Community Corner: Youth Commission spot, typhoon fundraiser and more

Community Corner: Youth Commission spot, typhoon fundraiser and more

Michele Ellson

A view of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan. Contributed photo.

The City of Alameda is accepting applications for an open seat on its Youth Advisory Commission. Applications for the seat, which is open to Alameda residents and students in Alameda schools between the ages of 14 and 18, are due by December 5. The commission, which meets at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, was formed to provide city policymakers a youth perspective on city and youth issues, provide a forum on how the city can better serve its youth and encourage youth participation in local government. Applications are available in the City Clerk’s office, Room 380 in City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue; by calling the City Clerk at 747-4800; or on the city’s website.

The Alameda Business Network presents Arms Around Alameda, a fundraiser and mixer, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5 at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue. Admission to the event is $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and advance tickets can be obtained online. Admission includes live entertainment, a buffet, a silent auction and Texas raffle, and the event will include a full bar. Attendees may receive a free raffle ticket for each new, unwrapped toy or food item they bring. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Alameda Welfare Council, Alameda Food Bank and Toys for Tots. Additional information is available by contacting Daniel Barrera at daniel@pacificexcel.com or (916) 747-9897.

TEDxAlameda will offer a free, live simulcast of the TEDWomen conference being held on December 5 in San Francisco. The simulcast, which will feature talks by journalist and swimmer Diana Nyad, poet Sarah Kay and designer Roshi Givechi, will be offered at the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street. Sessions will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. While the sessions are free, sign-ups are requested and attendance will be capped at 100 people. To sign up, call 747-7713.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, is collecting donations to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Bonta’s goal is to raise enough money to purchase 200,000 food packs to feed typhoon victims and their families while they await government help, and he has partnered with Gawad Kalinga USA, which will purchase and distribute them. Donations are being accepted online through Friday, November 22.