Alameda’s Speisekammer Continues World Cup Fest

Alameda’s Speisekammer restaurant and pub was at full capacity today, when Germany played Spain the the semifinals of the World Cup soccer tournament.

But while the crowd enjoyed German beer and food during the match, it didn’t get all it came for.

Spain defeated the German team 1 goal to 0. Spain’s appearance in the finals on Sunday will be the first time a Spanish team has competed for the world’s top soccer prize.

While Spain is facing the Netherlands, Germany is set to play Uruguay on Saturday in the game that will determine the number three team in the world.

Thanks to Alameda resident James Fryer for sharing these images.


How Alameda Gardeners Grow

The Alameda Backyard Growers are making a big summer push for membership and involvement.

The group just participated in its first Fourth of July Parade in Alameda — sharing its message of  “Grow Some, Keep Some, Give Some Away,” complete with gardening-themed costumes.

 Group members said they got plenty of  “smiles and cheers” as they marched along the three-mile parade route on Sunday. They also handed out over 300 flyers on Park Street. Since then, the organization’s  welcomed five new members.

The group’s next gathering will be from 6 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, July 15, at the High Street Station Coffeehouse, 1303 High Street.

It will present Grow & Show: a Mid-Summer Garden Check-In, which – the group says – “will be a fun opportunity for members to meet up, mingle, share about what’s growing in their gardens, and offer gardening tips.”

Guests are asked to bring pictures, plants, or produce from their gardens. There will also be an update on the group’s gleaning project.


Alameda’s Busy 4th of July Weekend

The Alameda Fourth of July Parade will be the highlight of the holiday weekend. It starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Some 170 floats with 2,500 participants will travel the 3-mile route from Park Street and Lincoln Avenue, down Park to Otis Drive, over to Central Avenue and then down Webster, where the Jumpin’ & Jivin’ Jubilee will be held from noon until 4 p.m.

It’s recently been decided by the city that politicians can participate in the events, but they can’t tell parade watchers what race they are poised to run for: No campaigning materials or election posters are allowed.   

Later in the day, High Street Station coffee house will have another Saturday night barbeque from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with ribs, hot dogs, potato salad, garlic bread and more for $9.95.

The Placebos  band will be playing from 7 to 9 p.m. at the cafe, 1303 High Street.

Encinal Yacht Club is hosting lots of activities on the 4th as well.