Island Arts

Author Donna Marie Ferro spoke to visitors at C’era Una Volta about her recently published exploration of her family’s origins from Italy to Bay Farm Island: Italy, the Embracing Circle: Il Circolo. The Italian restaurant invited the author to speak last Friday as part of an ongoing effort to provide cultural experiences alongside fine wine and Italian cuisine. Her next talk is set for Sunday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at High Street Station, 1303 High St.

Alameda is a charming little town. It’s the only place in California where you can live an island life, beach included, minus the island weather. Where downtown is only a short walk or bus ride away.

What gives any town its charm, though, are its inhabitants, who bring rich history and culture: the things that stay while everything else changes.

Italy, the Embracing Circle: Il Circolo, My Past, My Future, by Donna Marie Ferro, an Alameda resident, takes readers through her own journeys to Italy while helping illustrate Alameda’s historical charm.

The latest work of Alameda artist Marcy Voyevod will be at the Oakopolis gallery for the months of October and November. The gallery participates in the Art Murmur and Saturday Stroll events. Voyevod’s show will close after the last Saturday Stroll on Nov. 15. Find out more at

Sun Staff Reports

Several local community organizations have teamed up to present a free community screening of "A Place at the Table" Sunday, Oct. 12. The film discusses the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity.

"A Place at the Table" shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Sun Staff Reports

The Alameda Women Artists (AWA) will showcase the work of 23 of their artist members at an exhibition opening at Alameda Museum Wednesday, Oct. 8. Artworks include: acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, collages, ceramics, clay monotypes, encaustics, graphite and pastel drawings, mixed media and photography.