Island Arts

The sun feels warming

Power gives us much safety

The night is for rest

Poetry isn’t something you usually expect from a power company, but this haiku was penned by staff at the Island City’s Alameda Municipal Power (AMP).

The 126-year-old power company is celebrating National Energy Awareness Month and Public Power Week by hosting a haiku contest through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Fans of cinema and the silver ball came together last Thursday to raise funds for the potential Pacific Pinball Museum relocation to the Alameda’s Carnegie Library. Thousands were raised at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex through donations, sales of commemorative T-shirts and patches and a live auction raising around $5,000 through the sales of pinball memorabilia.

Book party set for novel with plot based on Alameda history

Alameda’s Poet Laureate, Julia Park Tracey, has written another mystery about a fictionalized Alameda (known as "San Pedro Island" in her books), and welcomes the public to attend her book launch tomorrow, Nov. 6, at the Alameda Museum.

Students from Nea Learning Academy and schools around the Alameda Unified School District visited Rhythmix Cultural Works for a special Performance Art and Learning (PAL) event last Thursday at the local arts center. The Rhythmix PAL program provides arts learning opportunities for children whose access to such programs dwindles along with funding for the arts.

Sun Staff Reports

Painting in the traditional Chinese style is an approach that involves using Chinese ink and watercolors, special brushes and rice paper purchased in China, having a Taiwan-born and trained art teacher and speaking only Chinese in weekly studio art sessions. But high school senior, Henry Zhu, a senior at the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), has always allowed a bit of California to creep into his Chinese landscapes, creating a distinctive style that blends East and West, traditional and modern.