Community Corner: Circus Arts Festival, ferry service changes, park grants and more

Community Corner: Circus Arts Festival, ferry service changes, park grants and more

Michele Ellson

Photo from the Bay Area Circus Arts Festival homepage.

The Bay Area Circus Arts Festival is being held from this Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6 in the gym at Alameda High School, 2201 Encinal Avenue. The event, which is free and open to the public, will introduce participants to everything from juggling and unicycling to belly dancing, rope spinning and more. A schedule and information are at the link. The festival includes an Art in Motion show that will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 5 at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Avenue. Tickets for the show, which is a benefit for the arts in Alameda schools and the Medical Clown Project, are $15 for adults and $5 for children 5 and older, and are available by clicking the link.

The Boys & Girls Club of Alameda is hosting Kids Nite Out 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, November 15 at the club, which is at 1900 Third Street. Admission is $50, and the club is asking anyone interested in attending to RSVP by November 8. During the event, participants will team up with a club buddy to compete in activities and games, eat dinner and take a photo. An after-party will be held in appreciation of adult participants. A registration form with more information about the event is available at the link.

The City of Alameda has received a pair of grants toward cleaning up and building the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. The Alameda County Transportation Commission gave the city $792,608 toward designing and building part of a Cross Alameda Trail through the future park; the money came from Measure B, the vehicle registration fee and pedestrian and bike funds, and the city is required to match the grant with $200,000 that it plans to pull from citywide development fees. The city also received a $60,000 grant from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to develop and implement a work plan for cleaning up toxics at the former Alameda Belt Line rail yard.

AC Transit is hosting a series of community meetings to gather feedback on proposed changes to the bus service’s fare structure that include introducing a day pass and eliminating transfers, adjusting local pass prices and offering discounts on local Clipper fares. Meetings will be held between Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 16 in Fremont, Berkeley, Hayward, Oakland and Richmond, and the AC Transit Board of Directors will meet to discuss the proposal on October 23. Additional information about the proposal and meeting dates, times and locations is available at the link.

The San Francisco Bay Ferry has changed the schedule for the Oakland/Alameda ferry, as of this past Monday. The service has replaced its 7:35 a.m. run from San Francisco’s Ferry Building to Alameda and Oakland with direct service to each city. More information on the changes is available through the link to the ferry service website posted above.