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The public is invited to a reception for a new exhibition of Ajit Gokhales' landscape photography Wednesday, April 3, at the Alameda Main Library.

Thursday, March 28

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trinity Seniors: Cynthia Rauschert will present "Circus Moves for Seniors" at 11 a.m. Lunch served at noon. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave.

• 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)

• 1 p.m. Mastick Movie Matinee: Charade. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)

• 1:30 p.m. Music Appreciation: Piano recital and discussion with volunteer instructor William Sturm, featuring the music of Melanie Bonis a noted 20th century female French composer. Free to seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)

• 6:30 to7:30 p.m. "How to Read Food Labels: Finding Out What's in Your Food": Free workshop with Dr. David Lee. Back to Life Wellness Center, 1505 Webster St. (Info: 316- 4828 or www.KeepFitChiro.com)

• 7 p.m. The Desert Island Book Club: Members will discuss Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa. Books, Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: 522-2226)

• 7 p.m. "Pursuing Beauty: the Architecture of Bernard Maybeck": Presented as part of the Alameda Museum lecture series. Museum members, free; non-members, $10. Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave. (Info: 748-0796 or www.alameda-museum.org)

• 7 to 9 p.m. "State of the Schools": League of Women Voters of Alameda event featuring speakers Niel Tam and Kirsten Vital. Cardinal Point, 2431 Mariner Square Drive. (Info: Ruth, 865-2439)

Friday, March 29

• 5 p.m. The Magical Adventures Book Club: Members (ages 8 to 10) will discuss Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. Books, Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: 522-2226)

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

Saturday, March 30

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tax Preparation: Walk-ins welcome; appointments are recommended. Free for those who qualify. Offered every Saturday through April 13. Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 West Ranger Ave. (info, appts: 898- 7840)

• 10:30 a.m. Buteyko Breathing for Optimal Health: Free workshop presented by Lisa Bowen. Free to the public; space is limited. Alameda Acupuncture's Wellness Education Center, 2258 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, RSVP: 301-1718 or www.alamedaacupuncture.com)

• 1 to 4 p.m. Native Plant Gardening: Spend an afternoon pruning, planting, weeding and mulching around the visitors center. Service hours available for students; snacks and refreshments served; tools provided. Free for adults and children 10 and older. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Registration required: 544-3187)

• 2 to 3 p.m. Catch of the Day: "Meet Our Reptiles." Discover what's new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)

Sunday, March 31

• 11 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 to 3 p.m. Catch of the Day: "Meet Our Reptiles." 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)

• 2 p.m. B.G.P. Social Network Book Society: Members (ages 16 and older) will discuss The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Books, Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: 522-2226)

• 6 p.m. The Intimates: East Bay Queer Book Club: Members will discuss The Left Hand of Darkness by Usula K. Le Guin. Books, Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: 522-2226)

Monday, April 1

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

Tuesday, April 2

• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Hikes for Tykes: For walking preschoolers and an adult companion; walk is not appropriate for strollers. Tools for exploration provided. Rain cancels. Free. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)

• 12:45 p.m. "PoleWalking to Maintain Balance and Mobility": Fee: $28 for first-time students; $15 for returning students. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: 747-7506)

• 1 p.m. Mastick Book Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Free to seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: Kevin Brunetti, 747-7512)

• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Understanding Hormones and Fertility": Free workshop with Dr. David Lee. Back to Life Wellness Center, 1505 Webster St. (Info: 316- 4828 or www.KeepFitChiro.com)

• 6:30 to 8 p.m. Art Reception: Celebrate the opening of A 30 Years Celebration of Art Expression — J Mallon, an exhibition of work in oils and pastels. Free to the public. Regina K. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

Wednesday, April 3

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. AARP Driver Safety: Course designed for motorists 50 and older. Fee: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members. Preregistration is required. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: 747-7506)

• 6 p.m. "Greenway Golf Renovations": Hear a discussion and presentation by Rees Jones and representatives from the company heading the renovation project at the Alameda Golf Complex. Free to the public. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

• 6 to 8 p.m. Lawyers in the Library: Free legal service. Signup at 5:30. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)

• 6:30 to 8 p.m. Art Reception: Celebrate the opening of Landscape Photography by Ajit Gokhale. Free to the public. Regina K. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

• 7 p.m. Singer/Songwriter's Open Mic Night: Open mic, followed by an original act at the end of the evening. High Street Station, 1303 High St. (Info: Billie, 995-8049)

• 7 to 9 p.m. Alameda Island Poets: Poetry reading and writing workshop. Featured readers, then open mic. Books, Inc. 1344 Park St. (Info: 418-0266 or 522-6442)

Thursday, April 4

• Noon: East Bay Retired Teachers, Division 2: Meeting and special program. Lunch: $9. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (info: www.calrta.org)

• 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)

• 4:30 to 6 p.m. Meet the Authors: David and Janet Carle, authors of Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line Around the World. Free to the public. Regina K. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

• 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, April 5

• 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring Stompy Jones and the Cajun Cottonpickers in a special swing and Cajun/rockabilly doublebill. Dance lessons at 8. Tickets, $15; sold at the door. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-285- 6285)

SNEAK PEEK

• April 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Make It Session: Workshop for children and their parents to celebrate Earth Day by making art out of recycled materials; led by Ginny Parsons, participating artist in the current exhibit. Free to the public. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: www.rhythmix.org; pre-register: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

• April 7, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spring East Bay Swap Meet: Collector cars, parts and other automotive-related items. Open to the public; free admission, free parking. Naval Base Museum, Building 77, 2151 Ferry Pt. (Info, registration: 522-6440 or 522-2244)

• April 7, 7 p.m. Classical Music Concert: Featuring the Northbrae Ensemble, Piano Sextet and Piano Quintet. Free to the public. Cardinal Point, 2431 Mariner Square Drive. (RSVP: 337-1033)

• April 7, 7 p.m. "Classic American Lighting and House Parts": Lecture by Robert Wien. Presented by Alameda Architectural Preservation Society. Free for AAPS members; $5 for non-members. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St. (Info: www.alamedapreservation.org)

• April 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mobile Blood Drive: Abbott Diabetes Care, 1420 South Loop Road. (Appts, info: 800-733-2767 or www.redcrossblood.org ; sponsor code: ABCARE)

• April 11, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. "Hollywood Bingo": 10 rounds of Bingo: $25. Live entertainment and songs. Come dressed as your favorite superstar. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org)

• April 13, 11:30 a.m. Alameda Chapter American Association of University Women: Luncheon meeting with Carolyn Doelling, director of Philanthropic Services for the East Bay Community Foundation. Social gathering begins at 11:30 a.m.; luncheon: $30. Gold Coast Grill, 1901 Park St. (Info, RSVP: Kate Quick, 523-3612)

• April 13, 6 to 11 p.m. "Fire and Ice Ball": Fundraiser for St. Joseph Elementary School. Cocktails, dinner, music, dancing and live and silent auctions. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, tix: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

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