News in Brief

Plaque dedication

The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS) will dedicate a plaque that depicts City Hall as it appeared when it was completed in 1896, complete with tower. City Hall is Alameda Historical Monument No. 1.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., this Saturday, Nov. 22, in front of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. AAPS will announce the kickoff of a a comprehensive plaque program.

The plaques will honor other monuments and historic buildings and educate the public about Alameda’s historic architectural resources.

Food Bank Short on Turkeys

Last week the Alameda Food Bank announced its drive to collect turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday giveaway was going rather slowly. The food bank requested 1,000 frozen turkeys from the community and after about two weeks of collecting donations had just 33 birds in their pantry.

Each year in November and December the food bank distributes turkeys and bags of special holiday food items to its clients, relying upon the generosity of local residents and businesses for their donations.

All turkeys need to arrive at the food bank office, located at 1900 Thau Way in Alameda (Constitution Way at Atlantic Avenue) by Monday, Nov. 24.

Besides turkeys, the food bank is seeking boxed stuffing mix, canned black olives, canned gravy, cake mix, corn bread muffin mix, instant potatoes, canned yams and condensed milk.

Donations can be dropped off any time during normal food bank hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Businesses or groups making large donations can call to arrange for pick up at 523-5850.

Financial donations can be made at the food bank during business hours or can be mailed to P.O. Box 2167, Alameda, CA 94501. To donate online, or for more information, visit www.

Altarena Rakes in Awards

Alameda’s long-standing performing arts house on High Street, Altarena Playhouse, was recently honored with no fewer than four Theatre Bay Area Awards at the Geary Theater in San Francisco Monday, Nov. 10.

This marks the first year for the awards, which were created as a peer-reviewed way to celebrate excellence in the Bay Area theatre scene. Altarena’s performance of Always Patsy Kline won three awards: best production of a musical, best principal female actor in a musical (Margaret Belton) and for best music direction (Tania Johnson). Charles Woodson Parker won featured male actor in a play for his role in Boeing, Boeing.

Altarena was a finalist in several more categories: best production of a play, best performance by an ensemble in a play and best principal female actor (Sue Trigg) in a musical for Boeing, Boeing. Always... Patsy Kline was honored for best direction of a musical (Richard Robert Bunker) and for best principal female actor in a musical (Julia Etzel.) Greg Zema was also a finalist in the music direction category for Side Show.

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