Annual Park Street festival this weekend

The 13th Annual Park Street Spring Festival will take place this weekend and will feature art and craft booths, live music, food vendors and a children's area.

The festival will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Free secure bike parking will be available near Alameda Bicycle at the corner of Park Street and Webb Avenue. Many businesses also will be offering weekend specials.

For information, call 510-523-1392 or go to www.ShopParkStreet.com/springfestival.html.

Kiddie Kampus seeking alumni for anniversary

Kiddie Kampus, Alameda's only cooperative preschool, is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. To mark the milestone, the school is seeking seeking alumni from the past seven decades to take part in an anniversary celebration in the fall.

Alumin can learn more by visiting the school's booth at the 13th Annual Park Street Spring Festival, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

People can also e-mail their contact information to alumni@kiddiekampusalameda.org. Individuals should include when the years that they attended the school.

City Manager Russo to speak at hospital


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City Manager John Russo will discuss city issues during a free public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Alameda at Alameda Hospital from 7 to 8:30 p.m, on May 23.

Russo is expected to talk on the new shopping center and housing coming to Alameda Landing, as well as challenges facing the city, including rising retiree pension and benefit costs.

A time for questions and a discussion will follow the talk.

The Chamber of Commerce is cosponsoring the event, which will take place in Conference Room A on the hospital's second floor. The hospital is located at 2070 Clinton Ave.

For information, go to http://alameda.ca.lwvnet.org/Public_Events.html; call 510-865-2439; or e-mail dixonmueller@yahoo.com.

Business owners can renew license online

Starting this year, most business licenses in Alameda can be renewed online, the city has announced.

Deadline for license renewal is July 1. Payments received after July 31 will be considered past due and penalties will be levied.

The new online service is part of to the city's ongoing efforts to reduce paper consumption and minimize the number of visits people that must make to City Hall. The online processing fee is $5, compared to the traditional $20.

An annual business license is required for anyone doing business in the city, including people who work from homes. Licenses are valid between July 1 and June 30,and must be renewed yearly.

A business owner who has recently relocated within city limits also must complete a zoning clearance form at http://alamedaca.gov/permits/business-permits/243, which is reviewed by zoning and fire safety officials.

For change in ownership, the new owner must fill out a new business license application, available in the Finance Department Office at City Hall. These forms will be available online in the near future, according to the city.

A business owner has not received a renewal notice by the end of June or wishes more information should call June Hill in the Finance Department at 510-747-4851

To renew a business license, go to www.alamedaca.gov/licenserenewal,

Michaan's Auctions to offer Tiffany treasures

Louis C. Tiffany items from Japan's Garden Museum collection will be auctioned by Michaan's Auctions at Alameda Point starting at 10 a.m. May 18.

Two Tiffany floor lamps are among the more than 75 lots from the museum that will be auctioned. An Oriental Poppy floor lamp that stands 79 inches tall has been an estimated at $600,000 to $800,000, while a Yellow Rose floor lamp has been estimated at $750,000 to $900,000.

Several original paintings by Tiffany also will be auctioned, including a 1925 oil on canvas titled "Painting on the Beach," which depicts Tiffany's personal nurse, Sarah Hanley, on a South Florida beach. It is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000.

Other items include a Tiffany armchair created for the New York residence of sugar refining magnate Henry O. Havemeyer. It is estimated at $120,000 to $140,000.

A preview will take place May 17. Previews are also available by appointment.

Michaan's also auctioned Tiffany items from the Garden Museum in November. The auction was its highest grossing sale to date with a total of more than $4 million.

Michaan's is located 2751 Todd St.

For information, go to www.michaans.com or e-mail info@michaans.com.

Arrest in Marina Village stabbing, robbery

A man faces multiple felony charges after he assaulted and robbed a customer inside the Chase bank at the Marina Village Shopping Center and stabbed another man sitting in a car in the center's parking lot, police said.

Officers were initially dispatched to the shopping center about 1 p.m. May 3 after receiving a call about the stabbing in the parking lot. But as they were responding, officers received a second call, reporting a robbery inside the bank, police said.

Eric Lemans Williams, 48, who has no permanent address, is believed to have first been sitting with the victim in the car when he exited and briefly entered the bank. He then returned to the vehicle, where the two men argued and Williams stabbed the driver with a box cutter, police said.

Police said Williams returned to the bank and handed the teller a demand letter asking for money.

When the teller refused, Williams approached a customer from behind and brandished a box cutter, police said. The two men struggled and the customer grabbed a chair and struck Williams, breaking the suspect's arm, police said.