Feature Articles


Wood Middle School’s “Rare Pepes” clinched the win in the inaugural Alameda Robotics Center competition on May 7 at Wood’s Makerspace. The competition included five teams representing Lum and Ruby Bridges elementary schools, in addition to Wood. Teams designed, built and programmed robots using Lego Mindstorms technology.


Looking to stay sharp this summer? Alameda’s Professor Ha Tutoring Center, established in 1991, has begun enrolling students for its 2016 Summer Enrichment Program. The two-month course starts Wednesday, June 15. Classes meet four days a week for three hours each day. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. This program is designed to help students review old concepts, study ahead, acquire new learning skills and stay productive during the summer months.


Need more time to study? Exams and final projects require extra study time and effort for students. The Alameda Free Library will host quiet study sessions for high school students during exam and finals time. The study sessions provide more space for high school students to study and work on projects in the library.


Alameda Support Foundation (ASF) held a plant sale on Sunday, May 15, to raise college scholarship funds for high school graduates from various schools in the city of Alameda. The event is held twice a year, and this is the ASF’s third year selling climate-friendly plants. All proceeds go toward the cause, and ASF raised $2,400 at Sunday’s sale. 


The Alameda Museum recently unveiled artifacts in its new gallery. The displays feature one of the city’s founders, the city’s early schools and the police department along with one of Bay Farm Island’s farmers and his wharf. Of special interest are the displays that highlight Alameda’s role in World War I. 

Gunn is especially proud of one of the very personal items from “the war to end all wars.” Thelma Eisfeldt’s service medal is easy to miss nestled among several other medals in a cabinet that Gunn purchased with his own money.