Local Happenings

File photo    The Alameda-based Oakland Yacht Club will host an open house this Saturday, Feb. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Ever dreamed of owning a sailboat or powerboat but wanted to learn more? Come early and attend Boat Buying 101, a senimar that will teach prospective boat buyers what to watch out for when purchasing new watercraft. Registration is required for the seminar.

Friday, Feb. 28

  • 1 to 2:30 p.m. “Factors in Aging Well.” Presentations, reflective exercises and discussions highlighting factors in aging through the lens of body, mind, spirit and community issues. Facilitated by Suzanne M. Morris, pastoral counseling life coach. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room E. (Info, register: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)

Saturday, Feb. 29

  • 10 a.m. to noon. Grand opening celebration for the Cross Alameda Trail. Hosted by the City of Alameda. Family friendly activities, The Sting performs live music, bike safety class and more. New plaza at Webster Street and Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. (Info: 747-4714, shenry@alamedaca.gov
  • 1:30 p.m. Middle Eastern Treasures Concert. Two Arabic music ensembles, percussionists, five belly dancers, potluck feast. Concert from 2 to 5:15 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at door, $10 children younger than 12 at www.middleeasterntreasures.brownpapertickets.com. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 654-3786, https://maryellendonald.com)
  • 3 to 4 p.m. Boat Buying 101. Avoid costly mistakes, learn tips on purchasing power, sail boats, new used, etc. Followed by yacht club open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Free admission, registration required. Oakland Yacht Club, 1101 Pacific Marina. (Info, register: 522-6868, gm@oaklandyachtclub.com

Sunday, March 1

  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. “Beyond Black History Month: African Americans and the Vote.” Local historian Rasheed Shabazz presents a political history of Alameda, building on national theme for Black History Month, “African Americans and the Vote.” This year marks 150 years since the 15th Amendment enabled Black men to vote and 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave voting rights to women. Discuss local, regional, national and global Black politics. Alameda Main Library, Stafford Room, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, www.alamedafree.org/events-directory/calendar)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Tree Care Workshop. Learn tips on growing and maintaining the health of trees locally. Alameda residents who attend may receive a coupon for $25 off one tree at a local nursery. A Project Tree Event powered by the Alameda Sun in partnership with Alameda Backyard Growers. Free admission. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2315 Blanding Ave. (Info: 239-7425, www.alamedabackyardgrowers.org)

Monday, March 2

  • 5:30 p.m. Passion is the Money. Film screening and discussion with filmmaker Jeff Giordano. This 74-minute documentary follows a community of poets, painters and musicians as they struggle to maintain a foothold in San Francisco. Free admission. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, refdesk@alamedaca.gov)

Tuesday, March 3

  • 1 p.m. “How to Have Good Posture.” Learn to correct alignment problems through exercise. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Info, register: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)

Thursday, March 5

  • 1 p.m. Music Appreciation. A piano and vocal presentation of songs from the Great American Songbook featuring George and Ira Gershwin. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Dining Room 2. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Traffic Safety Town Hall. Discuss recent safety improvements, priority intersections and long-term safety projects with city staff. Child friendly, light refreshments. Hosted by Alameda Sun, Frank Muñoz, Vice Mayor John Knox White and Councilmember Jim Oddie. Free admission. Love Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, 2025 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 263-1470, www.alamedaca.gov)