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Brandon Wong, who recently finished seventh grade at Bay Farm Elementary School in Alameda, played a piano recital for residents of Harbor Bay’s Water’s Edge Lodge on June 16. A student of Ralph Winkler, who teaches private piano and violin lessons in Alameda, Wong played Scarlatti’s “Sonata in A”, Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” and the Adagio from his “Moonlight” Sonata, “Solfeggeitto” by CPE Bach and “Impromptu in A Flat” by Franz Schubert.


Children in Alameda 18 and younger can take advantage of a program courtesy of the Alameda Unified School District that offers free lunch and breakfast at select sites throughout the summer. The meals are available each weekday except Wednesday, July 4.

East Bay historians Annalee Allen and Gene Anderson will explore the history of Carnegie Libraries in Alameda County at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., at 7 p.m. tonight. The steel magnate turned philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, funded the construction of hundreds of libraries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the one here in Alameda at the corner of Oak Street and Santa Clara Avenue (above). Allen and Anderson will discuss the libraries throughout the East Bay that provided the public with educational facilities that were both functional and beautiful.

Rock Wall Wine Company Co., 2301 Monarch St., has announced an evening of wine and comic relief from some of the Bay Area’s best comedians Saturday, June 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. Sip delicious wines, unwind and get giggling. The evening starts with wine, food from local vendors and live DJ from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission includes one glass of wine and a souvenir wine glass. Seating is first-come, first-served. 

The Fourth of July has lost its luster. America is devolving into a plutocracy with government by the rich for the rich, while the poor desperately grab for crumbs via the plutocracy’s carefully designed gig economy. The founding fathers’ aspirations to democracy are rapidly being lost to godless capitalism, political corruption, demagoguery in high places and indifference to the plight of others.