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USS Hornet’s Sea King helicopter, which played a key role in the recovery of the Apollo 11 astronauts, will take center stage at Living Ship Day this Saturday, Aug. 20. The Hornet will host a special reunion of the Sea King squadron, originally based at the Alameda Naval Air Station. Squadron members will reunite to share their incredible stories. The day’s activities include a big band performance by the Hornet Band beginning at 11a.m.


Any business in Alameda or Oakland’s Jingletown is invited to participate in the Second Friday Artwalk. Follow these simple steps.

  • Hang the 2nd Friday sign up, preferably in a storefront window.
  • Be open second Fridays between 6 and 9 p.m. (Times may vary.)

To be included, be sure to register at http://fridayartwalk.com. 

For more information, email art@alamedaartists.com.



Finding it difficult to make friends after college? Recently moved to Alameda? Just need some new friends to hang out with? Visit the library and meet some potential pals at a special event set for Saturday, Aug. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., will host a Fast Friends program for adults to allow local residents to talk to new people in the style of speed dating. Visitors will move around the tables and meet a new person at every stop. 


Sharda Rogell and Pauletta Chanco invite the community to spend Saturday Aug. 27, with them as they explore the Buddha’s guidance on the importance and the way of turning the mind toward conditions that bring happiness and ease rather than pain and distress.

“We will draw on the Buddha’s teaching of the ‘Second Arrow’ and learn how to identify and interrupt difficult patterns of mind,” said Rogell. They will hold the day largely in silence and teach sitting and walking practices.


One of the most famous quips about San Francisco is attributed to Mark Twain: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” While this is indeed a paraphrase of something Twain wrote to General Lucius Fairchild in 1880 about his summer sojourn in Paris, France, there is no evidence that Twain every maligned San Francisco’s climate, of which he was actually quite fond.