Local Happenings

A unique history talk presented by Alameda Sun publisher Eric J. Kos will discuss the possibility that Alameda is, or has been, a form of Arcadia, or paradise. Through a series of fine art images, historic photographs of Alameda, and readings of his own, original Alameda historical fiction, Kos will attempt to show how each era of Alameda’s history provided a form of paradise for at least some of its residents. Above, Thomas Cole captured his conception of “Dreams of Arcadia” in oil on canvas in 1834.

Friday, July 12

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Concerts on the Cove featuring Majestic, a Journey tribute band. Food, drink, dancing and more. Adjoining Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1231 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187, www.ebparks.org/85th)
  • 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrating the Many Faces and Phases of David Bowie. Second Friday Art opening. Zack Bateman shows work exploring the many personas of David Bowie. Light refreshments provided. Free admission. Feathered Outlaw, 1506 Webster St. (Info: 239-4593, www.featheredoutlaw.com)
  • 8 p.m. Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble from Sunset, La., perform. $20 general admission. Alameda Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave.(Info: 522-7626, zydecod@msn.com)

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)
  • 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteer Work Party. Help nonprofit Ploughshares Nursery weed out and plant the propagation area, transplant fruit trees and seed native plants for next year’s sales. Bring work gloves and clippers. 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102, www.ploughsharesnursery.com)
  • 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, disease prevention and methods for obtaining clean garden-grown food no matter the circumstances. Free admission. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102, jbridge@apcollaborative.org
  • 2 p.m. Button Making for Teens. Have fun designing buttons. All supplies provided, just bring ideas. Open to teens, 13 to 18. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, hfields@alamedaca.gov)
  • 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)

Sunday, July 14

  • Noon to 4 p.m. 23rd annual Alameda Meals on Wheels Community Faire & Wine Tasting Fundraiser. Featuring tastings from California wineries and local restaurants. Raffle, silent auction, live entertainment by The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band. $20 per person at the door. Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St. (Info: 865-6131, www.alamedamealsonwheels.org)

Monday, July 15

  • 1 p.m. “Last Gift Box.” Learn how to organize papers, plan for after death and how to talk to loved ones about these very important issues. Cost: $5. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. Register in the Mastick Senior Center Office, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506, deconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Renters, Know Your Rights!” Housing attorneys will present and answer questions. Free admission. Sponsored by the City of Alameda and Centro Legal de la Raza. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 437-1554, http://www.centrolegal.org)

Tuesday, July 16

  • 1 p.m. “What to Do with All This Stuff?” Learn tools to talk with loved ones about personal treasures and where they will go after downsizing or death. Cost: $5. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. Register at the Mastick Senior Center Office, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506, deconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • 1 p.m. “Know Your Housing Rights.” Join the Fair Housing and Landlord-Tenant staff of ECHO Housing for a workshop on housing rights. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room E. (Info, register: 747-7506, deconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • 6:30 p.m. “Local Lore: An Undiscovered Neighborhood, Post Street: Six Short Blocks Long on History.” Presented by Robin Seeley, Post Street resident and volunteer walk leader with the San Francisco Guides. Explore the little-known neighborhood of Post Street. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, refdesk@alamedaca.gov

Wednesday, July 17

  • 1 p.m. “Fall Prevention is Life Extension.” Learn how to proactively minimize the risk of falling. Sponsored by Elders Village and AEC Living. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Media Room. (Info, register: 747-7506, deconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • 5:15 p.m. Lady Bird. Free screening of Greta Gerwig film. Alameda Main Library, Stafford Room. No registration required.Alameda Free Library is located at 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, www.alamedafree.org/events-directory/calendar)

Thursday, July 18

  • 2 p.m. Teen Do-It-Yourself Workshop: Yarn Wrapped Letters. Make Yarn Art to decorate a space or give as a gift. All supplies provided. Open to teens, 13 to 18. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, hfields@alamedaca.gov)