Community Corner: TED talk, shelter strategic plan

Community Corner: TED talk, shelter strategic plan

Michele Ellson

Photo from the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter website.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter has developed a strategic plan intended to guide the nonprofit’s operation of the Alameda Animal Shelter for the next three years. The organization’s long-term goal is to build a new facility to house animals and provide education programs; its short-term goals include refining programs to better care for animals, increase community awareness, better engaging volunteers and investing in the organization’s infrastructure. The nonprofit hopes to add staff, boost fundraising and make its existing facilities more welcoming over the next three years.

A legislative town hall for Alameda County residents with developmental disabilities is scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday in the auditorium of the Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland. The town hall, which will tackle the lack of employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, is being hosted by the East Bay Developmental Disabilities Legislative Coalition. It will feature people with developmental disabilities who will talk about the impact having a job has had on their lives.

The Alameda Free Library and TEDxAlameda will offer a free simulcast of the second day of a TED2014 conference in Vancouver on March 18 at the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street. Registration is required and participation will be capped at 75 people; call 747-7713 or sign up in person at the reference desk in the Main Library. The conference theme is “The Next Chapter” and three sessions will be aired: “Retrospect,” from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; “Reshape,” from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and “Wish,” from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. on March 18. The official program is online.

The city is soliciting applications from residents interested in filling an open seat on the Commission on Disability Issues. Applications are available on the city's website; at the City Clerk's office, in Room 380 of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue; or by calling the City Clerk at 747-4800. Applications are due March 4. The commission, which was formed to advise the City Council on disability issues, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in City Hall, Conference Room 391. Those interested in the volunteer position do not need to be disabled to apply.