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Artificial lawns — usually installed to save water and reduce yard maintenance — are popping up all across Alameda. Unfortunately, there are many serious environmental drawbacks to artificial turf, and they are not a good solution for Alameda.


Alamedans can take advantage of an opportunity to give back to Alameda youth by shopping at a local retailer this month. Through Sunday, Feb. 24, while shopping at Ross Dress for Less, 2130 South Shore Center, customers can make a monetary contribution at checkout to be donated to the Alameda Boys & Girls Club.

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will celebrate Lunar New Year with a huge festival set for Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. Come mark the arrival of the Year of the Pig with WABA at its second annual Lunar Year celebration. The event will be produced in partnership with the West End Arts & Entertainment District and features cultural performances by the Toi Shan Family Association. The celebration is made possible this year through a public art grant from the City of Alameda.


Before the big game starts, Alamedans can take part in the fight against hunger at the Souper Bowl of Caring hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Alameda. This Sunday, Feb. 3, families and friends gather together to watch the Super Bowl, feasting on snacks, while an estimated 40 million Americans are food insecure and struggle to put food on the table. 

Among the smallest birds found in Alameda during the winter are Anna’s hummingbirds. They feed on the nectar in flowers, insects that they find on plants and sugar water from hummingbird feeders. Because Alameda has flowers all year round, Anna’s hummingbirds can find food here all year around.