Alameda firefighters extinguish two blazes

Alameda firefighters responded to two fires on Sunday.

The first was reported at 8:39 a.m. in the 100 block of West Stardust Place at Alameda Point, where crews extinguished a small fire on the second floor of a two-story, abandoned apartment building. Damage was limited to a floor.

The second fire was reported at 6:10 p.m., when a ceiling fan fell to a floor and exposed burning embers in an attic in the 400 block of Haight Avenue.

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to locate and confirm the fire. They also ventilated the roof and tore out the ceiling to gain access to the burning timbers and insulation.

The fire, which was cnfined to the second floor living room and roof, caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the structure and $5,000 to the contents. It was apparently caused by an electrical malfunction.

Electrical power could not be restored due to damaged wiring and so a tenant was displaced.

No one hurt during the two incidents. Eighteen firefighters responded at each location.

Figure skater Lipetsky to be at South Shore

Laura Lipetsky, a nationally ranked figure skater and a gold medalist with the U.S. Figure Skating Association, will perform Friday at the Little Ice Rink at Alameda South Shore Center.

The free event will take place at 7:45 p.m.

The 3,000-square foot ice rink will remain at the shopping center until Jan. 20. Hours are from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from noon to 10 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays.

CRAFT Beer & Wine purchases wine shop

CRAFT it's all caps in the release Beer & Wine, LLC has purchased Du Vin Fine Wines on Santa Clara Avenue.

New owner Russell Rasmussen is a former insurance executive who grew up in Alameda and graduated from Alameda High School. He returned here from Dublin, Ireland, with his wife Suzanne to raise their son, a student at Edison Elementary School.

Dan Marshall, the owner of Du Vin Fine Wines, will stay on as general manager.

"This is the perfect confluence of events," Rasmussen said. "I wanted to enter the beer business and Dan wanted to expand the shop's beer and wine offerings. Together we'll make a great team."

According to Marshall, "CRAFT will to continue to offer an outstanding variety of European wines while expanding its selection of quality local wines."

Rasmussen said the shop's beer selection will be weighted toward local craft beer and quality European ales and lagers.

An official grand opening party will take place after the shop is redecorated in January. CRAFT Beer & Wine is located at 2526 A Santa Clara Ave.

Register for father, daughter 'Hoedown'

Registration has opened for the 13th annual Father and Daughter "Western Hoedown," a dance co-sponsored by Girls Inc and the Alameda Recreation and Park Department, on Feb. 7.

The dance is for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their fathers (or other male role model) and will feature dancing, arts and crafts and hors d' oeuvres. It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Albert H. DeWitt O'Club, 641 West Redline Ave.

Preregistration is required. Cost is $25 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter.

Registration will remain open through Jan. 24 or until the event sells out.

For information, visit http://alamedaca.gov/ and click on the "father and daughter hoedown" tab on the right side of the page.

Bank of Alameda offers grants to nonprofits

People can vote for their favorite local nonprofit to receive a grant from the Bank of Alameda through its "Give Back" program now through Friday. The promotion will award five nonprofit organizations based in Alameda with grants of $2,000 each.

"As an organization, we are dedicated to supporting the local community and our "Give Back" promotion is just one way we hope to make a valuable difference in Alameda," said Russell A. Colombo, president and chief executive fficer. "We are excited to hear from the Alameda community as to their favorite local organizations that would benefit from our support."

To be eligible, nonprofits must be a 501c(3) organization with a main office located within Alameda. Participants do not need to be a customer. No transaction is necessary.

Votes must be cast at the bank. Branches are located at 2130 Otis Drive and 1416 Park St.