9/11 Activities Scheduled for USS Hornet

Today — for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the USS Hornet in Alameda is celebrating Patriots Day, and the facilities are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 11 marks the final day of Patriots & Heroes Week. In appreciation for their service, “first responders” with proper I.D. and their immediate families have received complimentary admission to the museum (from Sept. 5-11). This includes firefighters, law enforcement agents, and rescue personnel.

The USS Hornet will stage its next Living Ship Day as a 9/11 remembrance event on September 17.

On Saturday, visitors can experience an aircraft carrier in action, witness simulated flight operations, ride an aircraft elevator, sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet, and participate in a special mission briefing. In appreciation for their service, firefighters, police officers, Coast Guard personnel, and other emergency responders with I.D. and their immediate families will receive complimentary admission to the museum on this day, too.

Discounted admission coupons (Groupon, kgb, GotDailyDeals, etc) are not valid for this event.


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


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.

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.


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.


Scary Tactics Come to Alameda Library


That’s right, scary tactics are not limited to just election activities.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, October 20, members of the Xtreme Hauntings group will be at the Main Library to discuss their investigations of the paranormal, including hauntings on the USS Hornet.

Doug Carnahan and his team have spoken at the Alameda library before and will share some highlights of a TV program they’ve worked on. They will also discuss the dangers of paranormal investigations and identifying spirits.

In addition, author and comic illustrator Raina Telgemeier will be at the library for a workshop at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 21.

And at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 23, the acoustic group Euphoria — which includes two Alameda musicians — performs as part of the Live at the Library concert series and benefit. Tickets are $25.