There’s always something happening in Downtown Alameda during the 2nd Friday ArtWalks: artist receptions, live music and dancing or shopping and dining. And now the 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle makes it even easier to experience a fun-filled evening. 

As reported in the Alameda Sun, (“Music Programs Receive Reprieve,” June 6) the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) “School Board of Education voted unanimously to maintain the music program at Encinal Junior & Senior High School (EJSHS).” After losing a well-fought battle to drastically curtail the highly successful EJSHS music program, one administrator graciously offered to “conduct further study to measure the student body’s interest” in music.

I can’t sing on tune, I don’t play any musical instruments, and my musical education has been, at best, spotty. And yet, like billions of others, I love music — especially music that makes me want to rock, dance and wave my arms about. I think music is, arguably, as important a development of humanity as any other invention of man and woman. Music unites us as no other medium of expression and music expresses the most basic emotions of life as does no other art form.

The 2nd Friday Artwalks are hosted by an ad-hoc group of galleries and businesses in the Alameda-Oakland Jingletown arts districts. The event is promoted by the City of Alameda, Downtown Alameda Business Association, West Alameda Business Association and the West End Arts and Entertainment District. Visit Webster Street for this month’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk tomorrow, Friday, July 12.

Because Alameda has a summer-dry climate, the vast majority of plants grown here need extra water during the non-rainy months in order to survive. Even drought-tolerant plants like succulents likely need irrigation for their first summer or two. But when, how, how much and how often to water? Different plants have different needs, but there are some common rules.