Upcoming Events, News from the West


Webster Street’s Feathered Outlaw wishes the happiest of birthdays to all the sea-goats born under the ambitious, conservative, determined, practical and helpful zodiac sign: Capricorn. It’s a whole new year to find oneself and follow the pursuit of joy. Feathered Outlaw gift shop has a few new offerings that will kick off in the next couple of months including monthly Usui Reiki sessions beginning this Sunday, Jan. 13. A second monthly Herbal Gypsy make-and-take workshop has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 12, featuring massage oils and seasonal master-classes, still in development. 

The shop will have some incredible new artists displaying their original works including Savannah Crow and Larissa Loden. 

The 2nd Friday Art Soiree continues this Friday, Jan. 11, and feature the fantastic art of Luke Dollar, new classes, offerings and giveaways from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Find out more on all the social media sites and www.featheredoutlaw.com.

City Allocates More Than $756,000 in Homeless Funds
A promising opportunity has been presented to the City of Alameda to make a meaningful impact in addressing homelessness on the Island through the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP). HEAP was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown six months ago. 

The business community is invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Park Street Tavern, 1901 Park St., to hear more about the projects being considered for HEAP and have a chance to provide input on them.  

On Nov. 20, 2018, the Board of Supervisors allocated $756,524 in HEAP funds for the City of Alameda and approved its broad funding request, as required by the County’s process, to distribute 20 percent of the funds for direct services, 10 percent for rent subsidies or assistance and 70 percent for capital improvements. 

Possible HEAP projects being considered include: establishing a regional partnership with the cities of Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro and Union City to purchase a shared mobile-hygiene unit and establish sanctioned car and RV parking areas, providing housing assistance and emergency motel vouchers and building public restrooms in the two main street areas in the city.