Community Corner: Waesche returns, band extravaganza, and cyclists and pedestrians join forces

Community Corner: Waesche returns, band extravaganza, and cyclists and pedestrians join forces

Michele Ellson

The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche comes home. Video courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returned to its Coast Guard Island home on Sunday after a 91-day deployment in the Pacific Ocean. During the cutter’s 18,000 mile patrol, its 120-member crew conducted a pair of rescues and seized more than a ton of marijuana, arresting three during the bust. Crew members also painted and restored a school in Panama City, Panama.

The Encinal High School music department is hosting its twelfth annual Extravaganza of Bands on May 4. The event, which draws more than 1,000 students and parents and many vising bands, begins with a middle and high school band competition from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Encinal High School gym, which is followed by a parade competition at 3 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on the Encinal High School football field. Streets around Encinal High School will be closed from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and parking on and around the campus will be restricted all day; streets to be closed include Central Avenue from Third Street to Pacific Avenue; Pacific Avenue from Central Avenue to Fourth Street; Fourth Street from Pacific Avenue to Haight Avenue; the 300 block of Haight Avenue; and Third Street from Haight Avenue to Pacific Avenue.

The Alameda Center of Philippine Arts is holding an open house from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue. The center is an Alameda-based arts education program that provides dance instruction on the Island and in Brentwood and Oakland and is preparing to provide music programs this summer.

The City Council is accepting applications for seats on several of Alameda’s boards and commissions. Applications, which are due by May 16, are available in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 380; by calling 747-4800; or on the city’s website. Vacancies include one spot on the Civil Service Board; three spots on the Commission on Disability Issues; five spots on the Economic Development Commission; two spots each on the Golf Commission, Historical Advisory Board, Library Board and Planning Board; one vacancy each on the Public Art Commission, Public Utilities Board, Social Service Human Relations Board and Transportation Commission; and three vacancies on the Youth Advisory Commission. The city is also seeking applications from tenants who are interested in filling a tenant vacancy on the Rent Review Advisory Committee. More information on the boards, including meeting times, is available on the city’s website.

BikeAlameda and Pedestrian Friendly Alameda have joined forces to become Bike Walk Alameda. The group’s combined mission is to make Alameda a safe place to bike and walk. The nonprofit, membership-based group is launching a series of events to promote its mission.