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Best-Selling Teen Author at Library Tonight

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Laini Taylor, who has written the “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” trilogy of young-adult fantasy books, will be at the Main Library from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15.

The third book in the series, “Dreams of Gods and Monsters,” will be on sale at the event via Books Inc. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a raffle.

The trilogy tells the story of Karou, a teen art student in Prague raised by creatures called chimaera that require her to do bizarre tasks, while she avoids the wrath of a man with fiery eyes and wings.

The books have received awards, and a movie adaptation of “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is being produced by Universal Pictures and Joe Roth.

Taylor, a native of Chico, Calif., studied at UC Berkeley. She now lives in Portland, Ore.

Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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AAPS Hosts Discussion on Painting Historic Homes

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The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society presents a talk on “the mysteries of paint protection” at 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 13.

Speakers from Pacific Northwest Painters and Construction, which is based in Alameda, will share tips and information. The venue is Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1420 Lafayette St.

Cornelia and Eric Grunseth will discuss issues such as how to remove old paint and what new paint to use, as well as the right color schemes for historic homes.

The talk is free for members of AAPS and $5 for others.

The organization will host its annual Preservation Awards gala on May 18 at Auctions by the Bay Theatre.

Posted on Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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Talk on ‘Waterwise Gardening’ Set for Monday

Alameda Backyard Growers will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14, for a presentation on water-wise irrigation with Chad Martens of Irrigation Equipment. The venue is Rhythmix Cultural Works at 2513 Blanding Avenue.

Despite the recent rains, the State of California is still in a drought. Gardeners need to figure out how to continue to grow food, while using a minimum amount of water of water.

Martens will discuss how to deal with water restrictions and how to make the most of the water you have. The water expert has been involved in designing, constructing and repairing irrigation systems throughout his career.

The gardening group is gearing up for its participation in Amelia Earhart Green Festival, which will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on April 16 at the Bay Farm school and the Alameda Earth Day Festival, scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at Washington Park.

Posted on Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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Last Day for Strictly Sail Pacific

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Sailors and non-sailors alike should head across the Alameda-Oakland Estuary for the last day of Strictly Sail Pacific, the 19th annual sailboat-only show at Jack London Square in Oakland. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

Many Alameda yacht clubs, sailing schools and boat brokers are on hand, along with their counterparts from all over the United States.

Lots of new yachts can be toured, including plenty of models brought up from Southern California.

In addition, there are bargains on sailing equipment, attire and gifts to be found, as well as sailing demonstrations and lectures on topics like anchoring, sail trim, communications equipment, gear failure, cruising the California coast, sailing to Mexico and more.

The Farmers’ Market at Jack London square will be open until 2 p.m. on Sunday, so plenty of edible treats are on hand, as well.

Posted on Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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West End Library Needs Helping Hands

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Friends, supporters and users of the West End Library are hosting a Spring Spruce Up from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12.

The library, located at 788 Santa Clara Avenue, will provide refreshments to those community members who come do weeding and clipping.

Children are invited, with parental supervision.

All volunteers are asked to bring their favorite pair of work or gardening gloves.

The City of Alameda spent about $2 million upgrading to accessibility, electrical and data systems, furniture, lighting fixtures, and finishes at the library several years ago. It also ensured that the building had needed structural and seismic improvements, which were completed in June 2011, by Noll & Tam Architects of Berkeley.

Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014
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Economic Crisis in Focus at Forum

Alameda Public Affairs Forum invites community members to a talk on the U.S. economy in the third phase of the global economic crisis at 7 p.m. this Saturday, April 12, at the Main Library.

The speaker is Jack Rasmus, who will share his analysis of the current state of the U.S. economy, in the midst of today’s slowing global economy. Rasmus will explain why the global economic crisis is entering its third phase since the 2008 crash. He teaches economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.

According to Rasmus, there are growing indications of financial instability and slower growth in China; Europe is mired in a slow drift toward deflation and stagnation; the emerging markets (Brazil, India, Turkey, Indonesia, etc.) have growing financial and economic volatility; and Japan is unable to stimulate its long-stagnant economy.

