Community Corner: Fundraising cyclists, blessing of the animals and more

Community Corner: Fundraising cyclists, blessing of the animals and more

Michele Ellson

Contributed photo.

Alameda Boy Scouts of America Troop #73 is joining the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. The group’s cycling team, the Storm Troopers, is joining the Ride to Defeat ALS on September 28 in Napa Valley, and the cyclists are trying to raise money to fund efforts to find a cure. The team is one of nearly four dozen seeking to raise $400,000 with the ride. The team’s fundraising page is here, as are links to individual riders’ pages.

The East Bay Regional Park District is seeking volunteers ages 6 and older to participate in the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, which is scheduled for this Saturday, September 21. From 8:30 a.m. to noon, participants will help clear the shoreline of a host of different East Bay beaches of trash, debris and recyclable materials. Volunteers should wear work clothes, gloves and sturdy shoes, and should bring snacks. Registration is requested; more information is available on the park district’s website or by calling (888) 327-2757, option 2.

A pair of local churches is inviting Alamedans’ animal friends to their Blessing of the Animals celebrations, which are conducted in honor of St. Francis of Assisi’s birthday. First Congregational Church will host its special Intergenerational Celebration at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September 29 in the courtyard of the church, which is at 1912 Central Avenue. All two- and four-legged creatures are welcomed as long as they are well behaved or in appropriate cages or carriers; anyone who would like to celebrate pets they have lost or they can’t bring may bring a photo of their pet. Christ Episcopal Church is hosting its celebration in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 5; the church is at 1700 Santa Clara Avenue, and celebrants will gather at the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Grand Street. Separate seating areas will be offered for dogs, cats, birds and other animals; outdoor blessings will be available after the service for hooved animals and those who don’t do well inside. Celebrants can also bring a photo of a current or former pet for blessing. is hosting a series of stakeholder meetings for Alameda County homeowners and multifamily housing owners to discuss proposed household hazardous waste program improvements and a fee. The meetings are scheduled to take place on October 8 at the Livermore Public Library, 1188 South Livermore Ave., Livermore; October 10 at the Castro Valley Public Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley; on October 15 at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue; and on October 17 at the Fremont Public Library, 2400 Stevenson Boulevard. All four meetings will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Additional information is available on the program website.


Submitted by Fr. Tom (not verified) on Wed, Sep 18, 2013

Blessing of the Animals is Saturday Oct. 5 at Chris Church. Not the preceding a Thursday.

Submitted by Michele Ellson on Wed, Sep 18, 2013

Hi Fr. Tom,

Apologies for that. It's fixed!