Feature Articles

The most important fundraiser of the year for the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter can also be a ton of fun for dogowners and their pets. The third annual Wiggle Waggle Walk is set for this Sunday, June 8, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal on Bay Farm Island. The community-wide animal celebration features a mile-long walk on San Francisco Bay, entertainment, pet contests, exhibitions and more. Walkers who collect pledges for donations will be eligible for prizes.

The trio of homes at (from left to right) 1001, 1007 and 1011 Grand St. form what Alameda Museum Curator George Gunn calls "a string of pearls."

In 1891, architect Charles Shaner designed the Queen Anne-style home at 1001 Grand St. David Brehaut teamed up with J.C. Diamond to execute Shaner’s design. The home cost $4,700. According to Gunn Brehaut and Diamond built 22 homes in Alameda between 1889 and 1892

Harvey Milk was the nation’s first openly gay person elected to public office. He served as a San Francisco City and County supervisor. He served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. He fought for equality, lived a courageous life and inspired many until his assassination on Nov. 27, 1978.

Milk’s political career centered on making government responsive to individuals, gay liberation and the importance of individual neighborhoods to the city of San Francisco as a whole.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda recently honored eight Alameda eighth graders at the club’s annual Hope of America luncheon.

This award recognizes eighth-grade students who demonstrate leadership, ethical and moral character and academic competency. Kiwanis asked teachers to nominate students.

Members of the Kiwanis Club joined Mayor Marie Gilmore and School Board Vice-president Trish Herrera Spencer in choosing the award winners.

Gilmore presented the students with city certificates, and Kiwanis President Jim Franz, gave each student a commemorative plaque.