Island Arts


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.


Parents of children who need to practice reading out loud, or need help with math homework, or having trouble understanding directions of an assignment, have no fear. The Alameda Unified School District, the Alameda Free Library and the Alameda Education Foundation have formed a partnership to offer free help for students with their homework. Help with all subjects for Kindergarten through fifth grade will be available. Local, non-certified, high school student coaches will provide the assistance at the Alameda Free Library. 


The Girls Inc. of the Island City’s, Party! With a Purpose event will raise money for Alameda’s youth while adults enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay Area. Party! With a Purpose will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral Platia, 4700 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland. The cost is $125 per person, 70 percent of which will directly benefit Girls Inc. of the Island City.