Local Happenings

Saturday, July 6

  • 9 a.m. “Estuary Park, Ploughshares, Ferry Terminal.” Alameda Walks explores the city’s first synthetic-turf lighted field, Ploughshares Nursery and the Main Street Ferry Terminal. Walk lasts 1 hour, 15 minutes. Meet at Estuary Park, 200 Mosley Ave. (Info: 747-7550, prussi@alamedaca.gov)
  • Noon to 1 p.m. “Container Edible Gardening.” Busy people with no yards, or too-small yards for large garden plots, can grow all kinds of delicious vegetables and fruits when they learn a few simple tricks and tips at this hands-on workshop. Free admission. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102, jbridge@apcollaborative.org)

Sunday, July 7

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Outdoor Art Festival. More than 65 local artists create, display and sell their works. Live music, sculpting and illustration. Free admission. Studio 23 Gallery, 2309 Encinal Ave. (Info: 415-580-2309, http://studio 23gallery.com)

Sunday, July 8

  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Slide presentation and docent talk on how Andy Warhol and his friends changed art forever. Based on an exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through Sept. 2. Free admission. Sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 749-7681, mail@janwrites.com

Tuesday, July 9

  • Noon to 5 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive. Eligible donors encouraged to give platelets, plasma and blood. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 800-733-2767, www.redcross.org)
  • 1 p.m. “SSA Benefits and More.” Learn about Social Security programs such as online services, ID Theft, Social Security income verification letters, Medicare and the benefits of creating a “my Social Security” account. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Info, register: 747-7506, deconde@alamedaca.gov)

Wednesday, July 10

  • 1 p.m. “Biking After Dark.” Learn how to see and be seen in all conditions; meet and exceed the legal requirements for lights and reflectors and choose the right lights for bicycling at night. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Info, register: 747-7506, deconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • 1 p.m. VA Presentation. Alameda County Veterans Service Office representative provides overview of local, state and federal benefits available to veterans and their dependents. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Dining Room 2. (Info, register: 747-7506, deconde@
  • alamedaca.gov)

Saturday, July 13

  • 9 a.m. “Crab Cove to Grand Street Shoreline.” Alameda Walks explores the Alameda shoreline, Crown Memorial State Beach and local wildlife. Includes viewing East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) Mobile Fish Exhibit. Led by EBRPD staff member Susan Ramos. Walk lasts 1 hour, 15 minutes. Meet at Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1231 McKay Ave. (Info: 747-7550, prussi@alamedaca.gov)
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. “Healthy Families Eat Garden-Grown Food.” Learn how to boost health by supplementing the diet with home-grown fruits and vegetables. Topics include nutritional information about specific vegetables and fruit and how they prevent disease and methods for securing clean garden grown food no matter the circumstances. Free admission. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102, jbridge@apcollaborative.org
  • 4 to 5 p.m. “Alameda as Arcadia.” Alameda Sun Publisher Eric J. Kos will discuss the possibility that Alameda has proved to be a kind of paradise throughout history. $10. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2315 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org)