More than 1,000 people enjoyed three days of waterfront tours along the Oakland Estuary this past weekend as part of Rhythmix Cultural Works’ Island City Waterways event. The walking tour turned performance art happening was extremely well received and well organized, selling out each performance. Above, tour guide Julie Baron of Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden leads a group through the series of dance, music and spoken word performances behind Bridgeside Shopping Center on Sunday.
Next Monday, May 23, the Planning Board will host a public workshop to discuss and hear public comment on blocks 6 and 7 at Alameda Point’s Site A. In addition, the workshop will review the designs for West Atlantic Street (to become the western extension of Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway) and the Point’s new gateway. The board will also consider proposed street names for the side streets at Site A. The board will take no final actions at this meeting.
June Idell Foster passed away on April 20. Her spirit lives on aboard the USS Hornet, however. A Bay Area native, Foster grew up in a military family and put her support behind military and veteran causes. This included contributing the funds to restore the Grumman TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber aboard the USS Hornet.
During restoration volunteers painted the Avenger with the markings of VT-17, a squadron that fought from the deck of USS Hornet CV-12 during World War II.
The City of Alameda became the new owner of Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point on April 13. The lagoon came from the Navy with a new condition that exceeds normal protocols for dredging in San Francisco Bay.
Three thousand tons of sand was added to the nesting grounds for the least terns at Alameda Point in late February and early March. In the weeks that followed, volunteers from St. George Spirits and the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts came out to help make the site ready for the arrival of the terns in mid-April.