Feature Articles

Recently Alameda’s poetry and music community gathered at C’era Una Volta restaurant on July 6 to say a final good-bye to nationally known beat poet and musician Jimmy V. Lyons. 

Local film maker Jeff Giordano screened a new documentary about Lyons’ life and work entitled, Searching for Jimmy Lyons. Lyons was a “national treasure” who spent most of his life in Alameda. He was a prolific poet and writer as well as a songwriter and musician. His most famous song, “Listen Lonely Girl,” was recorded by Johnny Mathis, and climbed to the top of the charts when it was produced. 

Clean Water Action announced last week that its two-year project in Alameda to “unpackage” the city by helping local food businesses dramatically reduce single-use disposables has been a success. There are 82 Alameda businesses participating in the project, and 56 have completed ReThink Disposable certification.

Yesterday Clean Water Action hosted these businesses at the local German restaurant Speisekammer to celebrate the success of the project. The event thanked partners throughout the city and invited community members to learn more about the project.

A website “designed to inspire more beautiful and happier lives at home” has chosen Alameda as among the “coolest” suburbs in the United States. The article titled, “Why Alameda, California Is One of the Coolest Suburbs in America,” by Jean Chen, appeared on www.apartmenttherapy.com May 22.

Overdue books may now benefit Alameda Food Bank

Find a library book under the bed? Forget to bring a DVD back on time? Borrowers can now clear any and all library fines and help others at the same time by donating food instead. Starting next month, Alameda Library’s new Food for Fines program will help Alamedans in need and also erase those fines. 

Alamedans are encouraged to submit applications now for two civic engagement academies, one for adults and one for local high school juniors and seniors. Both programs are free to attend and are designed to provide insight to Alameda County’s services and operations through learning and discussing the county’s Vision 2026 core themes: healthy environment; thriving and resilient population; safe and livable communities; and a prosperous and vibrant economy.