“A hot tub would be good therapy for your fibromyalgia,” said the doctor. Armed with permission to treat the purchase as a tax-deductible medical expense, we went off in search of a 
suitable tub. 

We’ve all seen tubs sitting unused in backyards, dust covered, unplugged and forlorn looking. We’ve also all been assaulted by the shouting ads for “Hot Tubs, Hot Tubs, Hot Tubs, Sale of the Century,” etc. that give the industry the patina of the aluminum-siding salesmen of the last century. 

The Mariner Square-based Oakmont Senior Living community in Alameda celebrated a more than $1.5 million remodel to the senior living community June 10. The facility underwent interior and exterior upgrades that included new paint, furniture, roofing and an overall new coastal look. 
The work also included a bar and lounge with great waterside views.

Oakmont Senior Living continues to invest in its established communities like Oakmont of Cardinal Point, a continuing care retirement community and new additions to its portfolio.

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.