Alameda News

Island City plays host to Obon Festival, Radio Day

Above, students in her dance group, dressed in similar kimonos, passed by choreographer Michisuya Hanayagi as she led the Bon Odori dance at last Saturday’s Obon Festival at the Buddhist Temple, 2325 Pacific Avenue. Hanayagi is a sensei, a master of her art. 

Two Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighters remain at the Ferguson Fire with Water Tender Two (WT-2). They are assisting in fighting the blaze burning in Mariposa County in the Merced River Canyon near Yosemite National Park. AFD Capt. Jim Colburn said that WT-2 is assisting in supplying water to many of the engines —203 at the latest count — currently fighting the blaze. “Engines typically hold between 300 and 500 gallons of water,” Colburn said.  AT-2 holds 3,000 gallons. Firefighters are working 24 hours on duty and 24 hours off. 

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.

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s (WETA) Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility on West Hornet Avenue is nearing completion. Once in operation this fall, the facility will provide a consolidated base for WETA to maintain vessels operating on its Alameda-Oakland, Harbor Bay and South San Francisco ferry routes, as well as routes that will later serve Richmond and Treasure Island.

Entrants to Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade earn trophies for spectacular floats or performances. 
Best civilian band honors went to Los Amigos Vaqueros in first place, Hayward Hills Vaqueros in second and Kevin Kearney and The Mighty Neptunes in third.

The best school band trophy went to the St. Joseph Notre Dame High School Band. The Alameda High and Encinal High school bands took second and third respectively and the Academy of Alameda Wind Ensemble took fourth.

Best marching band honors went to Lincoln Middle School.

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