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Jazz poet Charles Curtis Blackwell is the featured reader for the Alameda Island Poets’ (AIP) monthly reading Wednesday, Aug. 5. AIP hosts a featured reader and open mic poetry reading every month at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. A goodwill donation is optional.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. with the featured reader; open mic signups take place before the readings. After a short break, open mic readings continue through 9 p.m. Teen poets especially encouraged to attend.

Alameda Women Artists (AWA) has announced their 2015 annual art award contest for female artists is currently underway in the city. Each year AWA presents two talented artists, one adult and one student, awards worth $250 each. Artwork from each recipient will be shown in the AWA Exhibition at the Alameda Museum in October. All young and adult women artists are encouraged to participate.

St. Joseph Basilica’s Knight of Columbus, Council 15965, would like to invite all Catholic men to join the brotherhood to support the parish and the community through various activities and fundraisers. Pope John Paul II referred to the order as "The Right Arm of the Church." The brotherhood hopes to double its membership for the current Columbus year. For more information, contact the rectory at 522-0181.

Stone’s Cyclery hosted a Ride of Remembrance last Sunday to honor the memory of the late Dennis Stone, who owned Stone’s Cyclery on Santa Clara Avenue. Some 180 riders participated in the ride; 110 of posed for this group shot in front of the cyclery, which Stone had owned for 50 years.

Spartina is an invasive weed that grows along Alameda’s shoreline. The City of Alameda’s Public Works Department and the California State Coastal Conservancy (CSCC) have partnered for the past 11 years in removing Spartina.

Control of Spartina helps prevent flooding, reduces its growth at marinas and residential boat docks, and minimizes its competition with other preferred shoreline plants. Since this partnership began, Spartina in the shoreline areas has been reduced by more than 95 percent.