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.
Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda’s destination for global arts and culture, celebrated the eighth instance of its “Radical Beauty, Love Our Island” art walks last Friday. On Park Street between Pacific and Blanding avenues, Rhythmix arranged for local musicians to perform in front of storefront installations by local artists. In addition, Rhythmix celebrated entire art walk series with a party featuring videos from previous art walks plus more art and live music. Every event in the series was completely free and open to the public.