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How many of you have dreamed of being a super hero? What special power would you want to have?

I had the opportunity to ask these questions of Debbie Meyer’s fourth-grade class at Franklin Elementary School. The answers varied from “flying” to “being invisible” to “having super strength.” The over-the-top enthusiasm was bubbling up as they took turns answering. I made them a promise that they would have at least one super power before we parted that day, and I am happy to say I delivered on the promise. But let me back up a little. 

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Editor's Note: Please Don’t Feed the Birds. In part one of this story last week the Alameda Sun’s adventurous writer described feeding the seagulls. It turns out that East Bay Regional Park District has an ordinance in place that prohibits this behavior.

Brown pelicans, with their four-foot wing spans, are among the birds that frequent the waters at the Crown Beach’s Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary. 

Alameda Naval Air Museum curator Larry Pirack discusses the role the Martin M-130 China Clipper played in the history of Alameda. The plane took off from Alameda Airport on Nov. 22, 1935, on history’s first trans-Pacific flight of a commercial airline. The model of the plane, pictured here, and a special room dedicated to the China Clipper are just some of the many displays at the museum located in Building 77 on Alameda Point. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Examples of local seniors’ stained glass design and works from other student artists and writers, will be on display at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., through June 10. 

Seniors, 50 and older, may develop their creative skills in a variety of ongoing classes offered at Mastick. 

For more information, and to register for classes, call 747-7500 or visit www.arpdeplay.com.

A new art exhibition at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., is featuring paintings by local artist Jeffrey Allyn. The show runs through March 28.

Allyn received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Cal State Long Beach. His art has a foundation in the workings of the physical universe, but unlike the tight control and confines bio-medical illustration, it has a highly emotional and colorful release in the abstract. 

He said that the artists who most influence his work are Vincent van Gogh, Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, Paul Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. 

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