Local Happenings

Local Happenings: the Week of Friday, Oct. 7 to Thursday, Oct. 13

Courtesy photo “The Singing Hippo” an acrylic painting by Erin Crociani is just one of the glow-in-the-dark artworks going on display for the Lights Out Show & Night Market exhibition opening at Studio 23 on Saturday, Oct. 8.

 

Friday, Oct. 7

  • 7 p.m. First Friday Family Film: Featuring Open Season Scared Silly. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7705) 
  • 7:30 p.m. “Parabnormal Activity”: Featuring The Alamaniacs, Alameda’s own improve comedy players. Tickets: $16, in advance; limited tickets at the door, $20. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org
  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring Motordude Zydeco; celebrating Billy Wilson’s birthday. Dance lessons at 8. Tickets sold at the door; $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 522-7626 or 415-285-6285) 

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • 9 a.m. “Alameda Walks: Bird Sanctuary”: Explore the salt marsh, see local shorebirds and ducks and learn how the plants adapt to the salty tidal land. Free to the public. Meet at Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, Shoreline Drive, between Broadway and Park Street. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 9 a.m. “Classic Buildings & Park Street Car Show”: Discuss the historic Buildings in the city center and then check out the classic cars on Park Street. Part of a series of walks through Alameda neighborhoods. Sponsored by the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department. Meet at Oak Street and Central Avenue in front of Twin Towers United Methodist Church. (Info: 747-7529 or www.alamedaca.gov/recreation)
  • 10 a.m. to noon: “Affordable Housing”: Community forum about the Bay Area housing crisis and a discussion about Measure A1, the Alameda County Housing Bond. Free to the public. Buena Vista United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. (Info: 749-8311)
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classic Car Show: 23rd annual car display, raffle. Park Street between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues. 
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Shop Clean and Local”: Visit the Alameda Municipal Power booth to learn more about being part of Alameda Green. Classic Car Show,  Park Street between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues. 
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “50 Years of Star Trek”: Star Trek movie marathon. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Drop in throughout the day or start at the beginning. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 11:30 a.m. American Association of University Women: Luncheon and program featuring speaker Doug Biggs, executive director of Alameda Point Collaborative. Lunch: $33, by Oct. 3. Open to members, prospective members and interested guests. Reservations required. Pier 29, 1148 Ballena Blvd. (Info, reservs: Mary Ann Rose, 217-8664)
  • 12:30 p.m. Alameda Free Library Writers Group: Open to adult writers looking to work connect and share with other writers. Bring materials for writing time. Free. Second Floor, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 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: “Amazing Jellies”: Learn about the varieties, how they live and which ones we see here, then discover 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) 
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Poetry at the Bette: Prose and poetry reading featuring guest poets followed by open mic. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: www.frankbettecenter.org or 523-6957) 
  • 7 to 10 p.m. Artist’s Reception: Celebrate the opening of Lights Out Show & Night Market, an exhibit of glow-in-the-dark art by local artists; live demos, installation and body painting. Encore shows are scheduled Oct. 14 and 31. Studio 23 Gallery, 2309 Encinal Ave. 

Sunday, Oct. 9

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. “Introduction to the Alexander Technique”: Free introductory workshop addressing efficient posture and movement. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Alameda Community Acupuncture, 1716 Lincoln Ave. (Registration: 255-0880 or www.alamedacommunityacu.com)
  • 10 a.m. to noon: “Ride on 2 Wheels”: Learn to ride a 2-wheel bike. Bring your bike, helmet. All ages welcome; minors require parental support. Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St. (Info: 522-0070)
  • 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Opening Reception and Silent Auction: Celebrate the opening of the 23rd annual exhibit and silent auction of Alameda Women Artists. Free to the public. Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave. (Info: www.alamedawomenartists.org)
  • 1:15 to 3 p.m. Coloring for Adults: Coloring books and colors provided but you may also bring your own. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7777)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Amazing Jellies”: Learn about the varieties, how they live and which ones we see here, then discover 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) 
  • 7 p.m. Chamber Music Concert: Featuring The Aether Ensemble performing an all-Beethoven program with music for strings and piano. Free to the public. Cardinal Point Retirement Community, 2431 Mariner Square Drive. (RSVP: 337-1033) 

Monday, Oct. 10

  • 7:30 p.m. Y.L.I.: Meeting. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette St. (Info: Marilyn Darnell, 523-1500)
  • 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, Oct. 11

  • 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sea Squirts: “Fur, Feather and Scales.” 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, option 2, 3) 
  • 7 p.m. American Legion Post 9: Meeting; open to honorably discharged veterans and current personnel of any branch of the United States military who have served at least one day of active duty during times of war or conflict. Veterans Building, Central Avenue and Walnut Street. (Info: Commander Joseph Chock, 542-0662) 
  • 7:30 p.m. Concert: Featuring the Alameda Community Band presenting the first concert of the 51st concert season. The program will feature the music from Star Trek, John Williams and Broadway shows. Free to the public. Veteran’s Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: www.Alamedband.com)
  • 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, Oct. 12

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. AARP Driver Safety: Second of two sessions of a program designed for motorists 50 and older. Fee: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: 747-7506)
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Blood Pressure Screening: Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jewelry Sale: Gently-used jewelry for sale through the Thrift Shop. Sale continues Oct. 14. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)  
  • 10:05 a.m. “Outdoor Exercise Equipment”: Free workshop to learn how to use and benefit from the new equipment in the courtyard. 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)
  • 1 p.m. “Transcontinental Railroad”: Roger S. Dong, founder of the Chinese American Heroes organization, will speak about the TCRR, the world’s greatest infrastructure project of the 19th century. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Pre-registration required: 747-7506)
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m. “Canva and Cover Redesign”: Computer lab workshop. Use Canva, a free graphic design software, to create an updated cover for a book. Free for teens 13-18. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713) 
  • 6:30 p.m. What Tomorrow Brings: PBS/POV documentary screening. Informal discussion follows. Free for all ages. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713) 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Coffee with the Candidate: Council candidate Jennifer Roloff will answer questions. Blue Danube Café, 1333 Park St.

Thursday, Oct. 13

  • 8 to 10 a.m. Coffee with the Candidate: Council candidate Jennifer Roloff will answer questions. Coffee and Tea Traders, Harbor Bay Landing, 883 Island Drive.
  • 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. Trinity Seniors: Discuss what you need to know for the November vote at 11. Lunch served at noon for a $5 donation. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. 
  • 10:30 a.m. New Member Orientation: Take a tour and learn about the center and the schedule of activities. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Pre-registration required: 747-7506) 
  • 1 p.m.  Mastick Movie Matinee: The Meddler. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 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. 
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday Craft Day: Crafts for children ages 5 to 12. Dress to get messy. Free. West End Branch Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767)n 4 to 5 p.m. Teens Teaching Technology: Teens from the Underground Teen Center will be available to assist and familiarize individuals with modern technology, including smart phones, iPads, etc. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: 747-7506)
  • 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. Candidate and Issues Forum: Presented by the League of Women Voters of Alameda; featuring candidates for California State Senate District 9 and pros and cons for Measure C1 and Bond Measure RR. Question and answer session follows. Free to the public. Community Center, Harbor Bay Isle, 3195 Mecartney Road. (Info: www.LWVAlameda.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)
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. “Spooky”: Bingo with 10 rounds of Bingo: $25. Live entertainment; gruesome costumes encouraged. Presented by Rhythmix Cultural Works. Doors open at 6:30; age 18 and older. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org

 

 

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