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The Alameda Legacy Home Tour taking place Sunday, Sept. 25, will feature six Island City homes and one church. The architects who designed these seven buildings did so in seven different styles. This offers tour participants the unique opportunity to not only enjoy each of the buildings, but to see how the their styles fit onto the canvas of Alameda’s distinctive architectural landscape. 


With the theme “There’s No Place like Home” from the Wizard of Oz, the Mastick Center packed the house for its annual fashion show Sept. 8. More than 200 lunches were served courtesy of the Rotary Club of Alameda. Mayor Trish Spencer (center, with wand) appeared as Glinda the Good Witch. Spencer led the group of more than 20 models who all wore outfits donated to the Mastick Center’s thrift shop. Pictured are Domarire Williams, Luanne Newman, Claudia Jayne, Pam Williams, Spencer, Carrie Clinton, Chanya Bartel, Marlena Tatman, Marinela Valdez and Linda Benson.


A free event titled ‘Round the World, a celebration of world music, dance and art for the whole family, will take place Sunday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. The event is free or by donation.

The ensemble performance will feature Chinyakare Ensemble, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, and Tezkatlipoka Aztec Drum and Dance. Capoeira demonstrations by Sumido of Capoeira Mandinga will also be available. 


The area around Amatrice in central Italy has been recently struck by a devastating earthquake. Even though this area is not very distant from Rome, it is very remote and not easily accessible. As a result it has been able to develop a unique and incredible gastronomy.


The Alameda Island Poets (AIP) first Wednesday reading this month will feature poets Judy Hardin Cheung, President of the 24th World Congress of Poets, and Tanya Joyce, Dancing Poetry Grand Prize Winner. The group meets on Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St.

An open mic and light refreshments follow the reading.