Alameda Coffeehouse Hosting Concerts, BBQ

After featuring an Irish band last night, High Street Station coffeehouse (at High Street and Encinal Avenue) is hosting a dinner and classical quintet later today.

The barbeque includes hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, potato salad, and garlic bread for $8.95, and 10 percent of proceeds will go to Meals on Wheels.

The music, played by “Time Out Quintet,” starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m.

For more info, call 510-995-8049.


Alamedans Push for Measure E

Several hundred students, parents and other Alameda residents turned out for the Measure E march and rally this past Saturday, May 22.

Speakers included county and local leaders who stressed Alameda’s need to maintain the quality and scope of its school system, while keeping the “low adminstrators-to-students” ratio, they said.

Many local media sources are focusing on the Measure E parcel tax issue on the Island to see how it fits into Bay Area and statewide trends. Voters recently voted down new school parcel taxes in Pleasanton and Pasadena but approved one in Piedmont.

And while many residents are posting signs that support Measure E, there are a large number of signs around town against the new parcel tax.

The debate will rage on for the next week or so.


Alameda Elks Open 100-Year Time Capsule

The Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 celebrated the 100th anniversary of its building’s commemoration this past Saturday, May 22.

Elks from around the Bay Area attended the special program, which included the opening of a time capsule dated October 17, 1909, when the building’s cornerstone was laid.

Larry Lulofs, the 104th Exalted Ruler of the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015, and Bill Lawrence, Elk of the Year 2006-2007, removed the time capsule from a corner in the building (after Lawrence had spent hours extracting it) and shared it with the assembled guests.

Inside the time capsule, Elks had placed a “San Francisco Chronicle” newspaper, a program from the building’s commemoration, a pocket watch, U.S. flag with 46 stars (in 1909), photos of the original Alameda Elks Lodge building, a telegram and other memorabilia.

Guests were very delighted to be a part of the historic Elks’ event, and they started giving their opinions on what the Elks of 2010 should put in their time capsule… to be opened in 2110.  (An iPod?, printout of emails?)


Alameda Elks’ Lodge to Celebrate 100 Years of Service

The Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 is set to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of its building dedication from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 22.

The event, which will be take place at 2255 Santa Clara, will feature the opening of a time capsule by the group’s 104th Exalted Ruler, Larry Lulofs.

The group will award a scholarship at 4 p.m., an hour before the time capsule is opened.

There will also be refreshments, music and other entertainments.

Mayor Beverly Johnson will be on hand to presenting a certificate of achievement to the organization.


Alameda Is in the News

Oak Street in Alameda has been a busy place for Bay Area TV stations this week.

On Friday afternoon, ABC 7’s “View from the Bay” filmed an interview with Jon Kosorek of Jon’s Street Eats at Oak and Santa Clara Avenue.

The gourmet-on-the-go chef was interviewed by Nick Smith at about 3 p.m., after an Alamedan tipped “View from the Bay” off to Jon’s yummy edibles.

The Alameda resident, Michelle, was glad to get the word out about Jon’s Street Eats mobile restaurant.

Jon is in Alameda every Wednesday and Friday from about 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. He sells items like macaroni and cheese, salmon-steak sandwiches, grilled asparagus and more.  

Just across the street from Street Eats, the parking lot for the Alameda Police Department was active with TV vans like the one standing by for KRON 4 (NBC).

With the story about Max the dog going around the Bay Area and nationwide Thursday, after Max was stolen by his owners from the Alameda Animal Shelter on Fortmann Way, the Island has been in the media spotlight.

At least one of the dog owners/thieves – Richard Cochran – will be in court next week over the incident.


Alameda Middle School Track: May 19-20

The Alameda Education Foundation will hold a track and field contest for students at Chipman, Lincoln and Wood middle schools on May 19 and 20, next Wednesday and Thursday.

The Middle School Track Championships will start at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, at the College of Alameda track, while the field events will start at 3:45 p.m., on Thursday, May 20, at Encinal High School. 

Admission is free but donations are requested, as the track & field program depends entirely on donations.
AEF programs aim to give Alameda public school students — like Tyrell Carrigan of Chipman (above) — access to opportunities that enrich and strengthen their educational experiences.  Other athletic activities sponsored by AEF  include middle-school volleyball in the fall and basketball in the winter.
The group has more information online.


Navy Shares Alameda Point Environmental Update – Tonight

The Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority is meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, to discuss the clean-up efforts at Alameda Point.

Derek Robinson of the Navy’s Base Realignment and Closure office will speak at the gathering about its activities on the Island.

According to the Navy, which has posted lots of information on the BRAC website, 40 percent of the former Naval Air Station has been tranferred or is ready for transferred to the city.

About 35 percent of the NAS is actively being cleaned and 25 percent is under investigation for future clean-up.   

Contacts for information about the effort are: Derek Robinson at 619-532-0951 or derek.j.robinson1@navy.mil, Anna- Marie Cook of the EPA at cook.anna-marie@epa.gov, and Jim Fyfe of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control at jfyfe@dtsc.ca.gov.  (The Cal DTSC contracts with Terradex for the clean-up).


Alamedans to Discuss McCarthyism and Cal

The Alameda Public Affairs Forum will have a special program this weekend that focuses on resistence to McCarthyism during the 1940s and 1950s.

 From 6 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, May 8, at the Alameda Free Library, retired Cal Professor Bob Blauner and attorney Peter  Franck will discuss Blauner’s book “Resisting McCarthyism: To Sign or Not to Sign the Loyalty Oath.”

In 1949, the Regents of the University of California voted to require faculty to sign a loyalty oath affirming that they were not members of the Communist Party or other subversive organizations — and a long struggle followed.

Some 30 faculty members refused to sign the oath and were fired, while others resigned or refused to take up posts at the university.  Students rallied to the support of the faculty.

Professor Blauner has written about these events against the backdrop of the Cold War, the loyalty-security program of the Truman administration and the “witch-hunt” associated with U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy – as well as the emergence of the Free Speech Movement. 

Ohio recently passed a state Patriot Act, and the Federal Patriot Act has brought the same issues of freedom of speech and association back in focus.


Alamedans Hosts Weekend Events Near Park Street

This Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Alameda’s Little League is hosting a car wash to raise funds for travel to Australia so the group can participate in a tournament.

In addition to the car wash, guests can buy snow cones and hear music played by a DJ at Park Street and Blanding.

Nearby on Sunday, from 12 to 5 p.m., the Buena Vista United Methodist Church is hosting its 51st annual Spring Festival Bazaar to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The event is being held at 2311 Buena Vista at Park. It includes food like sushi and chicken teriyaki, as well as live music, arts and crafts, and other cultural activities for kids and adults. 

Admission to the event is free.