Alameda Chamber of Commerce to Host City Economic Forecast


2021 has been a year of transition and repair. We come back and we have critical issues to address in the community. During the Alameda Economic Forecast, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce and its presenters will review the issues that matter most to you and your business, including the affordable housing crisis.

Last year’s online event attracted a lot of attention and was well attended. This year’s event will also be online, and we hope you’ll join us to get the information you need. Some of the brightest minds in management discuss the region’s current and future economic prospects. This year, more than ever, it’s incredibly important for anyone doing business or living in this great city to understand what’s on the horizon for Alameda as we move beyond the virus and strive to do ensure that diverse voices are heard and valued.

Join the Chamber as we learn from some of our region’s brightest leaders, including Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft; State Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley; Dr. Jon Haveman of the National Delegation for Economic Education (NEED); Adam Elsesser, Penumbra Inc.; Josh Roden, Brookfield Properties; Laura Thomas, Renewed Hope Housing Advocates; Joann Guitarte, Donut Petit; and Dan Poritzky with the Research Park at Marina Village.

This virtual event will be recorded but recording will only be available to ticket holders. For more details or to purchase a ticket starting at $75, visit online.

— Alameda Chamber of Commerce

Gallery, shop presents a Halloween-themed art installation

FunAmeda Productions presents “The Haunted Woods of Wicklow”, a local art gallery, gift shop and event space. FunAmeda Productions was established in 2006 by Alamedan native Patti Cary. In 2020, Cary moved out of her basement headquarters and found a small, airy store at 918 Central Ave., a former bakery. The gallery features interesting gifts, accessories and artwork made by Cary and a group of talented local artists. The space has undergone many reinventions over the past year, including a Victorian Reading Room and an 1856 Gold Rush lounge.

“People sometimes don’t know what to make of a store that constantly changes shape,” says Cary, “but overall people who visit it seem to really enjoy the whimsy of it.”

The gallery also features large display cases that Cary uses to showcase works by local artists. “The Haunted Woods of Wicklow” is an enchanting nod to Cary’s Irish heritage and features a life-size fairy portal surrounded by dark, mysterious trees, just in time for the haunting season. The installation is now running until the end of the year. For more details, call 510-263-8104 or visit online.

— Fun Ameda Productions

USS Hornet to kick off Filipino American History Month

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum – in partnership with the Bataan Legacy Historical Society, Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans and the USS Telesforo Trinidad Campaign – will host the opening of an exhibit of a month for Filipino American History Month: “120 years of loyal and faithful service by Filipinos in the United States Navy.”

The exhibit will chronicle the role of Filipinos in the United States Navy beginning in 1901, when President McKinley established the Insular Force. Filipinos became the largest foreign-born recruits until 1992, when the Philippine draft program ended. Today, thousands of Filipino Americans carry on this proud tradition of serving in the United States Navy. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be Telesforo Trinidad, a Filipino sailor who received the Medal of Honor in 1915 for his heroic actions aboard the USS San Diego. The exhibit will also feature US Navy pilots rescued by guerrillas and the role of the USS Hornet during World War II in the Philippines.

The opening event will feature a joint service color guard, Filipino American singers and sailors of Filipino descent who served in the United States Navy. Filipino food will also be available for purchase. The USS Hornet is docked at 707 West Hornet Ave. in Alameda on the former naval base of the island.

—USS Hornet

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