Island Arts


Are old toys collecting dust in your closet or attic? Come to the Library Laboratory and bring them to life again. Turn old stuff into freaky, Frankentoy creations by taking old items apart and sewing, gluing and taping them to other destroyed toys.  


Let’s be honest. We all judge books by their covers. Sometimes readers pick up books because they have a cool photograph or an interesting pattern on the cover. Other books are just as easily passed by because of an outdated, faded, or just plain ugly cover.


A new show of artwork by self-taught Alameda artist Cheryl Harawitz opens this Saturday, Oct. 1, with the specific purpose of raising funds to Save Our Elephants, which is also the show’s title. The show opens at Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park St., from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Harawitz will donate proceeds from sales of her elephant paintings both via the show and her website to the March for Elephants, a global organization dedicated to stopping the sale of ivory and putting elephants back on the endangered species list in all countries. 


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.