At 6:49 a.m. last Tuesday the Hayward Fault tapped the East Bay on the shoulder and said, "Here is a small taste of things to come, are you ready for everything I can throw at you?" How many Alameda residents would have been truly ready if that earthquake had registered 6.9, rather than 4.0, on the Richter scale? Would they have been prepared for a temblor that would have closed all the bridges, shut down the tubes and disrupted telephone service?
Island Yacht Club’s annual Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar, now in its 23rd year, is all about women teaching women how to sail. This fun, relaxing, educational and inspiring weekend is the only one of its kind. Top-notch women sailors from all along the Pacific Coast volunteer their expertise to provide instruction in workshops that occur in the classroom and on-the-water. Local sponsors donate exciting and valuable items for the seminar’s lunchtime and cocktail hour raffle on Saturday.
Local teen Zoe Foster faced more than just the mountain
Alameda resident Zoe Foster recently climbed Mount Whitney. The fact that she suffers from an autoimmune disease that gravely affects her pancreas, as well as from type-one diabetes, made the feat especially impressive.
When Foster was just 11 years old, her doctors told her that they had discovered these debilitating medical conditions. They told her that her autoimmune disease was affecting her pancreas and its ability to create insulin in the quantities needed to maintain a normal blood glucose level.