Island Arts

Alameda Cub Scout Pack 1015 (sponsored by the Alameda Elks Lodge) recently received very special recognition from U.S. troops serving in Iraq. The Cub Scouts (spearheaded by Den Leader Heather Hildreth) have been collecting and sending care packages and personal messages to U.S. service members overseas. The pack was recently honored with an American flag that has flown over a military base in Iraq, along with a proclamation of thanks by base commanders.

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The second annual Alameda Spelling Bee took place last Saturday at Otis Elementary School. Liam Foster, a ninth-grader at Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), was named the top speller on the Island. This year’s bee was open to students in both elementary and middle schools. Foster was also named the top middle-school-age speller.

Hazel Purins, last year’s top speller, a sixth-grader at Lincoln Middle School (LMS), came in second place overall, and was the top elementary school-age speller. (The county bee categorizes up to sixth-graders in the elementary school division.) 

At a screening of the documentary film Shallow Waters, The Public Death of Raymond Zack, last Sunday, Alamedans struggled with the import of a particularly unfortunate turn of events that resulted in the death of Alameda resident Raymond Zack in 2010. 

Zack succumbed to hypothermia after several hours in the bay waters off Shore Line Drive near Willow Street. First responders, limited by budget and training restrictions, damaged water-rescue equipment and convoluted communications did not act to bring Zack back to shore in time to save him. 

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis will visit Alameda Free Library by live video stream Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Shalvis will discuss her bestselling romance novels just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Shalvis is the author of more than 50 contemporary romance novels, including her award-winning Lucky Harbor series. She lives in a small Sierra town full of quirky characters. 

Visit jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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