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- Keep an eye out for city crews working at several intersections around town, installing lighting in the pavement, presumably to alert drivers to pedestrians trying to cross the street. They’ll be working throughout August at Park Street and Pacific, Park Street and Webb, on the 1400 block of Park Street and on Webster at Taylor.
- August begins today and our summer weather continues to be mild; the forecast calls for more of the same this week. What with my pale skin and Irish ancestry I’m OK with that personally, though I’m sure there are heat-loving Alamedans who sigh in frustration at the cloud cover. Just be patient, though … things will probably heat up in September and October as usual. I’m not putting away my window air conditioner until it’s time to pull out the Thanksgiving tablecloth.
- Just in case it does heat up later in August, Mastick Senior Center is ready with indoor, air-conditioned events on Wednesday nights for the 50-and-over set; this week it’s the movie . Of course, there are plenty of other things to do at Mastick, as a perusal of the center’s 21-page July online newsletter proves. Classes, games, discussions, field trips … the list goes on and on.
- See a free movie Tuesday at the Main Library. , the newer version with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat, is showing Tuesday evening as part of the library’s summer adult reading/movie series.
- Meetings: August is a quiet month for many boards and commissions, so not much to report on this week. The gets together Thursday for a special meeting, but the agenda wasn’t up yet. The meets Thursday evening. And the also meets Thursday evening to review a couple of proposed changes to homes on the historic list.
Plan ahead: Stop by the Friday night at ’ new exhibit, featuring works by artists participating the center’s Alameda-focused Plein Air Paintout over the past five years. See if you can recognize some of the local spots in the paintings, and support the arts with a donation at the event.