Super cool stuff happening in West Alameda


The public is invited to an evening of salve and ointment making tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Herbal-Gypsy Bath & Body and Feathered Outlaw. The boutique’s monthly make-and-take events are hosted by Melissa Rivers, the mastermind behind Herbal Gypsy Bath & Body products. 

Each event is unique. For $25 (per event) attendees receive the ingredients, skills and one-on-one coaching to design their own custom scents and body product blends in the workshop. Snacks and beverages are also included.  

Feathered Outlaw is located at 1506 Webster St. For more information, call 239-4593 or visit

One fantastic weekend coming up Sept. 15 & 16
The West End will play host to several fun and festive events on the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16.

Bank of Marin Running Festival. A two-day festival with certified courses, great music, free local beer and awards for all distances. Races include a half marathon, half-marathon relay, 10k, 5k and a family fun run that all traverse the beautiful Island City of Alameda. 

Proceeds from the running festival benefit Alameda Meals on Wheels and Alameda Education Foundation. For more information or to register, visit

Blues Brews & BBQ. On Sunday, Sept. 16, noon to 6 p.m. The fourth annual Blues, Brews & BBQ will be presented by the West End Arts & Entertainment District. The festival features live blues bands, barbecue vendors competing for prizes and craft vendors on site. 

Building on last year’s event that attracted more than 7,000 visitors to Webster Street, this year’s event will be headlined by Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, the quartet who recently scored three nods at the 2018 Blues Music Awards including Band of the Year. Additional musical acts scheduled for the event include the soulful blues sounds of Quinn Devaux, local favorites Tia Carrol & her Awesome Blues Band and Blue Cedar.  

The event is free and will take place on Webster Street between Central and Santa Clara avenues. For more information, see

Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire, The September Issue. Antiques by the Bay hosts its annual vintage fashion extravaganza, The September Issue celebrating fall’s runway looks from every era Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Featuring more than 60 vendors showcasing a wide array of clothing, couture, jewelry, accessories, textiles, fine linens and more. The event features timeless fashion from every decade including the Victorian era.

The event features a cocktail party and fall fashion costume contest at 6 p.m. Saturday. 

Purchase weekend passes in advance, ticket prices will increase at the door. Cash only. The fashion faire happens at 2701 Monarch St. More info: