Join the members of Alameda’s Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks for a unique concert to benefit Valor Games Far West this Sunday, May 26, from 7 to 10 p.m. The blend of comedy and music will benefit injured, ill and wounded veterans. Headliner comedian Dennis Gaxiola will perform along with the Groove Band featuring Darilyn Pearl and Guitar Mac Blues Express with special guest Mary Torres as Rosie the Riveter. The Valor Games (shown above in 2017) take place from Thursday, May 30, to Sunday, June 2, on Coast Guard Island in Alameda.
The most recent Fiscal Year 2020 federal funding bill for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) includes $26 million to continue building a state-of-the-art VA Outpatient Clinic and National Cemetery at Alameda Point. This funding would come in addition to $87 million that was already appropriated for the project’s design, engineering and environmental work. When complete, the facility will serve more than 100,000 veterans.
Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) willlaunch a book group early next month to discuss a range of books about environmental issues, sustainability, resilience and restoration. Participants will discover ways to take action, make a difference and build community.
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft presented a proclamation on May 7 to Cindy Houts, executive director of the Alameda Food Bank (AFB), and Joe Johnson, coordinator of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for the National Association of Letter Carriers. The mayor noted that even working people are now turning to food banks for help as rents and other costs rise faster than wages. The postal workers dropped off collection bags in Alameda that day and picked them up Saturday, May 11, filled with donated non-perishable food items. All food collected in Alameda will stay in Alameda at AFB.