Local Happenings

Local Happenings

Courtesyjba.af.mil    Above, members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard perform a flag-folding ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. A workshop for the public to learn to properly fold the U.S. flag will take place as part of the USS Hornet Museum’s Veterans Day Open House set for Friday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m.


Friday, Nov. 10

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans Day Open House. Various educational events on military appreciation. 10 a.m. history walk, 1 p.m. wreath-making, 2 p.m. flag-folding and knot-tying workshop, 3 p.m. flag retirement ceremony. Free admission. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187)
  • 3 to 9 p.m. Meals on Wheels Fundraiser. Mention fundraiser to donate 50 percent of receipt. Chipotle Mexican Grill, 2314 South Shore Center. (Info: 865-6131)
  • 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: Unusual Mojo by Rebecca Stees. Free admission, refreshments served. Inkblot Gallery, 933 Central Ave. (Info: inkblotgallery.com) 
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Second Friday Opening Reception: Our Planet and Bridges to 2050. Free admission. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info 523-6957)  
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Second Friday Art Show: Weatherings: Sculptural Collage by Alison Limoges. Free admission, drink specials. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: Sara Edge, juliestea.com) 
  • 7 to 10 p.m. Alameda International Film Festival Gala. In conjunction with Second Friday Art Walk. Reception, plus screening of A Thousand Junkies. Live music by The Ukemamas. Tickets $20. Festival continues until Nov. 12, see online for full schedule. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info, tickets: alamedafilmfest.com/schedule) 

Saturday, Nov. 11

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Boutique and Raffle. Local artisans host handcrafted goods and food sale. Proceeds to benefit church outreach programs. Free admission, guests asked to bring canned food donation. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 523-0659) 
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans Day Ceremony. Barbecue afterwards. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info, registration: 865-6372) 
  • Noon. Human Billboard Vigil. Weekly demonstration, to express solidarity with all members of community. 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. Special presentation on legal advocacy with Judy Boyette. To attend, mail check for $33 to Beth Sibley. Prospective members welcome. Pier 29 Restaurant, 1148 Ballena Blvd. (Info, registration: Beth Sibley, 721 Harbor Road; easibley@hotmail.com)  
  • 3 p.m. Artists’ Talk: Bridges to 2050. Presentation by Catie Faryl, creator of new exhibit. Exhibit on display until Dec. 31. Free admission. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info 523-6957)  
  • 5:30 p.m. “Festival Latino-americana!” Annual fall fundraiser for church. Latin music, dancing, dinner, silent auction. Tickets $30, $20 for seniors older than 65 and children younger than 12. Childcare and kids activities available. First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave. (Info, tickets: brownpapertickets.com)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. “Poetry & Prose.” Monthly literary discussion group at Bette Center, followed by open mic. Features poetry, short stories, singer-songwriters, comedians, etc. Last Poetry & Prose event of 2017. Free admission. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info 523-6957) 
  • 8 p.m. “Maze Daiko + Gamelan Sekar Jaya: 10th Anniversary Concert.” Tickets $25 advance, $30 at door. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: Tina Blaine, 865-5060)

Sunday, Nov. 12

  • 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Annual Nutcracker Breakfast. Breakfast served by actors in costume, from Alameda Community Ballet (ACB) Nutcracker production. Proceeds to benefit ACB and the Rachel Shahinian and Annika Zinsley Memorial Scholarship. Tickets $13 for 13 and older; $6 for kids 6 to 12; free younger than 6. Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, tickets: alamedanutcracker.com) 
  • 9 a.m. to noon. Environmental Conservation Work Party, Hosted by Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Reserve. Volunteer opportunity to help maintain nesting site for the Least Tern at Alameda Point. (Info, directions: email Pat Gannon, pg3187@gmail.com)  
  • 1 to 5 p.m. “NaNoWriMo.” Writing workspace, in honor of National Writing Month. Free admission. Opportunity for established and aspiring writers to network and work on projects. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713) 
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Middle East Tapestry Concert. Featuring traditional and modern music from Arabic countries, in addition to Turkey, Greece, Armenia and Persia. Free admission. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713) 
  • 5 p.m. Alameda International Film Festival closing night and awards ceremony. Tickets $30. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info, tickets: alamedafilmfest.com/schedule) 
  • 5:30 p.m. Zydeco Dance. Featuring Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic. Includes celebration of Dana DeSimone’s birthday. Potluck 5 p.m. Tickets $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: Dana DeSimone, 415-792-8855) 

Monday, Nov. 13

  • 1 to 4 p.m. Operation Christmas Child. Hosted by Samaritan’s Purse. Start of donation drive through Nov. 20. Donations of school supplies, personal hygiene items and toys accepted for children overseas. Drop-off site: Central Baptist Church, 2133 Central Ave. (Info, drop-off times: samaritan purse.com/occ)  
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Gods In Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World. Presentation hosted by curator, to promote current exhibit occurring at Legion of Honor. Hosted by Friends of the Library. Free admission. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7777) 
  • 7 p.m. Native Daughters of the Golden West Monthly Meeting. Discussion on environmental issues, mission restoration projects and veterans’ affairs. Prospective members welcome. (Info, address: M. Dodge, mpdodge30@gmail.com)

Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • 6 to 9 p.m. “Novemberfest.” Fundraiser for Island City Opera. Dinner, live music, dancing. Tickets $125. Spiesekammer Restaurant, 2424 Lincoln Ave. (Info, tickets: islandcityopera.org)  
  • 7 to 8 pm. Gardening Demonstration: “Citrus.” With Jeff Bridge, hosted by Alameda Backyard Growers. Free admission. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: Linda Carloni, lindacarloni@comcast.net)  
  • 7 p.m. American Legion, Post 9, Monthly Meeting. Open to honorably discharged veterans and current personnel of any branch of the United States military who have served at least a day of active duty during times of war or conflict. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info, Larry Fukuba: 289-4043) 
  • 7:30 p.m. HIV/AIDS Outreach and Education, Meeting. St. Barnabas Parish Center, 1427 Sixth St. (Info, Cath Sullivan: 865-3051) 
  • 7:30 p.m. Writers West. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome. Conference Room C, Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: 522-9028) 

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • 1 p.m. Info Session: Lead Awareness. Presentation on recognizing health hazards at home, hosted by Alameda County home safety inspector. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)
  • 3 to 5 p.m. “Chocolate Study Hall.” Hosted by Library Teen Advisory Board. Quiet exam study with snacks provided. Free admission, teens only, 13 to 18. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: Hallie Fields, 747-7780)

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • 11 a.m. Trinity Seniors Program: Brain & Body Fitness. Followed by Thanksgiving lunch at noon. November birthdays celebration 12:30 p.m. Free admission, $5 donation if eating lunch. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. (Info: 522-5220)  
  • 4 to 5 p.m. “Teens Teaching Technology.” Teens instruct on using portable devices. Bring a portable device. Free admission, open to seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 7 to 10 p.m. “History Mystery” Flashlight Tour. Opportunity to access restricted areas of USS Hornet, and learn about supernatural events reported during vessel’s history. Cost $35 general public, $30 members, reservations required. USS Hornet Museum, 707 West Hornet Ave. (Info, reservations: 521-8448)