Local Happenings

 

Friday, Aug. 5

  • 5:30 to 8 p.m. 62nd Annual City Swim Championships: Opening events; masters events. Continues Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. and Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. Free to the public. Encinal Swim Center, 230 Central Ave. (Info: 747-7529, 522-4590)
  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring The Zydeco One-Nighters. Dance lessons at 8. Tickets sold at the door: $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-285-6285) 

Saturday, Aug. 6

  • 9 a.m. 62nd Annual City Swim Championships: Continues Aug. 7 and concludes with an award ceremony. Free to the public. Encinal Swim Center, 230 Central Ave. (Info: 747-7529, 522-4590)
  • 9 a.m. “Alameda Hospital, Leonardsville (Old South Shore) and Meyers House”: Begin with a brief hospital tour, then explore the old south shore and local famous architecture of Alameda. Part of a series of walks through Alameda neighborhoods. Sponsored by the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department. Meet in the parking lot of Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: 747-7529 or www.alamedaca.gov/recreation)
  • 10 a.m. “Victorian Picnic Dance in the Park”: Hosted by Period Events and Entertainments Re-creation Society (PEERS). Bring a picnic lunch; from 1 to 4 p.m., enjoy dance performances and live music. Period costumes from 1890-1914 are encouraged, but not required. Free to the public. Lincoln Park, High Street and Santa Clara Avenue. (Info: 522-1731 or www.peersdance.org/picnicroom.html)
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Plein Air Paintout: Exhibit and sale of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Free to the public. South Shore Shopping Center, Center Court, Park Street and Otis Drive. 
  • 11 to 11:30 a.m. “Intro to Jewelry Making”: Free to the public. Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park St. (Info: 337-1203)
  • 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Meet the Artists: Reception to celebrate the opening of Cross Currents, the 10th annual exhibition of California Artists hosted by the Island Alliance of the Arts. Refreshments, music, silent auction. Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave. (Info: 521-1233)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Fun with Food Chains.” Explore food chains, then learn what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 

Sunday, Aug. 7

  • 9 a.m. 62nd Annual City Swim Championships: Concludes with an award ceremony. Free to the public. Encinal Swim Center, 230 Central Ave. (Info: 747-7529, 522-4590)
  • 10 a.m. Family Bike Ride: All ages and skill levels welcome, including those on training wheels. Meet at Alameda Bike, 1522 Park St. and end at Tucker’s Ice Cream. (Info: 522-0070)
  • 2 p.m. “Notes for Nourishment”: Featuring cellist Gabriel Beistline and pianist Donna Stoering. Part of the “2by2 Sundays” series of informal concerts. Free to the public; donations accepted to benefit the Alameda Music Project. St. Joseph’s Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. (Info: 540-8136)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Fun with Food Chains.” Explore food chains, then learn what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 

Monday, Aug. 8

  • 5:30 p.m. And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead: Film screening followed by a discussion. Free to the public, 18 and older. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. 
  • 6:30 p.m. Alameda Library Book Club: The August theme is “How to Become a Supreme Court Judge” with suggested selections from any of the autobiographies or biographies of current or recent judges. Free to the public. Family Study Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.
  • 7:30 p.m. Y.L.I.: Meeting. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette St. (Info: Marilyn Darnell, 523-1500)
  • n 7:30 p.m. Encinal Parlor, #156, Native Daughters of the Golden West: Meeting; discussion of environmental and restoration projects and veterans’ welfare. (Info, address: M. Dodge, 523-7802 or J. McKay, jmonky333@aol.com)

Tuesday, Aug. 9

  • 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sea Squirts: “Skulls and Skeletons: What’s Inside?” Outdoor exploration and a theme-related craft for children 3 to 5 and an adult. Fee: $5. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Registration required: 888-327-2757)
  • 1 p.m. “Identity Theft Protection”: Judith Szeto will talk about identity theft, specifically medical identity theft. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Preregistration required: 747-7506) 
  • 7:30 p.m. HIV/AIDS Outreach and Education: Meeting. Rectory Room, St. Barnabas Parish Center, 1427 Sixth St. (Info: Cath Sullivan, 865-3051) 
  • 7:30 p.m. Writers West: Meeting. New and experienced writers and their manuscripts are welcome. Includes a short discussion on writing. Conference Room C, Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: 522-9028 or www.writerswest.org

Wednesday, Aug. 10

  • 9 a.m. to noon: Document Shred Day: Bring up to five boxes of items to be shredded. Monetary donations or donations of school supplies accepted. Bank of Marin, 2130 Otis Dr.
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Blood Pressure Screening: Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)
  • Noon: Disabled American Veterans, Alameda Chapter 8: Meeting. Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: 865-6372)
  • 6 p.m. Mastick Evening Movie: The Big Short. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 

Thursday, Aug. 11

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meeting sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association for families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 482-8700)
  • 10:30 a.m.  New Member Orientation: Take a tour and learn about the center and the schedule of activities. Includes lunch. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Pre-registration required: 747-7506) 
  • 1 p.m. Mastick Movie Matinee: The Big Short. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 2:30 p.m. Drumming Circle: Improve circulation in your hands and body, loosen stiff joints and stimulate the mind with a musical experience featuring the Mercy Retirement Community Drumming Circle. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Office Hours: Staffers from Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office will be available. Administrative Conference Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. 
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m. Single Sailors Association: Dinner meeting for single people interested in sailing. Ballena Bay Yacht Club, 1150 Ballena Blvd., Suite 151. (Info: 332-9380 or www.singlesailors.org)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Alameda Quilt Guild: Meeting. Open to all who are interested in quilting; $5 donation at the door. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. (Info: Terry, 521-2995)  
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Alameda Poetry Writers: Hosted by Mary Loughran and Marilyn Flower. Free-write exercises with prompts. Read your work or just listen. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: www.frankbettecenter.org or 523-6957)