Local Happenings

Local Happenings

Courtesy photo    Enjoy a taste of chocolate for Valentine’s Day at Mastick Senior Center tomorrow afternoon. Explore how the flavor of chocolate changes depending on where in the world it was produced.

Friday, Feb. 14

  • 1 p.m. “Chocolate Tasting Around the World.” Like wine, chocolate holds nuanced flavors depending on where it’s grown and how the chocolate beans are processed. Discover more about the chocolate lands, the growers and the dangers from climate crisis. Taste samples. $5 materials fee payable to instructor. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Info, register 747-7506, www.alamedaca.gov/recreation)
  • 2 to 5 p.m. League of Women Voters Centennial Celebration. Celebrate the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters. Drop in for cake, conversation, music, voter registration, League news and more. Free admission. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Alameda. Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park St. (Info: 913-0591, www.lwvalameda.org/calendar.html)
  • 7 p.m. “Read Love.” Local literary figures read aloud what they love for Valentine’s. Hosted by Alameda Poet Laureate Gene Kahane. Books Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: 522-5226, genekahane@gmail.com)

Tuesday, Feb. 18

  • 7 p.m. “Growing Your Own Vegetables from Seed.” Alameda Backyard Growers and Birgitt Evans, Alameda County Master Gardener, host hands-on seminar on selecting seeds best planted directly in the ground or better started indoors, and when to start them. $5 materials fee. Limited to 25 participants. Register at www.eventbrite.com. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 239-7425, www.alamedabackyardgrowers.org)

Wednesday, Feb. 19

  • 1 p.m. “Budget-friendly Ways to Stay Active.” Tips, tricks and tools for staying active and independent without breaking the bank. Sponsored by Elders Village and AEC Living. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Media Room. (Info, register: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. “Day of Remembrance for Alameda’s Japantown.” Commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066, Feb. 19, 1942, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast. Features: The Writing is on the Wall art exhibit, Maze Daiko performance with musician Kallan Nishimoto and readings by Rev. Michael Yoshii. Free admission. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org

Thursday, Feb. 20

  • 1 p.m. Trade between the U.S. and China. Roger Dong, retired U.S. Air Force and Foreign Area-China specialist, to catch up on trade relations between the U.S. and China. Examine the current state and impact of tariffs and trade negotiations on both countries. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Dining Room 2. (Info, register: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)
  • 1 to 4: 30 p.m. “The Good Place Marathon for Teens.” Everything is fine! Eat snacks and marathon NBC hit show, The Good Place. Watch from the first episode and enjoy themed snacks. For teens only. Free admission. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, hfields@alamedaca.gov)
  • 5 to 9 p.m. Alameda Meals on Wheels Dine & Donate fundraising event. Dine any time between 5 and 9, and East Ocean Seafood Restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales to Meals on Wheels (dine-in only). East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, 1713 Webster St. (Info: 865-3381, alamedamow@aol.com)
  • 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. “Heart Chakra: Getting Over Heartache and Opening the Heart Chakra.” Part of the Mini Chakra Series of presentations with Dr. Tim Heath and Anné M. Klint. Learn about heart coherence and how to receive guidance from the heart center. Learn about herbs, essential oils, stones and other tools. Free admission. Optimized Wellness Center, 2381 Mariner Square Dr. Ste. 170. (Info: 497-4424, www.optimizedwellnesscenter.com