Free e-waste recycling event on March 23

Bring unwanted electronic equipment, such as TVs, monitors, printers, computers and more to a free e-waste recycling event in Alameda from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23.

The event will take place at the Community of Harbor Bay Isle, 3195 Mecartney Road, in the community center parking lot. It is being held by Electronic Waste Management at California-certified e-waste collector. All e-waste collected will be recycled in the United States. Visit www.noewaste.com or call 866-335-3373 for accepted and nonaccepted items and more information.

Vintage Fashion Faire set for March 22

Sandra Michaan, co-founder and co-producer of the popular monthly Alameda Point Antiques Faire and vice president of Michaan's Auctions, announces the spring Alameda Point Fashion Vintage Faire with a "Tiki Style" costume contest at the historic "O" Club, 641 West Red Line Ave. at Alameda Point. The event will be held March 22-23.

The "O" in "O" Club" stands for "Officers," and the officers who frequented this club certainly dined in style. It was built at the Alameda Naval Air Station in 1941.

The Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire will have a preview party on Friday night, March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. with live entertainment by a tropical style band. There will be a "Tiki Style" costume contest with prizes for every entry, including a $100 voucher for first prize to shop the show.


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Admission is $10 (21 and older only) including a readmission to Saturday's Faire.

On Saturday, March 23, the indoor show will be a vintage fashion extravaganza for all ages.

Cost is $5 general admission Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $10 early buy admission, preview party and sale on Friday, March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. Children 16 and under free with a paid adult on Saturday.

Don Grant Track Club changes times, site

The Don Grant Alameda Point Track Club has changed its schedule to 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the College of Alameda track unless rained out. The club is no longer meeting at the Alameda Point gym.

The College of Alameda is at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway.

The club is open to East Bay boys and girls ages 3 to 14. For more information, contact coach Ralph Walker at ralphlwalker27@yahoo.com or at 510-776-7451.

May 4 benefit scheduled for Altarena Playhouse

A reception, dinner and show to mark the 75th anniversary of Altarena Playhouse will take place May 4 at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature entertainment by Altarena actors, singers and dancers. Tickets purchased before Monday are $50 for Altarena alumni, or performers and those who have worked behind-the-scenes, and $75 for others.

Tickets are $75 for alumni and $100 for others. Proceeds will benefit the playhouse. For reservations, email Susan Dunn at historian@altarena.org or call 510-337-1354.

Boy Scout troop to host alumni, family dinner

Alameda's Boy Scout Troop 1015 will host its first Alumni & Family Dinner on Saturday at the Alameda Elks Lodge 1015, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

The festivities will include a buffet dinner, dessert, raffle and entertainment. All proceeds will go directly toward scout sponsorships, which can range from sending a boy to summer camp to helping him purchase camping gear if his family needs financial help.

Entertainment will include DJ Tanoa, the B-Stars and the troop's musicians. Tickets are $30 adults and $15 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event.

Police asking residents to complete survey

The Alameda police are asking residents to complete a 16-question survey about the department and their level of satisfaction with its services.

Responses are anonymous and the information gathered will be used for statistical purposes only. A participant who wishes to be contacted, however, or who wishes more information, should e-mail COPPS@ci.alameda.ca.us. To complete the survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AlamedaPD.

Author to sign books at Dog Bone Alley

Author Karen Bane will sign copies of her children's book "Raising Tippy" 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park St. The book tells the story of two sisters who learn about commitment and responsibility when their uncle gives them a lamb as a pet.

'Muslim Journeys' book talk set for Saturday

A book discussion will take place Saturday as part of "Muslim Journeys," the four-part program that explores the intertwined histories of Islam and the West. It is sponsored by the Alameda Free Library, the Islamic Center of Alameda and the Alameda Multicultural Community Center.

The discussion will focus on two titles, "Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood" by Fatima Mernissi and "Broken Verses" by Kamila Shamsie. Yahsmin BoBo, co-founder and executive editor at Illume Magazine, will moderate. The free event will take place from 2-4 p.m. at the Leydecker Park Recreation Center, 3225 Mecartney Road. Both books are available at the library.

Weekly market to start at College of Alameda

East Bay shoppers will have a new weekend destination beginning March 23, when the College of Alameda will host its first weekly outdoor market, sponsored by the West End Flea Market.

The market will be a one-stop shopping and entertainment event for families, featuring live music, kids' activities and shopping for vintage items, antiques, toys and collectibles. Food vendors will rotate weekly and will include barbecue and Mexican cuisine, Beulah's Bean coffee and Peter's Kettle Corn.

The market will be held every Saturday, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The College of Alameda is at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. More information at www.getstuffedevents.com.

City launches online budget challenge

The city has launched the "2013 Online Budget Challenge," an interactive tool that allows residents and business owners to try and balance the city's General Fund.

It can be taken at www.alamedaca.gov from now until the middle of May. The challenge is to decide which city services should be cut or reduced and whether to raise taxes. It was first presented to the public last year, when 185 of about 500 people who participated balanced the budget. The City Council will consider the results during its budget deliberations.

Island insurance agency to mentor young people

Mahoney Walker Insurance of Alameda partnered with Safeco Insurance to sponsor Spark -- a nonprofit that provides apprenticeships to middle school students from disadvantaged communities -- as part of National Mentoring Month in January.

Kerry Walker said she decided to participate "because a good mentor is something that every child can benefit from." She also plans to mentor a Spark student during the course of the year.

Spark works to address the dropout crisis by connecting volunteer professionals with young people in apprenticeships that will "spark" their potential. Students identify a dream job, and Spark matches that student with a mentor in that field.

Spark has been serving Bay Area young people since 2005. Mahoney Walker Insurance also sponsors local PTA and Alameda Youth Basketball. For information, call the agency at 510- 814-7270 or go to www.sparkprogram.org or mahoneywalkerinsurance.com.