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A particularly enjoyable fundraiser "Ales for ALS Beerfest" pairs locally brewed beers, with food and other fun this Saturday, Aug. 8, 1 to 5 p.m. at Faction Brewing at 2501 Monarch St.

Stone’s Cyclery hosted a Ride of Remembrance last Sunday to honor the memory of the late Dennis Stone, who owned Stone’s Cyclery on Santa Clara Avenue. Some 180 riders participated in the ride; 110 of posed for this group shot in front of the cyclery, which Stone had owned for 50 years.

Alameda residents Brian and Jennifer Hoskins recently announced the birth of their son, Hunter Thomas Hoskins.

Hunter was born Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 3:01 a.m. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches in length. Hunter, their first child, was welcomed home by Penny, the Border Collie.

Maternal grandparents are longtime Bay Area residents David and Peggy Ames.

Paternal grandparents are Cap and Judy Hoskins of Louisville, Ken.

Jazz poet Charles Curtis Blackwell is the featured reader for the Alameda Island Poets’ (AIP) monthly reading Wednesday, Aug. 5. AIP hosts a featured reader and open mic poetry reading every month at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. A goodwill donation is optional.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. with the featured reader; open mic signups take place before the readings. After a short break, open mic readings continue through 9 p.m. Teen poets especially encouraged to attend.

Alameda Women Artists (AWA) has announced their 2015 annual art award contest for female artists is currently underway in the city. Each year AWA presents two talented artists, one adult and one student, awards worth $250 each. Artwork from each recipient will be shown in the AWA Exhibition at the Alameda Museum in October. All young and adult women artists are encouraged to participate.