Island Arts


Ask a Japanese child to count to three. The youngster will beam at knowing the answer and reply, “Ichi, ni, san.” Japanese who live outside their native land use these three numbers to define themselves. These three numbers express the order in which they, or their ancestors, migrated to a country outside Japan that they now call home. 


The Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., is a treasure house that harbors the city’s past with its collection of archival material. Stop by and see the Neptune Beach display, have a look at a reconstruction of beloved Mayor Chuck Corica’s barber shop and relive the days when the Alaska Packers dominated the north shore. Take home a treasure from the musuem’s gift shop that features estate items, as well as books and DVDs about Alameda. 


Monday, Sept. 19 was officially “Talk like a Pirate Day.” As in “AAAARRR! ”The annual holiday inspired the young chefs of the Culinary Academy of Post Street. We quickly found a ready role model: local pirate and Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite, Sir Francis Drake! Both a hotel in San Francisco’s Union Square and a local bay bear his name, so these clues prompted further exploration. What is Sir Francis Drake’s connection to the Bay Area?



Kids and their families can meet several live non-releasable wild owls at a special occasion at the Alameda Free Library Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. The event will be held in the Stafford Room on the first floor of the Main Library Branch at 1550 Oak St. Families with kids ages five to 11 can attend for free.

There are no advance reservations and seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed from the Boys & Girls Department starting at 1 p.m. Doors open around 1:45 p.m.