Fire displaces tenants on San Jose Avenue

Tenants in a converted Victorian apartment house have been temporarily displaced after a floor furnace caught a rug on fire Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the residential fire at 2163 San Jose Ave. shortly before 5 p.m., and firefighters had to use power saws to cut open the floors and the walls of the home to find the source of the fire and extinguish it.

No other unit in the four-unit converted Victorian home was affected.

Damage was estimated at about $50,000 to the home, and another $10,000 for items inside.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters said the residents were displaced due to the fire, but the damage is repairable.

Crews were also dispatched earlier the same day after customers at the Starbucks on Park Street reported that a toaster oven was on fire.

Along with removing the oven, firefighters checked a wall near the appliance to make sure the fire had not spread.

Information night for parents Thursday

The Alameda Community Learning Center, a public charter middle and high school, is inviting parents and students to attend a parent information night and school tour.

The information night will take place Dec. 13. The meeting for middle school parents is set for 6 p.m. and the meeting for high school parents is set for 7 p.m.

Tours of the school will be offered the next day, Dec. 14, beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the middle school and 9:30 a.m. for the high school.

The center is located on the Encinal High School campus, 210 Central Ave.

The Alameda Community Learning Center was founded in 1992. Students are self-directed and often work in cooperative groups. By graduation, learners must complete University of California approved college-prep coursework.

Historically, more than 90 percent of its graduates are admitted to four-year colleges and universities.

For information, go to www.alamedaclc.org or www.ApplytoACLC.org.

Free screening Dec. 17 of 'The Gunfighter'

The Alameda Free Library will host a free screening of the film "The Gunfighter" from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17.

This is the third film in a six-part series moderated by Jeff M. Giordano, an award-winning filmmaker and film curator.

"The Gunfighter" stars Gregory Peck as Jimmy Ringo, a middle-aged gunfighter looking to quit running and reunite with his sweetheart.

While the film was not rated, event organizers ask that only people at least 18 years old attend.

The screening will take place in the large Meeting Room at the library's main branch, 1550 Oak St. No registration is necessary.

DUI checkpoint set for evening of Dec. 22

The Alameda police will stage a DUI checkpoint the evening of Dec. 22.

The checkpoint will be staged as part of "Avoid the 21," the annual crackdown on suspected drunken drivers that will begin Dec. 14 and continue through the New Year. It's named after the number of law enforcement agencies in Alameda County that take part.

Along with searching for drunken drivers, Alameda police will check for other violations and the license status of motorists.

Police did not disclose the checkpoint's location or the hours that it will be staged.