Community Corner: School fundraiser, car seat checks and more

Community Corner: School fundraiser, car seat checks and more

Michele Ellson

Alameda Education Association president Audrey Hyman (left) and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 689 president Jeff Del Bono (right) presented Alameda Point Collaborative executive director Doug Biggs (center) with a check for $8,300 raised during a crab feed the unions held in February to raise money for the Collaborative's academic center and teen center programs. Contributed photo.

Maya Lin School's second annual Havana Night fundraiser will be held from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. this Saturday, April 26 at the Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Avenue. Admission is $25, payable at the door. The adults-only event will include music from Viento Y Marea, a salsa lesson, silent auction, appetizers and a no-host bar.

The Alameda Police Department is offering free child safety seat inspections from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 26 in the parking lot at police headquarters, 1555 Oak Street. The inspections, which will be conducted by trained technicians, will be conducted as staffing and time allow. The event is sponsored by the department, the Alameda County Child Passenger Workgroup and Habitot Children’s Museum. For more information, contact Alameda Police Sgt. Ron Simmons at 337-8367.

The U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area has a new commander. Rear Admiral Charles W. Ray is succeeding Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, who has held the Pacific Area post since April 2012. Zukunft will take on a new role as Coast Guard Commandant in Washington, D.C., pending Congressional approval. Ray, a native of Newport, Ark. and a 1981 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, has served as the Pacific Area deputy commander since 2013. The Pacific Area stretches from the Western United States to Asia and includes the Arctic and Antarctica.

Alameda Sports Cards and Comics will celebrate Free Comic Book Day on May 3 with activities and free comics. Between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., visitors to the store can take up to three free comic books from a selection of 40 books offered specially for the day, while supplies last; anyone who comes in costume will receive a special item. Activities planned for the day include an appearance by Image comics creators Nick Dragotta and Justin Greenwood, who will sign copies of their East of West and The Fuse from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The store is at 1515 Webster Street; additional information is available online.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter has opened registration for its Wiggle-Waggle Walk. The walk, which will be held from noon to 3 p.m. June 8, is a fundraiser for the shelter. The cost to pre-register for the walk is $25, while registration on the day of the event is $30; participants will be joined by more than 150 dogs along with their own. Registered participants will receive a goodie bag, and prizes will be awarded to the person and team who raise the most pledge money. Registration can be done online or in person at the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way.

The deadline to apply for an exemption from the Measure A school parcel tax is June 30. Exemptions are available to seniors who will be 65 or older by June 30, 2015 and people who receive Supplemental Security Income and own and occupy their property as a primary residence. Residents who are already receiving exemptions and haven’t moved do not need to reapply. Exemption forms for seniors are available online here, and for people receiving Supplemental Security Income, here; by phone, at (800) 273-5167; or at the district office, 2060 Challenger Drive. Anyone with questions can call (800) 273-5167.