Local Happenings

Local Happenings

Friday, March 1

  • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive. Eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types encouraged to donate. St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1011 Chestnut St. (Info, appts: 1-800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Second annual Whiskey Stroll. Stroll historic Downtown Alameda and taste handcrafted, small-batch whiskeys paired with tasty bites at unique locations. Downtown Alameda. (Info: 523-1392, downtownalameda.com/whiskey) 
  • 7:30 to 11 p.m. “Transference.” Studio 23 hosts official after-party to Downtown Alameda Whiskey Stroll. 1980s hip-hop playlist plus special guest DJ Ball-D 8 to 10 p.m. Artworks and special performance by Victor Mavedzenge 9 to 9:30 p.m. Light refreshments. Admission by donation. Studio 23 Gallery, 2309 Encinal Ave. (Info: art@studio23gallery.com

Saturday, March 2

  • 7 p.m. “New Orleans Mardi Gras Ball — 1872.” Ballroom dance lesson, Franklin Beau Davis & The Brassworks play Victorian ballroom dance music. 18th or 19th Century costume, Mardi Gras, fantasy costume or modern evening dress admired, but not required. Light refreshments and no-host bar. Tickets $25 at the door. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: peers@peersdance.org, www.peersdance.org/murder.html)

Sunday, March 3

  • 1 to 4 p.m. Encinal Yacht Club Junior Sailing Open House. Learn about Junior Sailing Program. Meet junior sailors, instructors and parents. Sailboat rides, refreshments and club tours. For ages 6 to 18. Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina. (Info: 769-0221, eycjuniors@gmail.com)
  • 1:30 to 3 p.m. Project Tree Care Workshop. Alameda Backyard Growers host workshop on successfully growing trees. Attendees receive coupon for $25 off purchase of new tree at local nurseries. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 239-7425, www.alamedabackyardgrowers.org)
  • 5 p.m. Alameda All-Star Cajun Zydeco Band performs featuring: Annie Stanniec on fiddle, Billy Wilson and Andre Thierry. Potluck and dance. $17. Alameda Eagles Aerie No. 1076, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 522-7626, zydecod@msn.com)

Tuesday, March 5

  • 1 p.m. “Financial Assistance: How to Get Help with Health Care Costs.” Educational overview provided by Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program and Legal Assistance for Seniors. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Info, register: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov)

Wednesday, March 6

  • 7 p.m., Alameda Island Poets celebrate International Women’s Month. Featured poets: Susan Cohen, Sharon Coleman and Angela Cheung. Special guest appearance from Berkeley Poet Laureate, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez. Open mic follows featured poets. Hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Light refreshments served. Admission by donation. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: 205-2375, cathydana@gmail.com)

Thursday, March 7

  • 1 p.m. Music appreciation featuring songs from the Great American Songbook. Theme: ladies’ names and St. Patrick’s Day. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Dining Room 2. (Info: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Celebrate Women’s History Month with poet Donna Henderson. Open mic follows to share original poems by women that have personal significance to the reader. Part of Julie’s “Stone Soup Events.” Hosted by Poet Laureate Gene Kahane and Alameda poet Mary Jane Pryor. Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: 865-2385, genekahane@gmail.com)