Porches on the East End last Saturday became impromptu cabarets as part of the first-ever Alameda Porchfest — East End edition. Organized with the intention of sharing the talents of the Island City’s young musicians, the event proved a success with 10 seperate acts spread out over three porches: on Broadway, Central Avenue and Fountain Street. The Fountain Street Stage, above, featured four bluegrass acts: Jubilee, Minor Strings, CUBG and The Tone Rangers. The award-winning musicians of Jubilee are shown performing above.

Rushing in where even fools fear to tread, I thought I would look at the rent question from a slightly different angle: the economics of the situation.

There are many different types of landlords. There are wealthy professional investors and aspiring professional investors, who attempt to leverage the little that they have into something bigger. Older people often attempt to add to retirement income by renting property. All of these people face similar costs. 

Family works with Guatemalan artisans to host event

In a one-day special event set for Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA), 1601 Paru St., will play host to a Guatemalan Mercado (Market). This colorful sale of crafts from Guatemala comes to Alameda through the work of Curt Porter.

Porter and his family have been working with the indigenous people of Guatemala since 1985, buying hand-made goods at fair market prices directly from families they’ve gotten to know. 

The 2004 ASC Islanders honed their soccer skills last June during a once-in-a-lifetime, 10-day soccer tour of France and England. This truly unique soccer experience combined professional training sessions run by highly acclaimed French and English coaches, skills testing against local teams and cheering on their Women Soccer heroes at two Women’s Soccer World Cup matches — USA vs. Chile and Argentina vs. Scotland.  

Pauline Stahl, Ed.D., a veteran teacher in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), was selected as one of two Alameda County Teachers of the Year at the 30th annual Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards ceremony in Castro Valley, Oct. 3.

The City Council must act on De-Pave and Northwest Territories Parks with a sense of urgency. Acting on both follows policy set in the city’s recently approved Climate Action Plan and the worsening climate crisis demand launching work on these parks now.

Unfortunately, the city’s track record is not good as it’s been more than a year since negotiations with East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) started on turning the 147 acres in the north west corner of Alameda Point into a regional park. The same goes for “De-Pave Park”. 

Student leaders at Alameda Science and Techonology Institute (ASTI) held a schoolwide assembly last month to help their peers learn that mental health issues are normal, that talking about them is helpful and that resources are available to discuss them. The student leaders facilitated the process by having their classmates take a quiz.

The quiz helped the students learn about the stigmas that surround mental illness and taught them about symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. 

Artist Janet Murphy has lived almost all her life in Alameda. Murphy recalls her father making up silly names. She says that when Wienerschnitzel opened its doors on Park Street, her father came home and told her the new restaurant’s name. She laughed because she thought he was making the name up. Her father once created his own cartoon character.

He made up the name “Homer Sapien.” Homer never made it into print, until now. Morgan has created a 2020 calendar, and the opening spread commemorates Homer and his dog. 

Another game means another shutout victory for the Encinal High School (EHS) football team. This time they blanked Piedmont High School (PHS), 26-0, in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Foothill League contest Friday, Oct. 11, on the road.

An Island City tradition in its 26th year, the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show takes place this Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with more than 400 classic vehicles of all types on display along Park Street, from Encinal Avenue to Buena Vista Avenue: roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars and antique trucks.