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The first and only licensed Zumba instructor with Down Syndrome, Yulissa Arescurenaga, 26, will be among the instructors at Alameda Adaptive Art’s Zumbathon fundraiser at Mariner Square Athletic Club this Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Alameda’s performing arts group for young adults with special needs.  

Arescurenaga fell in love with Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance group workout, in 2008. After practicing and memorizing dance routines for nearly six hours a day, Arescurenaga became certified to teach Zumba in 2012. 

While in Toulouse, France, for the European Lunar Symposium last month, Alameda native Robert Garfinkle and his wife, Kathy, received a notice that an asteroid he discovered had been officially given his family name. Garfinkle, a Union City resident, received a certificate indicating that minor planet 2000 EY70 is now officially named (31862) Garfinkle. 

“I just hope that it is not a Near Earth Object heading our way,” said Garfinkle in an online statement. “It is in the main astroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and measures 3 to 6 kilometers in diameter.”

Two Alameda high school teams were crowned champions over the weekend.


The Alameda High (AHS) baseball team won the North Coast Section (NCS) Div. II championship with a 4-3 victory over Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa Saturday, June 2, at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.


Over a quarter mile of art and music will be presented along Park Street during the Love Our Island Art Walk — Radical Beauty, Part 3, set for this Friday, June 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. Running between Buena Vista and Encinal avenues, Radical Beauty, presented by Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association will feature three new art installations in empty storefronts and six live music ensembles.

Every child deserves to grow and thrive and to achieve their full potential. Early education and childcare are critical for our children to get off to a strong start and an early start in life.