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Alameda's Pacific Pinball Museum part arcade, part tribute, all fun

Amid the flashing lights and dinging bells, the museum has gained popularity as a destination for kids' birthday parties. Or a place to unleash the kid that exists in all of us regardless of age. Most importantly, the museum stands as a tribute to one of the nation's, if not the world's, favorite past activities. Just don't confuse the Pacific Pinball Museum for an arcade. Actually, it's more than just a tribute, too. 
The Pacific Pinball Museum has developed an enthusiastic following. Barry Paschall comes regularly from his Berkeley home since learning about the museum in the fall. Alameda resident Gary Bargman also finds a lot to like at the museum.  
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Miyoko Jones, 82, apparently wandered away from a family member's residence in the 1000 block of San Antonio Avenue sometime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., police said.  
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Dave Lenz, an Alameda resident, recently published his first novel, "Jack Crow: Indian Healer," which draws on his experiences growing up in the small city of Wolf Point, Montana, on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. While Lenz is of German and English descent, more than 50 percent of Wolf Point's residents are Native American.  
Deadline for the applications is 5 p.m. March 6. Successful applicants must be well organized and have good listening and problem-solving skills. They also must have demonstrated leadership potential, public speaking ability and be in good academic standing.  
No one was injured during the incident, which began around noon Feb. 23 when school staff called police, saying a man appeared confused and agitated as he stood outside the school office.  
The waterfront hotel would operate under the Fairfield Inn & Suites brand and have 99 guest rooms, as well as an indoor pool, gym, meeting rooms and other amenities. The project also includes an 80-space parking lot.  
Two special poets are featured this month. Sharon Coleman is an English teacher at Berkeley City College and codirects the Berkeley Poetry Festival and co-curates the reading series Lyrics & Dirges. Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet's "The Greenhouse" was awarded the 2014 Frost Place Prize and published by Bull City Press in 2014.  
Island City Opera opens the two-show performances with Puccini's "Il Tabarro" directed by Ellen St. Thomas. A tale of infidelity and murder on the banks of the Seine River, the opera focuses on Giorgetta, a young woman living on a barge with her husband.  
Somewhere in the 1950s, the lure of enjoying three-day weekends outweighed the specific knowledge that Abraham Lincoln was born on Feb. 12 and George Washington had recognized his birth date on the 22nd of the month. (However, Big George had actually come into the world on Feb. 11th, but 11 days were dropped from the calendar during his lifetime.)