Like other California counties, Alameda County operates its legal system with two types of juries: a petit jury and a grand jury. A petit jury — more commonly called a trial jury — hears the evidence at a trial, instructions from a judge and then retires for deliberation to consider a verdict. The legal system calls a petit jury a “jury of conviction.”
On the other hand, the law considers the grand jury a “jury of accusation.” Counties operate two types of grand juries: criminal and civil.
Students from Alameda High School’s drama department welcome Alamedans to visit the town of Pin Cushion, Calif., population 791 and falling fast. The actors portray Pin Cushion High’s drama class in Stephen Gregg’s play Crush.
The next “Dine and Connect” dinner for individuals and families in Alameda experiencing homelessness or food insecurity will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St.
The dinners, which take place on the last Monday of each month, are an opportunity for the unsheltered people in the community to enjoy a free hot meal and to connect with city staff and local service providers on housing, health, and other basic needs. Alameda families and individuals who are not homeless are also welcome.
In partnerships with Disney and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a “Center of Innovation” is coming to Alameda Boys & Girls Club (ABGC). The club will designate one room at its facility at 1900 Third St. and transform it into a makerspace. The center will serve as a flexible work space that is conducive to creative brainstorming and hands-on experimental work. Club members will have access to new hi-tech equipment including: 3D printers, state-of-the-art computers and an interactive flat board.
The local association of female artists, Alameda Women Artists (AWA), will be exhibiting at The Local coffee shop through Dec. 27. An opening reception for the exhibition showcasing eight AWA members is set for this Friday, Nov. 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
A second reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Both receptions coincide with the “2nd Friday Art Walk” and provide an opportunity to see the artwork of local women artists and speak with them about their creative processes.