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.


The city of Alameda announced last week that a sewer replacement project began last Thursday at the intersection of Park Street and Otis Drive. The project is estimated to take four weeks to complete. Work will be done at the intersection from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Sewer service will not be interrupted and no roads will be closed, but motorists and residents may experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of on-street parking, an increase in noise levels and dust during construction.


While writing a story about Alameda resident Lyle La Faver’s poetry, I discovered that I had much more to tell. I learned that, not unlike me, ink flowed in La Faver’s veins. He spent most of his life writing not just poems but news copy — lots of news copy. 


Several sailboat racing teams based in Alameda are competing in the Pacific Cup (Pac Cup) “Fun Race to Hawaii,” which kicked off last week.

The Pac Cup is a sailboat race that spans 2,070 miles. Participants start at Point Richmond and finish at the Kaneohe Yacht Club on the island of Oahu. There are eight racing competitions in the Pac Cup. The series began on July 11 — some races started after July 11 — and it usually takes teams 10 to 14 days to complete. 


“Be a Warrior & Donate” was the theme at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill in the quest to raise funds for the Golden State Warrior’s Community Foundation during this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs. As an official Warrior’s watch party venue, the theater presented the games on its large screen. 

The theater also organized raffles, giveaways, trivia quizzes, dance contests and theme events to help raise money for the foundation. On “Swag Nite” fans competed to see who could don the most Warriors attire. 


The 62nd Annual City of Alameda Swim Championships Alameda is ready to kick off at the Encinal High School Swim Center Friday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 7.

The swim meet will bring together some of the best youth swimmers in Alameda — all participants must be Alameda residents — to take part in a challenging and fun competition.


Jenny Bae won the Alameda Golf Club’s net tournament event last Thursday, July 14, with a net 68.

Bae dominated the Earl Fry Course. Not only did she have the lowest net score, she also had the lowest gross score with an overall 80. In fact, Bae was the only golfer to post a net score in the 60s. Bae competed in the first flight among golfers with a handicap of 12 to 25. Maggie Lindquist shot a net 72 for second place in the flight. Dot Moody and Sherry Westernoff both shot net 73s to tie for third place. Pat O’Hara rounded out the top five with a net 75.


Can’t wait for the new Harry Potter script, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, to be released? Are you looking for new books to read? Join fellow fans to celebrate the script the day before it’s released and swap books with other teen readers.



With an afternoon set aside to write this column, I suddenly viewed the morning as an opportunity to cook up a boiled dinner of corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes and carrots. I had purchased three generous corned beef packages on sale, thinking that I might as well make enough, in one fell swoop, to feed my mom, her neighbor, my daughter and son-in-law, along with my husband and me.