From the Desk of the Executive Director

Happy Halloween, Alameda! The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will continue its Halloween tradition of inviting trick-or-treaters to Webster Street next Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. 

Each participating merchant will display a flyer indicating that treats will be given out there. The flyers will appear in each merchant’s front window. Orange and black balloons will also indicate the participating locations. The generous WABA members joining the fun this year include: Providence Veterinary, Gallagher & Lindsay, Discount City, Beacon Business Bank, Superhero Bakery, Calafia Taqueria and Fireside Lounge.

Drop by: Lanvie, Dave’s Liquor Store, J Couture, J Gallerie, Alameda Comics, Studio Barber Shop, Jazeera Market, Webster Barber Shop, Otaez Mexican Restaurant or Under One Woof for more treats.

Even Metro PCS will be giving away tidbits along with: Coco Beauty, Leann Nails, Aria Market, Beauty Cut, CK Kitchen and Tapout Fitness. Don’t miss: Modern Hair Salon, Phnom Penh, Feathered Outlaw, Extreme Pizza, Al’s Barber Shop and others. 

WABA itself will host a Halloween table in front of Wescafe, 1518 Webster St., where little ghoulies and goblins can grab a Halloween goodie bag.  

WABA would like to thank Alameda Grocery Outlet for its generous donation of candy for the trick or treaters.

Please come by the West End on Halloween, I look forward to seeing everyone’s costumes this year.

As always, it is a great pleasure to represent and advocate for West Alameda, a neighborhood I call home. I can be reached at linda@westalameda or 523-5955.  

Hornet to Host Monster Bash
The USS Hornet Museum will host its annual Halloween Celebration, Monster Bash, this Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. the following morning. The Hornet predicts sleepless nights and non-stop dancing may occur.

Lee Presson and the Nails will perform live music along with Lost Dog Found. Guests can enter the costume contest for a grand prize of $500 cash.

Libations and food will be served. Tickets cost $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more details, visit

Community Picnic Nov. 2
The West End’s Crab Cove Picnic Area will serve as the location for the Black Achievers Alliance’s annual Unity Picnic on Saturday, Nov. 2. Guests are encouraged to gather for a unity photo taken at noon.

In past years, picnic attendees arranged themselves to spell the word “unity” on the beach. Their image was then captured from the air. The picnic is open to everyone and admission-free.

The picnic will include cultural entertainment, the launch of the 2020 census and youth mental health initiatives. 

Write madlen@alameda for more details.