The fifth annual Alameda Summer Art Fair & Maker Market takes place Sunday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oak Street between Alameda and Encinal avenues. (Please note: This portion of the street will be closed to traffic for the event.) 

More than 75 local artists will be exhibiting at this free outdoor art festival with interactive activities for kids and grown ups. See live painting, sketching, sculpting and more while enjoying live local music performances.

The fair is hosted by Studio 23 located at 2309 Encinal Ave. 

Looking for unique and interesting gifts for Dad? Check out the auto accessories, jewelry, craft beverages and so much more in Downtown Alameda. The Island’s downtown district is also a great place for families to spend a memorable day with Dad.

Sharing breakfast over a nice conversation on Father’s Day is a longtime family tradition and Downtown Alameda has a number of classic diners. If Dad is more of a burger kind of guy, there are a number of local eateries that offer their twist on the classic hamburger for lunch or dinner.

As Carl Jung would say, “There is a shadow side to everything.” Even the treasured least tern of Alameda has, or had, a dark side (“Meet Alameda’s Treasured Least Tern,” May 23).

I was not always the Encinal High School mathematics teacher who writes columns, diatribes and letters to the editor from the fringe — or slightly beyond the fringe. In my halcyon days, I was a Naval aviator assigned to Naval Air Station Alameda during its final days. From 1990 until the beginning of 1994, in addition to serving as a station pilot, I was the base safety officer.

Open letter to Council decries no-cause eviction ban

To Mayor and Councilmembers:
As a small income-property owner and long-term Realtor in Alameda, I heartily object to the Council’s May 21 vote to eliminate the no-cause provision in Ordinance 3148. The small number of true no-cause evictions since Ordinance 3148 went into effect does not warrant this change. 

I’ve been a father for more than 30 years and have a closet full of neckties to prove it. For years, fathers all over the world have been showered with gifts such as neckties, handkerchiefs and socks from their well-meaning wives and children on the third Sunday of every June. After all, you wouldn’t give him a Mother’s Day gift like flowers or perfume. So the problem of what to give Dad to show our appreciation was solved, time and time again, with neckties which I think we can all agree, has become somewhat of a cliché.