Local Happenings

Saturday, Sept. 1

  • 9 a.m. Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary Walk. One-hour fitness walk with Alameda Walks. Explore new construction at Krusi Park, the East End and southern shoreline. Includes special presentation at the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary on bird watching. Not accessible for wheelchairs. No pets, please. Meet at Krusi Park, High and Calhoun streets. (Info: 747-7529, prussi@alamedaca.gov.)
  • 7 p.m. “The Doctor Dances with Jane Austen: 1795” hosted by PEERS. Dance lesson, Bangers & Mash plays waltzes and English country dances. No partners needed and all dances will be taught and called. Late 18th-century, modern evening dress or Doctor Who-inspired costumes admired, but not required. No host bar, potluck. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.  (Info: 522-1731, www.peersdance.org/doctor2018.html)

Tuesday, Sept. 4

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. High School Merger Committee Meeting. Hosted by Alameda Unified School District. Committee and public discuss viability and desirability of potential merger of Alameda and Encinal high schools and hear from experts. Free admission. Island High School, 500 Pacific Ave. (Info: www.alameda.k12.ca.us)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. “Introduction to Meditation.” Start of 12-week class in mindfulness of breathing to develop calm, inner strength and clarity. Samatha method taught by long-time practitioner and teacher Chris Morray-Jones. Alameda Center for Buddhist Meditation, 1134-E Ballena Blvd, Ste. 8. (Info: 459-6741, center for www.buddhistmeditation.org, samatha.meditation@sbcglobal.net)

Wednesday, Sept. 5

  • 10 to 11 a.m. “President Xi Jingping and the Future of China.” Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., dining room 2. (Info, register: 747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com)

Saturday, Sept. 8

  • 9 a.m. Bay Farm’s Destroyers. One-hour, 15-minute fitness walk with Alameda Walks led by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos. Explore and discover how World War I-era ships were reused as breakwaters turning Bay Farm Island’s swamps into dry land. Also, visit the former location of the Mecartney family homestead. No pets, please. Meet at Tillman Park, 220 Aughinbaugh Way near the gazebo. (Info: 747-7529, prussi@alamedaca.gov.)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. American Association University Women (AAUW) September fundraiser and kickoff luncheon for AAUW Alameda Branch’s 57th year. 2018 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Tech Trek program with presentations by Alameda middle school student scholarship winners to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Camp. Box luncheons by Jay’s Coffee for $17. Reserve by this Saturday, Sept. 1. Girls Inc., Recreation Center, 1724 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: Penny Washbourn 748-7455, www.alameda-ca@aauw.net