These themes will be discussed by Rasmus, along with the following questions: With fiscal policy having failed, or worsened, and while economic recovery and central banks monetary policies of “quantitative easing” and zero interest rates are globally generating counterproductive results, what is next for the U.S. and global economy?

Community members are asked to come by at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck of refreshments and snacks to share with friends and neighbors. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Park and enter through the back area of the library.

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Egg Scramble a Week Away

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The annual Egg Scramble at the Crab Cove Picnic Area on McKay Avenue, which attracts hundreds of kids each year, is just a few days away.

The April 12 activities start at 10 a.m., but the real event begins at 11:40 a.m., when kids are separated into different age groups from beginning walkers to 12 year olds.

A rainout day has been scheduled for the following Saturday, April 19.

The City of Alameda says that pre-scramble activities include beach exploration, lawn games, arts and crafts, as well as photo-taking with the Easter Bunny ($3). Snacks will be available for purchase, courtesy of the Alameda Youth Committee (AYC).

The Alameda Recreation & Parks Department will have staff on hand to share information about summer programs.

In addition to the department, other sponsors are Alameda Rotary, the East Bay Regional Park District and the Alameda Youth Committee.

Each year, families return for the popular Easter-themed activities. Shown above are Alamedans Cooper Brotze and twins Graciella and Nathaniel Basco at the 2010 event.

Posted on Sunday, April 6th, 2014
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Talk on Yoga Show Set for This Week

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The Alameda Free Library will present a talk on “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” an exhibit at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The free presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at the Main Library and will explore yoga’s goals and its Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sufi manifestations.

The “Yoga” show will be on display at the San Francisco Museum through May 25. The exhibit includes pieces borrowed from 25 museums and private collections in Europe, the U.S. and India from the 2nd to the 20th centuries.

“Images ranging from benevolent deities and gurus to Tantric goddesses and sinister yogis reveal how yoga practices—and perceptions of them—have transformed over time and across communities,” according to the museum. Some highlights are masterpieces of Indian sculpture and painting; pages from the first illustrated book of yoga postures (asanas); and a Thomas Edison film, Hindoo Fakir (1902), the first American movie ever produced about India.

Posted on Saturday, April 5th, 2014
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Congrats & More for St. Joe’s, Lippi

St. Joseph Notre Dame vs Renaissance Academy California Interscholastic Federation Division V boys state championship Sacramento

St. Joseph Notre Dame players and coaches deserve the community’s hearty congratulations after beating Renaissance Academy for the California Interscholastic Federation Division V boys state championship at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento last Friday. It was a stunning victory: 57-32.

Coach Don Lippi showed he knew how to motivate his team, which lost last year’s state championship by one point.

Before last week’s championship game, Lippi and the team burned a photograph showing the Pilots “as they collapsed on the floor after the devastating 2013 loss,” the school said.

The photograph had been posted in Kelly Gym all season to motivate the team, according to SJND. And, needless to say, it worked.

“I just knew I wanted to end today with a smile, instead of a frown,” said Temidayo Yussuf ’14.

This is the school’s second state championship in four years, and Yussuf’s fourth trip to Sacramento for the California title game.

And there’s more good news: Coach Lippi has been nominated as California Coach of the Year, who has coached varsity basketball for 35 years. He has won three state championships with the Pilots in 2004, 2011 and 2014.

“Everyday I get to interact with our student athletes is a memorable moment,” Lippi said in a report issued by the school.

The award will be announced in June.

St. Joseph Notre Dame vs Renaissance Academy California Interscholastic Federation Division V boys state championship Sacramento

(Top photo courtesy of Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group; bottom photo courtesy of SJND.)

Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014
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Meet Photographer at Main Library

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Well-known local photographer Richard Whittaker is showing some of his black and white photographs on the first floor of the Main Library from through June.

Whittaker is the West Coast editor of “Parabola” magazine. His photography has appeared in “San Francisco” Magazine, “The Sun” and “Parabola,” and was recently featured at the Di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery, Green Chalk Contemporary in Monterey, and Berkeley Art Center.

There will be a reception and artist’s talk on Wednesday April 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Regina K. Stafford Meeting Room. Community members are welcome.

Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014
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