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The Mouse King sneaks up on Clara during an Alameda Civic Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Photo courtesy of Alameda Civic Ballet.

The city is kicking off $1.9 million in road repairs starting on July 28. Work will take place on the affected roads from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through early September. Construction is expected to create minor traffic and parking disruptions and will temporarily restrict street access, though access to bus stops will be maintained. Street segments set for paving work include:

We had friends visit us last week. They came on Wednesday and left Saturday afternoon. In between we indulged in our favorite pastimes of talking, eating, riding around to restaurants and coming home to hang out and talk and visit some more. This couple visits us often - three or four times a year - so they are aware of big changes when they occur. This visit, some of the changes are so palpable that they excited comment.

"That's new," (they said of the Walgreens on Park Street). "Boy, they got that Target done lickety split. What's going in next to it?" (In-N-Out Burger, Safeway, assorted retail.)

City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, council chambers, City Hall. Agenda

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s a review of your headlines for the week.

The rule of thumb for running training is that whatever you run today will benefit you two to three weeks from now. So the last couple of weeks before a race should really be focused on "resting" and sharpening.

My work as a dating and relationship coach presents a lot of fun and unique situations that my clients present to me. Online dating is a unique way of meeting people but it does not have to be negative, traumatic or a lot of work if you follow simple guidelines. Here's a quick list of Do’s and Dont’s of online dating, which have come from real-life situations, along with a quick bit of advice: Enjoy the process, and be sure to have fun!

Do: Be honest in your profile. While it is totally appropriate to put your best foot forward, telling exaggerated versions or outright lies is simply not acceptable.

We’ve all heard the phrase home field advantage.

Independence Day! This is one of the most meaningful days of the year to me, even if the fog obscured most of the fireworks. The day forces consideration of several big topics, with freedom foremost among them - personal, national and global.

America - that is, the United States - is the modern fountain of freedom in the world. America is the place where first Europe and then, the rest of the world, came to find freedom, to practice freedom and to build a free society. It is as the hotbed of freedom that my country earns my patriotism.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. He’s the recap of your headlines for this week.

Alameda resident Mercedes Cohen is the author of “Giovanni Is Here,” a new play produced recently at Ross Valley Players as part of its RAW (Ross Alternative Works) program. The Alamedan caught up with Cohen, who answered some questions about herself and her play.