Local Happenings

Local Happenings

New exhibitions of artwork open tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 12, at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. The main gallery features Simple Pleasures, artwork by the center’s many member artists. Susan Kendall and Susan Lea Hackett’s works will be on display in the Signature Gallery in a show titled Two Points of View featuring two artists named Susan, using two different mediums, left.

Friday, Oct. 12

  • 6 to 9 p.m. Breakfast. Opening reception for exhibition of recent work by Octavio Valdez. Light refreshments. Free admission. Ink Blot Gallery, 933 Central Ave. B (Info: 863-4465, www.inkblotgallery.com)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Simple Pleasures and Two Susans, Two Points of View. Opening reception for works by Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) artists. FBCA, 1601 Paru St. (Info: www.frankbettecenter.org)
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fifth annual Black Light Art Show opening. All artwork reacts to ultraviolet light or created to be displayed in the dark. Free admission. Show hangs through Nov. 9. Hosted by Studio 23, 2309B Encinal Ave. (Info: 415-580-2309, www.studio23gallery.com

Saturday, Oct. 13

  • 9 a.m. Julia Morgan Homes. One-hour, 15-minute fitness walk with Alameda Walks led by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos. Explore the Gold Coast with a specific focus on the architecture of history’s most famous female architect. No pets, please. Meet at Franklin Park, 1432 San Antonio Ave. (Info: 747-7529, prussi@alamedaca.gov.)
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 25th Anniversary Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show. More than 400 classic vehicles of all types lined up along Park Street. DJ music, kids’ area. Free admission. Park Street between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues. (Info: www.downtownalameda.com
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “The Housing Affordability Horizon: What’s New?” with guest speaker Kathleen Mertz, Interim Director of Housing and Community Development, Alameda Housing Authority. Buffet lunch hosted by American Association University Women. $27. Alameda Elks Lodge Card Room, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: Penny Washbourn 748-7455, www.alameda-ca@aauw.net or www.alameda-ca.aauw.net)
  • 6 p.m. “I Ka Wa Ma Mua, Ka Wa Ma Hope (The Future is in the Past).” Live Hawai’ian music and hula. Halau Makana’s Ho’ike performs. Hawai’ian dinner plate, desserts and beverages and Hawai’ian arts and crafts available for purchase. Raffle, silent auction. Proceeds support nonprofit Halau Makana. Advance tickets $35 for VIP ($40 at the door), $25 for general admission ($30 at the door) and $10 for children 3 to 12 ($15 at the door). (Info, tickets: www.brownpaper tickets.com/event/3600436)

Sunday, Oct. 14

  • 9 a.m. to noon. Help prepare the Alameda Wildlife Reserve at Alameda Point for the return of the endangered least terns. Tasks include weeding, placing nest markers and “chick chalets” and picking up trash. (Info, directions: Pat Gannon 521-4402, pg3187@gmail.com)
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. Native Plant Workshop. Learn how to plant and maintain California native plants to reduce water usage, improve the environment, support animals and preserve a unique California heritage. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102, www.ploughsharesnursery.org)

Tuesday, Oct. 16

  • 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 8:30 p.m. Gardening Presentation: “Fruit Tree Selection” with Birgitt Evans and Marla Koss. Hosted by Alameda Backyard Growers. Free admission. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: Linda Carloni, lindacarloni@comcast.net)  

Wednesday, Oct. 17
6 to 7:30 p.m. “Basic Computing I” Learn the basics of using a computer and an explanation of all the different working parts. No computer experience necessary. Focus is on the Windows 7 Operating System, but all operating systems welcome. Free admission. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info, registration required: 747-7709)

Friday, Oct. 19

  • Oct. 19, 6 to 9 p.m. Friends of the Alameda Free Library Book Sale Preview. More than 20,000 gently used books and media for sale. Proceeds benefit Alameda library programs. $5 admission, cash or check only. Al DeWitt Officer’s Club. 641 West Red Line Ave. (Info: www.alamedafriends.com)
  • Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Alameda Community Fund annual fundraiser dinner. Raise money for community grants. Cocktail hour, dinner (prime rib and salmon cooked by Jim Franz) and dancing from 8:30 to 10 p.m. with live music from the Franz-Nichols Band. Tickets $50 each. Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. (Tickets, info: Ed Kofman, 909-4444, www.alamedacommunityfund.org/donate-2)
  • Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m. Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys perform Zydeco and Creole music. Starts with dance lesson. $20. Alameda Eagles Aerie No. 1076, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 522-7626, zydecod@msn.com)