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Book party set for novel with plot based on Alameda history

Alameda’s Poet Laureate, Julia Park Tracey, has written another mystery about a fictionalized Alameda (known as "San Pedro Island" in her books), and welcomes the public to attend her book launch tomorrow, Nov. 6, at the Alameda Museum.

For many decades the Alameda community has come together to support local families during the holiday season. Nearly one in seven Alameda households receive help from the Alameda Food Bank. In 2014, the community donated more than 1,000 turkeys, which were distributed, along with other holiday meal fixings, to food bank clients. This year the goal is to collect 1,250 turkeys by Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Alameda residents Scott and Lisa Amstutz were married Sept. 7 in Tilden Park, Berkeley. The ceremony and reception were held at the Brazil Room. Lisa is a public relations manager with staffing firm Robert Half and a two-time Ironman triathlon finisher. Scott is an aviation maintenance supervisor and works at the Oakland International Airport. The groom grew up in Alameda, and the bride is from Danville. They live on Bay Farm with their dog, Marlowe. The couple spent their honeymoon in Cambria, Calif.

Halloween is the ideal time to honor the strange, inexplicable and bizarre occurrences of life. A jack-o-lantern, with its leering, mocking grin, is the perfect symbol for those surreal situations that may have you grimacing like a jack-o-lantern, and shaking your head in wonderment and disbelief.

Here’s my short list of "jack-o-lantern-isms":

1. Folks at the Laundromat who stand for 30 minutes, mesmerized, watching their clothes dry.

Mastick Senior Center Bingo starts at 11:30 a.m. every Saturday. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The games are open for anyone 18 or older.

For those who have never played at Mastick, randomly drawn numbers are illuminated on electric boxes on the center’s dining room walls so that each player can see as well as hear his or her numbers called. Several different versions of the game are played each Saturday.

Players have a chance to win cash and prizes for individuals 18 and older. A snack bar is open during the games.