Feature Articles

A new artistic rendition of 1860s Webster Street at Lincoln (formerly Railroad) Avenue has been unveilled at Wescafe, a West End eatery.

The vision is the creation of prolific mural artist Dan Fontes, of San Rafael, perhaps known best for the giraffes he painted on supports for I-580 in Oakland. Fontes is also a board member for the nearby Pacific Pinball Museum where he founded the museum mural program focused on pinball art.

At Thomsen’s Nursery, customers could learn everything about a plant from placards near each specimen. Owner Iris Watson’s extensive knowledge was a true resource to local gardeners. While the nursery will close, Watson remains available for consultation.

An Alameda staple that has housed some of the city’s most exquisite collections of plants since 1943 will be closing its doors to the public.

After 33 years as owner of Thomsen’s Garden Center, Iris Watson and her co-owner husband John, are selling the property at 1113 Lincoln Ave.

Most spiritualists know the importance of practicing radical forgiveness. Radical forgiveness helps them to live in peace and harmony with the spiritual laws of the universe; particularly the Law of Mind (It is done unto you as you believe.) and the Law of Attraction (You reap what you sow.).

Community members participated in a silent auction, wine tasting and other fun at the July 19 Community Faire and Fundraiser at Rock Wall Wine Company. The annual event held for the 18th straight year, is the largest fundraiser of the year for Alameda Meals on Wheels and Alameda Friendly Visitors, two organizations that help out home-bound seniors and other residents. To help out by volunteering and donating to the cause or sponsoring an upcoming event, visit www.alamedamealsonwheels.org.

Chloe Kassirer (left) and Elizabeth Dodge use their hands, not only to perform in the June piano recital of their teacher Carolyn Queener, but also to contribute to the Alameda Food Bank. The girls and their fellow musicians aim to donate 88 cans to the food bank, one for each of the 88 keys on the piano. The "Pianos in the Pantry" project has donated 36 cans to date.

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