Open house Tuesday at Wood Middle School

Parents are invited to visit Wood Middle School, 420 Grand St., from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to learn more about the school and its programs.

The event will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room and feature refreshments, entertainment and a question-and-answer session with the school staff.

Openings for landlords, tenants on rent board

The city is soliciting applications from landlords and tenants who would like to serve on the Rent Review Advisory Committee. The appointees will serve indeterminate terms.

The committee reviews complaints of significant rent increases and makes a recommendation as to whether the increase was justified.

When the committee has business to conduct, it meets the first Monday of any given month at City Hall.

Applications may be obtained from the City Clerk, Room 380 at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave, by calling 510-747-4800, or from the city's website. The deadline for applications is July 1.

Coast Guard cutter returns to Alameda

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returned to its homeport at Coast Guard Island on Sunday after a 91-day deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

During the 18,000-mile patrol, the crew seized more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana from a boat about 300 miles west of San Diego and apprehended three suspects. The crew also helped two boaters after their sailboat began taking on water about 3 miles west of San Diego and participated in another search-and-rescue mission to help two mariners 90 miles west of San Diego. Waesche crew members also helped paint and restore a school in Panama City, Panama, as part of a community relations project.

Chinese brush painting, calligraphy in workshop

Explore the art of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy 2 p.m.-3 p.m. May 5 at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

Pauline Tsai, an artist and docent with the Asian Art Museum, will be the instructor during the event, which celebrates Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The free workshop will run about 90 minutes. Materials will be provided and all participants will create a work to take home. The workshop will be conducted in English.

Adults and children ages 10 and older are welcome.

Registration is required to ensure there is enough material and space for all. The workshop will be conducted in English.

Call the library Reference Desk at 510-747-7713 for information and reservations.