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Thank you for recognizing the efforts of the great young men and women who make up the Alameda Rugby Club ("Islanders Begin 11th Year of Rugby Club," Jan 30.)

The club is poised to have a fantastic 2014 season. We welcome all newcomers and it is not too late to join the 2014 team.

Feel free to drop by training at Tillman Park Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Go Alameda!

— Austin Britts


The Delta Zeta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a national organization of women educators whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth of educators, recently held a fundraising event. The speaker was Gail Tsukiyama, a Bay Area resident, bestselling author of seven novels and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Literary Award.

She was a vibrant speaker who used a sense of humor and told the audience of mostly educators, about her writing process and the inspirations for her many novels.

More than 115 guests enjoyed wine, cheese, desserts and coffee. Their attendance supported Delta Zeta community projects. These included citizenship awards for fifth- and eight-grade Alameda students; Sweet Dreams Holiday Gifts for Alameda homeless families, and support for the school district’s new teachers.

The Delta Zeta chapter would like to thank Gail Tsukiyama for her time and her engaging presentation and to the Trinity Lutheran Church that was the perfect location for the event. We thank everyone who supported our Alameda projects.

— Marlynn Kaake, Past President, Alameda Delta Zeta Chapter


The success of Kiwanis Foundation’s 15th annual Chili Cookoff was underscored by our sponsors and the 100-plus merchants, vendors and supporters donating to the silent auction. Proceeds from this event go to other Alameda non-profits and as to fund scholarships to graduating seniors.

We heartily thank each of the following sponsors for their participation in this community event: Alameda Business Network, Dominic McKenna of Edward Jones, Harbor Bay Realty, Bank of Alameda/Bank of Marin, H&R Block, Jan Nichols-Franz Piano Studio, Sterling Mortgage, Advanced Health, Alameda Fire Fighters Local 689, Hewitt, Jones & Fitch.

Silent Auction donors included: The Diaper Connection, Chuck Corica Golf Complex, Wendy Sanda, Dave and Joyce Denyven, Golfland of Castro Valley, Alameda Theater, Pacific Pinball Museum, Subpar Mini Golf and Color Me Mine.

Thanks also to donors: Mark Sorenson and Tom Squire, Linda and Russ Grant, Dave Hewitt, Kristy Perkins, JCCellars, Kevin Brown, Bladium, Books Inc, Donsuemor Cookies, Seelenbacher Jewely, Total Woman, Bob and Heidi Larsen, Jessica Catano, Scott’s Shoes, DB Shoes, Fred’s Wrenchhouse, Jim Franz, Jan Nichols, First Community Bank, Berkeley Electric and Alameda Bicycle.

Barry and Lolly Parker, Alameda Eyes Optometry, Mariner Square Athletic Club, Dawna Dowdell, Pier 29, Oteaz Restaurant, Alameda Beauty Center, Southshore Car Wash, Panera Bread, China House, Sumbody, The Presidential Yacht Potomac, Black Angus Restaurant, Waterfront Hotel and Pagano’s Hardware also donated to the silent auction.

Daisy’s Gift Shop, Gayle Gow, Altarena Playhouse, Ulta Beauty & Spa, Anna and John Towata, Gerard and Leslie Falcone, Rythmix Cultural Works, East Ocean Seafood, Jim Sweeney, Dog Bone Alley, Gayle Thomas, Scott and Cindy MacAskill, Ed & Peg Kofman all contributed as well.

The silent auction also received donations from Will Golden, The North Face, 1400 Bar & Grill, Cera Una Volta, Raintree Studios, Dave Edwards, Bob and Darlene Hessler, Leid Design Group, Melissa Margolin L.C., Cheryl Saxton, Barbara Capon and Stephanie Prothero.

More silent auction donations were made by Bonne Vie, Aphrodite’s Closet, Trader Joe’s, Kendra Holloway, Oakland Raiders, Laura and Todd Palmer, Peggy and Bob Lubeck, Natalie Gelman, Safeway, JP Seafood, John Jacobs, Alameda Auto Lab, P.F. Chang, Asena Restaurant, Gold Coast Restaurant, Doug Korach and Claire Thompkins.

— Diane Lichtenstein, Kiwanis Club of Alameda