Feature Articles

Dan Avakian of Dan’s Produce muscles a hefty pumpkin off of the back of his truck on Friday, Oct. 5. Dubbed “Burly Boy,” the pumpkin will be the centerpiece of this year’s “Guess The Weight” contest at the produce stand. Avakian set the range for guesses at between 130 and 200 lbs. For more details, visit Dan’s Produce at the corner of Oak Street and Central Avenue.

The Grace of Autumnal Equinox
I sit in my backyard, soaking up sun on this first day of autumn, 
and notice
the bougainvillea is overtaking the tangerine tree.
Flaming magenta blossoms sprawl and drape over the innocent 
as both lean, stretch, reach ever eastward
to receive the sun’s life-giving rays.

The tangerine just wants to live and grow
and give its gift of tangerine joy.

In recognition of Filipino American History Month, Friends of the Alameda Free Library and several Filipino American cultural organizations will host a program on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The evening features Filipino food and music along with a panel discussion on Filipino Americans in Alameda and the life and work of labor organizer Larry Itliong.

Alameda Recreation and Parks’ Recreation Supervisor Pat Russi (red cap) gestures toward a historic former railroad ticket booth that has been given new life as a gazebo in Alameda’s newest park: Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. Last Saturday, Russi led an “Alameda Walks” tour of the park’s grounds that already feature an extensive play structure, the Rotary Pavilion (in the distance at left) and plenty of walking paths. Landscaping is still taking root and officials estimate the first phase of the park will open officially early next year.

Local Boy Scout Zavier Annis has announced a city-wide shoe drive for his Boy Scout Eagle service project that is currently underway. Annis is collecting new and used shoes of all types at several collection sites placed around Alameda. Heavily used but wearable shoes also accepted. All shoes collected. Annis will donate the shoes he collects to Soles4Souls, a charitable organization that uses shoe donations for poverty relief in impoverished countries.

Look for blue collection boxes with the Soles4Souls logo at the following locations: