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The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) provides free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program, National School Breakfast Program, as well as the Afterschool Snack Program. 

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. 

In 1918, the City of Alameda invested some of the profits from its Municipal Lighting Plant into a railroad. The “belt line” — so called because it traveled around, rather than into a city — ran 1.16 miles along Clement Avenue from Pearl Street to Grand Street. It served the industrial zone that the city had recently created on its north shore along the Oakland Estuary. The railroad’s customers included Dow Pump & Diesel Engine Company at Oak Street and the newly minted Barnes & Tibbitts Shipyard that stretched along Clement from Chestnut Street to Grand Street.