On Friday, July 29, Diantay Powell stood in Judge C. Don Clay’s courtroom and apologized for murdering two teenage girls in 2012. Clay was unmoved by the apology and sentenced Powell to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 65 years for murdering Bobbie Sartain, 16, and Raquel Gerstel, 15, on Minna Avenue in Oakland’s Allendale neighborhood on Nov. 25, 2012.
Brand new exhibition considers implications of upcoming vote
Ten artists whose images challenge viewers to consider the implications — and unintended consequences — of the votes we cast this November will display their artwork this month at the popUp Gallery at 1517 Park Street.
Opening this Saturday, Aug. 6, Be Careful What You Vote For explores many of the issues that will confront the next President and Congress. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Singer-songwriter Tracy Blackman will perform.
An Alameda resident will be competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as a member of the U.S. rowing team.
Hans Struzyna, 27, is a member of the men’s eight U.S. rowing team that will compete in the Olympics starting this weekend. The team earned its trip to Rio by taking first place on May 24 at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Members of the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) won a gold medal for softball at the California Firefighters Olympics (CFO) last Thursday, July 21.
They went a perfect 7-0 in three days of competition on the way to their gold medal. AFD took down firefighters from the Southern Marin Fire Department 19-15 in the gold-medal game at the Twin Creek Sports Complex in Sunnyvale.
Children’s book authors and illustrators, Darleen Sherman and Nancy Mongerson, are happy to announce the release of their fifth published book, Tickle Your Taste Buds. Sherman and Mongerson describe the newest title as “where humorous rhymes combine with good eats.” The duo are both Alameda residents and former teachers with the Alameda Unified School District. Their books also include lesson plans on how to use them in the classroom.
The local nonprofit dedicated to supporting seniors, veterans and other local residents who need meals delivered, Alameda Meals on Wheels (MOW), held its annual wine tasting fundraiser for the 20th straight year July 17. All proceeds from the event go directly to purchasing meals. A live band, restaurants and wineries participated in the event at their own expense to support the nonprofit’s free programs.
“Alameda is very generous to our programs,” said executive director, Rosemary Reilly. “The wine tasting was especially well attended this year.”
The city of Benicia’s first and newly crowned poet laureates will attend the monthly reading of the Alameda Island Poets this month. Joel Fallon and Johanna Ely will appear Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Green Fare Cafe, upstairs in the Mariner Square Athletic Club, 2227 Mariner Square Loop. An open mic follows the featured poets. Food will be available for purchase.