Teens can get a hand creating their first long-form creative writing efforts during National Novel Writing Month at a creative writing workshop just for teens at the Alameda Library. The workshop will help young writers learn how to get started with writing, tips for combatting writer’s block, and how to edit and polish manuscripts. 

Experts on the topic to speak at Alameda Library Nov. 14

College loan debt is ranked second in all consumer debt, behind mortgages. The outstanding student loan debt is nearly $1.3 trillion and continues to grow. Some seven million borrowers are currently in default of their student loans. Knowing these figures helps motivate parents and students to learn proactive strategies they can employ in their own college planning. 


Beyond ‘Everyone Belongs Here’ Set for Nov. 15

Recent bias-related incidents in Alameda’s school community have led families to ask what Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is doing to promote inclusiveness and create positive school climates. In a workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, community members will learn about AUSD’s responses to hate speech and explore strategies for both reducing and managing these occurrences. Everyone is welcome to join in this community conversation.

The mystery reader at St. Philip Neri School, Friday, Oct. 20, turned out to be none other than Mayor Trish Spencer. Spencer enjoyed the opportunity to read Such a Fuss with a Hippopotamus by Betty Jane Read, and How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together by Beatrice Schenk-de-Regniers to Miss Hillenbrand’s transitional kindergarten class. Afterwards the class presented her with a book they wrote and illustrated together called If I Was Mayor.


The College of Alameda held a Health and Wellness Fair for the public on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a variety of booths including a destressing station. A stage was packed with non-stop singers, dancers, actors and athletes throughout the event. 

Mariner Square Athletic Club and Cafe Muse restaurant head chef and owner Juliet Lockwood coordinated the event, which included several health and wellness instructors from the club and several members donating their time all day. The various booths provided information on health causes.