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Part two

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. 

Abstract art just one exhibition up at midtown gallery

The new show at the Frank Bette Center — Driven to Abstraction — is unique in a number of ways. Immediately, the viewer will notice several very large pieces in a gallery usually designed with more but smaller pieces. Arlene Risi Streich’s “Sea Ranch,” for example, is a big, adventurous mixed-media piece arranged in a landscape-like format with a hot yellow sky behind a field of rich texture and color.

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