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Discussion on Haiti Set for Saturday

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Alameda Public Affairs Forum will host a talk on by Pierre Labossiere, a founding member of the Haiti Action Committee, at 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 10, at the Main Library.

Labossiere also is a board member of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.

Before his speach, folk artist Daniel Zwickel will sing songs from the movement for Haitian freedom and play his guitar.

Guests are invited to arrive (via the Main Library’s back door) at 6:30 p.m. to share refreshments.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

On June 13, Helen Grieco — a Northern California organizer for Common Cause — will discuss the issue of whether a 28th Amendment to the Constitution is needed to reverse Supreme Court decisions awarding corporations unlimited financial power over the American political process.

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Ex-SJND Player Takes Brooklyn to Series Win

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Jason Kidd, the former-St. Joseph Notre Dame and UC Berkeley player who now coaches the Brooklyn Nets, led his team to a 104-to-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors in game 7 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Sunday’s win, according to the NBA, is the first victory in game 7 for a rookie coach in an away game during the playoffs.

Kidd played for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008.

Before he began his NBA career in 1994 with the Dallas Mavericks, he played for UC Berkeley and for St. Joseph Notre Dame High School from 1988 to 1992 for coach Frank LaPorte.

Over his playing career, Kidd was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. In 2011, he won the NBA Championship with the Mavericks. He picked up two Olympic Gold Medals with Team USA in 2000 and 2008.

The Brooklyn Nets will face the Miami Heat in the next round of the playoffs.

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Ex-SJND Player on Fire in NBA Playoffs

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors

Well, ex-Saint Joseph’s Notre Dame basketball player Damian Lillard knows what to do under pressure: produce.

Lillard made the shot last night and put the Portland Trail Blazers into the next round of the NBA playoffs. With that 99-98 win, the team defeated the Houston Rockets in the series by four games to two.

According to news reports, Lillard played for SJND during his sophomore year in 2005-2006. But he wasn’t a high scorer for the team and elected to transfer to Oakland High School.

As a junior at Oakland, he averaged 19.4 points per game. He helped his team reach the semifinals during his senior year, when he averaged 22.4 points and 5.2 assists per game.

After graduating from Weber University in Utah, Lillard joined the NBA in 2013, when he was Rookie of the Year. This season, he was an NBA All-Star.

During first game of the playoffs, Lillard scored 31 points and recorded 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The Trail Blazers won the April 20 game, 123-120, in overtime.

On Friday, May 2, he made the game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer. The ball left his hands with 0.9 seconds left and entered the basket after the buzzer had sounded.

Portland has not been in the second-round of the playoffs since 2000.

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Bike Workshop, Bike to Work Day Slated

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To help Alameda residents get ready for Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 8, Alameda’s South Shore Center and its partners invite the community to a free bike-safety checkup and class at Gear-Up Bike Shop.

The workshop takes place on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Neptune Court

But Gear-Up Bike Shop staff will help residents with bike issues and repairs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alameda Bicycle staff will check helmets, share maps and pass out bike-advocacy information in cooperation with Bike Walk Alameda.

On Bike to Work Day, May 8, there will be water and energizer stations at the College of Alameda, the Main Street Ferry, Peet’s Coffee on Park Street, the Bay Farm Bike/Pedestrian Bridge and the Harbor Bay Ferry.

Speisekammer Restaurant will celebrate happy hour for bikers from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 8 at 2337 Lincoln Ave.

Also coming up is Bike to Movies at Alameda Theatre, set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, as well the Alameda Bicycle Chicken Coop Tour from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.

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Book Sale Pushed Back to Mid-May

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There is still time to clean out your shelves and head on down to the Friends of the Alameda Free Library spring used-book sale.

The group sells about 1,000 boxes of donated books each May and October to support our libraries; it holds the sale at the DeWitt O’Club, 641 W. Red Line Ave., and books go from $0.50 to $3 each.

The sale is now set for the weekend of May 16-18 and recently was pushed back from May 2-4.

Tickets for Friday night’s preview sale, to be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on May 16, are $5.

On Saturday, May 17, entrance is free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the clearance sale from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, booklovers can buy a bag of used books for $3 or a box full of old tomes for $5.

To volunteer to help with the sale–set up, maintain tables and handles sales, contact Friends of the Alameda Library via email (robertjorgensen110@att.net).

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Meet Local Painter at Reception

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The Alameda Free Library invites community members to meet Oakland artist Leon Kennedy at a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in the first-floor meeting room at the Main Library.

Kennedy’s paintings are on display on the second floor of the building through Saturday, May 31.

