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The Alameda Free Library and Wonderfest.org present the opening session of the 2018-19 Social Science event series on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. Dr. Michael Wehner, Senior Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will speak on his current research concerning the behavior of extreme weather events in a changing climate, especially heat waves, intense precipitation, drought and tropical cyclones. Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather are likely the most serious consequence of human-induced global warming.

Eleven talented wildlife photographers will present their works in the Stafford Meeting Rooms at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., starting this Sunday, Feb. 28. Their works include vivid photographs of wildlife, all taken in Alameda.

Organized the Friends of Alameda Wildlife the exhibition offers an opportunity to learn about species that called the Island City home. These include harbor seals, least terns, snowy plovers and brown pelicans. 

 

Lately I’ve gotten into the habit of reading on the Alameda Police Department’s Daily Activity Log just to see what is happening in Alameda that is more than what is being reported in the papers.

I was extremely upset to read that some unknown person had started a fire inside the Historic Carnegie Library at 2264 Santa Clara Ave. One report stated that someone broke into the building on Friday Dec. 11, but was confronted by an employee. Then on Sunday, Dec. 13, someone broke in and set fire to papers that are stored there.

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Painting in the traditional Chinese style is an approach that involves using Chinese ink and watercolors, special brushes and rice paper purchased in China, having a Taiwan-born and trained art teacher and speaking only Chinese in weekly studio art sessions. But high school senior, Henry Zhu, a senior at the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), has always allowed a bit of California to creep into his Chinese landscapes, creating a distinctive style that blends East and West, traditional and modern.

Beijing native Ma Wei has returned to the Alameda Museum for her fourth exhibition. In 2012 her one-woman show Greed and Wish graced the museum gallery’s walls. The following year she returned a second time for Movement of Fautus. And in 2014, she came to the museum with her show Spirit of Monogatari — Zodiac.

Her current exhibition We Are the World runs through Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The Friends of the Alameda Free Library presents Kumar Fanse’s Colors of India. Fanse’s work captures the beauty of the land and its people. The exhibition provides a sample of what is there to see and experience in India. Fanse has lived in Alameda since 1971. He works with watercolor, oil on canvas and gauche on dry leaves and tree bark.

A new art exhibition at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., is featuring paintings by local artist Jeffrey Allyn. The show runs through March 28.

Allyn received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Cal State Long Beach. His art has a foundation in the workings of the physical universe, but unlike the tight control and confines bio-medical illustration, it has a highly emotional and colorful release in the abstract. 

He said that the artists who most influence his work are Vincent van Gogh, Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, Paul Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. 

For the past month, a group of teenage artists have been hard at work at the Alameda Free Library. The teens designed and painted an entire mural themselves, despite having no prior mural experience.

Teen Librarian Matt Conciatori at the Alameda Free Library and Alameda High School art teacher Margaret Morrissey helped guide the project.

The artists, their families and the library will hold an unveiling ceremony this Sunday, June 22, at the Main Library Branch at 11 a.m.

The branch is located at 1550 Oak St.

Book sale at O’Club 

Friends of the Alameda Free Library will hold its annual book sale from Friday, May 16, to Sunday May 18, at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club at Alameda Point, 641 Redline Ave. This is a change from the original date of May 2 to May 4. 

An early bird preview sale will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 16; admission is $5, admission for Friends of the Library members is free. Admission is free to all both Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, from noon to 4 p.m.

Oakland-based artist David Burke is exhibiting his ink drawings (one of which is pictured above) on the second floor of the Main library at 1550 Oak St. through Saturday, April 26.

Burke’s ink drawings possess a toxic beauty that celebrate our desire to build, innovate and create. His work pays tribute to the resilience of the natural world and encourages viewers to reconsider our complicated and sometimes convoluted relationship to the environment.

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