News Briefs for October 19, 2022 – Alameda Post | Team Cansler

Story time for kids, decarbonization plan, new boosters, spooky celebrations, used book sales and free internet.

Story Time with Constance Moore

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Constance Moore and her book, Black: The many wonders of my world. Photo courtesy of Books, Inc.

Books, Inc. at 1344 Park St. welcomes local illustrator Constance Moore to celebrate her illustrated book Black: The many wonders of my worldwith a story time and art activity this Sunday 23rd October at 2pm

Moore, who teaches art at Maya Lin Elementary School, is a featured artist for the Alameda Education Foundation’s online Art Changes program, where local artists create videos that showcase their work and weave in stories of inspiration and perspective that bring the reflect the rich diversity of the Bay Area. Class teachers use the Art Changes videos as guides for multicultural discussions and arts-centric lesson plans.

You can learn more or buy Black: The many wonders of my world by visiting Books Inc.

Decarbonization plan for just buildings

Alameda Post - Decarbonization plan for just buildings.  front of the documentThe city is inviting Alamedans to participate in a virtual workshop on the Just Buildings Decarbonization Plan on October 20 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. The plan sets out the process for transitioning from natural gas in existing buildings to clean, energy-efficient, all-electric buildings in line with the city’s climate and equity goals. Register online to receive Zoom meeting details and attend the workshop.

The Planning Committee will review and comment on the draft regulation at its November 14 meeting. After public consideration, the board expects to submit the final draft ordinance to City Council for approval on December 6.

Certain incentives are already available to help Alamedans go electric. Visit The Switch is On to learn more about discounts from AMP and BayREN to electrify and weatherproof existing homes and businesses in Alameda. Multi-family homes in Alameda are also eligible for cash rebates and free technical advice for energy and water savings with BayREN.

In addition to these rebates, the Inflation Reduction Act provides thousands of dollars to help switch appliances and vehicles from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Use the Rewiring America calculator to find out what incentives you may be eligible for.

Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccines

The updated bivalent COVID-19 booster is now available for everyone aged 5+. This vaccine contains a component of the original virus strain to provide comprehensive protection against COVID and an Omicron variant component to provide better protection against COVID caused by the Omicron variant.

This updated vaccine is called “bivalent” because of these two components. The previous COVID vaccine, which was the only version available, was “monovalent”.

Bivalent booster vaccinations can be administered no earlier than two months after completion of a basic series of vaccinations or a booster vaccination. The bivalent booster dose does not have to be from the same manufacturer as your primary vaccine or previous monovalent COVID booster dose.

COVID vaccines, original boosters, and bivalent boosters are available at Alameda pharmacies, including Walgreens, CVS, and Safeway, and through the Alameda County Public Health Department. Visit for more information and dates.

Terribly funny events on the hornet

Alameda Post - Advertisement for the Spaghetti & Spirits event at the HornetAll aboard – if you dare! Visit the USS Hornet for a variety of celebrations this spooky time of year. That hornet is hosting “Spaghetti & Spirits” on October 22, a catered spaghetti dinner and flashlight tour of the ship’s most infamous haunted locations my ghost story, A spookand hunted on Netflix. Dinner and lecture start at 6:30pm, tours start at 8:30pm. Bring walking shoes and a flashlight.

Tickets cost $60 and can be purchased online. From 12 years.

Alameda Post - Advertisement for the Monster Bash in the HornetNext, grab your scariest costume for a chance to win big at Monsters Bash 2022 on October 29th. Dance the night away to live music by The Cocktail Monkeys while enjoying food and drink on America’s most haunted ship. First place in the costume contest wins a cash prize of $300, second place $200, and third place $100.

Get your tickets online for $30. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., music starts at 8:30 p.m. 16 and 17 year olds are admitted when accompanied by an accompanying adult.

Sale of used books

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Don’t miss the Friends of the Alameda Free Library’s biannual Big Used Book Sale Friday, October 21-Sunday, October 23. Shop for quality books, CDs, DVDs, manga and more at great prices at the O’ Club, at 641 W. Red Line Ave. at Alameda Point.

Admission is free, and shoppers can get additional deals by purchasing a $5 bag of books or a $7 box. Shop on Fridays from 6pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 9am to 4pm and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm. All proceeds are used to support ongoing programs at the Alameda Free Library.

Bouncing for broadband

Alameda Post - Poster for the Bouncing for Broadband event

Are you entitled to free internet access? Find out at Bouncing for Broadband, the City of Alameda’s free Affordable Connectivity Program launch event this Saturday, October 22 from 12-3 p.m. at the former Parade Grounds at Alameda Point, 950 W. Mall Square.

Get info, sign up for free internet, and enjoy the festivities, including a bouncy castle, lunch, and ice cream (while supplies last). To register onsite, bring ID and proof of eligibility: a monthly statement from Medi-Cal, CalFresh, or WIC; Proof of participation in the National School Lunch Program; or a Pell Grant Award Letter.

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