Essence of Alameda
Local Happenings

Thursday, Jan. 9 9 a.m. Middle and High School ACLC Tour: Open to parents and soon-to-be middle and high school students interested in exploring an innovative and creative educational public charter school program (grades 6-12). Alameda Community Learning Center, 400 Grand St.(Info: 521-7543 or www.alamedaclc.org)

Skate Nights Will Benefit Local School PTA Groups



Public schools will benefit from entry fees paid for special skate nights at the Little Ice Rink at South Shore Center.

Local Happenings

Thursday, Jan. 2

  • Noon East Bay Retired Teachers: Luncheon meeting and special program. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave.
  • Noon to 3 p.m. Alameda Oakland Homelearners: Meet for fun and idea exchange. Lincoln Park, High Street and Santa Clara Avenue. (Info: www.aohl.net)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Literary Night: Sign up to read your own work or listen as others do. Free to the public. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: 865-2385)

Friday, Jan. 3

  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Dance lessons at 8:30. Tickets sold at the door; $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415- 285-6285)

Saturday, Jan. 4

  •  2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Bird Bingo.” Discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)
  •  3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)
  •   7 p.m. A Victorian 12th Night Ball: The Dickens Fair Reunion Ball, presented by Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society (PEERS). Dance lesson, followed by vintage ballroom dance music, nohost bar, light snack buffet and a performances by the Peerless Music Hall. Victorian attire admired but not required. Tickets: $15, if purchased by Dec. 28; $20 at the door. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, tix: 522-1731 or www.peers.org)

Sunday, Jan. 5

  •   11 to 11:30 a.m. Storytime and Nature Fun: Parents and kids will meet the characters at “the Cove”; listen to stories; make a nature craft; watch nature films; and more. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)
  •  11 a.m. to noon: “All Things Squid”: Learn about cephalopods, their anatomy and the adaptations they have to survive. Prepare to get messy with a squid dissestion. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Annual Rose Pruning at Lincoln Park: Join in a rose pruning demonstration with members of the East Bay Rose Society. Free to the public. Lincoln Park Rose Garden, 1450 High St.
  •  2 p.m. B.G.P. Social Network Book Society: Members (ages 16 and older) will meet. Books, Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: 522-2226)
  •  2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Bird Bingo.” Discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)
  •  3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)
  •  7 p.m. Chamber Music Concert: Featuring Dan Reiter on the cello and Natalie Cox on the harp, playing music by Haydn, Vivaldi, Bach and more. Free to the public. Cardinal Point, 2431 Mariner Square Drive. (RSVP: 337- 1033)

Tuesday, Jan. 7

  •   10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Sea Squirts: “Wiggly Worms.” Outdoor exploration and a theme-related craft for children 3 to 5 and an adult. Fee: $5. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Registration required: 888-327-2757)
  •   1 p.m. Mastick Book Club: Members will discuss Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Free to seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: Kevin Brunetti, 747-7512)
  •  7 p.m. Alameda Stamp Club: Meeting for collectors and prospective members. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St.; enter on Chestnut. (Info: Barbara Herbert, 522-6503) Wednesday, Jan. 8
  •   9 a.m. to 1 p.m. AARP Driver Safety: First of two sessions of a program designed for motorists 50 and older. Fee: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Preregistration is required. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: 747-7506)
  •  10 a.m. to noon: Blood Pressure Screening: Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747- 7506)
  •   Noon to 1:30 p.m. Kiwanis Club of Alameda: Kicking off a series of presentations from the Alameda Police Department, Sgt. Reynolds will discuss the process of becoming a police officer. Open to the public. No-host lunch is optional ($14), but must be reserved. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, RSVP: 764-1472)
  •  7 p.m. Meet the Author: Wendy Lesser will share Why I Read, an exploration of the pleasures of reading. Books, Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: 522-2226)
  •   7 p.m. The Neptune Garden Book Club: Members will discuss Wolf Hall by Hilary Mante. Books, Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: 522-2226) Thursday, Jan. 9
  •  9 a.m. Middle and High School ACLC Tour: Open to parents and soon-to-be middle and high school students interested in exploring an innovative and creative educational public charter school program (grades 6 though 12). Alameda Community Learning Center, 400 Grand St. (Info: 521-7543 or www. alamedaclc.org)
  •   10 to 11:30 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meeting sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association for families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Mastick Senior Center, 11255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 482-8700)
  •   10:30 a.m. New Member Orientation: Take a tour and learn about the center and the schedule of activities. Includes lunch. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Pre-registration required: 747-7506)
  •   3 to 5 p.m. Office Hours: Staffers from Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office will be available. Administrative Conference Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.  7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn to Square Dance: Elks ‘n’ Does present the first of two free classes, followed by a dance for singles and couples; second class: Jan. 16. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: Yvonne Langdon, 388-1167; www. elksndoes.com)
  •   7 to 9 p.m. Second Thursdays Writers: Hosted by Vince Sorti and friends. Free-write exercises with prompts. Read your work or just listen. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: www.frankbettecenter.org or 523-6957)
  •   7:30 p.m. Single Sailors Association: Meeting for single people interested in sailing. Ballena Bay Yacht Club, 1150 Ballena Blvd., Suite 151. (Info: 239-7245 or www. singlesailors.org)

