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Sun Staff Reports

Several local community organizations have teamed up to present a free community screening of "A Place at the Table" Sunday, Oct. 12. The film discusses the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity.

"A Place at the Table" shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Sun Staff Reports

The Alameda Women Artists (AWA) will showcase the work of 23 of their artist members at an exhibition opening at Alameda Museum Wednesday, Oct. 8. Artworks include: acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, collages, ceramics, clay monotypes, encaustics, graphite and pastel drawings, mixed media and photography.

The newest novel by Alameda author Pam Chun has been released after 10 years of research. Chun’s fourth book, The Perfect Tea Thief, is available now in e-book format and in print.

The novel tells the story of Robert Fortune visiting China after the Opium Wars of 1843. Under the guise of a plant hunter for the British Horticultural Society, his secret mission is to steal China’s secrets of tea production, a brazen act of industrial espionage that will devastate China’s 5,000-year-old civilization.

Members of the California Watercolor Association (CWA) are exhibiting their art at the Alameda Free Library through Saturday, Sept. 27, on the second floor of the Main Library, 1550 Oak St.

The nonprofit CWA was founded in 1967 to promote water media painting. CWA fosters interest in the art of water media painting. The association sponsors educational programs, displays and exhibitions to increase the skills of its members and to further the understanding and appreciation of water media art.

The current show at the Frank Bette Center is the immensely popular annual Plein Air Paintout. Forty artists came from as far away as Maryland and Colorado to paint our local scene and now exhibit what they saw.

For the viewer, it is a valuable opportunity to literally see the world as others see it. While many artists chose to paint the things that are unique to Alameda — the boats, houses, trees, bodies of water, others used the locale to expand their vision out of the specific into the general. Their paintings are about organization, light, color and shapes.