Feature Articles

The City of Alameda Public Works Department announced last week it will offer two public presentations on the newly released Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps for Alameda. 

Two meetings have been set, both take place at 7 p.m., the first on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Community of Harbor Bay Isle Homeowners Association, Poppy Room, ground floor, 3195 Mecartney Rd. The second meeting will take place Thursday, Nov. 15, at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., in the Council Chambers, on the third floor. 

On Thursday, Oct. 4, the West End Library will host The Dilly Dallies — a local music duo described as whimsical, fun, catchy and relatable. The original music and fun begins at 4 p.m. The songs are designed to appeal to both kids and their parents. The musicians perform using a wide variety of instruments including a glockenspiel, baritone ukulele and various percussion instruments, as well as vocal harmonies. Instruments will be available for the kids so that they can play along.


Remember November 2015, when 30 families at the 470 Central Ave. were served with 60-day eviction notices right before the holidays? Well, those evictions are still going on. Enabled by Alameda’s weak renter ordinance allowing no-cause evictions (where even responsible tenants get 60 days to move), corporate landlord Sridhar Equities continued to serve eviction notices.

Although the tenants organized courageously during the past three years, almost all the complex’s original residents are now gone. Many presume a complete clear-out of the building is now inevitable. 


The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate Judy Wells’ new poetry collection, Dear Phebe: The Dickinson Sisters Go West, at their monthly reading at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The reading will take place at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. at Lincoln Avenue. Wells’ research led to her discovery that her great-grandmother Phebe was a distant cousin of Emily Dickinson. 

The Alameda Free Library is bringing back two popular programs for young people to the Main Library.

Happy Baby Signs
This program teaches babies and adults sign language in a series of classes on Tuesday mornings through Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m. This seven-week session is for parents and caregivers, but pre-readers are also welcome to attend. The classes will be held in the Main Library’s Stafford Meeting Room at 1550 Oak St.