Friday, Jan. 10

  •  2 to 3:30 p.m. HIV and Hep C Testing: Free and confidential testing and support referrals. For information and location, call Alameda Family Services, 629-6300.
  •  7 to 9 p.m. Artists Reception: Celebrate the opening of Umbra, an exhibition of photographs printed on ceramic tiles by Manjot Bal. Free to the public. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: 865-2385)
  •  9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners. Dance lessons at 8:30. Tickets sold at the door; $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-285-6285)




SNEAK PEEK




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  • Jan. 11, 11:30 a.m. A l a m e d a Chapter of the American As s o c i a t i o n of University.
    Alameda Recreation and Parks Director Amy Wooldridge (above) speaks Jan. 11.
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 Above, join the annual rose pruning in Lincoln Park Sunday, Jan 5. Below, the 12th Night Ball set for tomorrow night, is an opportunity to step out in Victorian-era garb and learn some dance moves, too.

        

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  • W o m e n : Luncheon meeting and program featuring Alameda Recreation and Parls Director Amy Woolridge speaking about u p c o m i n g park projects. Luncheon: $30. Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave. (Reser v a t i o n s : Karen Scanlon, 523-6456; info: www.alameda-ca. aauw.net)


  •  Jan. 12, 3 to 5 p.m. Tibetan Singing Bowl Concert & Poetry Reading: F u n d r a i s e r ; snacks and refreshments served. $10 to $30 sliding scale donation requested. Orgyen Dorje Den, 2244 Santa Clara Ave.
  •  Jan. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The American Storm Series: Celebrate the opening of an exhibit of paintings by Benny Alba. Free to the public. Regina K. Stafford meeting room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.
  •  Jan. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn to Square Dance: Elks ‘n’ Does present the second of two free classes, followed by a dance for singles and couples. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: File photos Above, join the annual rose pruning in Lincoln Park Sunday, Jan 5. Below, the 12th Night Ball set for tomorrow night, is an opportunity to step out in Victorian-era garb and learn some dance moves, too. Yvonne Langdon, 388-1167; www. elksndoes.com)
  • Jan. 25, 8 p.m. to midnight: “Egghead Comedy at Pacific Pinball”: Intelligent comedy for adults. Ticket price includes free pinball play, snacks and no-host bar. $15 per person; proceeds benefit the museum. Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St. (Info: 769-1349 or www. pacificpinball.com)
  • Jan. 31, 8 p.m. “En la Habana”: Featuring Felix Samuel & Friends. Tickets: $15, in advance; $20 at the door. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org) File photos Alameda Recreation and Parks Director Amy Wooldridge (above) speaks Jan. 11.



Local Happenings

Thursday, Dec. 26


  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Winter Holiday Open House: Family activities include movies, popcorn and hot cider in the classroom; Bird Bingo; a beach exploration; and fish feeding time. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)


  • 10:45 a.m. to noon: Little Latkes: Drop-in playgroup for children from birth through 4, accompanied by their caregivers. Free. Temple Israel. 3183 Mecartney Road. (Info: 522-9355)


Friday, Dec. 27


  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Winter Holiday Open House: Family activities include movies, popcorn and hot cider in the classroom; Bird Bingo; a beach exploration; and fish feeding time. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)


