Feature Articles

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.

The nation’s most talented craftspeople are chosen to display their works at the Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., April 22 through 26. The 121 craftspeople chosen to participate must show one-of-a-kind or limited-edition works. Among the displaying artists was Alamedan Christina Goodman.

Goodman’s jewelry was displayed along with hundreds of fine works of basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood.