ARPD offers programs in fall for young people

School has begun, and the Alameda Recreation and Park Department is inviting young people to become involved in its programs.

The Underground Teen Center, 2203 Central Ave. (downstairs in Room 170), is open Monday through Friday after school until 5:30 p.m. This is a supervised, free drop-in program for all sixth- through 12th-graders in Alameda. The center features a big-screen television for video games, a pool table, Ping-Pong and other activities. Participants must sign in and out each day.

For those students who need a ride to the center, the department provides transportation from six middle schools in its vehicles. The cost per ride is $2, or participants can purchase a 10-ride punch card for $20. Participants must be registered before they can ride.

The department also provides opportunities for students who need community service hours in order to fulfill school requirements. Other department activities include the 11th Annual Teen Haunted House, which teens help plan and run. It will take place Oct. 24-26. The planning meetings will begin in mid-September. For information, visit www.alamedaca.gov/recreation or call 510-747-7554.

Girls Inc. of the Island City to host gala

Girls Inc. of the Island City will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala on Oct. 11.


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The celebration will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Faz Restaurant and Bar, 1111 Broadway in Oakland. Tickets are $75. Guests will enjoy a formal wine reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and music provided by Jim Franz and Jan Nichols. Guests will be able to bid on silent and live auction packages, including a seven-night stay in Australia, a weekend stay at Disneyland and gift certificates to local businesses.

Girls Inc. of the Island City is also hosting a raffle for the chance to win a seven-night stay in Kauai, Hawaii, plus airfare for two. The prize must be used June 20-27, 2015. The raffle drawing will take place during the gala, and ticket-holders do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $25 each. For more information, visit www.girlsincislandcity.org or call 510-521-1743 ext. 225.

Police removing derelict vessels from the Estuary

The Alameda police is continuing to take action against persons and boaters who litter and pollute the Oakland/Alameda Estuary.

In August, the police worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' command vessel, the John Dillard Jr., to extract three boats from the water. The Alaska Basin, next to Wind River Systems, was also cleaned and derelict vessels moored there illegally removed.

Police said criminal complaints have been filed with the Alameda County District Attorney's Consumer and Environmental Protection Division.

The cleanup effort follows Alameda police working with Cal Recycle and the state Land Commission's authority in July to mark derelict vessels and identify property that could pose a hazard on the waterways.

Sept. 15 golf tourney to benefit city's parks

The Alameda Friends of the Parks Foundation will host its second annual "Play for the Parks" Golf Tournament Sept. 15 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

The cost to participate is $85 per player. The fee includes the "shotgun" round of golf, an electric cart, "goody bags," dinner, and a free bucket of practice balls provided by Greenway Golf. Dinner costs $35.

The dinner and a 20-item auction will take place immediately following the tournament at Harrison Center at Lincoln Park. Golf sign-in begins at 11 a.m. with the shotgun tournament beginning at 1 p.m. There also will be a putting contest before the 1 p.m. tee-off.

All proceeds will go directly toward supporting Alameda parks and programs for kids, teens, adults and the elderly. For information and to register, go to www.alamedaparks.org.

Measure O committee volunteers are wanted

The Alameda Unified School District is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Measure A Oversight Committee.

Measure A, a parcel tax passed by voters in 2011, raises $12 million annually for core programs, including AP classes, athletics and technology.

The 11-member oversight committee, which includes parents, teachers and district employees, reviews the district's compliance with the terms of the measure. It meets three to six times, for two to three hours a session, between January and December of each year.

The committee's work culminates in an annual report to the district's Board of Education. Applications for the committee, which will begin meeting in January, are now available. For an application, visit the district's website, call 510-337-7187 or stop by the district's office at 2060 Challenger Drive.

Completed applications must be received at the district office no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 12. Appointments will be announced Oct. 15.

Volunteers on Sept. 20 to clean Crown Beach

Alameda residents can take part in the annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 20 by helping pick up trash at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at Park Street and Shoreline Drive and should wear sunscreen and closed-toe shoes and bring their own bucket and gloves. For information, call the Public Works Department at 510-747-7930, or visit www.coastal.ca.gov.