Alameda Recreation and Park Department

ABC7's Michael Finney is grand marshal for the 2014 Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade. Photo from the parade website.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department's 48th annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest was held this past Saturday on Robert W. Crown State Beach, and videographer Donna Eyestone was on hand to capture the action for The Alamedan. Winners of this year's contest are listed on the Alameda Recreation and Park Department's Facebook page.

An Ultimate Frisbee team made up of middle schoolers has captured a state championship.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department has named winners for its 32nd annual “Eggstravaganza” Coloring Contest.

Students at a pair of Alameda schools are celebrating wins in regional and state competitions.

Tickets are still available for the Alameda Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Crab Feed, which is set to take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. February 1.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department is hosting an Alameda Community Garden Day of Service from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 18 at the in-progress Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, at the corner of Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue. The department is seeking volunteers who can weed, mulch, build planter boxes and compost bins, paint and assist with signage. Lunch will be provided. Children are invited to attend with an adult. Tools will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring work gloves.

The music department at First Congregational Church Alameda is hosting “That Perfect Light,” its annual Christmas concert, at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 15.

Bike Walk Alameda’s Haunt Your Ride and Haunt Your Stride will be held Tuesday, October 29. Participants can meet for hot cider in Franklin Park, corner of San Antonio Avenue and Morton Street, at 5:30 p.m., and the walk and ride to view the decorated homes of Alameda’s Gold Coast will begin at 6:30 p.m. Cyclists and pedestrians participating in the one-hour walk and ride are invited to decorate their bikes, helmets, backpacks, jackets and shoes, and are asked to wear bright colored clothing so they are visible; pedestrians may bring flashlights for greater visibility as well.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department showcased the best the Island has to offer during its Everything Alameda celebration Saturday in Washington Park. The brand-new event showcased local museums, clubs, businesses and performers, offering kids' activities, water demonstrations and a special celebration commemorating the 60th anniversary of the parks department's day camp program. Videographer Donna Eyestone was there, and she captured event highlights in this five-minute video.