  • Noon to 6 p.m. Blood Drive: Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Appts, info: 800-733-2767 or www. redcrossblood.org; sponsor code: ALAMEDA)
  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring the Zydeco Flames. Dance lessons at 8:30. Tickets sold at the door: $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415- 285-6285) Saturday,


Saturday, Dec. 28


  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Low Tide Exploration.” Discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)


  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free.Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)


Sunday, Dec. 29


  • 11 to 11:30 a.m. Storytime and Nature Fun: Parents and kids will meet the characters at “the Cove”; listen to stories; make a nature craft; watch nature films; and more. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)

  • 2 p.m. B.G.P. Social Network Book Society: Members (ages 16 and older) will meet. Books, Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: 522-2226) n 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Low Tide Exploration.” Discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)

  •  3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)


Monday, Dec. 30


  •  7 to 8:30 p.m. Prostate Cancer Support Group: Meeting. Free. Lyons Room, Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: 814-4062)


Tuesday, Dec. 31


  •  7 p.m. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Rhythmix Cultural Works: Josh Kornbluth presents Love & Taxes. First of two shows. Tickets: $35. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org)

  • 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. “Dance Like a Star”: New Year’s Eve party featuring dancing to the big band classics by 3 O’clock Jump. Food and beverages available for purchase; silent auction; free dance lessons. Tickets: $45 to $85. USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave. Pier 3, Alameda Point (Info, tix: 521-8448, Ext. 225 or www.hornetevents. com)

  • 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. “Celebration 2014!”: Free pinball play, finger foods, party favors and no-host bar. $35 per adult; $20 for children 16 and younger; proceeds benefit the museum. Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St. (Info: 769-1349 or www.pacificpinball. com)

  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Celebrate New Year’s Eve; featuring Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. Hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a champagne toast. Tickets sold at the door: $30; cash only. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-285-6285)

  • 10 p.m. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Rhythmix Cultural Works: Josh Kornbluth presents Love & Taxes. Tickets: $45; includes champagne. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org)


Thursday, Jan. 2


  • Noon East Bay Retired Teachers: Luncheon meeting and special program. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave.
  • Noon to 3 p.m. Alameda Oakland Homelearners: Meet for fun and idea exchange. Lincoln Park, High Street and Santa Clara Avenue. (Info: www.aohl.net)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Literary Night: Sign up to read your own work or listen as others do. Free to the public. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: 865-2385)


Friday, Jan. 3


  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Dance lessons at 8:30. Tickets sold at the door; $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415- 285-6285)


Sneak Peek


  • Jan. 4, 7 p.m. A Victorian 12th Night Ball: The Dickens Fair Reunion Ball, presented by Period Events & Entertainment Re-Creation Society (PEERS). Dance lesson, followed by vintage ballroom dance music, no-host bar, light snack buffet and a performances by the Peerless Music Hall. Victorian attire admired but not required. Tickets: $15, if purchased by Dec. 28; $20 at the door. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, tix: 522-1731 or www.peers.org)
  • Jan. 10, 7 to 9 p.m. Artists Reception: Celebrate the opening of “Umbra,” an exhibit of photographs printed on ceramic tiles by Manjot Bal. Free to the public. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: 865-2385)
  • Jan. 11, 11:30 a.m. Alameda Chapter of the American Association of University Women: Luncheon meeting and program featuring Alameda Recreation and Parls Director Amy Woolridge speaking about upcoming park projects. Luncheon: $30. Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave. (Reservs: Karen Scanlon, 523-6456; info: www.alameda-ca.aauw.net)
  •  Jan.12, 3 to 5 p.m. Tibetan Singing Bowl Concert & Poetry. Fundraiser; snacks and refreshments served. $10 to $30 sliding scale donation requested. Orgyen Dorje Den, 2244 Santa Clara Ave.
  • Jan. 31, 8 p.m. “En la Habana”: Featuring Felix Samuel & Friends. Tickets: $15, in advance; $20 at the door. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org)
  • Feb. 7, 6 to 8 p.m. “Father Daughter Western Hoedown Dance Party”: Girls in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to attend with their fathers or another favorite role model. Music, dancing, arts and crafts, refreshments and a special memento for the girls. Presented by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department and Girls Inc. of the Island City. Pre-registration required. Al DeWitt O Club, 641 West Redline Road, Alameda Point. (Info, tix: 747-7529 or www.arpdeplay.com)
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