Community Corner: New magazine owners, hoop shoot contest and more

Community Corner: New magazine owners, hoop shoot contest and more

Michele Ellson

An Elks Hoop Shoot winner from 2012. Contributed photo.

Alameda's Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts and others will be collecting canned and non-perishable food this Saturday, November 16 as part of the 26th Annual Scouting for Food drive. They're asking residents to leave bags of food on their porches between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday for pickup between 9 a.m. and noon. The food will be transported by United States Coast Guard personnel to the Alameda Food Bank. Community partners in the food drive include the Rotary Club of Alameda, Alameda Elks Lodge, Girls Inc. of the Island City., American Red Cross, and Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. Additional information is available by calling the food bank at 523-5850 or the Boy Scouts, at 522-2772.

A veteran Bay Area journalist is now publisher of Alameda Magazine. Stephen Buel will publish Alameda and Oakland magazines and East Bay Monthly; wife Judith M. Gallman will continue to edit the two local magazines and will take the helm of the Monthly. The publications will owned by a new company, Telegraph Media, whose partners include Buel, Gallman and Robert and Tracy McKean, the longtime owners of the three publications; the McKeans’ Alameda Publishing Group will retain ownership of Parents’ Press and the Alameda Directory. Buel comes back to the East Bay after a stint as editor of the San Francisco Examiner; he’s also the former editor of the East Bay Express.

The 37th Annual Elks Hoop Shoot Contest is now underway at more than a half dozen Alameda parks. The free-throw shooting contest will be conducted through December 20 at Alameda Recreation and Park Department after school programs at Bayport, Franklin, Leydecker, Lincoln, Longfellow, Tillman and Washington parks. Interested participants can also take their shots from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 17 and December 14 at the Elks Club gym, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue. Participation is free and open to 7-year-olds who turn 8 by April 1 and 8- to 13-year-olds. The top three finalists in each age group will be invited to participate in the citywide finals on January 10, 2014 at the Alameda Point Gym; the winners of that competition will represent the city and the Alameda Elks at the District Shoot-Off in late January. For more information, contact the Alameda Recreation and Park Department at 747-7529.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda has awarded grants to 10 local nonprofits. The winners include Ala Costa Centers, which will use the grant to expand its after-school site; the Alameda Boys & Girls Club, to implement its Keystone Program; Alameda Education Foundation, supporting Adopt A Classroom; Alameda Family Services Head Start, to purchase a washer and dryer at their center; the Alameda Food Bank, to support operations; Alameda Homeless Network for Midway Shelter; the Alameda Multicultural Community Center, to provide an instructor for its computer lab; Alameda Point Collaborative, for its housing program; the Alameda Unified School District’s Cal-SAFE program, for students with babies; and Girls Inc. of the Island City, to implement a new program for sophomores at Encinal High School.