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Alameda Father’s Day Events at USS Hornet, Other Venues

By Janet Levaux
Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 12:38 pm in Uncategorized.

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On Sunday, June 19, the USS Hornet will celebrate Fathers’ Day Living Ship “Stories of Glory,” which will include more than 35 surviving World War II veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces.

The special event is set to go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., though the USS Hornet is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (A half-price coupon is available online.)

Keynote speakers include Sgt. Francis “Jeep” Sanza of Napa, personal jeep driver to General Patton in Europe, and Lt. Cmdr. Ted Robinson of Sacramento, one of President John F. Kennedy’s rescuers after his PT-109 boat was sunk in 1943. Robinson is also the noted author of “Water in my Veins: The Pauper Who Helped Save a President.”

According to the USS Hornet foundation, other veterans will also be available for a special “meet and greet” throughout the day including four Tuskegee Airmen, a survivor of the USS Indianapolis sinking, and the first Ace from the famed Flying Tigers squadron.

On Living Ship days — usually scheduled for the third Saturday of each month — visitors can experience an aircraft carrier in action by witnessing simulated flight operations as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed into launch position, participating in mission briefings, meeting former crew members, and sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet.

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Another Father’s Day event is happening across town.

Alameda Public Affairs Forum will host a get-together from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 19. Alameda residents and friends are asked to bring an entree, salad, beverage, snack, dessert or items to grill.

There will be an open area for children to play in during the event, which is set to take place at 2242 San Antonio Ave. Call 510-814-9592 for more details.

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Encinal Yacht Club’s Summer Sailstice is a weekend affair. It includes brunch on Father’s Day at the Oakland Yacht Club (just down the street from Encinal).

Today, Saturday, June 18, there is live music at both yacht clubs until 10 p.m., along with information booths, demonstrations, a kids’ zone and food earlier in the day.

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