Local Happenings

Dennis Evanosky Mas Takano of the Buddhist Temple of Alameda welcomes everyone to the Obon Festival set for Saturday, July 23, 4 to 9 p.m. The festival features Bon Odori (folk dancing), live music and taiko, flowers, carnival games, cultural exhibits, drinks and delicious food. Takano is a key organizer of the festival.

 

Friday, July 15

  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Express Yourself!: Share the arts, music, poetry or just observe. Suggested donation: $10 with some of the proceeds going to charity. Bring a snack to share. Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. (Info: Cathy Dana, 523-7853)
  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic. Dance lessons at 8. Tickets sold at the door; $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-285-6285) 

Saturday, July 16

  • 1 to 2 p.m. “Midlife Alchemy for Women”: Presented by Eva Ruland. Free to the public. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: 865-2385)
  • 1 to 5 p.m. “The Dreams that Built Apollo”: 47th anniversary celebration of Apollo 11; rock enthusiast Faride Khalaf will speak about the legacy of the Hornet’s role in the Apollo recovery. STEM activities, space exhibits and events for all ages. Hornet, Pier 3, Alameda Point (Info, tix: www.uss-hornet.org or 521-8448, Ext. 282) 
  • 2 p.m. Drop-in Art: Free for all ages; children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7705)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “National Ice Cream Day —Seaweed Science.” Learn about this crazy ingredient in ice cream, then learn what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. “Improv Quilting”: Step-by-step instructions with author/quilter Sherri Wood. Free for teens and adults. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info, RSVP by July 10: 747-7713)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. East Bay Bariatric WLS Support Group: Peer support group for people how are considering or who have had weight loss or bariatric surgery. Pre-op and newcomers invited for the 2 p.m. Q&A. Free. Conference Room C, Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: info@eastbaybariatric.org)
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Summer Beats: Summer family concert series featuring the California Beach Boys. Face painting, henna tattoos. Family activities, bounce house. Free to the public. Center Court, Alameda South Shore Center, Park Street and Otis Drive. (Info: 521-1515 or www.alamedasouthshorecenter.com)

Sunday, July 17

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff: Sponsored by Alameda County and StopWaste in partnership with Alameda Public Works. Free. Alameda Point. (Info: www.stopwaste.org/onedayevent)
  • 10 a.m. Rally for the Cure at Harbor Bay: Third annual event. Pro-Am Doubles, followed by an exhibition match and barbecue banquet; silent auction, raffle. Minimum donation: $40. Harbor Bay Club, 200 Packet Landing Road. (Info: Ron Valentine, 409-6090)
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Interfaith Circle of Alameda: Music, spiritual teachings, sacred text readings and artifacts representing various faith traditions from around the world. Free to the public. Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. (Info: 769-0607)
  • 1 to 5 p.m. Community Faire and Wine Tasting Fundraiser: 20th annual event; silent auction, raffle, children’s entertainment area and various family activities and attractions. Proceeds will benefit Alameda Meals on Wheels and Alameda Friendly Visitors. Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St. (Info: 865-6131 or www.alamedamealson wheels.org)
  • 1:15 to 3 p.m. Coloring for Adults: Coloring books and colors provided but you may also bring your own. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7777)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “National Ice Cream Day – Seaweed Science.” Learn about this crazy ingredient in ice cream, then learn what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 2 to 4:30 p.m. Grown Up Gaming: Games are provided or bring your own. All skill levels welcome. Free for ages 18 and older. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7780) 
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 5:30 p.m. “Don’t Be Afraid of Your Bike”: Learn about bicycle basics; bring your bike. All ages welcome. Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St. (Info: 522-0070) 

Monday, July 18

  • 11 a.m. Teddy Bear Picnic: Bring your lunch, a blanket and your Teddy and listen to stories while you eat. Presented by the Alameda Free Library. Littlejohn Park, 1401 Pacific Ave. (Info: 747-7705)
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Legal Assistance for Seniors: Free for seniors 60 and older. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Appt: 747-7506)
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Lawyers in the Library: Free legal service; signup at 5:30. West End Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767) 

Tuesday, July 19

  • 1:30 to 3 p.m.  “Contemporary Comedic Genius – Richard Pryor”: Martin J. Marshall, writer, director and producer of comedic films will speak. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 1:45 to 3 p.m. Podiatry and Blood Pressure Screening: Free consultation, by appointment, with Dr. Dale Wright. Offered every third Tuesday of the month. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, reservs: 747-7506) 
  • 2 to 4 p.m. “Cake Decorating”: Workshop led by Jamie Paek. Space is limited; sign-up required. West End Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, sign-up: 747-7767) 
  • 6:30 p.m. “STEAM-Powered Pinball”: Michael Schiess and Melissa Harmon of the Pacific Pinball Museum will talk about teaching science, technology, engineering, art and math through pinball play. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713) 

Wednesday, July 20

  • 10:30 a.m. “Best for Baby; Best for Mother: Advantages of Breastfeeding”: La Leche League meeting offering information and support for nursing mothers. Babies and toddlers are welcome. Gathering time is 10:15 a.m. 2803 Clay St. (Info: Brittany, 365-9220 or Virginia, 521-4867) 
  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Blood Drive: Abbott Diabetes Care, 1360 South Loop Road. (Appt.: 800-733-2767 or www.redcrossblood.org
  • 1 p.m. “Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine”: Learn how to read your body signals and get tips on alternative solutions with acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner Tracy Zollinger, Lac. Presented by Elders Village and AEC Living. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 254-3090 or Eldersvillage@aecliving.com
  • 6 p.m.  Mastick Evening Movie: Spotlight. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. “Emperors’ Treasures”: Lecture on Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Free to the public. Regina K. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7777) 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Pet Loss Support Group: Free to the public. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way. (info: 337-8565)
  • 7 p.m. My Summer Adventure: A program of Alameda Free Library. Beer tasting at Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park St. Free for adults. Signup (required) at any Alameda branch library. (Info: 747-7713)

Thursday, July 21

  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Build Day: Join with other volunteers in building a play structure at Alameda Head Start/Early Head Start. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat; no training or tools needed. Build sponsored by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Alameda Family Services, College of Alameda and Kaboom! Additional volunteers needed July 19 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. College of Alameda Child Care Center, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. (Info: Thelma Garvey, 629-6334)
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Dental Consultation: Free consultation, by appointment, with Dr. Alfred Chong. Offered every third Thursday of the month. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, reservs: 747-7506) 
  • 1 p.m.  Mastick Movie Matinee: Spotlight. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 1 p.m.  “Geriatric Pain Management”: Geriatric pain specialist Jeanne Lahaie will speak about different types of pain and therapeutic options. Pre-registration required. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: 747-7506) 
  • 3:30 p.m. Playdough Play: Open to children 4 to 8 and their caregivers. West End Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767) 
  • 6:30 p.m. Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 400: Meeting. Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: Bill Hodges, 918-4429) 
  • 7:30 p.m. Alameda Women Artists: Meeting. Prospective members call ahead to confirm location. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 865-0541) 
Courtesy photos Learn about the ancient Chinese medical practice of acupuncture (left) and other traditional medicine from a local expert Wednesday, July 19, at the Main Branch of the Alameda Library. Later in the month on Saturday, July 30, Michaan’s Auction Theater at Alameda Point will screen a documentary on the healthcare industry titled The Business of Disease (bottom).