Feature Articles

Photographer Neil Geller won the 2018 Alameda on Camera’s Marketing Award. His award-winning photograph features an oddity in modern-day Alameda — a water tower and outbuildings in a residential area. Frank Testa built the improvements on Calhoun Street that included a Colonial Revival-style home in the early 20th century. 

Testa listed his profession as “scavenger,” so the buildings likely served as storage. The presence of the water tower tells us that Testa was likely tapping into a well on his property. Directories list the Testa family living in the home as late as 1992. 

Mayor Trish Spencer read a proclamation to honor Nea Community Learning Center (Nea) at the June 5 City Council meeting that recognized the school’s support of its students taking pride in being themselves. Spencer read the proclamation as part of the celebration of June as LGBTQ month in the city. Nea has proven it’s are an inclusive school that supports the LGBTQ community and antibullying.

In collaboration with the Downtown Alameda Business Association, Studio 23 invites the public to see more than 30 Alameda and Bay Area artists creating unique artwork during the Alameda Summer Art Fair & Maker Market in the downtown district. Enjoy live music, open studios, art cars, a kids’ creative area and other festivities all afternoon. The free outdoor art festival takes place Sunday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in front of Studio 23 Gallery at 2309 Encinal Ave.

As part of the festivities, Studio 23 is hosting an all-ages coloring contest. 

The public is invited to a literary voyage light years ahead, across galaxies, by looking to the past to go forward, and taking in this very moment. “Black to the Future, Past and Present” featuring local writers: Jeneé Darden, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Audrey T. Williams and James Cagney, explores Black literature and time this Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m. in Books Inc., 1344 Park St.

The crowds were out in full force last weekend for the West End’s annual Island Jam street festival. Thousands enjoyed the live music, food, drink and festivities at the event.

Above,the crowd dances at one of three stages that featured local bands. A showcase of talent took place at the community stage at Webster Street and Haight Avenue.