Video courtesy of the Alameda Education Foundation.

More than 2,700 Alameda school students learned how to make music with a leaf, a box of pasta and other common objects during a pair of October 24 concerts given by the Oakland East Bay Symphony at Kofman Auditorium. Symphony musicians, under the direction of Michael Morgan, played a series of classical pieces using toy instruments, spoons and macaroni and cheese. Many of the students brought their own, home-made instruments to the performance so they could play along.

Bike Walk Alameda produced this video to show cyclists ways of riding safely on Alameda's streets.

Island City Opera hosted its first-ever Opera Concert in Franklin Park on Saturday.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department's 48th annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest was held this past Saturday on Robert W. Crown State Beach, and videographer Donna Eyestone was on hand to capture the action for The Alamedan. Winners of this year's contest are listed on the Alameda Recreation and Park Department's Facebook page.

This weekend I enjoyed a short bike ride over the Park Street Bridge and over another bridge on to Coast Guard Island. This was my first time on the military island and I was excited to see it while covering part of the four-day Valor Games Far West.

San Francisco-based author Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, stopped by the Alameda Free Library on Tuesday for some April Fool's day fun.

The Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee celebrated its 16th annual Spring Festival on Saturday with dances, martial arts demonstrations and this performance by the Lincoln Middle School band. Donna Eyestone captured the flavor the festivities in this video.

The Spin Doctors Yo-Yo Club, also known as Spindox, is Alameda’s own yo-yo club.

Young thespians competed in Alameda's first-ever Shakespeare Monologue Competition this past Saturday at Encinal High School.

About 300 volunteers showed up for an old-fashioned park raising Saturday at the future Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, to weed, mulch, paint a mural and build planter boxes and compost bins for a future community garden at the 22-acre park.