Two eighth-grade Lincoln Middle School musicians — Jack Pace on trumpet and Nick Yajko on alto saxophone — represented Lincoln on Jan. 8 and 9 at the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Winter Conference and Honor Band Concert. These two students are members of Lincoln’s Advanced Band.
Lincoln was one of 85 middle schools in the Bay Area and Central Valley with students participating in this honor band. The student musicians attended rehearsal all day Friday, Jan. 8, and again on Saturday morning, Jan. 9, at Chabot College in Hayward.
The Alameda Free Library will welcome New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen via a live video stream on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Main library, 1550 Oak St. Gerritsen will converse with the audience from her home in Maine about her bestselling novels, including her thrilling Rizzoli & Isles series, which inspired TNT’s popular television show. The event is a part of the Library Talks project.
Story time from Tales of the Arabian Nights at the Old Bazaar room inside Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park St., tonight, Friday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Join a reading about Aladdin and his magic lamp and other stories inside a room filled with fantastical objects from stories in the book. This is open to kids and adults of all ages. Dressing up is encouraged and refreshments will be served. If you are out for second Friday, stroll on over. For more information call 910-3922.
Alameda Island Poets present the first of 2016’s monthly readings, with two Alameda poets. A poetry reading featuring Julia Park Tracey and Patricia Caspers, with open mic to follow, has been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 6. Poetry and spoken word fans are invited to gather at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. from 7 to 9 p.m. A free-will donation is requested.
Fans of the Island City will be glad to know one of Alameda’s greatest promoters, photographer JoanAnn Radu-Sinaiko, has produced a new calendar for 2016. Along with her husband, Andy Sinaiko, JoanAnn has produced a calendar of her Alameda photos since 2005.
The all new set of calendar images for 2016 feature six local photographers’ works. As with the previous five calendars, proceeds will benefit worthy causes.