Alameda briefs: Kiwanis group accepting college scholarship applications


The Alameda Kiwanis Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the next academic year with $100,000 altogether available in awards. Foundation officials encourage graduating seniors from Alameda’s high schools to apply. Application forms are available at school sites’ counseling offices and online at

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The awards are open to Alameda residents and nonresidents, provided that the applicant graduates from an Alameda school and meets the eligibility criteria. High school seniors planning to attend community colleges are also urged to apply.

Applications and documents must be completed, submitted and postmarked (if submitting by mail) no later than April 29. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Mail your application, if preferred, to Alameda Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 1217, Alameda, CA 94501. Email it if preferred, along with any questions, to For online details, visit

— Kiwanis Club of Alameda

Hornet museum board appoints new executive director

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Laura Fies as the Hornet museum’s new executive director, effective March 28. Fies was the museum’s chief operations officer from July 2022 through this past January and has most recently served as its interim chief executive officer.

Since Fies joined the Hornet museum team in August 2010 as a docent, serving as a volunteer for a year, she has worked in or managed every area of museum operations and has been committed to continually improving the Hornet’s teamwork, processes, organization, systems and financial performance.

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In addition to her years of hands-on experience and management, Fies has a bachelor of arts degree from the UC Davis in art history, criticism and conservation and a master of arts degree in museum studies from San Francisco State University.

— USS Hornet

Fourth annual fair housing workshop April 18 at City Hall

The Alameda City Attorney’s Office will hold its fourth annual fair housing workshop, which will be free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon April 18 at City Hall in the City Council Chambers at 2263 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda.

This year’s event will be full of helpful information on local and state housing laws, including tenant relocation and other current topics; fair housing rules for tenants and management; disability rights; and the mediation program and other services at the City Attorney’s Office.

Speakers scheduled are Lisa Greif (Bay Area Legal Aid); Angie Watson-Hajjem (ECHO Fair Housing); Nathanael Hill (chief of the local branch of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department); Gary Rhoades (a fair housing attorney); and professional staff from the City Attorney’s Office and rent program.

Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but registration is required online at

Community Emergency Response Team training available

Alameda Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is back and rolling out a new hybrid basic CERT training program. The training will introduce participants to the Alameda CERT program, local hazards and city preparedness, all from the comfort of their homes through a Zoom meeting.

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The city’s CERT program will also get participants started on the new California online self-paced basic CERT training course. Once students complete the online curriculum, they will be invited to participate in an entire weekend of in-person, hands-on skills training and a final exercise.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course provides training to Alameda residents and employees of Alameda businesses to help increase self-sufficiency in the event of a disaster. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and neighbors.

Those interested in  basic CERT training can add their names to the interest list online at, and the Alameda CERT program will notify them when the next class is scheduled.

Are you already a CERT graduate? Check out the Alameda CERT program’s graduate website, find continuing education classes, upcoming training exercises and other events at

For more information, contact the Alameda CERT office at or 510-337-2129 or contact Alameda CERT program coordinator Capt. Dallas Andrews at or 510-337-2131.

— city of Alameda

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