at Alameda Point from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 19.

To participate, volunteers can preregister at www.alamedapointcleanup2014.eventbrite.com or they may sign up the morning of the cleanup at the registration tables at the Shoreline parking lot on Main Street, west of the dog park.

Participants should wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring their own reusable bucket or bag and work gloves. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The aim of the cleanup to help prevent pollution reaching San Francisco Bay and the ocean. For information, contact Patrizia Guccione at pguccion@alamedaca.gov or 510-747-7951.

Group of artists picked for city's utility boxes

Alameda Municipal Power has announced the artists selected to beautify the utility's transformer boxes in the Park Street business area as part of its "Power Box Art project," a partnership with the Park Street Business Association and Rhythmix Cultural Works.

The selected artists are Emily Bonnes, Delena Britnell, Nancy Crookston, Flavia Krasilchik, Clare Rickard, Chris Rummel, Stephen Seche, Jessica Warren, and Wesley Warren. Six-year-old Lars Petersen III was selected in the student category. All artists are Alameda residents.

Mayor Marie Gilmore, Public Utilities Board President Madeline Deaton, Alameda Sun editor Eric Kos, Alameda artist and Cal State East Bay instructor Dickson Schneider, and Park Street Business Association representative Julie Baron of Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden chose the artists from more than 100 submissions.

Each artist's work reflects ways in which the community can reduce its carbon footprint through renewable power sources, cleaner transportation, recycling and reuse, shopping local, supporting farmers' markets, or water and energy conservation.

The artwork will be unveiled on the transformers on Sept. 12, when a free celebration at Rhythmix-K Gallery will also show the works of the artists along and all of the submissions. For information, visit www.alamedamp.com/art.

City offers emergency alerts through Nixle

The city is now using Nixle to provide instant alerts to the community for public safety events and other significant community issues.

For many years, the city used a similar service that only dialed landline telephones. Nixle uses technology that provides instant outreach via telephone, cell phone, text message, email, Facebook, Twitter and the Internet.

The alerts can be sent citywide or only to certain neighborhoods, depending on the situation. There are three levels of messaging that are typically sent: alert messages, advisory messages and community messages. To receive alerts via mobile devices and social media, people must sign-up by texting their ZIP code (94501 or 94502) to "888-777."

People can also sign up via the Internet at: http://local.nixle.com/register/ where there are options for where you want alerts sent -- home phone only, cell phone, or both. Residents and businesses will continue to receive emergency alert messages via their landline phones automatically.

Tucker's sells new flavor to support park bench

All proceeds from the sale of a new ice cream flavor at Tucker's Ice Cream, 1349 Park St., will go toward the restoration of the Isabelle Clark Memorial Bench in Jackson Park.

Kate Pryor created "Dumb Friends Bench Blueberry Buckle."

The park bench was commissioned by Isabelle Clark in 1920 and originally had a water trough for the benefit of birds and other animals that has since been filled in. The bench is inscribed "In Memory of My Dumb Friends," a reference to animals and their inability to speak.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Commission has pledged $5,000 toward the $15,000 cost for the restoration. Individuals and businesses are donating the rest of the money.

The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society, which has pledged $500, is acting as a conduit so that donations can be accorded 501(c)(3) status.

For information, visit www.savethebench.org or contact Denise Shelton at 510-508-2603 or alamedans@gmail.com.