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A new fully illustrated childrens’ book penned by Alameda resident Jon Stahl will be available in bookstores and as an ebook starting Tuesday, March 26. Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesday tells the heartwarming story of a dragon named Dennis and the friendly monsters who attempt to tell his tale.

Stahl is a former elementary school teacher, award-winning filmmaker and father of two. This is his first book.


Piano students will be in full bloom when they present a spring recital of diverse musical styles, from Broadway and movie tunes like New York, New York and Hedwig’s Theme to traditional pieces from the Classic, Romantic and Modern periods Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. Teachers Carolyn Queener and Katy Stephan invite the public to attend, free of charge. The studio is located at 1215 Pacific Ave. For more information call 523-4924 or write katyann7@yahoo.com


The United States Supreme Court decided in the 2010 Citizens United case that states could not restrict the amount of money given to political campaigns by corporations, unions and other organizations. A lot has been said about “dark money” — funds whose source can’t be traced that are contributed to candidates or ballot measures. 

The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate International Women’s Month Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. The event will feature poets Susan Cohen, Sharon Coleman and Angela Cheung. Berkeley Poet Laureate, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, will also make a special guest appearance. 

The reading is hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. An open mic follows featured poets. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is by donation.

The American coot, fulica americana, a once-abundant species in Alameda, can still be seen regularly in winter and on occasion breeding in a couple of the Island City’s marshy ponds — both fresh and brackish — during the summer. Its family is called gruiformes and includes gallinules, rails and surprisingly, the much larger cranes. See the resemblance?