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Do you like to run up and down steep hills? Then have I got a run for you!

This week, let's go to the southern end of Tilden Park. One of the most fun attractions in this park for children (OK, for lots of grownups, too) is to ride the steam train. It's quite a set-up they have there, and it is indeed a fun activity. But just a short distance away are a couple of great running trails that are part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail system.

Missed a week of Dave LeMoine’s fabulous serial blog, Growing Up in Alameda? To commemorate the publication of his popular series, we’ve assembled links to each part right here in one post.

January 14: Beyond the dumps
Dave offers an introduction of Bay Farm Island, circa 1957.

January 21: Happy Days and the Fonz
The epitome of cool.

Nothing quite focuses the attention like a toothache. Invisible to others, it comes to dominate one's life with its single-minded insistence on being attended to.

Other wounds to the flesh can accomplish the same sort of focus, but only for a while. Usually one can eat and drink and read or watch TV to distract oneself, but a toothache is in a class by itself. Eating and drinking become problematic, and distraction becomes nearly impossible.

The tongue lives in the mouth with the infected tooth and finds it impossible to avoid checking up on it every half minute or so. "Maybe this touch will miraculously heal this horror ... oh no, it made it worse. Again."


Civil Service Board, 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Conference Room 360, City Hall.

City Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, council chambers, City Hall. Agenda

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, local news review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

City Council members have asked Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam to serve as Alameda’s interim city manager when the city’s current manager, John Russo, leaves on May 1. The City Council voted unanimously last week to offer Warmerdam, who started her municipal career in Alameda and came back as assistant city manager in 2013, the interim city manager’s job.

This week, we visit yet another East Bay park that makes a terrific running venue, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. This is not the biggest park in the park system, but with the dense network of trails, you could practically run all day long.

Dick Stevens worked full time at the corner Chevron station. His main car, until it met a brick wall at the end of Flower Lane, was a ‘47 Ford convertible powered by Oldsmobile. Dick was given this ‘49 Chevy four-door sedan. With nothing better to do, we used to ride around town.

One day Dick, Red, Budda, Flip, and I were cruising the back streets when Dick said, “Ya know, these Chevy transmissions are strong. I wonder, if I were to ram the car into reverse at 35, could it burn rubber backwards?”

“Do it!” came the cry in unison.

For the past several weeks my sweetie has been reading aloud to her granddaughter from Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird," while I eavesdrop from my chair in front of my computer screen. The life described in the book, which takes place in a small town Alabama in the '30s, is predictably full of racism and ignorance and rife with the sort of "neighborliness" we tend to glorify in our re-write of the American past.

Planning Board, 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, council chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Board of Education, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, council chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Draft agenda

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened in Alameda this week.