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In recognition of Filipino American History Month, Friends of the Alameda Free Library and several Filipino American cultural organizations will host a program on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The evening features Filipino food and music along with a panel discussion on Filipino Americans in Alameda and the life and work of labor organizer Larry Itliong.

Alameda Recreation and Parks’ Recreation Supervisor Pat Russi (red cap) gestures toward a historic former railroad ticket booth that has been given new life as a gazebo in Alameda’s newest park: Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. Last Saturday, Russi led an “Alameda Walks” tour of the park’s grounds that already feature an extensive play structure, the Rotary Pavilion (in the distance at left) and plenty of walking paths. Landscaping is still taking root and officials estimate the first phase of the park will open officially early next year.

After providing a public tour of the six public access pathways along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive last Saturday to assess what recreational uses are possible there, city staff will now host two public meetings to discuss the parcels. The meetings are set for this Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both community meetings will be held at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., in the Council Chambers on the third floor.


Capt. Tony Ceraolo, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander, presented the crew of Sea Scout sailing vessel Pegasus with a Public Service Commendation Award for their role in rescuing a stranded kayaker in San Francisco Bay, (“Sea Scouts Perform Impromptu Rescue,” Aug. 16) at a ceremony held Sept. 22 on Yerba Buena Island.

The Alameda Free Library will present a free screening of the documentary film Before the Flood featuring Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. The preview of the film not yet released in theaters will be held at Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. No registration is required.