Island Arts

Student poets from Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School were featured together at the Alameda Island Poets reading at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts May 1. ACLC’s Poetry Club “The Mighty Pens” showed off their 2019 collection of poetry, featuring poems from more than 25 students. The enthusiastic crowd was highly impressed by the quality of poetry.

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.

Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St., will play host to the sixth annual Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo set for Sunday, May 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to this family friendly event with the goal to inspire, educate and encourage bicycle riding.

The Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo is a project by Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools and the Alameda Safe Routes to School Task Force in partnership with Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, the City of Alameda, Kiwanis Club of Alameda and the Alameda Elks Lodge.

Students at Alameda Martial Arts on Harbor Bay Parkway surprised their instructor, Erik Lee, with a beach cleanup for his 53rd birthday April 22, the same day as Earth Day.

Coach Lee is known for giving “life lessons” and his students know how much he dislikes litter.

Above, left to right, a pretty serious bunch of poets: Alameda’s poets laureate Gene Kahane and Cathy Dana along with local poet Amos White invite all Alameda poets to climb on board the “The Poetruck” on Saturday, April 27, any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The specially decorated truck will be parked in front of Books Inc., 1344 Park St., to help celebrate both Independent Bookstore Day and National Poetry Month. Poets and lovers of poetry are welcome to hop into the truck, have a seat and read aloud a poem of their own or one they love.

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