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Alameda once was home to one of the largest forests of California-native coastal live oak trees in the known world. Today, few of these trees survive, shading backyards and streets on the main Island.

The California Oak Mortality Task Force invites residents of Alameda to learn about and help prevent the most significant disease these trees face: sudden oak death (SOD). Citizen scientists in 21 coastal California communities from San Luis Obispo to Mendocino County will come together this Saturday in an effort to help stop the disease from spreading.

The Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA), operator of the Tuesday and Saturday Alameda Farmers’ Markets on Haight Avenue at Webster Street, in partnership with the Ecology Center in Berkeley, has been named among the organizations that will benefit from a $3.7 million grant courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

April 9 marks the 70th anniversary of the execution of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by his Nazi captors in 1945.

Many spiritualists intuitively feel that God has no religion. Thus, at Easter, they forgo the theological rituals of Christianity and instead celebrate the mystical event by meditating upon the profound and powerful teachings of Rabbi Yeshua ben Yosef, also known as Jesus the Christ.

Such meditations often reveal that the spiritual experiences of the teachings of Jesus are just as fresh and relevant today as they were in ancient times, unlike the time-warped doctrinal interpretations and explanations of Jesus offered up by ecumenical religions.

Maundy Thursday, April 2

 8 a.m. Morning Prayer: St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St.

 8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer: St. Philip Neri, 3108 Van Buren St.

 9 a.m. Morning Prayer: St. Barnabas Parish, 1427 Sixth St.

 6 p.m. Soup and Bread Supper: Song, prayer, deep reflection will follow at 7 p.m. First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave.

 6 p.m. Holy Thursday Communion: Maundy Thursday service. Twin Towers United Methodist Church, 1411 Oak St.

 6:45 p.m. Maundy Thursday Supper and Service: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St.