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The City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened in Alameda this week.

Students at Bay Farm School recently responded to First Lady Michelle Obama's #GimmeFive dance challenge by learning this dance, featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The challenge is part of the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, which aims to boost Americans' physical fitness.

This week, I want to tell you about my experiences with a corporate wellness program, and to give you a brief recap of the Masters Championships track meet last Sunday at Chabot College.

I find great pleasure in humor. As my writing continues, I will intersperse anecdotal stories.

My grandsons Isaac, just 9 years old, and Ari, just 6 years old, were here for a sleepover this weekend. We were going scooter riding to a park and Ari was putting on his shoes and socks. I walked into the room and he asked me to look at his feet. I noted that his socks were small for his feet.

“Ari, you are growing bigger and getting taller,” I said.

“Nana, eventually I will be as tall as you are,” he replied.

“That is true, Ari,” I said.

“But keep in mind, Nana, that you are getting older and are getting smaller. That happens with age,” he said.

I was at home on Marina Drive, on the living room floor playing with my family and watching television. For some reason, though – I don’t remember why – Laura said that we looked at each other as if we heard an unusual sound and, within five minutes, a call came in from Central Fire. Dispatch was recalling me to work.

The outstanding feature of many adventures is just how unexpected they are. "Expect the unexpected" is an old saying - pithy but useless. One cannot, by definition, expect the unexpected. But stuff happens and serendipity will lead to more adventures than careful planning ever will.

It started as a normal Sunday morning: a stroll along Shore Line, a shower and a short drive for me and my sweetie to meet a good friend for brunch. We had a lot to talk about, and the setting was comfortable and unpressured, with endless refills of our glasses and weeks to catch up on.

After this satisfying visit we had planned to pick up my sweetie's granddaughter.

The City Council will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. The City Council and the Successor Agency to the Community Improvement Commission will hold a joint meeting at 7:01 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly Alameda headline review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

The Planning Board considered approvals for a 31-unit apartment building for low-income seniors proposed to be built as part of the Del Monte warehouse development.

This Sunday, track and field fans had a rare opportunity to see some of the best masters (over 40 years old) athletes in the world only a few miles down the road, at Chabot College.

Bay Farm Island is encircled by a picturesque, multipurpose path that’s more than six miles long. It’s part of the San Francisco Bay Trail. Every day, joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and parents pushing baby strollers gambol along its route.

A journey around the entire circuit can evoke a multitude of thoughts and emotions, inspired by what is visible along the way.

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