Feature Articles

Alameda Recreation & Park Department (ARPD) has prepared another summer of programs for kids. ARPD’s Summer Day Camp has been around since 1953, and the department is proud to announce it has, once again, been voted the Best Camp in Alameda Magazine’s “Best of Alameda Contest.” Campers can enroll in one of three programs: Hidden Cove, Trails End or Trailblazers. 

Alameda residents may apply now to serve on the Peralta Community College District’s Measure G Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and the Measure E Citizens’ Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

On April 15, Alameda Housing Authority’s Independence Plaza’s senior residents welcomed Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft to provide an overview of the plans and developments of the city. She emphasized the importance of helping the homeless; continued development of affordable housing; the need for stricter rent control; and to improve the city’s infrastructure to eliminate traffic congestion. She also explained the delays for development of the Veterans’ clinic at Alameda Point. 

Above, left to right, a pretty serious bunch of poets: Alameda’s poets laureate Gene Kahane and Cathy Dana along with local poet Amos White invite all Alameda poets to climb on board the “The Poetruck” on Saturday, April 27, any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The specially decorated truck will be parked in front of Books Inc., 1344 Park St., to help celebrate both Independent Bookstore Day and National Poetry Month. Poets and lovers of poetry are welcome to hop into the truck, have a seat and read aloud a poem of their own or one they love.

That tall, greyish bird with a thick, yellow bill standing motionless in the shallow water along the Alameda shore is most likely fishing. These birds are great blue herons (yes, blue, even though they may look grey), who use their long bills to catch fish. Then they toss the fish into the air, turning it head-first to swallow whole.  

They may stand still for a long time before moving swiftly to nab their prey. In addition to fish, they eat frogs, snakes, mice and other small mammals, so they may also be found in fields.