Local Happenings

Saturday, Oct. 5

  • 9 a.m. “Classic Buildings on Park Street.” Alameda Walks explores downtown’s classic architecture, including: City Hall, Carnegie and Main libraries, police memorial and more. Walk lasts 1 hour, 15 minutes. Meet at City Hall flag pole, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7550, prussi@alamedaca.gov)
  • Noon to 3 p.m. “‘Round the World Music, Dance & Art Festival.” Family-friendly performances and hands-on art activities for all ages. Aki Kumar, Sekhou Senegal, Ballet Folklorico Flor de Cafe, Barbie’s Island Keiki, Capoeira Mandinga Alameda and Satsuma Dojo Alameda perform. Free admission. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org)
  • 4 to 8 p.m. “Oktoberfest!” 29th annual fundraiser featuring: traditional German dinner, no-host beer and wine, music and dancing, silent auction, fun for the kids. Adults $25, kids 12 and younger $10. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave.  (Info, tickets: 523-0659, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4291204)  
  • 7 p.m. “Stop, Drop, Drink.” Site-specific dance-theater performance. Performers delve into the human desire to gather, to connect and more often than not, to drink. Directed by Alameda resident Tara Pilbrow, with music by Heather Love. 21 and older only. Tickets: $25 (includes one drink). The Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St. (Info: 415-309-8565, www.animatealameda.com)
  • 7 p.m. PEERS presents “A Prohibition Speakeasy Ball.” Vintage dance lesson, Sara & Swingtime play swing and vintage ballroom dance music, including romantic waltzes. No partners needed. 1920s or ’30s costume, vintage or modern evening dress admired, but not required. No host bar and a light potluck snack buffet. Tickets: $25 at the door. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 522-1731, ww.peersdance.org/speakeasy.htm)

Monday, Oct. 7

  • 1 p.m. “Can We Avoid a War with China?” Explore this timely and important issue regarding U.S.-Sino relations. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Dining Room 2. (Info, register: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov
  • 5:30 p.m. Alameda Free Library Film Series: La Dolce Vita (second part). View and discuss film. Free admission. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, dboyer@alamedaca.gov)

Tuesday, Oct. 8

  • 1 p.m. “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s.” Learn how to recognize common signs of the disease, how to approach someone about memory concerns, the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Info, register: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov)

Wednesday, Oct. 9

  • 1 p.m. “Life after Caregiving.” This workshop meets on the second Wednesday of the month and is designed for surviving grief and loss after caring for one who passed away. Sponsored by C.A.R.E.S. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Dining Room 2. (Info, register: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov)

Thursday, Oct. 10

  • 6 to 9 p.m. “After the Ball.” Ninth annual benefit gala for the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. Food, drink, live DJ, silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit homeless pets. USS Hornet, 707 West Hornet Ave. (Info: 337-8560, www.aftertheball.org)
  • 7:15 p.m. “How Do We Stay Safe From Cancer?” Wellness seminar on cancer and cancer prevention. Learn from a functional medicine perspective what measures to take to stay cancer-free. Free admission with RSVP. Optimized Wellness Center, 2381 Mariner Square Dr. Ste. 170. (Info, RSVP: 497-4424, https://preventcanceratoptimized2019.eventbrite.com)

Saturday, Oct. 12

  • 9 a.m. “Munchkinville.” Alameda Walks examines the history of the area, debunks urban myths and discusses the houses of Tregloan Court and environs. Tour guides: Alameda Sun publishers Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos. Walk lasts 1 hour, 15 minutes. Meet at Edison School, corner of Lincoln and Versailles avenues. (Info: 747-7550, prussi@alamedaca.gov)
  • , 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m “Daylong Meditation Retreat.” Daylong meditation practice session hosted and led by Alameda Sangha instructor Rebecca Dixon. All levels of practitioners welcome. Admission by donation. Register by Tuesday, Oct. 1. Buena Vista Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. (Info, register: 517-5168, www.alamedasangha.org)
  • 26th annual Classic Car Show. Features hundreds of classic cars. Downtown Alameda. (Info: 523-1392, www.downtownalameda.com)
  • Oct. 12 & 13, 7 p.m. “Stop, Drop, Drink.” See Oct. 5 listing. The Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St. (Info: 415-309-8565, www.animatealameda.com