Island Arts

The second annual Alameda Spelling Bee took place last Saturday at Otis Elementary School. Liam Foster, a ninth-grader at Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), was named the top speller on the Island. This year’s bee was open to students in both elementary and middle schools. Foster was also named the top middle-school-age speller.

Hazel Purins, last year’s top speller, a sixth-grader at Lincoln Middle School (LMS), came in second place overall, and was the top elementary school-age speller. (The county bee categorizes up to sixth-graders in the elementary school division.) 

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At a screening of the documentary film Shallow Waters, The Public Death of Raymond Zack, last Sunday, Alamedans struggled with the import of a particularly unfortunate turn of events that resulted in the death of Alameda resident Raymond Zack in 2010. 

Zack succumbed to hypothermia after several hours in the bay waters off Shore Line Drive near Willow Street. First responders, limited by budget and training restrictions, damaged water-rescue equipment and convoluted communications did not act to bring Zack back to shore in time to save him. 

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis will visit Alameda Free Library by live video stream Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Shalvis will discuss her bestselling romance novels just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Shalvis is the author of more than 50 contemporary romance novels, including her award-winning Lucky Harbor series. She lives in a small Sierra town full of quirky characters. 

Visit jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

The Alameda Community Chorus (ACC) will host an open house sing-along on Monday, Feb. 8. The sing-along is part of ACC’s spring session and concert series. ACC is a nonprofit for vocal enthusiasts that provides a platform to enjoy singing. Kathryn Neale Manalo directs ACC’s chorale group. 

ACC also offers an 11-week course that gives lovers of singing an opportunity to celebrate and participate in a learning and performance environment. Auditions are not required. ACC members joyfully sing within many genres of music. 

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