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A commonly found beautiful local bird called the house finch, is helping humans solve complex questions about epidemics and disease spread. I’ve had the opportunity to observe them during twice-monthly bird surveys at the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary at Crown Beach this past year.

On one of my forays last spring, the cheerful bird with the red headband, rump and breast flew from a bird feeder to the top of a nearby tree. He perched there like a perfect ornament, surveying his territory. This male house finch mated and raised a family this summer along our shoreline. 

While the new artwork is currently hanging, a celebration for Rhythmix’ “The Writing on the Wall” will not take place until Feb. 19.

'The Writing is on the Wall" is Rhythmix K Gallery's first exhibit in 2020 (January 11th - February 29th) featuring Japanese calligraphy and carbon copies of typewritten letters from World War II internment camps, artist Najib Joe Hakim’s photographs of Palestinian and Lebanese walls and Salma Arastu’s paintings that are inspired by the scripture of the Quran.

During the week of Dec. 15, Alameda Kiwanis joined the Alameda Firefighters Toy Drive at Christ Church Episcopal Church. Club members sorted toys gathered in barrels at local businesses in the church parish hall, transforming it into a huge toy store. On Dec. 20 to 21, as Alameda families came to collect their holiday gifts, with volunteers spoke to the children and assessed their wish lists. The Kiwanis and Church elves then went into the toy store to shop and emerged with a bagful of custom-selected toys for each family.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare the Alameda Wildlife Reserve at Alameda Point for the return of the endangered least terns in April. The first “cleanup party” of the year takes place Sunday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Tasks include weeding, picking up trash and placing nest markers and “chick chalets.” For more information and directions contact Pat Gannon at pg3187@gmail.com or 521-4402. New volunteers will be provided with required forms and must complete them before starting work.

All meetings are scheduled to take place at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Council Chambers, third floor unless otherwise noted. For more information see www.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

  • 7 p.m. City Council. Meetings held the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 

Thursday, Jan. 9

  • 7 p.m. Recreation and Park Commission. Meetings held second Thursday of each month.

Monday, Jan. 13