Feature Articles

With the help of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, (FAAS) Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area is granting the wish of 10-year-old Anika to become a veterinarian. Anika lives in Cupertino and has an endocrine disorder. When Make-A-Wish volunteers first met Anika, she spoke very confidently about her love of animals, particularly dogs, and her hope to someday become a veterinarian. With the help of FAAS, that wish came true on July 2.

1 5-ounce ground chuck patty
1 3-ounce chorizo sausage patty 
1 chile relleno (recipe follows.)
1 slice American cheese
1 slice Chihuahua cheese
2 Tbsp. pico de gallo
1 Tbsp. mayonnaise 
1 ciabatta bun

Four for the Fourth: R.A.C.E., Parade, Coast Guard fest, Hornet fireworks 

Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade is the longest in the nation (and therefore, the world) with a route that spans 3.3 miles and features more than 170 entries, 2,500 participants, and 60,000 spectators. The hometown celebration includes floats, marching bands, 150 equestrians, dance troops, bands, classic cars and more. 

Longtime Alameda resident Bing Seto recently returned from Guangzhou, China, where Aquarama, Asia’s largest tropical fish exhibition honored him with the prestigious “Global Ornamental Fish Lifetime Achievement.” The event marked Aquarama’s 30th anniversary.

Seto’s interest in discus fish started at the age of 19 years when he entered a tropical fish store at the local mall. There he saw discus fish for the first time. He had previously raised guppies and neon fish, but after seeing discus fish that day, he knew he wanted to try to breed them.  

This weekend thousands of people strolled Webster Street for the annual Island Jam. Scenes from street fair include: The dancing-room-only Tiki Bar Stage (above); Hey Jude wraps up a set of Beatles music on the Main Stage (center) and fair food including the ubiquitous corn dog made a 
festive appearance on Webster (bottom).