West Alameda Business Association

The fifth annual Alameda “Blues, Brews & BBQ” festival, presented by the West End Arts & Entertainment takes place this Sunday, Sept. 15, from noon to 6 p.m. The festival on Alameda’s historic Webster Street between Central and Santa Clara avenues features award-winning blues bands, barbecue vendors competing for prizes, craft vendors and a kids zone. The event is free, family and pet friendly.

This year’s entertainment lineup includes:

Labor Day doesn’t have to mean an elaborate getaway out of town. Spend the day outside with the family and enjoy the close of summer. The perfect ending to any outdoor excursion is a stop for ice cream at Cookie Bar on Webster Street.

A new partnership between MBH Architects and the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) aims to energize the Webster Street shopping district using a pop-up event called Park(ing) Day. The event will showcase Webster’s wide array of experiences in food, shopping and fun with something to appeal to everyone. 

I’ve been a father for more than 30 years and have a closet full of neckties to prove it. For years, fathers all over the world have been showered with gifts such as neckties, handkerchiefs and socks from their well-meaning wives and children on the third Sunday of every June. After all, you wouldn’t give him a Mother’s Day gift like flowers or perfume. So the problem of what to give Dad to show our appreciation was solved, time and time again, with neckties which I think we can all agree, has become somewhat of a cliché. 

Legendary frogman John Wolfram will visit Alameda as part of a series of events occurring across the nation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The USS Hornet played a pivotal role in rescuing the Apollo 11 astronauts from the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969. When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins splashed down, the first person they laid eyes on was Wolfram in his inflatable raft. He had flower decals all over his wetsuit.

Events taking place on the West End recently included “Taste of Alameda,” a delicious tour of the Island City on April 24 (left) and Bike to Work Day, May 9 (right). Both events were well attended. Above, volunteers from the West End staffed the Bike to Work Day Energizer Station at the Main Street Ferry Terminal. According to BikeWalkAlameda, some 1,100 cyclists participated in 2019’s Bike to Work Day. Some were even seen pedaling the new Schiller water bikes across the Oakland Estuary.

The West Alameda Business Association is proud to annouce that Alameda Martial Arts Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West End’s Washington Park, 740 Central Ave. To mark the occasion, the International Chi Institute, 1532 Webster St. will present a demostration to the community free of charge. 

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) and the Oakland A’s will host a community forum to discuss the Major League Baseball team’s new stadium concept. Join the conversation! 
Come learn about the Oakland A’s plans for a new Howard Terminal ballpark and redevelopment of the Oakland Coliseum site. The WABA-Oakland A’s Community Forum will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Michaan’s Auction Theater, 2700 Saratoga St. at Alameda Point.

To register, visit htttp://tinyurl.com/y4e22et.


Spring has sprung and I, for one, am so excited as that means we are heading into a truly exciting season for the West Alameda Business Association (WABA).

Several representatives from the the City of Alameda attended WABA’s monthly board meeting, hosted by Hawthorn Suites on Webster Street. WABA was excited to host special guests from the City of Alameda: Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Andrew Thomas from Planning and Transportation and Amanda Gehrke from Economic Development. The board was excited to learn about some new city developments. 

While navigating today’s busy society, everyone is looking for tips and tricks to stay on top of their game, maintain their cognitive sharpness, biohack their mental capacity and age gracefully without losing their minds. I often get questions like: “What are some ways students can enhance their chances to pass a test?”, “How can employees keep their brains sharp throughout the day?” or “How might a retiree prevent crossing the precipice into mental decline?” Following are six ways I share to preserve people’s brain strength and endurance.