Feature Articles

Music education accessible to all children regardless of their economic circumstances is hard to come by these days. But one organization in Alameda is working to change that. Alameda Music Project is an orchestral-based after school music education program serving the social, emotional, cultural and academic needs of children in Alameda.

Performing Shakespeare, although a demanding theatrical challenge, can be richly rewarding for both the actors and the audience if the Bard is performed well. On a rustic outdoor, minimalist stage, the Encinal High School Drama Department hit that high water mark in its recent production of Romeo and Juliet.

Director Gene Kahane and company are to be congratulated on a production that brought freshness, vitality and clarity to a play drafted more than 400 years ago.

Book party set for novel with plot based on Alameda history

Alameda’s Poet Laureate, Julia Park Tracey, has written another mystery about a fictionalized Alameda (known as "San Pedro Island" in her books), and welcomes the public to attend her book launch tomorrow, Nov. 6, at the Alameda Museum.

For many decades the Alameda community has come together to support local families during the holiday season. Nearly one in seven Alameda households receive help from the Alameda Food Bank. In 2014, the community donated more than 1,000 turkeys, which were distributed, along with other holiday meal fixings, to food bank clients. This year the goal is to collect 1,250 turkeys by Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Alameda residents Scott and Lisa Amstutz were married Sept. 7 in Tilden Park, Berkeley. The ceremony and reception were held at the Brazil Room. Lisa is a public relations manager with staffing firm Robert Half and a two-time Ironman triathlon finisher. Scott is an aviation maintenance supervisor and works at the Oakland International Airport. The groom grew up in Alameda, and the bride is from Danville. They live on Bay Farm with their dog, Marlowe. The couple spent their honeymoon in Cambria, Calif.