Hoop Shoot City finals scheduled for Friday

The 40th annual Elks Hoop Shoot City finals will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Alameda Point gymnasium, 1101 West Redline Ave.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department is hosting the event, which is sponsored by Alameda Elks Lodge number 1015.

More than 250 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13 have already taken part in the competition at Franklin, Leydecker, Lincoln, Longfellow and Washington parks, as well as at Girls Inc. of the Island City and the Alameda Boys & Girls Club.

The contest consisted of shooting free throws. Each contestant had 25 opportunities to shoot at the hoop and a child could compete as many times as he or she wishes.

The top three finalists in each age division will compete during the finals and the winners will represent the city and the Elks lodge at a "shoot off" Saturday at Serra High School in San Mateo.

Track club event slated for Thursday

Girls and boys ages 3-14 can participate in running, jumping and throwing events and compete against other children their age from around Northern California on Jan. 17 through the Don Grant Alameda Point Youth Track Club.

The event will take place at 4 p.m. at Alameda Collaborative, 677 West Ranger Ave.

It's being held in partnership with the Alameda Recreation & Park District and is supported by Olympian pentathlon Marilyn King and Jim Ray Hines, a two-time Olympic gold medalist track and field sprinter.

Children can also join the track club for free by calling coach Ralph Walker 510-776-7451 or by emailing ralphwalker27@yahoo.com.

Team practices take place 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Alameda Point Gym, 1101 West Redline Ave.

Valentine party to be for girls and their fathers

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department and Girls Inc. of Island City will host the "Stars and Hearts Valentine Party" 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Albert H. Dewitt's Officers' Club, 641 West Red Line Ave.

The event will include music by DJ Strawberry Fields, dancing, arts and crafts projects, and hors d'oeuvres.

The event is for girls in kindergarten through 5th grade and their fathers, or other male adult companion.

Cost is $25 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter.

Complimentary admission tickets are available; call 510-747-7529 for an application.

Pre-registration is required and it will close Jan. 17 or until the event sells out.

Participants can also register at the park district office, 2226 Santa Clara Ave. The hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Thursday. The office is closed Fridays.

People can also register online at www.arpdeplay.com.

For information, go to http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/Recreation/Father-Daughter-Party or call 510-747-7529.

Bonta named to five committees

Rob Bonta, who represents Alameda in the state Assembly, has been appointed to five committees by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

Along with chairing the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, Bonta will serve on the Health, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Elections and Redistricting committees.

Bonta represents the 18th district, which also includes parts of Oakland and San Leandro. A former vice mayor of Alameda, he was elected to the Assembly in November.