Buddhist Temple to host Obon festival Saturday
The Buddhist Temple of Alameda will host its 2014 Obon Festival, which honors the spirits of ancestors, on Saturday.
The free event will begin with a mini food bazaar at 4 p.m. that will include hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as udon and teriyaki. The "bon odori," a dance traditionally performed during the festival, will take place at 7:30 p.m.
The temple is at 2325 Pacific Ave. For information, visit www. btoa.org.
Ex-S.F. Mayor Brown to speak in Alameda
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown will be the speaker during the City of Alameda Democratic Club's Seventh Annual Garden Party at the Muir House, 1004 Paru St.
The Sunday event, which will feature light refreshments and a silent auction, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Brown will speak at 1 p.m. Other local politicians are also expected to attend.
Tickets, which are $45 for club members and $75 for non-members, are available by mailing a check to CADC, P.O. Box 2723, Alameda, Calif., 94501.
Meeting set on proposal for Cross Alameda Trail
A community meeting on the proposed Cross Alameda Trail along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway will take place 6:30 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 201 at City Hall West, 950 West Mall Square at Alameda Point.
The trail would run parallel to and south of the parkway for about one mile between Webster and Main streets through an abandoned railroad right-of-way. It would be by walkers, cyclists and joggers.
The meeting will include a review of the draft proposed project concept. People who do not attend the meeting can submit written comments to Gail Payne, transportation coordinator, at City Hall West, 950 West Mall Square, Room 110, Alameda, Calif. 94501 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information, call Payne at 510-747-7948. The city's Transportation Commission is tentatively scheduled to review the final draft proposed project concept on Sept. 24.
Annual street repair, resurfacing to begin
The city's annual street repair and resurfacing project will begin in late July and is expected to be finished by early September. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
During construction, motorists will experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of parking spaces, temporary restricted street access, as well as an increase in noise and dust levels. It is also possible that on-street parking will be removed for up to one week during the work, according to city officials. Bus stop access will be maintained throughout the project.
Among the streets where the work will take place are Central Avenue, Robert Davey Jr. and Otis drives, Willow and Chestnut streets and Buena Vista Avenue. For information, call Trung Nguyen at 510-747-7900.
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.