Library to host screening of movie 'Caprice'
The main branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., will host a free screening of the film "Caprice" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11.
Jeff Giordano will moderate a discussion after the screening of the film.
"Caprice" stars Doris Day and Richard Harris and combines slapstick, satire, espionage, and adventure in a tale of corporate secrets. Frank Tashlin directed.
While the film was not rated, the library asks that people at least 18 years old attend the free event.
Giordano has been involved with more than 60 film productions. His films have been screened at numerous domestic and international film festivals, most recently the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival.
No registration is necessary.
Students can apply for Rotary award
High school sophomores and juniors in Alameda can apply for Rotary International's Youth Leadership Awards. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 15.
Students selected for the awards will attend an all-expenses-paid Leadership Conference with other sophomores and juniors from throughout the greater Bay Area. The conference will take place near Boulder Creek from Aug. 3-9.
Successful applicants must have demonstrated leadership potential, public speaking ability and be in good academic standing.
For information and applications, call Tracy Zollinger at
'Muslim Journeys' program wins honor
The Alameda Free Library, the Islamic Center of Alameda and the Alameda Multicultural Community Center has announced that its four-part "Muslim Journeys: An exploration and celebration of the intertwined histories of Islam and the West" has received an award from Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Initiative in cooperation with the American Library Association.
The Alameda program was one of 842 recipients nationally invited to participate.
The four-part series, which began Jan. 20, continues Feb. 17, March 16 and April 18. It includes film and book discussions.
All events are free and parents are welcome to bring children who can join the discussions. Books that are discussed are available at the main library.
For information, call the library at 510-747-7777, the Islamic Center of Alameda Dawah Committee at 510-748-9052 or the Alameda Multicultural Community Center at 510-355-6984.
Shakespeare acting workshop set for library
The main branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., will host a "Play Around Shakespeare" workshop 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 24.
The free workshop is open to anyone who is at least middle school age or older, including adults. Retired librarian Jane Courant will lead the workshop, which will aim to help actors approach Shakespeare through group exercises.
No acting or theater experience is necessary. Middle, high school and college students are especially welcome to participate.
Courant has a doctorate in drama from UC Berkeley and more than 25 years experience as an actor, director and theater instructor.
Call 510-747-7713 for information or reservations.
Alameda man sues Boy Scouts council
An Alameda man has sued a regional Boy Scouts council, alleging he was sexually abused by his Scout leader more than 30 years ago.
Coast Guard veteran Mark Dietrich, 49, filed the lawsuit in Solano County Superior Court on Jan. 30, claiming the Scoutmaster of his Vacaville-based troop frequently molested him between 1978 and 1981.
The suit also claims Boy Scout officials at the local and regional level knew the Scoutmaster, Gary Hatfield, had inappropriate contact with other boys, and the abuse occurred "despite knowledge of Hatfield's dangerous propensities and unfitness."
Hatfield, who is also named as a defendant in the case, said he hardly remembered Dietrich and denied abusing him or any other Scouts.
"That's a joke," Hatfield, 60, said of Dietrich's allegations.
Hatfield said he currently helps oversee a Nevada branch of a breakaway Scouting organization called Confederate Scouts of America that split ranks with the BoyScouts of America about 15 years ago.
The Navy veteran now works as an apartment maintenance man in Reno.
"My message is that it's not your fault and you have nothing to be ashamed about, and I encourage you to speak out and seek resolution and accountability," Dietrich said.
Deitrich's lawyer, Irwin Zalkin, would not provide further details on the allegations.
However, he said Hatfield had not been named in internal Boy Scouts of America records on adult volunteers suspected of molestation that have been made public in similar lawsuits and are widely known as the "perversion files."
Mandarin offered at Alameda High School
Money from Measure A, the parcel tax that benefits local schools, has allowed Alameda High School to offer Mandarin classes, the school district said.
Last year, 75 students were enrolled in Mandarin 1, while this year the Mandarin program has grown to include Mandarin 1, 2 and 3 with 108 students.
School officials plan to offer Mandarin 4 next year and AP Mandarin in the fall of 2014.
Money from the parcel tax also goes toward music, PE and enrichment classes in the elementary schools, as well as high school AP classes that otherwise would have been cut, according to the district.
Alameda firms win innovation Awards
Penumbra Inc. and St. George Spirits won awards at the recent first annual East Bay Innovation awards.
Adam Elsesser, CEO and founder of Penumbra, accepted the Life Science award. Penumbra is a medical device manufacturer, specializing in products that help patients suffering from strokes and vascular diseases. Lance Winters, owner and master distiller of St. George Spirits, accepted the Food Award. St. George Spirits distills artisanal spirits as absinthe, botanivore gin, and pear eau de vie.
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance and the San Francisco Business Times announced the winners at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Jan. 31. The awards honor companies that contribute to the East Bay's culture of innovation in nine different categories.
Two other Alameda-based companies were recognized. Deep Ocean Exploration and Research was a finalist for the Engineering & Design award. Perforce Software was a finalist in the Communications Technology category.
In all, four of the 16 East Bay companies spotlighted at the event were from Alameda.