News Briefs

Books Inc. will be hosting an event to celebrate female African American authors tomorrow.

The event, “Black History Month: Focus on Black Women Authors,” will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, at Books Inc. located at 1344 Park St. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Amos White, The Sound of the Web, will moderate the event. 

The event will feature authors Alison Hart, Mostly White, and Dera Williams, In My Backyard, and playwright Cindy Acker, Words that Made the Difference: Brown v. Board of Education


Nominations are being accepted for the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, honoring extraordinary women who make a difference in the community. Honorees will be celebrated at the 27th annual Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame luncheon and awards ceremony in the spring, co-hosted by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.

Carolers of all ages joined in the fun as the West Alameda Business Association hosted Santa on Webster last Friday. Here, the festive bunch performs outside Cafe Jolie where Santa was holding court. The group then proceeded to perform in other venues including: Wescafe, the Pacific Pinball Museum and J Couture. 

Hospital Retrofit Gets Underway

The Alameda Health System (AHS) Board of Trustees and the City of Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors announced on Tuesday that they have approved the funding for seismic retrofit work for Alameda Hospital. According to a jointly released press release, the $25 million project will assure that Alameda Hospital will meet state-mandated requirements that hospitals “retrofit, replace or remove acute-care services for buildings posing significant seismic risk.” 

The City of Alameda will host a community meeting with local, state and federal tsunami experts next week to help residents prepare for a potential tsunami. The meeting will discuss what Alameda residents need to do to prepare for a tsunami. 

The tsunami presentation takes place Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.