Island Arts

Alameda Island Poets’ reading March 2 will feature Alameda Poet Laureate Julia Park Tracey and retiring St. Joseph Notre Dame teacher Elizabeth Norris. The reading will take place at Books, Inc. at 7 p.m. Free. Open mic will follow featured readings; sign up at 7. Above, Park Tracey signs copies of her latest Veronika Layne mystery at a recent reading.

Alameda resident Cathy Dana recently released her first book My Dad Believed in Love, at Books Inc., Feb. 11, to a packed house of more than 110 people. Above, Dana (center, with headdress) and her “ukulele orchestra” asked the audience to sing along with “Oh Susanna,” one of her dad’s favorite songs. The ukulele group meets Thursdays, 1:30 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave., and welcomes all to come play and sing.


Mastick Senior Center is hosting a multi-media art exhibit featuring art created by members participating in the various classes offered at the center. Included in the exhibit are writings, drawings, paintings, stained glass, ceramics, jewelry, quilts and mixed-media pieces.

The exhibit is displayed throughout the lobby-wing and is available for viewing Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Mastick Office at 747-7506.

The Alameda Sun has always respected the Alameda community’s sense of volunteerism. We often receive phone calls asking if Sun staff know of places where people can volunteer their time. In that spirit the Sun has created a volunteer listing, also available online at To add a business or organization to the list, send an email to or call 263-1471. 

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.