USS Hornet to host "Spring Hop" dance

The USS Hornet museum will host a Spring Hop dance April 20.

The event, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until midnight, will feature swing music from the 1940s performed by 3 O'Clock Jump and "sock hop" sounds of the 1950s and 1960s via DJ Tom LG.

Free dance lessons, pinball machines and a novelty photo booth will be available, as well as an amateur dance competition and prizes for the best vintage-dressed couple.

Advance tickets are $25. There is a $5 fee to enter the contests. Proceeds will benefit the museum. For information or to purchase tickets, call 510-521-8448, ext. 282.

Tubes to be closed for maintenance

The Webster and Posey tubes will be closed next week for maintenance, Caltrans has announced.

The Webster Tube, which enters Alameda, will be closed from 10 p.m. Monday until 4:30 a.m. the next day; and from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 4:30 a.m. the next day.

The Posey Tube, which exits Alameda, will be closed from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 4:30 a.m. the next day; and from 10 p.m. Thursday until 4:30 a.m. the next day. For information, call 510-286-0315.

Bay View nursing home has informational picket

A group of employees chanted outside the Bay View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Willow Street on April 5.

Leon Chow, a representative of the local branch of the Service Employees International Union, said it was not a strike, but an informational picket.

He said the center changed ownership about a month ago and the union workers are without a contract. Their former contract would have been effective through next year, he said.

The picket was a two-hour, one-day event. A center official called the new owner, who declined to comment. The owner's name was not given.

Navy receives more Point cleanup funds

The Navy will receive an additional $10 million in federal funds to help pay for the environmental cleanup of Alameda Point, city officials have announced.

The increase puts the total budget at about $22 million. The Navy has already spent more than a half-billion dollars on cleanup. City officials expect the next major phase of the conveyance of the former Alameda Naval Air Station -- the transfer of 511 acres of land and 870 acres of submerged property -- to take place within the next several months.

Last year, the city launched a number of efforts to facilitate the redevelopment of the property, including a zoning amendment, a master infrastructure plan and an environmental impact report.

Main library to host autism event April 21

The public can attend an "Autism Awareness Event: Creating Compassion in Community" from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 21 at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

The event will feature a screening of "Sons of a Gun," a documentary about four disabled men who live together in Alameda with their care provider.

Global autism expert Lynette Louise and Alamedan Jody Moore will speak, plus singer Gregg Milk, saxophone player Elvin Yuen, and song and piano performance group "All Together Now" from the Asian Community Health Center will perform. Information tables and refreshments will be available.

Rhythmix Cultural Works to host Flamenco show

Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., will host Caminos Flamencos on April 28.

Yaelisa, an Emmy Award-winning dancer and artistic director, created the show, which will feature a rotating cast of flamenco performers. All ages are welcome.

The show begins at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; $10 for children ages 12 and younger. For information, go to www.rhythmix.org or call 510-865-5060.

Ex-top cop: Support early education

Supporters of "Fight Crime: Invest in Kids," a national anti-crime organization of police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and violence survivors with more than 5,000 members nationwide, visited Sacramento on April 2 to call on lawmakers to support programs aimed at keeping children in school and away from crime.

Retired Alameda police Chief Burny Matthews was among those who participated in individual meetings with more than 20 policymakers and administration officials.

The group urged support for two bills on school discipline reform, including AB 420 authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. It would limit extreme uses of "disruption or willful defiance" as grounds for suspensions.

Along with Matthews, the group included Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, and Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus.

"Meet Your Public Officials" at Elks club

The League of Women Voters of Alameda will host a "Meet Your Public Officials" reception and fundraiser 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 25 at the Alameda Elks Lodge Rathskellar, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

The event aims to allow people to mingle and meet informally with local public officials. Every elected official in Alameda and member of a board or commission, as well as many city officials, have been invited to attend. Tickets are tax-deductible and cost $10.

Light appetizers will be provided and a no-host bar will be available. The event will also feature a silent auction and raffle. Children are welcome. For information go to http://alameda.ca.lwvnet.org/Public_Events.html or call 510-593-9572.

'Shoots and Ladders' basketball game set

Alameda police officers and firefighters will face off in "Shoots and Ladders," a basketball game on May 3 that will benefit Alameda Family Services.

Sportscasters Tom Tolbert from KNBR and Steve Bitker from KCBS will emcee.

The game will be played at the Alameda High School gym. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m.

The event will also feature a pre-game free throw contest, door prizes, and a grand prize drawing for a mountain bike.

General admission is $15; students $10; children ages 6-12 $5; children under age 6 are free.

Tickets are available at http://alamedafamilyservices.brownpapertickets.com or through Alameda Family Services at 2325 Clement Ave.

Tickets also will be available at the door.

All proceeds will support Alameda Family Services, which helps individuals and families through counseling and other programs.