Local Happenings

 

Friday, July 22

  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. HIV and Hep C Testing: Free and confidential testing and support referrals. For information and location, call Alameda Family Services, 629-6300. 
  • 6:30 p.m. Aladdin: Starlight-Movie-in-the-Park. Picnicking, followed by pre-show activities. Movie begins around 8:15. Snacks and food available for purchase. Free to the public. Alameda Point Multi-purpose Field, 1101 West Red Line Ave. (Reservations suggested; info: 747-7529)
  • 8 p.m. Taize — Prayer Around the Cross: An ecumenical candlelight service of mantra-style chants, meditation, contemplation and reflection, silence, solitude and serenity. Free to the public. St Joseph’s Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. 
  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring Motordude Zydeco. Dance lessons at 8. Tickets sold at the door: $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-285-6285)

Saturday, July 23

  • 9 a.m. Amateur Radio Club of Alameda: Monthly meeting; this month’s topic is “Antennas 101.” Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: 912-4634) 
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. e-waste Dropoff Fundraiser: Dispose of unusable electronic items; a small fee is required for some. Document shredding available for $5 per box. Proceeds will fund a church retreat. Pickup is available. First Presbyterian Church of Alameda, 2001 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 522-1477; pickups, 908-4156)
  • 9:30 to 11 a.m. “Early Morning Minus Tide Exploration”: Beat the crowds during extra low tide to explore the rocky shore and mud flat. Wear old shoes and clothes. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Registration required: 888-327-2757)
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seaplane Lagoon Celebration: Celebration of the second phase of land conveyance  from the U.S. Navy to the city of Alameda. 2.5-mile walking tour around Seaplane Lagoon from 10 to 11 a.m.; conveyance ceremony with guest speakers, noon to 1 p.m. Free to the public. Ferry Point Road, near the Taxiway at Alameda Point. 
  • Noon: “Habitat Garden”: Workshop about planting gardens that benefit bees, butterflies, birds and lizards; free to the public. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102)
  • 1 to 4 p.m. House Tour: Last tour starts at 3. Admission: $5. Meyers House and Gardens, 2021 Alameda Ave. 
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Colors, Colors, Everywhere!” After a color discussion, 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) 
  • 4 p.m. Obon Festival: Silent auction, food bazaar and cultural demonstrations. Bon Odori at 7:30. Free to the public. Buddhist Temple of Alameda, 2325 Pacific Ave. 

Sunday, July 24

  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Colors, Colors, Everywhere!” After a color discussion, 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) 
  • 5:30 p.m. Flat Tire Clinic: Learn how to fix a flat tire on your bike. Bring your bike or wheel; tools and instruction provided. Free to the public. Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St. 

Monday, July 25

  • 11 a.m. Teddy Bear Picnic: Bring your lunch, a blanket and your Teddy and listen to stories while you eat. Presented by the Alameda Free Library. Washington Park, 740 Central Ave. (Info: 747-7705)
  • Noon: Encinal Parlor, #156, Native Daughters of the Golden West: Meeting with discussion of California environmental and restoration projects, veterans’ welfare. New members welcome. (Info, address: M. Dodge, 523-7802 or J. McKay, jmonky333@aol.com
  • 7:30 p.m. Y.L.I.: Meeting. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette St. (Info: Marilyn Darnell, 523-1500) 
  • 8 to 10 p.m. Big Band Night: Dance to the big band sounds of Dave Altschuler’s Swingtime Big Band. $5 donation requested at the door. Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road. 

Tuesday, July 26

  • 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sea Squirts: “Animal Olympics.” 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)
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Knitting/Crochet Meetup: Informal gathering for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels. Bring yarn, needles and crochet hooks. Free for teens and adults. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713) 

Wednesday, July 27

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Blood Pressure Screening: Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Summer Faire: 88th annual Alameda Welfare Council benefit. Boutique shopping at 10:30 a.m.; a buffet luncheon is served at noon. Luncheon: $60. Albert H. DeWitt Club, the O Club, 641 West Red Line Road. (Luncheon, raffle tix: Anita Rees, 521-8544) 
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. Grief Support Group: Free. Women’s Health Center, Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: 582-8434) 
  • 6 p.m. “National Parks”: Join naturalist James Frank for an armchair travel-talk series. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)
  • 6 p.m. Mastick Wednesday Evening Movie: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)  

Thursday, July 28

  • 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, 11255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 482-8700) 
  • 1 p.m.  Mastick Movie Matinee: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 1 to 2 p.m. “Learn How to Live with Reduced Vision”: Presentation by the Lions Center for the Blind. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Office Hours: Staffers from Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s office will be available. Administrative Conference Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. 
  • 1:30 p.m. Music Appreciation: William Sturm will discuss and perform the romantic music of “Mexico’s Grand Master: Carlos Chavez.” Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, preregistration: 747-7506) 
  • 3 p.m. “Messy Science”: Science projects workshop for children ages. Dress to get messy. Free. Bay Farm Island Branch Library, 3221 Mecartney Road. (Info: 747-7787) 
  • 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. 
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Knitting Circle: Knitters of all levels and ages welcome. Free to the public. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: 865-2385)