Obon Festival This Saturday

Howard Shintani, president of the Buddhist Temple of Alameda (left), and the son of a temple member, Hunter Dixon, invite the public to join them at the annual Obon Festival set for this Saturday, July 21, starting at 4 p.m. The free event features live music, an ikebana exhibit, taiko drums and a mini food bazaar. Talks will be held on the history of the temple and the “Training Wheels of Buddhism.” At 7:30 p.m. a traditional Bon Odori dance will take place. The temple is located at 2325 Pacific Ave. Find out more at btoa.org.