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Back in the last century, some English teachers and a handful of students started a literary magazine at St. Joseph Notre Dame high school (SJND). It was 1991, and Elizabeth Norris helped design and plan the first collection of student art and writing in English and Spanish. The first issue, hand-pasted and Xeroxed, was dubbed Prisms.

Alameda resident Roswitha McIntosh recently announced the release of her new book, The ABC’s of Staying Young, a 100-page guide to studying one’s own life with illustrations by Mimi Stuart.

McIntosh, the best-selling author of The Madman and His Mistress, takes an "introspective, yet simple and profound take on aging gracefully and living right," according to the U.S. Review of Books which recommends the title. The book is described as well-researched, well-referenced, and filled with insights on preserving the energy of one’s youth.

The environmentally minded Green Club at the Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) high school is currently competing for a Seeds of Change Grant which awards up to $20,000 to community garden projects.

ASTI could become a finalist for this grant if it is one of the top 50 organizations with the most online votes at bit.do/voteasti. The school is the only organization in Alameda competing for this grant.

Alameda once was home to one of the largest forests of California-native coastal live oak trees in the known world. Today, few of these trees survive, shading backyards and streets on the main Island.

The California Oak Mortality Task Force invites residents of Alameda to learn about and help prevent the most significant disease these trees face: sudden oak death (SOD). Citizen scientists in 21 coastal California communities from San Luis Obispo to Mendocino County will come together this Saturday in an effort to help stop the disease from spreading.

The Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA), operator of the Tuesday and Saturday Alameda Farmers’ Markets on Haight Avenue at Webster Street, in partnership with the Ecology Center in Berkeley, has been named among the organizations that will benefit from a $3.7 million grant courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).