Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft presented a proclamation on May 7 to Cindy Houts, executive director of the Alameda Food Bank (AFB), and Joe Johnson, coordinator of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for the National Association of Letter Carriers. The mayor noted that even working people are now turning to food banks for help as rents and other costs rise faster than wages. The postal workers dropped off collection bags in Alameda that day and picked them up Saturday, May 11, filled with donated non-perishable food items. All food collected in Alameda will stay in Alameda at AFB.
Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda’s destination for global arts and culture, celebrated the eighth instance of its “Radical Beauty, Love Our Island” art walks last Friday. On Park Street between Pacific and Blanding avenues, Rhythmix arranged for local musicians to perform in front of storefront installations by local artists. In addition, Rhythmix celebrated entire art walk series with a party featuring videos from previous art walks plus more art and live music. Every event in the series was completely free and open to the public.
The American Red Cross annouced recently that it is facing a critical shortage of Type-O blood, the blood group most needed by hospitals. With less than a two-day supply of blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical, medical treatments and patient care can be impacted.
Alameda residents Lyle and Susanne La Faver traveled to Manzanar National Historic Site for the 50th Manzanar Pilgrimage. More than 2,000 people, spanning generations, ethnicities and religions, participated in the April 27 event, which included speakers, awards, interfaith service and small- and large-group discussions.