Community Corner: Pumpkin patch, shuttle stop changes and more

Community Corner: Pumpkin patch, shuttle stop changes and more

Michele Ellson

The Alameda Firefighters Association is holding its 14th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 on the west lawn of Franklin Park, 1432 San Antonio Avenue. At the event, which is for children ages 3 to 10 children can receive a free pumpkin while supplies last along with goodies, do crafts and check out fire engines and trucks. Participants must be Alameda residents.

The city announced that it has hired a firm to audit business licenses. The firm, Municipal Auditing Services of Fresno, will audit existing businesses to ensure they are paying the proper amount of taxes and search for unlicensed businesses to compel them to obtain licenses. Business owners or individuals receiving a request for information are being instructed to contact the firm at (877) 845-7370 or (877) 845-7371.

The city is changing the route of its Estuary Crossing Shuttle in an effort to improve reliability. As of November 1, the route will no longer include a stop at the College of Alameda on Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. Stops will be added on Atlantic Avenue at Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue at Constitution Way.

The Alameda Free Library is hosting a pair of write-ins for National Novel Writing Month. The write-ins will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 and Saturday, November 16 at the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street. In addition to providing a space to write and for writers to connect, the library will offer light refreshments and resources on the novel writing process, and participants can track their progress on the NaNoWriMo website. Additional information is available by calling 747-7713.