Island Arts


The Alameda Free Library has a great solution for summertime boredom for library cardholders called Discover & Go. Discover & Go is an online platform where library card holders can access free and discounted passes to local venues. These include the Oakland Zoo, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Exploratorium, the Pacific Pinball Museum, the USS Hornet Museum, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the California Academy of Sciences and many more. For more information, visit


In an annual tradition for the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) now in its 12th year, 40 selected artists will take part in a coordinated effort to paint outdoors in Alameda. The artists will paint for five days straight, Monday through Friday. They come from all parts of California, and the U.S. to paint Alameda’s historic residential and commerical architecture, tree-lined streets, parks, beaches, marinas, the San Francisco skyline and the port and hills of Oakland.


Seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos and his namesake sextet return to Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) for an enchanting summer evening of Afro-Latin-inspired music, song and culture.

As one of the premier Afro-Latin jazz groups in the country, the John Santos Sextet’s repertoire consists of original compositions and exciting original arrangements of classic rhythms, styles and songs from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the United States.


Rhythmix Cultural Works celebrated a decade of music, art and dance on June 11 with a free open house featuring Puerto Rican Bomba, Buti Yoga, Brazilian Capoeira (above), Cuban Salsa, Zumba Fitness and the unveiling of a new donor wall. Ten new major donors were honored and Mayor Trish Spencer read a proclamation announcing June 11 (the arts facility’s anniversary) as Rhythmix Cultural Works Day. The cultural center will host an additional celebration on Aug. 19. 


1 U.S. Coast Guard Base Alameda Color Guard

2 Lincoln Middle School Marching Band:  The Lincoln Middle School Marching Band has 100 sixth to eighth graders marching in their hometown parade today. It’s the sixth graders’ first time marching! This award-winning band led the Main Street Parade at Disneyland and won “Unanimous Superior.”

3 Trish Spencer, Mayor of Alameda

4 Ginny Krutilek, Gretchen Dael Lipow, Joyce Denyven, Weezie Mott: Grand Marshals