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West End Library Needs Helping Hands

By Janet Levaux
Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 9:55 pm in Uncategorized

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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.

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Economic Crisis in Focus at Forum

By Janet Levaux
Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 1:11 pm in Uncategorized

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.

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Egg Scramble a Week Away

By Janet Levaux
Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 9:40 am in Uncategorized

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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.

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Talk on Yoga Show Set for This Week

By Janet Levaux
Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 9:07 pm in Uncategorized

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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.

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Congrats & More for St. Joe’s, Lippi

By Janet Levaux
Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 12:06 pm in Uncategorized

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.)

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Meet Photographer at Main Library

By Janet Levaux
Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 1:35 pm in Uncategorized


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.

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Library & Redux Host Art, Film Events

By Janet Levaux
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 8:20 am in Uncategorized


Alameda Free Library will show the original “Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” a film made in 1947 on 5:30 p.m. on Monday (March 10). Danny Kaye stars as a mild-mannered man who imagines that he is several dare-devil heroes in the film, which is based on a shorty story by James Thurber.

The art of Georgia O’Keeffe will be in focus at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (March 12), when docent Marsha Holm of the de Young Museum in San Francisco will speak about the painter’s time at Lake George. While there from 1918 to 1934, O’Keefe created over 200 paintings on canvas and paper, along with sketches and pastels.

On the second floor of the library, Wood Middle School students are showcasing their 13th-annual Museum of History exhibit. With help from Alameda County Service-Learning Waste Reduction project coordinator Nate Ivy, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students put together a fashion show of historic outfits made from trash; hence, they are calling the March show “A History of Trashion.”

Nearby, Redux Studios & Gallery on Lincoln Avenue is showing artwork made by San Quentin inmates on death row through April 6. The exhibit features nearly 100 works made by a group of prisoners.

The aim of the show is not to debate capital punishment but “to highlight the humanity we all share and in doing so offer some beauty from an unexpected source,” organizers say. It was put together in cooperation with the St. John Bosco Prison Ministry at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont.

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Spring Festival, Sailing Open House Set for Weekend

By Janet Levaux
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 8:16 am in Uncategorized


The Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee is hosting the 16th annual Spring Festival at Harbor Bay Landing, 3195 Mecartney Road, today (Saturday, March 8) from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free.

At noon, the Lincoln Middle School Marching Band will perform, along with other groups showcasing their talents using Chinese musical instruments. Performers also will highlight multi-cultural dances, martial arts and the lion dance.

There will be booths with snacks for sale, as well as demonstrations of Tai Chi, hand-pulled noodles, fruit carving, Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, and arts and crafts.

Organizers suggest that community members bring along folding chairs to enjoy the performances and fun.

On Sunday, March 8, the Encinal Yacht Club is hosting a free Junior Sailing Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1251 Pacific Marina.

Families are encouraged to attend and meet junior sailors and instructors. They can also take a tour of the club, relax by the pool and check out the boats used in the program.

There will be free sailing rides, refreshments and T-shirts (limited to one per family).

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Benefit for Music Programs, Free Family Film on Tap

By Janet Levaux
Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 4:45 pm in Uncategorized

Rhythmix Cultural Works is hosting a benefit for after-school music programs on the Island tonight (March 7) starting at 7 p.m. The theme, Serenade at the Arcade, is a CD-release part for the String Arcade Quartet.

There will also be music from Minecraft, Plants vs. Zombies, Legend of Zelda, Portal, Galaga and more, as well as games brought in from High Scores Arcade and Oakland’s Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment. Tickets are $5-$25.

Those looking for free family entertainment should head over to the Alameda Free Library on Oak Street, where “The Black Stallion” will be shown at 7 p.m. this evening.

The film tells the story of a boy at the end of World War II, who is traveling on a ship off the north coast of Africa. Later, a storm and fire sink the ship, leaving them as survivors.

The two are soon marooned on a remote island and then are returned to U.S., where the boy meets a horse trainer and works on becoming a competitive racer.

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Mastick Art Show in Full Swing

By Janet Levaux
Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 7:39 pm in Uncategorized


A multimedia show now on display at Mastick Senior Center features over 50 drawings, paintings, ceramic objects, quilts, creative-writing projects, computer-graphic works and stained glass made by Alamedans over 50. (It will be up for viewing through mid-June.)

In addition to projects done by 25 students, the art show includes work by ceramics instructor Bonnie Randall Boller, drawings and paintings by teacher Mi’Chelle Frederick, and quilts by Kathleen Fennelly, who leads a class in this craft.

Student George Humphreys (above) has worked on watercolors and is one of the participants in the exhibit, which runs until June 11.

“Taking a class at Mastick is such an enriching experience because of the camaraderie that develops,” said volunteer Diane Alabaster. “You learn so much from the instructors and from other students, who inspire you, and you learn that you have talents you didn’t even know you had!”

The senior center draws both experienced artists and newbies to its classes, she says, including retired engineers and counselors. “It’s kind of amazing. Some of the artists are self-taught, while others have been formally trained. It’s an interesting mix.”

Mastick began hosting multimedia shows in 2012. The exhibits now take place in the spring and fall. “We’ve had a great turnout of participants, and this time, there’s even more diversity and more artists,” Alabaster shared. “Plus, we’ve had to add a second drawing and painting class at the center, as our first class was full. It’s great to have such participation, as we always want more!”

Along with their instructors, these Mastick students contributed to the exhibit: Karen M. Allen, Nancy DeMaranville, George B. Humphreys, Barbara Kruse, Lucile Smiell and Rosalind Harper (drawings and paintings); Gwen George, June Yamagata, Martha Bertelsen, Helene Young and Kathy Szumiloski (quilts); Anto Aghapekian, Barbara Buhrz, Robby Dickinson, Lynn R. Faris, Marilyn Gee-Cartwright, Chikako McNamara, Anne Williams and Dotti Reisbord (ceramics), Dee Clutts, Rebecca Chidlaw Cone, Ed McComb and Philip Tribuzio (creative writing); Lee Bertstand (computer graphics); and Alex Reisbord (stained glass).

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