Local News in Brief

Local News in Brief

Enrollment Open Now for Covered California

Covered California kicked off its 2022 Open Enrollment period on Nov. 1. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee and Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, offered increased financial help and lower premiums under the American Rescue Plan, which helps consumers in all income brackets by paying for an average of 90 percent of their monthly health insurance premiums.
In addition, many of the approximately 1.1 million remaining eligible uninsured in California could be eligible for comprehensive coverage for $0 per month. Covered California coverage is comprehensive, provides critical access to physical and mental health care and ensures that all Californians, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and economic means, can get health insurance. For more information about Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.

Alameda Scouts are using their social media skills to generate donations for the Alameda Food Bank during the Scouting for Food virtual food drive, which will be conducted from Nov. 7 to 14.
Photo Credit By: 
Michael Britton

Alameda Scouts Resume Food Drive

Alameda Scouts will resume in person door-to-door collection of food donations for the Alameda Food Bank this year, after going virtual last year due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
“We felt it was safe this year to send the Scouts out with masks,” said Michael Britton, drive coordinator for the Alameda Scouts. “They are looking forward to it.”
Scouts will fan out across the Island, leaving door hangers on front doors Saturday, Nov. 6, and return the following Saturday, Nov. 13, to pick up food donations left out by residents.
“We can make best use of unexpired cereal, coffee, tea, condiments, spices, soup, ramen, crackers, non-dairy milk, gluten free items and international foods,” said AFB Executive Director Cindy Houts. Food in glass containers cannot be accepted.
“As helpful as food donations are, cash donations actually go further,” said Houts. “For each dollar donated, we can use purchase seven dollars’ worth of nutritious food for our clients.” Island residents can donate to the food bank online at www. alamedafoodbank.org.

Vote for Your Favorite Pumpkin

Participants from Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) programs decorated pumpkins and now they want your vote. Voting ends on Thursday, Nov. 11. Vote as many times as you want. Share the message with family and friends so they can vote, too. To view the pumpkins, visit the link and vote for your favorite; votes can be submitted via Facebook, Instagram, or send an email to: arpd@alamedaca.gov. To vote, visit: www.alamedaca.gov/Departments/Recreation-Parks/ Halloween-Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

ARPD Holiday Breaktime Programming Scheduled

The holidays are coming and kids will be out of school during that time. ARPD has all kinds of programs during those non-school days for kids to enjoy. Online registration is underway now. Programs include the following:

• Days in The Park (Thanksgiving Break): program almost full - waiting list available
• Winter Wonderland Camps (Christmas & New Year): limited spaces available
• Sports Camps for Ages 6 to 14 Years: Sports Camp introduces campers to team sports like basketball, tennis, baseball, as well as activities like archery. Campers will explore new and unique sports and learn about all types of recreational games like dodgeball, capture the flag and kickball.
• STEM Day Camps for Ages 6 to 14 Years: STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating children in four main academic disciplines—science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a fun recreational twist.
• Winter Drama Camp for Ages 6 to 14 Years: This camp is a hands-on theatrical experience in a socially distant environment. Sessions cover auditions, staging and choreography. A typical day includes dance, acting, games, and arts and crafts.

Extended care is available for Sports Camp, STEM Camp and Winter Drama Camp for an additional cost. The Winter/Spring 2022 Activity Guide will be avail able in November so keep an eye out for it. Register online at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/alamedarecreation/home

‘POP-UP’ Alameda Women Artists’ Art Exhibition Begins

The Alameda Women’s Art exhibition, POP-UP, will run Nov. 5 through 28, with the work of nine women artists exhibited and for sale in a vacant store, near Starbucks, offered by the South Shore Center in Alameda. The public is invited.
The opening reception takes place Nov. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. and the silent auction begins at that time. The gallery is open during November on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The closing reception is Nov. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. and the silent auction also closes then.
The opening reception provides guests and gallery visitors an opportunity to mingle with the artists, hear about their creative processes, and buy their artwork. Guests will also be able to bid on the artists’ donated art in the silent auction. Proceeds from the auction provide a scholarship to nurture and promote an artist in Alameda.
The exhibition features:
Bonnie Randall Boller, encaustic and altered photography; Miriam Infinger, soft pastels and acrylic; Jeanie Moran, mixed media; Thelma Richard, oil; N. Teddy Goldsworthyhanner, encaustic painting; Joy Davis, acrylics on canvas; Bobbie Kinkead, written words, book; Karen Lee, oils on canvas; Glenna Mills, oils on canvas.
Alameda Women Artists (AWA) is an organization dedicated to fellowship among artists for artistic and personal growth, with professional exhibitions and sales of art.

Fall Family Festival Planned at South Shore

Off the Grid (OTG), the Bay Area’s premier food truck experience company, announced its inaugural Fall Family Festival, taking place at Off the Grid’s Alameda Market on Saturday, Nov. 13. Family-friendly activities will include food trucks, live music, fall floral arrangements, face painting and more. The event will take place at the South Shore Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The festival will feature Bay Area food trucks including Bacon Bacon, Señor Sisig, Lobsta Truck, Fresh Catch Poke and Southern Comfort Kitchen. Activities include cornhole, a selfie booth, and a canned goods drive with donations going to the Alameda Food Bank.
Entertainment includes Asher Sky Ska Band: Music from 16-year-old guitar phenom Asher Belsky. He leads a trio featuring fellow SF high schooler Porter Bliquez (drums) and DownBeat Magazine award-winning bass player Matthew Jazwinski, who is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Urban Virgo Florist Julie Enright and her flower truck will offer make-your-own bouquet fall flower options. Face painter Emily of Whimsy FX will host a booth for face painting for the whole family.
For more information on Off the Grid’s Fall Family Festival, visit www.offthegrid.com.

Holiday Boutique to Support Community Outreach Activities

An outdoor Holiday Boutique will be sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church of Alameda, on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1910 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda. More than 25 local artisans will offer handcrafted gifts, food, and treats for sale. This event is a fundraiser for the church and helps support the community outreach activities sponsored by the church, including the monthly Dine and Connect dinner for the unhoused and food-challenged in Alameda. Free admission. This will be an outdoor event in the parking lot and courtyard. Please enter from Chestnut Street. Masks are required. For more information, contact the church office at 510- 523-0659. Rain cancels!

USS Hornet Honors Veterans

On Nov. 11, The USS Hornet is partnering with the Alameda County Veterans Council and the Walking Ghosts of Black History to bring you a Ceremony honoring our veterans and an exhibition honoring our female African American veterans & Colin Powell.
The ceremony will include a presentation by Rear Admiral Penoyer of the Alameda, Commander of the USCG District Eleven, at USCG Island Base Alameda, CA, a proclamation read by Richard Valle, Chairman of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and remarks from Mayor Ezzy Ashcraft of Alameda. Ceremony starts at 11 a.m.
The exhibition will include the biographies of prominent African-American female firsts in America’s military and a special tribute to the former Secretary of State Colin Powell (including an honor guard). Exhibition open all day.
Veterans can come on board for free all day on Nov. 11th.

Blessing of the Animals

First Presbyterian Church of Alameda will have a “Blessing of the Animals” on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at the church side yard on Chestnut Street, at 2001 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda. All are welcome to bring their pet to be blessed. Please wear masks for this event. Please contact the church office at 510-522-1477 for additional information or visit www.alamedachurch.com