The Houston native is considered one of the top 100 self-taught artists in the United States, and the folk artist has lived and worked in Oakland for over 25 years.

The painter does his art on bed sheets, as well as on wood, glass, metal and even hubcaps.

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City’s Earth Day Events on Tap

Community members are asked to get up early tomorrow and join the city’s Earth Day activities, which begin at about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave.

Volunteers are needed to clean up the beach area in the park and along Crown Memorial Beach for about 90 minutes.

After the clean-up, Alameda’s 15-annual Earth Day Festival kicks off at Washington Park, 740 Central Ave., at 10 a.m. The festival ends at 3 p.m.

Free activities include fun games and exhibits led by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Alameda; Cotton Candy Express will dance, sing and share games with children at the event.

The theme of this year’s event is Feel Your Power. “It’s like a one-stop shop, so you can get lots of information regarding steps for change that are Earth friendly,” said Patrick Russi, recreation supervisor for the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.

“For the kids, there also will be several jump houses,” Russi explained, “and Rocket the Bike,” which is a bicycle that powers a paint-filled spinner inside a drum and creates colorful patterns on paper.

“Alameda Municipal Power will give away super-hero capes that kids can get stickers for at the different booths,” he added. “The city’s Youth Activities Committee will set up booths, too, to sell food like pizza and hot dogs.”

The Earth Day event is sponsored by Alameda Municipal Power, Alameda County Industries, City of Alameda Public Works Department, Alameda Recreation and Park Department, and East Bay Regional Park District.

“It’s put together through the collaboration of many city departments and other organizations,” said Russi. “Plus, some vendors come out to promote Earth-friendly activities, including Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.”

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Salute to Education Set for Friday

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The Alameda Education Foundation is hosting its yearly Salute to Education event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding.

“We have a lively evening of friends, good food, and celebration in store for you,” says AEF President Bill Sonneman.

At the event, guests can learn to mini-farm, enjoy music projects and see how math tutoring enhances student success. Also, there will be jazz played by an award-winning group of high school musicians.

Gourmet food will be served by Cafe Q, and California wines and beer is available, as well.

“This is my favorite event of the year,” explains Sonnemen,”and I always come away inspired from the level of commitment and quality going on in our schools.”

Tickets are $40 at the door.

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It’s World Book Night at Main Library

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The Main Library will celebrate World Book Night 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. this evening, Tuesday (April 22). Local author and storyteller Walter Mays will read from the children’s book “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson, which tells the story of two lonely children who create a magical forest kingdom.

Mayor Marie Gilmore and Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft also will be at the event, which includes games and trivia.

This free event is sponsored by Friends of the Alameda Free Library.
Alameda is one of just 23 sites chosen from across the county to kick off this year’s World Book Night, a national campaign that aims to share thousands of free paperbacks with community members to boost reading.

The library is showing Oakland artist David Burke’s ink drawings, which focus on our relationship to the environment, through April 26 on the second floor. A reception and talk by Burke will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (April 23).

Teens are invited to come to the Main Library and discuss Cory Doctorow’s book “Little Brother,” about a 17-year-old with tech talents who gets into trouble with the law, at 3:30 on Thursday (April 24). Residents of all ages can attend a blogging workshop at 6 p.m. on April 28. Sign up at the library or email afltrains@alamedaca.gov.

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Whaleboaters Getting Ready to Race

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If you have time to check out the scene on the Alameda-Oakland Estuary these days, you might catch a glimpse of the whaleboat rowing teams getting ready for their next race.

The Coast Guard Challeng–in which the whaleboats are raced around Coast Guard Island–drew a lot of teams to the area on April 12. That course is roughly 1.5 miles long.

This week, teams are getting ready for the Mini Bridge to Bridge contest between Alameda’s High Street and Fruitvale bridges, set for this Saturday, April 26.

Next weekend on May 3, the Oakland Cup will take place on the Estuary.

The bigger Bridge to Bridge race (between the Golden Gate and Bay bridges) will be held on May 31. That involves a 5-mile course.

According to the Bay Area Whaleboat Rowing Association, these types of boats were first raced on San Francisco Bay in the mid-1800s.

The modern competitions took off in the mid-1960s and involved Coast Guard Monomoy Surfboats (or whaleboats) built in the 1930s and ’40s. (Monomoys get their name from Monomoy Island off Cape Cod, Mass., where merchants used them to smuggle cargo.)

BAWRA was formed in 1982 to provide standards for safety and competition. The group’s members built new whaleboats in the mid-1980s.