Local Happenings: the Week of Friday, Nov. 11 to Thursday, Nov. 17

 

Friday, Nov. 11

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans Day Open House: Learn about Alameda’s military past; help construct a memorial wreath; take a self-guided history tour in the park. Additional family activities planned throughout the day. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. “Shoot the Moon”: Pacific Pinball Museum Expo. 400 working games on free play, vintage tournaments, science and art exhibits and more for all ages. Tickets: $25-$110. 1680 Viking St. (Info, tix: www.pacificpinball.org)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Story Time from Tales of the Arabian Nights: Dressing up is encouraged; refreshments served. Free for kids and adults of all ages. The Old Bazaar, Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park St. (Info: 910-3922) 
  • 7 p.m. The Princess Bride: Fred Chacon Little Theater, Central Avenue and Walnut Street. (Info, tix: www.showclix.com)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Artist’s Reception & Poetry Reading: Celebrate the opening of Celebrating the Park Street Bridge, images and poetry from a collaboration between Alameda Women Artists and Alameda poets. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: 523-6957 or www.frankbettecenter.org
  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys. Dance lessons at 8:30. Tickets sold at the door. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-285-6285) 

Saturday, Nov. 12

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toy and Model Show: All categories of collectibles presented. Admission: $7, adults; $1, children under 12; $15, early bird entry at 7 a.m. Free parking. Alameda Naval Air Museum, 2151 Ferry Point #77 (Info: 886-3195) 
  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. “Shoot the Moon”: Pacific Pinball Museum Expo. Continues through Nov. 13. 1680 Viking St. (Info, tix: www.pacificpinball.org)
  • 11 a.m. “Explore the Wild Outside Your Door”: Join Nathanael Johnson, East Bay author of Unseen City, for a talk and walk through town, looking for small urban wonders. Free for all ages. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (RSVP requested: 747-7713)
  • 11:30 a.m. American Association of University Women: Luncheon and program featuring speaker Cathy Foxhoven speaking on harassment in the workplace. Open to members, prospective members and interested guests. Reservations required. Gold Coast Grill, 1901 Park St. (Info, reservations: Mary Ann Rose, 217-8664)
  • 12:30 to 4 p.m. NaNoWriMo: Second of three “write-in” sessions for writers participating in National Novel Writing Month. Light refreshments and a chance to be around other writers. Final event: Nov. 19. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 1 to 4 p.m. House Tour: Last tour starts at 3. Admission: $5. Meyers House and Gardens, 2021 Alameda Ave.
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Sharks”: Discover the not-so-scary wonders of these ancient creatures, then discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 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) 
  • 7 p.m. The Princess Bride: Final performance. Fred Chacon Little Theater, Central Avenue and Walnut Street. (Info, tix: www.showclix.com
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Poetry at the Bette: Prose and poetry reading. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: www.frankbettecenter.org or 523-6957) 

Sunday, Nov. 13

  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. “Shoot the Moon”: Pacific Pinball Museum Expo. Final day. 1680 Viking St. (Info, tix: www.pacificpinball.org)
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon: Storytime and Nature Fun: Parents and kids will meet the characters at “the Cove”; listen to stories; make a nature craft; watch nature films; and more. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 2 p.m. “Notes for Nourishment”: Pianist Donna Stoering with the Listen for Life Music Ensemble. Part of the 2by2 Sundays series of informal concerts. Free to the public; donations will benefit instrumental music programs of the Alameda Unified School District and the Alameda Education Foundation. St. Joseph’s Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. (Info: 540-8136)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Sharks”: Discover the not-so-scary wonders of these ancient creatures, then discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 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) 
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunset Low-Tide Exploration: Explore while the tide is out and the sun is setting; and discover the creatures of the bay. Wear shoes that can get muddy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 

Monday, Nov. 14

  • 6:30 p.m. Alameda Library Book Club: November selection is Girl at War by Sara Novic. Free to the public. Family Study Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.
  • 7:30 p.m. Y.L.I.: Meeting. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette St. (Info: Marilyn Darnell, 523-1500)
  • 7:30 p.m. Encinal Parlor, #156, Native Daughters of the Golden West: Meeting; discussion of environmental and restoration projects and veterans’ welfare. (Info, address: M. Dodge, 523-7802 or J. McKay, jmonky333@aol.com

Tuesday, Nov. 15

  • 10 a.m. to noon:  Diabetes Support Group: Monthly meeting with Rajinder Singh, diabetes educator. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)
  • 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Hikes for Tykes: Join a naturalist in exploring Crab Cove. Tools for exploration will be provided. Hikes average one mile; bring a snack. Strollers not recommended. Rain cancels. Free for preschoolers and their caregivers. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 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, reservations: 747-7506) 
  • 6:30 p.m. Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 400: Meeting. Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: Bill Hodges, 918-4429)

Wednesday, Nov. 16

  • 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) 
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. “Antonin Dvorák: Music from the People”: Music director, conductor and chorus master John Kendall Bailey will speak. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Preregistration required: 747-7506) 
  • 6 to 7 p.m. AMP Heating Workshop: Learn how to stay warm and save energy. Presented by Alameda Municipal Power. Free to the public. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, preregistration: 747-7506)
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. “The Rama Epic”: Art at the Library presents a docent speaking aboutan exhibit at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. 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)

Thursday, Nov. 17

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Dental Consultation: Free consultation, by appointment, with Dr. Alfred Chong. Generally, offered every third Thursday of the month. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, reservs: 747-7506) 
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trinity Seniors: Celebrate the Thanksgiving season at 11 with music presented by John Nichols on the guitar. Lunch served at noon for a $5 donation; November birthdays celebrated. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. 
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Tarot Meditation Group: Learn more about Tarot through meditation. Preregistration required. Bring a Tarot deck, notebook and writing implement. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, reservs: 747-7506) 
  • 1 p.m. Mastick Movie Matinee: Wild Oats. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)
  • 1:30 p.m. Music Appreciation: Volunteer instructor William Sturm will present a “Musical Grab Bag” with a review, discussion and performance of works by composers discussed and played in the music appreciation class this year. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 3:30 p.m. Playdough Play: Open to children ages 4 to 8 and their caregivers. Free. West End Branch Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767)
  • 4 to 5 p.m. Teens Teaching Technology: Teens from the Underground Teen Center will be available to assist and familiarize individuals with modern technology, including smart phones, iPads, etc. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, registration: 747-7506)
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Alameda Women Artists: Meeting. Prospective members call ahead to confirm location. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 865-0541)