Feature Articles

Josh Dennis, a film editor in Livermore, proposed to his girlfriend of nearly three years, Carissa Hatchel, who works as director of operations at a childcare facility in San Francisco.

They were engaged on Saturday, Jan. 24, and celebrated with family and friends at Rock Wall. They’ve lived together in Alameda for about two years with their dog Charlie.

Hatchell is the daughter of Demetrius and Zaneta Hatchel of Hayward.

Dennis is the son of Kathy Dennis of Livermore.

The couple plan a 2016 wedding.

Text on the photo reads: 2 Martin M-130’s on beaching gear at Alameda. Note radio in rear. 1936.

Girls Incorporated of the Island City is teaming up with the Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD) to present "An Evening under the Sea," the 14th Annual father-daughter dance party.

For girls currently in kindergarten through fifth grade, the event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the special relationship between daughters and fathers or other favorite male role models.

Troop 3 Scouts stack boxes for the food bank.

Boy Scouts from Alameda Troop 3 were excited to volunteer at the Alameda Food Bank over the holidays. The troop regularly solicits donations of canned goods and other foods to help those in need during the annual Boy Scouts of America Scouting for Food service project.

On Jan. 3, Troop 3 scouts had the opportunity to participate in how the food is sorted, boxed and distributed. More than 20 scouts and their families broke open four pallets of donated food and sorted the food into beans, pasta, meat, soup and other categories.

A new class at Mastick Senior Center, Crafting with Your Grandchild, was held Saturday, Dec. 20, with instructor and local artisan Bonnie Randall Boller. The next class is slated for summer 2015 and is open to children ages 5 to 8 and their grandparents. Students worked with clay, collage, painting and more. To sign up, write to bonnieclay@aol.com