Alameda in brief
City starts paratransit pilot
The City of Alameda Paratransit Program has introduced a new shuttle service designed to take seniors and disabled paratransit riders around to the city’s shopping and medical destinations.
The shuttle will run separate East End and West End loops that include Alameda Towne Centre, Park Street, Alameda Hospital and Mastick Senior Center. The West End loop, which will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will also include Webster Street, the Marina Village Shopping Center, Independence Plaza, Cardinal Point and Alameda Point. The East End loop, which will run Wednesdays, will include Waters Edge Lodge and the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center. Shuttle hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of the days it operates.
The shuttle is available to seniors in Alameda who are 62 or older and other residents who are certified to use East Bay Paratransit. Route maps and schedules are available at Mastick Senior Center, Alameda
Free Library, and major senior residential facilities. More information is available online or by calling 747-7506.
Shuttle service may be modified based on rider usage and feedback. The shuttle is operated by MV Transportation and paid for with Measure B sales tax money.
Alameda Municipal Power is California’s greenest power company
Alameda Municipal Power gets a higher percentage of its juice from renewable sources than any other power company in the state, the utility has announced.
The utility’s announcement is based on a recently released California Energy Commission report. The report shows that AMP got 55 percent of its power from “renewable” sources that include geothermal, biomass, solar and wind. The company reports that 63 percent of its power met the state’s definition of renewable in 2009.
Alameda Rec and Park’s got tennis, trip
The Alameda Recreation and Park Department is starting a six-week Junior Team Tennis League this Sunday, April 11. The cost to participate is $80, which includes team uniforms and an end-of-season jamboree.
The league is for youths ages 8-14 who are novice or intermediate players and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through May 23 at the Krusi Park Tennis Courts. Player evaluations will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on April 11. Players are asked to wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes, and to bring tennis rackets.
For more information, call 747-7586 or go to ARPD’s website.
ARPD has also opened registration for two upcoming events. “A Morning of Beauty & Fun!” an event for girls in grades K-5 and their moms or favorite female role models, is from 9:30 a.m. to noon on May 1 at Harrison Center in Lincoln Park. Attendees will learn how to make their own natural lip balm, hand cream, and facial products. The cost is $35 for each mother-daughter pair if you register by Friday, April 23, and $50 after that, and the cost includes beauty supplies, instruction, recipes and a light snack.
They’re also putting together a trip to the new Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. The trip is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 22. The cost is $35 for adults, $25 for children and seniors and $10 for children under 6, and includes admission to the museum and transportation. The registration deadline for the trip is May 7.
Registration for either event can be done online or in person at ARPD’s offices, at 2226 Santa Clara Avenue.