Health Matters


Alameda Hospital’s annual Community Health Fair will be held this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event looks to provide opportunities for the public to improve their health.

Free flu shots for teens 14 years of age and older, free bike helmets for children under 12 years of age plus health screenings and activities for all ages will be provided. The hospital and other organizations who are dedicated to the health and well being of the Alameda community will be on hand to provide information and help. 


  • On Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. the public is invited to an open house at the new California Division Headquarters of the American Cancer Society. This event is free. The headquarters are located at 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Ste. 300. For more information, call 464-8205. 


Meditation might be just the thing voters need before deciding the nation and city’s future. This Saturday, Oct. 1, the United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. is hosting Alameda Sangha’s day of meditation led by Rebecca Dixon and Deb Kerr. They will explore stillness and build skills that lead to concentration.

“Insights can occur when our minds become still enough for us to see the moment-by-moment nature of all experience,” Dixon said. 


The area around Amatrice in central Italy has been recently struck by a devastating earthquake. Even though this area is not very distant from Rome, it is very remote and not easily accessible. As a result it has been able to develop a unique and incredible gastronomy.


The city of Alameda encourages local residents and businesses to attend a community workshop Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. on creating a citywide Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP).

The workshop will take place in the Alameda High School Cafeteria (entrance on Central Avenue at Walnut Street) and will be an opportunity for community members to hear about and join the public discussion about how Alameda will maintain and grow its vibrant local economy.