News Briefs

Teens are invited to experience a whole new world at the Alameda Free Library. Visit this Saturday, Nov. 18, to try out an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset. Use the headset and controllers to experience space, build robots and much more. 

Take the chance to try this new technology from 2 to 4 p.m.. This fun event is planned by teens for teens. While waiting for a turn to play the Oculus Rift, teens can learn and play board games. Snacks will be provided. 


At two upcoming events Alameda’s C’era Una Volta Italian Restaurant will be serving up deliciousness and generosity. Cheryl Principato and Rudy Duran, owners of C’era Una Volta, will contribute to the “Week of Italian Cuisine in San Francisco” event held Nov. 13 through 17, to benefit those still recovering from the North Bay firestorms. C’era will present a $35 four-course prix fixe dinner and wine pairing as part of the weeklong celebration of Italian food at its location on Park Street. 


Come support local artists and businesses while getting a ton of holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving at the Holiday Fest 2017. The holiday shopping expo, has been set for Sunday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

A huge variety of handcrafted and specially made items will be on sale in one convenient place: Temple Israel and the Community Center of Harbor Bay Isle at 3183 and 3195 Mecartney Road in Alameda.

Plenty of free parking is available nearby at Bay Farm’s Harbor Bay Landing. Overflow parking is available at CVS and Safeway.

Dates and locations for the 2017 Alameda Firefighters Toys for Tots program have been announced. The program is a partnership of the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and their Families, Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Red Cross Youth, Alameda Firefighters, and other community organizations. It ensures that all low-income Alameda families who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children ages birth to 12 and gift cards for youth ages 13 to 16.       


On April 13, Alameda’s oldest Catholic congregation removed the cross from the bell tower where it sat since 1927. The church took down the cross and restored it after powerful windstorms caused the congregation to be concerned for the 90-year-old cross’s welfare. This morning at 8:45 a.m., the church will hold a ceremony to reinstall the refurbished cross at 1109 Chestnut St.

Fr. George Alengadan, Pastor of St. Joseph Basilica, will unveil and bless the cross in the presence of  the parish community, St. Joseph  Elementary School and St. Joseph Notre Dame School.