Feature Articles

Local photographer Christine Buck happened to run across two families of Alameda’s wild animals out for strolls in the summer weather on the same day, July 26. Above, six ground squirrels emerge from their burrow along the sidewalk at Crown Beach. Below, six members of a raccoon family descend from a palm tree on Burbank Street near Central Avenue.

Works from the annual Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) Plein Aire Paintout will go on display at a special opening reception tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. During the paintout, up to 40 artists from around the nation are selected to paint Alameda’s tree-lined streets, Victorian-era homes, shops, views of the Estuary, San Francisco and the Bay en plein air (outdoors). The paintings were completed in town from July 30 to Aug. 4. Artists may paint anywhere within the city limits, which include Bay Farm Island. Paintings have been juried for awards and are for sale.

There is always a lot happening on the West End. The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) had an extremely successful Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, July 8, at Alameda Point. The City of Alameda in partnership with WABA and the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) created an opportunity for families to explore what “makers” make. More than 2,500 people attended 70 maker exhibits with most of the makers from Alameda. The planning for the 2019 Mini Maker Faire is already in progress. 

Summer is an especially wonderful time to enjoy fresh produce. Tomatoes, green beans, peaches and berries all beckon us to enjoy them. 

But fresh produce spoils more quickly than other food. So summer is a good time to talk about preventing food from going to waste. 

It’s hard to believe, but 40 percent of all food produced in the United States is wasted. We can do something to change this, because 43 percent of all food wasted in the U.S. is wasted by households. Simple changes can reduce wasted food and return nutrients back to the soil by composting food scraps. 

Construction work will begin soon to improve pedestrian safety at Island and Maitland drives. The project includes installation of Wireless Solar, an LED Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon Crosswalk System, push buttons, concrete, striping and signage. Work will take place Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

During construction, motorists may experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of parking spaces, noise and dust. Bus stop access will be maintained throughout the 

The project is expected to be complete by the end of September.