Feature Articles

Officials brought out the golden shovels and positioned a ferry just right for the classic ground-breaking photos at the location of the future Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal last Thursday, Sept. 19. Above, prior to the photo op, a standing-room-only crowd gathered to hear speeches on the project from Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft among many others. 

Alameda resident Barbara Joans traveled to the Empress Estate at Woodland, Wash., to witness the marriage of her granddaughter Laura Lichtenberger to Tim Garrison. She brought the Alameda Sun along to brighten the occasion. Now Joans is happy to announce the birth of her great-grandson Liam James Garrison as well. Best wishes to the young family!

For Coastal Cleanup Day, the City of Alameda and local marinas will team up again to spearhead an effort to clean Alameda beach and other parts of the shoreline and Oakland estuary this Saturday. Besides these more familiar efforts, Alamedan Mary Spicer has been organizing “On the Water” clean ups on the estuary for the past four years. Spicer and her volunteers usually collect between 600 and 1,000 pounds of garbage. 

This Saturday, Sept. 21, Alameda Meals on Wheels will host its third annual “Fall Fest — An Island Celebration of Craft Beers, Wine, Music and Games.” The beer-centered fundraiser runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina. 

Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a 65-member orchestra,  called “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia” by Indonesia’s Tempo Magazine, will perform at Rhythmix Cultural Works Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. Since 1979, Gamelan Sekar Jaya has presented more than 400 concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Indonesia. The group’s success arises from its devotion to traditional repertoire and its passion for innovation having composed more than 60 major new works for Gamelan and dance.