Feature Articles

Since the growing season in Alameda is 365 days long, it is possible to grow something tasty during every season of the year. Although most Alamedans have small spaces in which to cultivate, practicing succession planting (replacing harvested crops with a new edible) and interplanting (growing compatible plants together) takes advantage of the Island City’s frost-free winters to maximize use of the growing area available. 

Regular applications of compost and organic fertilizer will keep a small yard working hard to produce delicious food.

Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St., will play host to the sixth annual Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo set for Sunday, May 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to this family friendly event with the goal to inspire, educate and encourage bicycle riding.

The Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo is a project by Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools and the Alameda Safe Routes to School Task Force in partnership with Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, the City of Alameda, Kiwanis Club of Alameda and the Alameda Elks Lodge.

The City of Alameda announced last week several vacancies on important city commissions need to be filled. The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve. 

Two organizations have teamed up to provide a permanent mattress collection site to encourage mattress recycling and combat mattress dumping. The Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program and Habitat for Humanity ReStores have established a permanent mattress drop-off location at the ReStore in Oakland. A ribbon cutting was held last Thursday, April 25. 

Alameda Realtors braved the elements, including 20-mile-per-hour winds, to celebrate Earth Day by removing debris from a stretch of the Island’s shoreline. The Bay East Alameda Chapter clean-up squad included about a dozen Realtors, affiliate members and friends and family. The group focused on a section of Alameda shoreline adjacent to the Encinal boat ramp.