News Briefs

The Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of spirited maker culture, showcasing local do-it-yourselfers, scientists, designers, tinkerers and artisans that will return to Alameda Sunday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Alameda Point (Saratoga Street and West Ranger Avenue) 

Attendees will experience interactive exhibits and be inspired by the creativity and innovation of the local maker community. Last year’s Faire attracted more than 65 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees, and this year’s Faire will have even more exhibits and attractions.

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) enacted a rate increase beginning July 1. The energy charge will increase slightly for all commercial customers — the average increase is approximately 1.8 to 2.5 percent.

Alameda’s small businesses, such as law offices and accountants’ offices, will see a $1 “customer charge” increase from $28 to $29.

This weekend thousands of people strolled Webster Street for the annual Island Jam. Scenes from street fair include: The dancing-room-only Tiki Bar Stage (above); Hey Jude wraps up a set of Beatles music on the Main Stage (center) and fair food including the ubiquitous corn dog made a 
festive appearance on Webster (bottom). 

The Fourth of July Foundation would like to thank the City of Alameda, the Alameda Sun and the community for their help in getting the volunteers and funding needed to host the Fourth of July Parade this year. The additional efforts secured the expanded safety measures needed to protect everyone attending and participating in the parade.

A workshop designed to help restaurants identify and make adjustments associated with the increase in the City of Alameda’s minimum wage ordinance has been set for Tuesday, May 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Changes to the required minimum wage in Alameda will go into effect Monday, July 1.

The workshop takes place at the Alameda Elks Lodge, Rathskeller Room, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Admission is free. Registration and more information is available at