Boy Scouts from Alameda Troop 3 were excited to volunteer at the Alameda Food Bank over the holidays. The troop regularly solicits donations of canned goods and other foods to help those in need during the annual Boy Scouts of America Scouting for Food service project.
On Jan. 3, Troop 3 scouts had the opportunity to participate in how the food is sorted, boxed and distributed. More than 20 scouts and their families broke open four pallets of donated food and sorted the food into beans, pasta, meat, soup and other categories.
A new class at Mastick Senior Center, Crafting with Your Grandchild, was held Saturday, Dec. 20, with instructor and local artisan Bonnie Randall Boller. The next class is slated for summer 2015 and is open to children ages 5 to 8 and their grandparents. Students worked with clay, collage, painting and more. To sign up, write to email@example.com
Donna Eyestone and her 10-year-old daughter, Emma, have created the sixth in a series of Alameda gingerbread replicas. This year’s creation reflects the Marketplace building at Park Street and Buena Vista Avenue and features the Park Street Bridge made of pretzels.
The Park Street Bridge we know today was built in 1935. It replaced an 1893 bridge, which was built to span the marshland before the estuaury was open to boat traffic in 1902. Today’s Marketplace building once housed the Dietz Motor Co. Built in 1930, it was the first automobile showroom on what became "Auto Row."
This classic Santa on display now on Bay Farm Island is said to date back to 1963.
Locals know Crane Court is Bay Farm Island’s answer to Christmas Tree Lane (Thompson Avenue) on the Main Island. Since 1985, a Crane Court home has displayed a kindly-looking, classic 1963 ceramic internally lit Santa Claus smiling down on Alameda from a second-story window pictured at right.