Feature Articles

Child obesity rates have more than doubled in the past 20 years to about 18 percent of the U.S. population. The average child spends more than 50 hours a week in front of television or electronics and gets only four to seven minutes a day of unstructured outside playtime.
The fastest growing market for anti-depressant medications are preschool children. That can’t be good. Sounds pretty overwhelming. But there is an easy fix. Spending time outside.

The USS Hornet Museum has named Ray A. Fortney as chairman of its board of trustees and the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation (ACHF). Fortney is taking over for retiring chairman, Jon Stanley. Fortney has sat on the Hornet’s board for six years and, for the last four months, he served the museum at its interim chief executive officer 

Edwin Siegfried was born in Alameda in 1899, one of John and Sophie Siegfried’s nine children. His father came from Germany at age 18, and his mother was a native Alamedan. John was a tea importer. He owned his own firm in San Francisco and was a prominent figure is mercantile circles in San Francisco and the Orient. 

The Urquhart Memorial Concert Band of Oakland — also known as the Oakland Band, the Oakland Community Band, and even the Oakland “Parks” Band — was founded in 1922 as the Oakland Letter Carriers Union Band. It has evolved since then into a community band and a service band in the San Francisco Bay area. “Community” means that players at every level of ability are welcome. “Service” means almost all the band’s gigs are done for free in service of worthy causes. Joel Toste is the band’s director.

A festive holiday fundraiser for the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a supportive housing community that uses all its resources to help families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, has been set for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m.