A United States Coast Guard Defender Class boat outfitted with a 7.62 mm machine gun accompanied ferry boats plying the waters between San Francisco and Alameda last week. Since the terrorist attacks in Belgium on the Coast Guard has been randomly escorting ferries on the bay. Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena said that the escorts by the Coast Guard Island-based Maritime Safety and Security Team are tied to the March 22 terror attacks in Belgium and are purely preventative.
The Alameda Naval Air Museum is commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders with a history walk, lecture and lunch on Saturday, April 2.
The event is open to the public. It will kick off at 10 a.m. and finish by about 2 p.m. Visitors will begin with registration at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. they will depart for the runways, via caravan or bike, where they will be updated on the Veteran’s Administration plans for a VA Hospital and Columbarium and learn about the endangered Least Terns that nest on the old runways.
All are welcome to join in the National Poetry Month celebration of California’s first Poet Laureate, Ina Coolbrith. The 150th anniversary of her birth and the centenary of her laureateship at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition will be commemorated at an open reading of the Alameda Island Poets First Wednesday poetry event, Wednesday, April 6, at Books Inc. on Park Street 7 to 9 p.m.
Open mic follows at this National Poetry Month Celebration presented by Alameda Island Poets. The event is free and open to the public.
The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) Board of Directors is holding its April Board meeting on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., 3rd Floor. The meeting agenda will be available on the San Francisco Bay Ferry website on Friday, April 1. www.sanfranciscobayferry.com
On Thursday, March 10, members of the city’s Recreation and Park Department took a tour of five current and upcoming park projects. The tour included the aging Encinal Boat Launch Facility, one of the few places in Alameda that offers resident direct and free access to San Francisco Bay.