Island Arts

Alameda author and editor Julia Park Tracey annouced Monday her latest book in The Doris Diaries series: Reaching for the Moon won the grand prize at the Great Northwest Book Festival, which honors the best titles of the late winter and early spring season. Tracey released the book in 2013.

Alameda celebrated the "Year of the Horse" at the Spring Festival held at Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center last Saturday.

Many attended, including Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Councilman Stewart Chen, Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi, Police Chief Paul Rolleri and Alameda Unified School District Board President Niel Tam.

The Figure, A Bay Area Legacy, the latest exhibition of works at Gary Francis Fine Art, opens tomorrow night at 6 p.m. as part of Alameda’s second Friday art opening tradition.

Artists exhibiting evocative works celebrating the human body include: Kanna Aoki, Claudia Bicen, Olivia Chen, Gary Comoglio, Natasha Dikareva, Nathaniel Evans, Jane Fisher, Kim Frohsin, Chris Kanyusik, Diego Marcial Rios, Erica Norelius, Shilo Ratner, Fernando Reyes, Brandon Smith, Sandy Walker and Nina Katz. The show runs through April 27.

Like most gluttons, culinary obsessives, annoying recreational eaters, imperious food snobs and occasionally successful cooks, I have entertained the dubious notion of opening a restaurant.

Lunar New Year is one of the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This year, the Lunar New Year began on Jan. 31 marking the start of the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac. People born in the Year of the Horse are thought to be energetic, clever, warm-hearted, able and popular.

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