Local Happenings

Saturday, May 11

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free  document shredding and e-waste reccycling. Sponsored by the Community of Harbor Bay Isle Owners’ Association. Bring confidential paper items to be collected and securely destroyed. 100  percent of all paper items will be shredded and recycled into paper products! Community Center Parking Lot, 3195 Mecartney Road. (Info: 865-3363, Ext. 346, jvasquez@harborbay.org)
  • 9 a.m. “Mysterious Medians.” Alameda Walks explores history of the street medians at Encinal and Thompson avenues, and other local history of the area. Guides: Alameda Sun publishers Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos. Walk lasts 1 hour, 15 minutes. Meet at corner of High Street and Encinal Avenue next to Encinal Market. (Info: 747-7550, prussi@alamedaca.gov)
  • 10 a.m. American Association of University Women (AAUW) annual celebration brunch to honor volunteers of the year, thank outgoing board members and install new board for AAUW Alameda Branch. Brunch, $32, call 748-7455 or write pwashbou@hotmail.com for details on how to reserve. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2222 Santa Clara Ave., card room. (Info: 748-7455, https://alameda-ca.aauw.net)
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 19th annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival. Park Street closed between Encinal and Lincoln avenues both days for street fair. Hand-made arts and crafts, live music, food and family fun. Alameda stage features local talent, sponsored by Common Networks. Free admission. (Info, volunteer: 523-1392, www.downtownalameda.com)

Sunday, May 12

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 19th annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival. Park Street closed between Encinal and Lincoln avenues both days for street fair. Hand-made arts and crafts, live music, food and family fun. Alameda stage features local talent, sponsored by Common Networks. Free admission. (Info, volunteer: 523-1392, www.downtownalameda.com)

Monday, May 13

  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tenants Town Hall. Celebrate Affordable Housing Week with East Bay Housing Organizations. Speakers from the Alameda Housing Authority, HUD vouchers, a HUD tenants union and free legal services for renters. Hosted by the Alameda Seniors and Disabilities Renters Committee and the East Bay Gray Panthers. Free admission. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. Stafford Room B. (Info: betsy@kali.com)  

Tuesday, May 14

  • 1 p.m., Estate Planning: Tips Traps & Solutions. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., dining room 2. (Info, register: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive. Eligible donors encouraged to donate critically-needed blood, plasma or platelets. Alameda City Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 1-800-733-2767, www.redcross.org)

Thursday, May 16

  • 3:30 p.m. Teen Embroidered Postcard Workshop. Embellish and decorate old postcards with embroidery. Teens only. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, hfields@alamedaca.gov)

Saturday, May 18

  • May 18, 10 a.m. 24th annual Encinal High School (EHS) Extravaganza of Bands. More than 2,500 students in 16 marching bands compete, awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Free admission. Streets near EHS closed until 3 p.m. as bands march from Third Street and Pacific Avenue to EHS, 210 Central Ave. (Info: 748-4023, Ext. 2702)
  • May 18, 7 p.m. “Music is Life.” Annual spring concert and fundraiser. Benefits church programs. Choral and bell choirs perform, wine and cheese reception. Tickets $25, seniors and students $20, $10 for children younger than 8, childcare included. (Tickets, info: 522-6012, https://fccaspringconcert.bpt.me)