Local Happenings

Local Happenings

Courtesy photo    Concealed: Monster Masks and Photography by Bart D. Frescura, a new show featuring handmade one-of-a-kind Halloween monster masks and mask-inspired photography opens at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden appropriately, on Friday, Oct. 13.


Friday, Oct. 13

  • 6 to 8 p.m. “Flashback Friday.” Film screening of Halloweentown, plus Halloween-themed snacks and crafts. Free admission, open to teens 13 to 18. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: Hallie Fields, 747-7713)
  • 6 to 10 p.m. Second Friday Art Walk. Coordinated event to feature discounts at participating businesses, and free art openings at galleries across city. (Info, full listing: fridayartwalk.com)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Second Friday Opening Reception: Suspended. Featuring photography by Jenya Chernoff. Free admission, refreshments served. Inkblot Gallery, 933 Central Ave. (Info: 863-4465) 
  • 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Second Friday Opening Reception: Creepy Art of Raul D’Mauries. Featuring creep-inducing and surreal art, themed on “evils of the world.” Free admission, refreshments served. 3Dot Art Gallery, 2309A Encinal Ave. (Info: Sara Edge, 404-980-9980) 
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Second Friday Opening Reception. Two galleries opening: Our Earth and Collage Mandalas. Free admission, refreshments served. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: 523-6957) 
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Halloween Art Show: Concealed: Monster Masks and Photography. Featuring works by Bart Frescura. Free admission, drink specials. Costume encouraged. Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: juliestea.com) 
  • 7 to 10 p.m. Blacklight Art Show. Halloween-themed art show, with special Brothers Grimm-inspired exhibit. Also featuring outdoor night market, kids’ activities and Halloween treats. Free admission, donations appreciated. Studio 23 Gallery, 2309B Encinal Ave. (Info: 415-580-2309) 
  • 7 to 10 p.m. Flashlight Tour. Special evening tour of USS Hornet, in honor of Friday the 13th. Tour to explore ship’s paranormal history. Cost, $35 non-members, $30 members. Registration required. USS Hornet Museum, 707 West Hornet Ave. (Info: 521-8448)

Saturday, Oct. 14

  • 9 to 10 a.m. Alameda Walks: Bay Farm Bridge. Guided walk of bridge, Mt. Trashmore and Osborne Model Airplane Field. Led by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos. Free admission. Starting point: Veterans Park, intersection of Veterans Court and Island Drive. (Info: Patrick Russi, 747-7550) 
  • 10 to 11 a.m. Cross Alameda Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony. All community members invited. Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, 1925 Sherman St. (Info: sweeneyopenspacepark.org)
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Model Expo & Open Cockpit Day. Celebration of Navy’s birthday, with model competition, vendor expo and opportunity to sit inside select aircraft cockpits. Standard museum admission applies: $20 adults, $15 seniors and military, $10 youth. USS Hornet Museum, 707 West Hornet Ave. (Info: 521-8448) 
  • n Noon. Human Billboard Vigil. Weekly demonstration, to express solidarity with all members of community. Participants advised to bring signs, or hold up pre-made signs. Intersection of Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue. (Info: Ruth Smiler, 846-2001) 
  • Noon. American Association of University Women Monthly Luncheon. Guest speaker: Jill Keimach, City Manager. To attend, mail check for $39 to Beth Sibley. Members and prospective members welcome to attend. Asena Restaurant, 2508 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: Beth Sibley, 721 Harbor Road; easibley@hotmail.com)
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. Black Panther Documentary Screening. with opening remarks from U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee. Other speakers: Film director Jeffrey Heyman, Mayor Trish Spencer. Free admission. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: Sarah Henry, 747-4714) 
  • Noon to 3 p.m. Alameda Island Brewfest. Featuring local craft breweries and food trucks. Tickets $50, proceeds to benefit Alameda Meals on Wheels. Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina. (Info, tickets: brownpapertickets.com)
  • Noon to 4 p.m. Writers’ Group. Open to all interested adult writers. Family Study Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 1 to 3 p.m. “Star Wars Party.” Games, crafts and Jedi training. Free admission, costumes welcome. Felker Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 2:30 to 4 p.m. East Bay Bariatric Support Group. Question-and-answer session for new and prospective members at 2 p.m., general session afterward. All community members welcome. Conference Room C, Alameda Hospital. (Info: 522-3700)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Poetry at the Bette. Hosted by Jeanne Lupton. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info 523-6957) 

