Feature Articles

The Alameda-based West Coast Dance Performers are now preparing for their 45th annual musical song and dance production, “Dance to the Music” under the direction of Marnell Xavier. The production is described as a cavalcade of fluorescent colors, pop tunes and funky fancy footwork. The first performance will be held next Thursday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. and will showcase tiny tots to adults as “Toons On Parade.” Dancers’ experience levels range from four months to professional.

A new type of history presentation titled “For Your Eyes Only: Two Ways of Seeing,” will feature two local experts discussing what they notice in vintage Alameda images. Woody Minor, author of A Home in Alameda and many other books and newspaper stories about Island culture, buildings and history and Grant Ute, author of Alameda by Rail, transit historian and photo archivist at the Western Railway Museum will host. The presenters will show how foreground and background switch, depending on personal interests and knowledge about content cues and context.


The storied Alameda dance troupe led by instructor Marnell Xavier will present its 45th annual performance “Dance to the Music” on the West End this year. Last year the performers appeared on the Encinal High School gym stage (210 Central Ave.) for the first time. The dancers are back on the West End again. 

Don’t miss the shows Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22, both at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, and cost $20 for adults; for students and seniors, $15.

A contigent of officers from the Alameda Police Department joined Police Chief Paul Rolleri at a special community forum discussing crime prevention May 24. The West Alameda Business Association organized the event with the City of Alameda in an effort to discuss how to help keep the Alameda community safe. Otaez Mexican Restaurant hosted the gathering upstairs in its banquet room. 

The Alameda Boys & Girls Club will host its annual Building Great Futures luncheon, Wednesday, June 13, at Hilton Oakland Airport, 1 Hegenberger Road, featuring Keynote Speaker former United States Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice.