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Photographers can still enter Alameda on Camera, a juried, photo-based, multimedia competition featuring 48 photographers working in 48 sections of Alameda over 48 hours from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23. Apply for $50 through Sunday, Feb. 2. Student photographers receive guaranteed entry and discount application fee of $5.

Photographers roam Alameda and capture images of neighborhood, favorite places, secret hideaways and, if they choose, spotlight local people.

Following on last year’s success, Project Tree has announced the return of its Tree Care Workshop and $25 off Tree Coupon Program. This year’s workshops will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to Noon and Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. 

It’s easy to miss the cryptic-colored snowy plovers on Crown Beach, even if you’re intent on finding them. They’re small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, and their pale tan backs and snowy white bellies blend in perfectly with the sand. 

To many Alamedans’ delight, this threatened shorebird continues to take up winter residence at Crown Memorial State Beach. 

The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Home Safety Program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents older than 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The program can also provide and install grab bars, handrails and raised toilets. Safety items including nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are also available. Alameda residents may call Gina at 337-2133 to qualify for the program.

Alameda Restaurant Week returns to the Island starting today, Thursday, Jan. 16, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 26, with 37 restaurants and bars participating. This marks the third year for the Restaurant Week event in Alameda, which is part of the California Restaurant Month campaign to promote the Golden State’s culinary experiences. 

January is often a slow month for local restaurants. So from Jan. 16 to 26, support Alameda’s dining scene by visiting participating restaurants offering prix fixe menus and specials.