City Hall available for "12-12-12" weddings

City Hall will be available for civil weddings on Dec. 12, or 12-12-12, the last opportunity that couples will have for a palindrome wedding date for 88 years.

Eleven couples were married at City Hall on Nov. 11 last year, or 11-11-11.

To schedule a ceremony, call the city clerk at 510-747-4804. Time slots are limited and anyone interested is urged to contact the office as soon as possible.

For information about the city's wedding packages, go to www.cityofalamedaca.gov/About-Alameda/Civil-Ceremonies.

Saturday memorial to honor Marilyn York

A memorial service for Marilyn York, who co-founded the Alameda Naval Air Museum, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum.

York died Oct. 4 at her home in San Lorenzo. She was 90.

During World War II, York served as a Navy WAVE and was stationed at the Alameda Naval Air Station, where she sold more than $1 million in war bonds to aircraft and shipyard workers.

After the war, she worked for 33 years as a journeyman aircraft engine mechanic at the base's Rework Facility.

York co-founded the Alameda Naval Air Museum after her retirement. The museum is dedicated to the history of the air station, as well as to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.


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The memorial service will take place at the museum, 2151 Ferry Point Road in Alameda. Contributions in her memory can also be made to the museum.

For information, call 510-522-4262.

Nighttime generator on Walnut sea wall project

The city is rebuilding the lagoon wall south of Clinton Avenue at the end of Walnut Street. The base of the construction site is located below sea level and subject to flooding from ground water and requires ongoing pumping.

As a result, the city's contractor has asked to run a generator and pump the water out on a 24-hour basis in order to complete the work before the winter rainy season. This will keep the job site dry and prevent it from being inundated each night by water.

The night use of the generator and pump was scheduled to start Tuesday and continue through Nov. 8. It will help dry the site and allow for the setting and curing of the concrete.

The noise level is expected to be between 45 and 50 decibels, or about the level of a typical refrigerator. It meets Alameda Municipal Code regulations, according to city officials.

For information on the project, call Laurie Kozisek at 510-747-7940 or Emily Dean at 510-747-7941.

Christmas collection set for needy children

Alameda residents can help brighten the lives of needy children around the world by donating gift-filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, at Central Baptist Church next month.

Anyone can drop off a shoe box packed with toys, school supplies or hygiene items at the church between Nov. 12 and Nov. 19. The boxes will then be hand-delivered to children in 100 countries.

The project is an effort by Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization. It has given boxes to more than 100 million children since it was launched in 1993.

Donors can also use tracking technology to follow their box as it is delivered by using use the "Follow Your Box" donation form at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Central Baptist Church is located at 2133 Central Ave. Call 800-353-5949 for information.

Raiders discount tickets to benefit the Hornet

The USS Hornet aircraft carrier museum is teaming up with the Oakland Raiders to provide discounted tickets for five games during November and December.

The Raiders will donate a portion of each ticket sold to the museum. The tickets are also not subject to service charges.

The games are: Sunday at 1:05 p.m. vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Nov. 18 at 1:05 p.m. vs. the New Orleans Saints; Dec. 2 at 1:15 p.m. vs. the Cleveland Browns; Dec. 6 at 5:20 p.m. vs. Denver Broncos; and Dec. 16 at 1:25 p.m. vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

For information on how to purchase tickets, call 510-521-8448 ext. 238, or email donations@uss-hornet.org.