Community Corner: National Night Out, pinball fundraiser, boots filled and more

Community Corner: National Night Out, pinball fundraiser, boots filled and more

Michele Ellson

The Alameda Police Department is urging residents to plan a block party, ice cream social or other outdoor event with their neighbors for this year’s National Night Out, which takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 6. The goal of the event is to boost neighborhood spirit and unity, which police said is a building block toward reducing crime. Anyone interested in participating in National Night Out can register their neighborhood event by calling 337-8305 or sending an e-mail to

“Comedy for a Cause,” a benefit for the Pacific Pinball Museum, will take place on August 3 at the museum, which is at 1510 Webster Street. Performers for the 18-and-over show include Jesse Elias, OJ Patterson, Heather Isaacs, Ethan Orloff, Loren Kraut, Nina G., and Duat Mai, with music by DJ Darewon. Admission is $15 and includes pinball, snacks, beer and soft drinks. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the party ends at midnight.

Alameda’s firefighters raised $3,511 during their July 9 “Fill the Boot” campaign, a national campaign to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters raised the money from drivers who passed them at the intersection of Marina Village Parkway and Constitution Way. The International Association of Fire Fighters is the association’s largest national sponsor, the firefighters’ union said in a press release.

Alameda County’s Clean Water Program has released “Our Waterful World,” a guide to beaches, creeks, lakes and wetlands in Alameda and across the county. The guide offers a list of activities that can be conducted along the county’s waterways. The guide is available by clicking the water program link in this post.

"Where Do Babies Come From?" a family enrichment event being hosted by Alameda Family Collective, takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 8 at Diaper Connection, 1512 Webster Street. Presenter Ronit Matabuena-Lev, a teacher, sexual health educator for youth and families and parent, will teach participants how to communicate more confidently with babies, toddlers and young children about their bodies and early sexual development in order to lay the foundation for them to become healthy adolescents and young adults. Admission is free.