Feature Articles

Part one in a series

"Land swap," two words that leave sour tastes in the mouths of many. Developer Ron Cowan’s attempted trade deals led to changes in the City Charter. Now another swap is on the table; actuallly make that two swaps: one on Alameda Point and one at the old Encinal Terminal site behind the shuttered Del Monte Warehouse.

Managers of Alameda’s Harbor Bay and Main Street ferry services and city officials are hosting a pair of public hearings this month to gauge riders’ interest in increasing service and to discuss ways to improve access to both terminals.

The meetings are slated to take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the multipurpose room at Bay Farm Elementary, 200 Aughinbaugh Way, and from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the multipurpose room at Maya Lin School, 825 Taylor Ave.

Living Ship Day

The USS Hornet Museum will pay tribute to two local veterans of the famed World War II Tuskegee Air Group during its March Living Ship Day. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces.

At 1 p.m. the Tuskegee veterans and Tuskegee historian Dave Cunningham will speak, followed by a public meet and greet.

The Hornet Band will perform big band music selections from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Air Group 11 Documentary

While Alameda’s local schools are friendly rivals for sure, the class presidents representing the student leadership of Alameda, Encinal and St. Joseph high schools have teamed up to hold an affordable prom dress sale. The trio: Emily Rentschler of Encinal, Marisa Woo of Alameda High and Marissa Murphy of St. Joe’s invite students to find affordable dresses and possibly win a free prom ticket just for showing up.

The sale will be held this Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alameda High New Gym at 2200 Central Ave.

Twin Towers United Methodist Church, 1411 Oak St., will host the sixth Women in Military History event at noon, Saturday, March 15. The celebration honors the military service of all women of all eras. An honor guard will welcome guests.

Delphine Metcalf-Foster, Disabled American Veterans’ third national junior vice commander and Major Esther C. Sablan, who commands the 129th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Field, will make presentations.

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