From the Desk of the Executive Director

There are so many events and activities coming up this month on the West End that you can fill your calendar with many ways to “Explore West Alameda.”

At the last West Alameda Business Association (WABA) board of directors’ meeting on March 21, several visitors, including Rosalind Fortuna from Fortuna Realty, joined the discussion. 

Sloane Morgan presented on a proposed Gig Car Share program for Alameda. Then Doug Biggs, executive director of the Alameda Point Collaborative, gave a detailed description of the proposed Alameda Medical and Respite and Wellness Center on McKay Avenue. WABA will partner with the collaborative in the near future on a community forum discussing the proposed center. 

Also discussed at the meeting was the proposed renovation of the McDonald’s on Central Avenue. The WABA design committee will work with the architects to ensure the historical integrity of the district is maintained. The next agenda item was the kick-off of the Economic Development Committee led by Matt Falzone of West End Crepe. The first meeting was lively and everyone is enthusiastic about keeping the momentum going for a revitalized Webster Street.

After the meeting, Fortuna shared that she had no idea of all the issues and projects WABA was working on to make West Alameda a great place to do business. WABA’s general board meetings are open to the public so they can learn more about efforts to promote the district. Everyone is welcome to attend on the third Wednesdays of each month, 11 a.m. at Hawthorn Suites. 

As always, it’s a pleasure to represent and advocate for West Alameda. Throughout 2018, we will provide many opportunities to Explore West Alameda. 
Feel free to contact me at Linda@WestAlamedaBusiness.com or 523-5955.
— Linda Asbury 

Love Our Island Artwalk on Webster
The “Radical Beauty on Webster Street” Love Our Island Artwalk has been set for Friday, April 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. The walk will feature three artist’s installations in front of the following locations on Webster: 

• Ginny Parsons at Salon Number One, 1419 Webster St. 
• ghost ghost teeth at J Couture and Alameda Sports Cards & Comics, 1517 Webster St.
• Chris Rummell & Dickson Schneider at Sunshine Cleaners, 711 Santa Clara Ave.

The April walk also features an Island City Waterways sneak preview performance with live performances by Maze Daiko and Epiphany Dance Theater at Calafia Taqueria, 1435 Webster St. and Gamelan Sekar Jaya at US Bank, 1414 Webster St.

“Radical Beauty” is the theme for the Rhythmix Love Our Island Art Walk Series — a two-year, art-centric, creative placemaking project that utilizes public art, storefront art installations and music performances to activate Alameda’s historic downtown districts. 

Earth Day Festival at Washington Park

The city’s official Earth Day celebration has been set for Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the West End’s Washington Park.

Come celebrate the planet while enjoying free activities for kids, Earth Day games and exhibits. Learn about building a clean, healthy, sustainable world for generations to come. There is lots more to do and learn. Find out more at the East Bay Regional Park District’s website: www.ebparks.org.