Local Happenings: the Week of Friday, Sept. 16 to Thursday, Sept. 22

Wikipedia Learn to appreciate the flute with Bill Sturm at the Mastick Senior Center next Thursday, Sept. 22.

 

Friday, Sept. 16

  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Express Yourself!: Share the arts, music, poetry or just observe. Suggested donation: $10 with some of the proceeds going to charity. Bring a snack to share. Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. (Info: Cathy Dana, 523-7853) 

Saturday, Sept. 17

  • 8:30 a.m. to noon: Alameda Coastal Cleanup: Part of an international cleanup event; locally hosted by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department. Bring a bucket; wear work gloves and shoes that can get dirty. Adults and children 6 and older; youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call for meeting location. (Pre-registration required: www.EBParks.org or 1-800-327-2757) 
  • 2 p.m. Drop-in Art: Free for all ages; children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7705)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Insect Investigation.” Discover the many different kinds of insects and what they need; then learn what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 2 to 4 p.m. East Bay Bariatric WLS Support Group: Peer support group for people how are considering or who have had weight loss or bariatric surgery. Pre-op and newcomers invited for the 2 p.m. Q&A. Free. Conference Room C, Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: info@eastbaybariatric.org
  • 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) 
  • 8 p.m. Live @ the Library: First in a series of three concerts; featuring Geoffrey Keezer presenting “The Heart of the Piano.” Doors open at 7. Tickets: $35; series of three, $90. Regina K. Stafford Rooms, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Tix: www.brownpapertickets.com)

Sunday, Sept. 18

  • Noon to 1 p.m. Interfaith Circle of Alameda: Music, spiritual teachings, sacred text readings and artifacts representing various faith traditions from around the world. Free to the public. Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. (Info: 769-0607) 
  • Noon to 5:30 p.m. Brews Blues and BBQ Festival: Live music, BBQ contest local breweries and other food and beverage vendors; community resources offered through booths staffed by sponsor organizations. Free to the public. Webster Street. 
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Insect Investigation.” Discover the many different kinds of insects and what they need; then learn what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 2 to 4:30 p.m. Grown Up Gaming: Games are provided or bring your own. All skill levels welcome. Free for ages 18 and older. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7780) 
  • 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. “Don’t Be Afraid of Your Bike”: Learn about bicycle basics; bring your bike. All ages welcome. Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St. (Info: 522-0070) 

Monday, Sept. 19

  • 11 a.m. to noon: “Introduction to the Art and Science of Healing”: Free workshop With Laurie Ratto, R.N. Reservations required. 2719 Encinal Ave. Ste. A2. (Info, reservs: 381-3191)
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Legal Assistance for Seniors: Free for seniors 60 and older. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Appt: 747-7506)
  • 6 to 7:45 p.m. “Coffee Cup Art”: Use paper coffee cups (provided) to create works of art. Free for adults and teens 13 and older. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Lawyers in the Library: Free legal service. Signup at 5:30. West End Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767)

Tuesday, Sept. 20

  • 11 a.m. “In the Garden with Alison Limoges”: Alison Limoges, Alameda County master gardener and Alameda Backyard Growers board member, will stop by Mastick’s Community Garden to speak about container gardening, composting, garden friends and pests and much more. Bring your questions. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Preregistration required: 747-7506)
  • 1 p.m. “Benefits for Former Atomic Workers”: Learn about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Plan Act. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Preregistration required: 747-7506)
  • 1:45 to 3 p.m. Podiatry and Blood Pressure Screening: Free consultation, by appointment, with Dr. Dale Wright. Offered every third Tuesday of the month. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, reservs: 747-7506) 
  • 6:30 p.m. “The Civic Heart of Alameda”: Alameda historian Woody Minor will speak about the history and varied architecture of Alameda’s Civic Center. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-777)
  • 6:30 p.m. Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 400: Meeting. Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: Bill Hodges, 918-4429)
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. “It’s My Vote! Honoring Women in Public Office”: Presented by American Association of University Women-Alameda Branch. Featuring the screening of a documentary on Inez Milholland and a panel of speakers running for office or currently in office. Question/answer session follows. Girls’ Inc., 1724 Santa Clara Ave. (Tix, info: 523-5613)
  • 7 to 8 p.m. “Introduction to the Art and Science of Healing”: Free workshop With Laurie Ratto, R.N. Reservations required. 2719 Encinal Ave. Ste. A2. (Info, reservs: 381-3191)
  • 7 to 8 p.m. “Container Gardening”: Hosted by Alameda Backyard Growers. Free to the public. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: www.alamedabackyardgrowers.org or www.rhythmix.org

Wednesday, Sept. 21

  • 10:30 a.m. “Questions Mothers Ask: Knowing What’s Normal and What’s Not”: La Leche League meeting offering information and support for nursing mothers. Babies and toddlers are welcome. Gathering time is 10:15 a.m. 2803 Clay St. (Info: Brittany, 365-9220 or Virginia, 521-4867) 
  • 12:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social: Ice cream sundae: $2, paid in advance. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Sign up in the office or call: 747-7506) 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. “Wild West: Plains to the Pacific”: Docent program  and exhibit featuring paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts and ephemera. Free to the public. Regina K. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7730) 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Pet Loss Support Group: Free to the public. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way. (Info: 337-8565) 

Thursday, Sept. 22

  • 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 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Falls Prevention Awareness Day”: Workshops and activities to help prevent falls and keep you safe in the home. Sponsored by Peace of Mind Home Care of Alameda; free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 1 p.m. “Your Brain on Dance”: Learn how dance stimulates the mind to promote learning and retention. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Preregistration required: 747-7506) 
  • 1 p.m.  Mastick Movie Matinee: Blazing Saddles. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 1 to 2 p.m. East Bay Retired Teachers, Division 2: Monthly meeting and a special program. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. 
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Satellite Office Hours: Meet with staff members of Assemblyman Rob Bonta. Free to the public. Administrative Conference Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. 
  • 1:30 p.m. Music Appreciation: William Sturm will present “The Flute,” featuring flutist Catherine Jennings and pianist Bill Sturm. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, preregistration: 747-7506) 
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Satellite Office Hours: Meet with staff members of Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Free to the public. Administrative Conference Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. 
  • 6:30 p.m. “Planning for a Healthy Economy in Alameda”: Community workshop on creating a citywide Economic Development Strategic Plan. Free to the public. Alameda High School Cafeteria, Central Avenue and Walnut Street. (Info: 747-6895)
  • 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)