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FAAS Fund-Raiser at Tomatina

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) asks the community to support Dine & Donate at Tomatina, 1338 Park St.

The restaurant is generously giving 20% of food and beverage sales from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to FAAS.

Diners are asked to bring a flyer from the FAAS website, if possible, to the restaurant.

FAAS took over responsibility for the Alameda Animal Shelter on Jan. 1, 2012, and organizers say it has made great progress toward its goal of making the shelter a safe haven for homeless animals and a resource for the community over the past year or so — thanks to generous fund-raising and other support.

For instance, more than 450 animals were adopted during 2012 — a 21% increase over the previous year.

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Yacht Club Hosting Brunch Races

The Oakland Yacht Club in Marina Village was busy yesterday with its second series of winter races, which took place during a sunny afternoon with light winds.

The Brunch Series of Estuary races took place Jan. 6 and 20, and future races are set for Feb. 3 and 17, as well as March 3.

The Alameda-based yacht club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, says these events will include a skippers meeting and a talk by George Lythcott about his Trans Pac racing experience.

Club member Greg Matthews plans to take photos and videos of the brunch events. Congratulations to the Jan. 20 race winners.

OYC is also planning to host a chili cook-off and barbecue event on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3. Also, Ladies Luncheon is scheduled for Feb. 23, when post-1850s fashions made from items picked up at estate sales and from donations to Goodwill, will be featured.

The club will take its anniversary group photo on April 14 and celebrate a Great Gatsby Gala in June, featuring the Royal Jazz Society Jazz Band.

In addition, improvement of the dock and garden areas is taking place at OYC.

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Last Day for Ice Skatin’ on the Island

Alameda’s Little Ice Rink will be open from 3 to 10 p.m. today and then will be closing for the season.

The 3,000-square-foot ice rink, which has been open since Nov. 16 at South Shore Center near PetCo, rents skates and offers novice skaters the use of handy plastic “seals” they can lean on as they move around the rink.

In addition to the Perforce Software Foundation, South Shore Center and Ice America teams, the project came together with the following partners:

Alameda Municipal Power
Buestad Construction
BME Construction, Inc.
Cell-Crete Corporation
City of Alameda
DRYCO Construction, Inc.
The Art Sign Company
West Coast Rental & Event Production

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Film on Islam to Be Shown Jan. 20

The Alameda Main Library will present the documentary “Koran By Heart” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. The film highlights the lives of three students who devote themselves to memorizing and reciting the Koran.

It is being shown in collaboration with the Islamic Center of Alameda and the Alameda Multicultural Community Center, as part of special series of free cultural events: Muslim Journeys: An exploration and celebration of the intertwined histories of Islam and the West.

From 4-7 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 17, there will be a discussion of two books that focus on the theme of connected histories, accompanied by a multicultural potluck. The venue is the Islamic Center of Alameda, 901 Santa Clara Ave.

The third program takes place from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, the Leydecker Park Recreation Center (3225 Mecartney Road). The program will highlight stories about women and Islam.

The final program is set for 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Alameda Multicultural Community Center, 1900 Third Street, in the Woodstock Education Center Multipurpose Room. The event will including a viewing and discussion of the film “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World.”

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Lecture on Chinese Art at Library

To celebrate the end of the Year of the Dragon and get a jump on the Year of the Snake, the Alameda Free Library is hosting a lecture on Chinese art highlighting its hidden meanings.

LauraBeth Nelson, a docent at the Asian Museum of San Francisco, will discuss the symbols the Chines use in celebrating the New Year, birthdays, advancements in business and good wishes for a long and prosperous life.

The program will take place in the Regina K. Stafford meeting rooms at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, today (Wednesday January 9) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.