Feature Articles

The California least tern, Sterna antillarum browni, is an endangered species. It is the smallest member of the gull family or Laridae. Only 9 inches long with a wingspan of near 20 inches, a least tern is tiny compared to the nearest-sized tern species common here, the Forster’s tern, which is 14.5 inches long and has a wing span of more than 30 inches. 

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.

Alameda residents Lyle and Susanne La Faver traveled to Manzanar National Historic Site for the 50th Manzanar Pilgrimage. More than 2,000 people, spanning generations, ethnicities and religions, participated in the April 27 event, which included speakers, awards, interfaith service and small- and large-group discussions.