ESL class offered at Mastick Senior Center

An English as a Second Language class will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 in Room D at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave.

The class aims to give non-native speakers or newly-arrived immigrants a basic understanding of English. Emphasis will be placed on listening, speaking and writing the language.

The class will take place from Sept. 17 through Nov. 5. The fee is $20.

For information, call 510-747-7500 or 510-510-523-3102.

Trinity Lutheran to host sale of African crafts

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave., will host an African art and crafts sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21.

The event will be presented by Asante Network, a member of the Fair Trade Network. It's working to help women's groups in East Africa by finding markets for their crafts.

Trinity Lutheran partners with a sister parish in Kagitumba, Rawanda, where work is currently underway to build a new parish and school.

The Asante Network will give 20 percent of their sales for the project.

The bazaar will feature baskets, clothes, jewelry and other items.

Firefighters Charity Ball scheduled for Sept. 28

The Alameda Firefighters union Local 689 will host its inaugural Firefighters Charity Ball on Sept. 28 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club at Alameda Point.

The black tie event will take place 6:30 p.m.- midnight and feature dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $75 and include dinner. Proceeds benefit local charities.

To order tickets email: kschelinl689@gmail.com. Checks should be made payable to " Local 689" and mailed to PO Box 727, Alameda, Calif., 94501.

For information, call Kara Schelin at 925-209-6725.

Public invited to name Alameda Point area

City officials are seeking suggestions for the name of the neighborhood around the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point, where they hope to build a waterfront transit hub with a mix of homes, businesses and walking and bike paths.

Currently, officials have been calling the area the "Town Center," a name which some residents say they wish changed. As a result, the city is conducting a survey to gauge support for possible alternatives.

The choices are FerryPoint Bay; FerryPoint Station; FerryPoint Village; Seaplane Bay; Seaplane Station; and Seaplane Village.

The survey also allows people to suggest a name.

The survey will stay open until 6 p.m. Sept. 24. The results will be presented at the joint meeting of the City Council and the Planning Board on Sept. 25.

People should note that city officials will only use the survey results as a guide as they consider a final name for the area.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/towncentername.

Official to give update on Alameda Point

The city's Jennifer Ott will update the Kiwanis Club of Alameda on efforts to redevelop Alameda Point on Oct. 2.

Ott, the chief executive officer for Alameda Point, will also field questions, including about the plans to transform the former U.S. Navy base's Seaplane Lagoon are into a "Town Center."

The free event will take place noon-1:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

To reserve a no-host lunch of for information, call 510-523-5822.