Otis Students Tend to Alameda Bird Sanctuary

A group of more than 30 fifth-graders from Otis Elementary School and their teacher Michael Haddon cleared non-native plants and weeds near the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary and Crown Beach on Friday, October 22.

The kids were particularly excited about pulling up coyote brush that was taking over the area, even when there were insects and other critters around.
Also, Michael Charnovsky, a naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District, gave the kids a lesson in bird observation.

Overall, everyone was in great spirits to be out and about — though those that couldn’t squeeze their faces into the blog photos were somewhat disappointed.


Fall Carnival Events & Fun Coming Up

As the decorations and costumes come out of the closet for Halloween, Alamedans have lots of activities to entertain themselves with.

This Saturday, October 24, for instance, Otis Elementary School is holding its annual fall carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus, 3010 Fillmore Street, next to Krusi Park.

The carnival will feature a haunted house and games, along with music performed by the Lincoln Band. There will be a costume parade and contest, kids’ obstacle course, cake walk, face painting, pumkin walk, as well as arts and crafts.

Tickets will be sold for the games and the haunted house, with proceeds going to benefit Otis school and students.

Next weekend, on Saturday, October 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bay Farm Community Church at 3189 Mecartney Road on Bay Farm Island will celebrate fall with “Under the Big Top-Circus.”

The show includes wild cats, Red Panda acrobats and fire spinners. And there will also be face painters, uniciyclists, stilt walkers and a super slide. The cost of entry is $5 for kids and $6 for adults.

There will also be hot dogs, popcorn, and other treats on sale, as well as tickets for games and train rides.

Please comment on any other events that you know about going on in and around Alameda! Thanks.


Otis third grader unable to return to adoptive family in Alameda

A bit ago, two Alamedan parents and their son brought a little girl into their family. From their website, here’s how it began:

Tsering Dolker Gurung was rescued from the Upper Dolpo region of Nepal by a Monk “Lama Tenzin” when she was six years old…Our family Tricia Parrish, Philip Kaake and Emmett Kaake, was inspired by Lama’s mission and wanted to help. We started sponsoring Dolker at CED (Lama Tenzin’s orphanage) and decided to extend our mission to adopting her. As her sponsors, we brought her to the United States in July of 2008.

Recently, the family went to Nepal to finalize the adoption. But they were unable to bring Dolker back to Alameda.

Dolker had been in our community for 6 months when the entire family traveled to Nepal to finalize the adoption. Unfortunately, Nepal is a politically unstable country and is in the process of writing new adoption laws. The adoption could not be completed and Dolker had to be left in Nepal.

You can see pictures and video, and read more about the story—including a piece Dolker wrote for her third grade class at Otis Elementary School—on the family’s website, Bring Dolker Home.