Sunday, Oct. 15

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Native Plant Gardening.” Free admission. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)  
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. “The World is Yours.” Presentation on booking vacations, hosted by Cruise Planners travel agency. Refreshments and drinks provided. Free admission, registration recommended. High Street Station Catering and Events. (Info, registration: 227-5514)  
  • 5:30 p.m. Zydeco Dance: Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic. Potluck dinner 5 p.m. Tickets $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: Dana DeSimone, 415-792-8855)

Monday, Oct. 16

  • 6 p.m. Lawyers in the Library. Licensed attorneys will be on hand to provide free legal assistance. Names will be drawn by lottery at 5:50 p.m. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767) 
  • 6:30 p.m. Docent presentation: “Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire.” Hosted by Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Free admission, donations appreciated. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: Kumar Fanse, kumar.fanse@gmail.com
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m. Alameda Vipers Open Gym. Drop-in volleyball for girls ages 14 to 16. Open gym held each Monday until Oct. 23. Cost $15 per session, $35 all four sessions. Alameda Point Gym, 1101 West Red Line Ave. (Info: alamedavipersvolleyball.com) 

Tuesday, Oct. 17

  • Noon. Rotary Club Luncheon. Guest speaker: Jeff Cambra, Rent Arbitration Commission. Cost $20. Members and prospective members welcome to attend. Grand Pavilion, 300 Island Dr. (Info, RSVP: Michelle Ingram, miang@aol.com
  • 5 to 10 p.m. Alameda Civic Ballet (ACB) Fundraiser. Percentage of proceeds to go to ballet company. The Star on Park, 1400 Park St. (Info: ACB, 337-1929) 
  • 6:30 p.m. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 400, Monthly Meeting. Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: 814-0522) 
  • 7 p.m. Alameda Stamp Club Meeting. Semiannual auction to take place at meeting. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: John Kofranek, 523-6617) 
  • 7 to 8 p.m. Speaker Series, Featuring Natalie Gelman, Ph.D. Final presentation of weekly series. This week’s topic: “Sharing Responsibilities Around the Home.” Free admission. Alameda Chamber of Commerce, Suite 2215-A, South Shore Center. (Info: drnataliegelman.com)
  • 7:30 p.m. Alameda Community Band Fall Concert. Free admission, donations appreciated. Suggested donation: $20 adults, $10 children. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: alamedacommunity band.weebly.com)

Wednesday, Oct. 18

  • 10:30 a.m. La Leche League Monthly Discussion: “Baby’s Changing Needs: Starting Solids and Weaning.” Free admission. La Leche League of Alameda, 2803 Clay St. (Info: Virginia Thompson, 521-4867)
  • 1 p.m. “Eyes, Vision, and Aging.” Info session on common eye diseases and elder-age eye care. Featuring Meredith Whiteside, UC Berkeley School of Optometry. Free admission, registration required. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: 747-7506)
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Vietnam War Town Hall. Hosted by KQED Radio. Panelists to include community leaders, veterans and health care advocates. Free admission, registration preferred. USS Hornet Museum, 707 West Hornet Ave. (Info, registration: eventbrite.com)
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Forum on Sea- Level Rise in Alameda. Featuring Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley Professor, and Kris May, Silvestrum Climate Associates. Hosted by Community Action for Sustainable Alameda (CASA). Free admission. First Congregational Church of Alameda, 1912 Central Ave. (Info: Ruth Abbe, 415-235-1356) 
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. LGBTQ Round Table. Hosted by Alameda Unified School District and Alameda Poets Laureate, in celebration of LGBTQ History Month. Free admission, refreshments served. Books Inc., 1344 Park St. (Info: Marcelle Trzcinski, mtrzcinski@alameda.k12.ca.us

Thursday, Oct. 19

  • 10:45 a.m. Great California Shake-Out. Three minute-long earthquake drill to help residents practice disaster safety protocol. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713) 
  • 11 a.m. Trinity Seniors Program: Music by Glen Fong. October birthdays celebrated afterwards. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. (Info 522-5220)  
  • 1 p.m. “The Last Gift Box.” Workshop on organizing papers, writing a will and getting affairs in order. Free admission, registration required. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: 747-7506)
  • 4 to 4:30 p.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: Little Libraries in Alameda Parks. Alameda Recreation and Park Department offices, 2226 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7707) 
  • 4 to 5 p.m. “Teens Teaching Technology.” Teens on hand to instruct seniors on using portable devices. Bring a portable device. Free admission, open to seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)