Local Happenings

Local Happenings: the Week of Friday, Sept. 30 to Thursday, Oct. 6

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Friday, Sept. 30

  • 6 to 9 p.m. Grand Reopening and Fundraiser: A celebration of the reopening of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts featuring poetry readings, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar serving beers and wine, and silent auction. Proceeds benefit FBCA. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info, registration: 523-6957 or www.frankbettecenter.org

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • 9 a.m. “Jet Crash and Lower Township of Encinal”: Explore the early township of lower Encinal and discuss the impact of the 1973 Navy jet crash. Part of a series of walks through Alameda neighborhoods. Sponsored by the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department. Dennis Evanosky and Eric Kos will lead the walk, which will last one hour and 15 minutes. Meet at Franklin Park, 1432 San Antonio Ave. (Info: 747-7529 or www.alamedaca.gov/recreation)
  • 11 to 11:30 a.m. “Intro to Jewelry Making”: Free to the public. Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park St. (Info: 337-1203)
  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. El Rancho Day Fiesta: Game booths, Bingo, barbecue dinners, food booths, face painting, music and raffle prizes. Annual fundraiser for St. Joseph Elementary School, 1910 San Antonio Ave. (Info: www.stjosephalameda.org)
  • 12:30 to 5 p.m. American Armed Forces Cup Regatta: Inaugural event to kick off Fleet Week. Live music, family activities, food trucks. Free for all ages. Seaplane Lagoon, Alameda Point. (Info: www.alamedapointpartners.com)
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Ice Cream Social and Art Show: Sixth annual event; live music, door prize, raffle prizes. Tickets: $5. First Presbyterian of Alameda, 2001 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, tix: 522-1477)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Bird Bingo”: Play a game, 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) 
  • 5 to 9 p.m. Oktoberfest: 25th annual event. Dinner, live music for dancing. Jumping house and activities for children. Dinner: $25, adults; $10, children 12 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing ministries of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St. (Info, tix: 523-0659)
  • 7 p.m. “A Prohibition Speakeasy Ball”: A prohibition-era 1920s-’30s dance party hosted by Period Events and Entertainments Re-creation Society (PEERS). Pre-ball dance lesson at 7 p.m.; formal dancing begins at 8. Vintage or modern evening dress admired, but not required. No-host bar, light snack buffet (potluck contributions welcome) Tickets: $25 at the door. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 522-1731 or www.peersdance.org)
  • 7:30  to 9:30 p.m. Book Launch Party: Meet Bronwyn Harris, author of Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom. Free to the public. Black Pug Café and Roastery, 1303 High St.  

Sunday, Oct. 2

  • 10 a.m. to noon: “Family Ride”: Open to all ages; two groups will accommodate different skill levels. Bring your bike, helmet. Ride ends at Tucker’s Ice Cream with free ice cream. Final ride for the year. Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St. (Info: 522-0070)
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Rhythmix ’Round the World”: A music, dance and art festival for families. All ages welcome; admission by donation. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Bird Bingo”: Play a game, 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) 

Monday, Oct. 3

  • Noon: Play for the Parks Golf Tournament: Shotgun start, scramble format tournament. Fee: $95 per person, includes golf fee, cart, goodie bag, basket of range balls and dinner. Check-in starts at 10 a.m. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. at Harrison Recreation Center, 1450 High St. Chuck Corica Golf Course, 1 Clubhouse Memorial Road. (Info, registration: www.alamedaparks.org)
  • 5 p.m. Play for the Parks Golf Dinner: BBQ dinner and auction; proceeds will benefit Alameda parks. Dinner: $40. Harrison Recreation Center, 1450 High St. (Info, registration: www.alamedaparks.org)
  • 5:30 p.m. Embrace of the Serpent: Film screening followed by a discussion. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)

Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • 1 p.m. Mastick Book Club: Digging to America by Ann Tyler. Free to seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: Kevin Brunetti, 747-7512)
  • 1 p.m. “Radio in 1922: What the Boys & Girls Knew”: Representatives from the California Radio Society will speak. Free to seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Preregistration required: 747-7506)  
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Notary Public: Free notary service. Signup before 5:30 for lottery determining order. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 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) 

Wednesday, Oct. 5

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. AARP Driver Safety: First 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)
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Lawyers in the Library: Free legal service. Signup at 5:30. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Artist Reception: Celebrate the opening of “Alameda – Our Town,” and exhibit of paintings by Linda Weinstock. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7730) 
  • 7 p.m. Alameda Island Poets: Poetry reading with featured readers; open mic follows. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: 418-0266 or 522-6442) 
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Candidate and Issues Forum: Presented by the League of Women Voters of Alameda; featuring a discussion of issues and some of the candidates appearing on the November ballot. Question and answer session follows. Free to the public. Community Center, Harbor Bay Isle, 3195 Mecartney Road. (Info: www.LWVAlameda.org)

Thursday, Oct. 6

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. East Bay Retired Teachers, Division 2: Luncheon meeting and special program. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. 
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trinity Seniors: Cindy the Lady will talk about circus arts at 11. Lunch served at noon for a $5 donation. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. 
  • Noon to 3 p.m. Alameda Oakland Homelearners: Meet for fun and idea exchange. Lincoln Park, High Street and Santa Clara Avenue. (Info: www.aohl.net
  • 1 p.m.  Mastick Movie Matinee: Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)  
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday Craft Day: Crafts for children ages 5 to 12. Dress to get messy. Free. Bay Farm Island Branch Library, 3221 Mecartney Road. (Info: 747-7787) 

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