Alameda native Jessica Jane Robinson recently released her first graphic novel ResilienceBirthright: Origins of Resilience. She will be signing copies of her book this evening at 7 p.m. at Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. Robinson’s book signing will be the first in a series of ongoing creative community “Stone Soup” events held Thursday evenings at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden; $10 soup and drink combo available for purchase.
The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate Black History Month Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Speakers include the award-winning author of more than 30 books, Ishmael Reed, his daughter, Tennessee Reed, Fairfield’s first Poet Laureate, Juanita Martin and poet-singer-songwriter Boundless Gratitude, also known as Haussan Jones-Bey.
The Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA) will host its standard membership mixer tonight, Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The evening will feature a special presentation on the City of Alameda’s Facade Grant Program. This includes how to apply, the benefits of the program and eligibility requirements.
The Alameda Free Library will present a discussion in honor of Black History Month with local historian Rasheed Shabazz on Black Migrations: from Africa to Alameda. Shabazz will discuss 20th-century black migration from Africa to Alameda, and how black people moved within Alameda and were removed from Alameda during the 1990s.
The discussion has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Stafford Room at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. Free admission, no registration required. To find out more, visit www.alamedafree.org.
The second year of the Art in City Hall program begins tomorrow night with the opening of two new exhibits. Images from Zacatlan by Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) artists, Erica Norelius and Paul Feinberg, will be displayed on the third floor of Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., and works by Michele Mohler on the ground floor.