Relay for Life set for this weekend

The Relay For Life of Alameda will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Encinal High School track. Mayor Marie Gilmore will be on hand for the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta will take part in the closing ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Among the weekend's activities will be a cake cutting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with cancer survivors and caregivers, and a performance by the Oakland Youth Chorus at 2:15 p.m. the same day.

For information, go to www.relayforlife.org/AlamedaCA or www.facebook.com/RelayForLifeOfAlamedaCA.

Discounted county fair tickets available

Free discounted Alameda County Fair tickets and event pamphlets will be distributed 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday in the Alameda City Hall parking lot.

This will mark the 13th consecutive year that newly titled fair Director Emeritus "Lil" Arnerich has distributed the tickets to the public. The tickets provide a 50 percent discount on the standard $10 price.

The fair in Pleasanton opened June 19 and will continue through July 7.

Go to www.alamedacountyfair.com for information.

New public benches on Park Street

Four new benches have been installed on Park Street by the Public Works Department, designed to make shopping easier for seniors and for persons with disabilities.

"A woman contacted the Commission on Disability Issues to request public seating along Park Street so seniors can have places to rest," said Audrey Lord-Hausman, the commission's chairperson. "We quickly realized that there was limited public seating in the Park Street business district and asked the city to provide some. We particularly wanted them to be user-friendly for seniors and persons with mobility challenges." The benches are raised slightly higher than regular benches to make it easier for people to stand from the seated position.

"We hope that the addition of providing rest stops along the way will create a welcoming atmosphere for Alameda shoppers," Mayor Marie Gilmore said. "I am grateful that the Commission on Disabilities Issues helped the city respond to needs that impact so many of our citizens."

Summer concerts at South Shore Center

The Summer Beats Concert Series at Alameda South Shore Center will kick off July 4 with tribute rockers Mustache Harbor playing rock and roll classics from the 1970s and 1980s.

After the Independence Day debut, the free concerts will take place every other Saturday, from July 20 through the Labor Day weekend, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the center court.

The concerts will also feature activities for kids, including face painting, henna and glitter tattoos, balloon animals and a bounce house.

Among the performers will be Pure Ecstasy playing motown on July 20 and California Beach Boys playing surf music on Aug. 3.

Federal, local officials to mark base transfer

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Roger Natsuhara wil join Mayor Marie Gilmore and City Manager John Russo on Monday for a ceremony to mark the "no cost" comveyance of a portion of the former Naval Air Station to the city by the federal government.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the former base's North Main Gate, or at Main Street and Navy Way.

The land being turned over to the city totals about 1,370 acres and is the first phase in the eventual transfer of the entire former base to the city. It's divided into 66 parcels and consists of 509 acres of land and 870 acres under San Francisco Bay.

The conveyance follows the U.S. Navy agreeing to drop the $108 million price tag for the former base in September 2011 and give it at no cost to the city.