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A senior from Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) will have his photograph grace the halls of Congress. Each spring, the Alexandria, Va.-based non-profit Congressional Institute sponsors “Congressional Arts Competition, An Artistic Discovery,” a nationwide high-school visual-art competition. The institute works with Congress to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. 

On Sunday, May 17, Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), together with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), will be holding the first “Now That Your Lawn Is Gone” Garden Tour. The tour is an opportunity to visit more than 20 homes in Alameda that have removed their traditional front lawns in favor of more climate-friendly alternatives. These include vegetables, stone sculptures, and Mediterranean and native plants. 

There will also be a raffle and plant sale as part of the event. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting the animals at FAAS.

In ancient times, the Greeks praised mothers during the festival of Rhea. Rhea was the mother of their gods. 

The modern Mother’s Day was created 150 years ago by social activist Anna Jarvis. She called it “Mother’s Work Day.” In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.

Fundraisers from the USS Hornet Museum, Alameda’s floating aircraft carrier museum, were excited to announce last week that a large Bay Area charitable foundation is reviewing a critical grant request.

The grant money would pay for weatherproofing and resurfacing of the Hornet’s flight deck as well as repairs to two aircraft elevators. The grant request has reached the second stage of the review process, including a site visit from the foundation’s representatives.

When he left the United States for the first time and spent a year in China, Alameda author Tony Brasunas didn’t dream that his time in the Middle Kingdom would utterly transform his life and that 15 years later he’d publish a book about it.

He will read from his new book, Double Happiness: One Man’s Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China, at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 5.