Alameda Polls Open for Measure A Vote

Today is the day to vote in Alameda’s special election over Measure A, a new parcel tax that aims to support the Island school district.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.

There are very heated arguments about the measure, as has been the case recently with other parcel-tax proposals.

The League of Women Voters of Alameda had to cancel its February 3 forum on the measure, as controversies arose over the format and content of the public discussion.

The league has posted the pros and cons it gathered Measure A online, though.

Each and every vote counts, since the Measure A parcel tax needs to pass with 66.6% or more of the votes.

Last summer’s Measure E votes were: 14, 415, or 65.62%, yes; 7,551, or 34.38%, no.

Today’s parcel tax vote should be another close one.


Encinal Yacht Club Hosts Kids’ Day – Rain or Shine


Alameda’s Encinal Yacht Club is inviting members of the community to experience the fun and thrill of sailing today, Sunday, March 6 — despite the rain — from 1 to 4 p.m. at the club, 1251 Pacific Marina.

The club is offering free EYC Jr Sailing T-shirts to many of the visitors, along with refreshments, sailing rides and club tours.

Junior sailors, instructors and parents will be on hand to discuss the program and answer questions. According to the club, instructors are certified, experienced and friendly instructors.

Encinal offers programs year-round for children ages 8-18, and it hosts special beginning-to-advanced sailing camps during the summer.

Small-boat sailing has captured the hearts of many Bay Area residents, including author Jack London, who wrote an essay and many books about his nautical experiences.

For more info, call 510-769-0221 or visit the group’s website.

(Thanks to local youth-sailing supporter James Fryer for the photo of some of last summer’s junior-sailing activities.)


Alameda’s Rhythmix Hosts Island to Island Arts Festival


Performers from Alameda, Manhattan and Japan will participate in this weekend’s Island to Island Arts Festival at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow evening.

The March 4-5 event features Chieko Kojima of Japan, Kaoru Watanabe of Manhattan and Alameda’s Maze Daiko drumming group.

Kojima is the principal dancer of the internationally renowned Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo. She is known for her innovative interpretations of Japanese folk dance, according to Rhythmix, while flautist
Watanabe is trained in both traditional and contemporary forms of eastern and western music.

“Together they reinvent tradition in our modern world with clarity and relevance,” Rhythmix says.

Members of the Maze Daiko global-instrumentation-and-rhythm performing group include Janet Koike, Cristine Sato, Elaine Fong, Kathryn Cabunoc, Tina Blaine and Carolyn West.

Tickets for this weekend’s concerts are $20-$25, and drinks from the bar and other concessions will be available at the show.

The concerts are made possible thanks to funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the East Bay Community Foundation, as well as the support from Kodo Arts Sphere America.


Ballena Bay, High Street Station Co-Host Dinner, Fund-Raiser


Ballena Bay Yacht Club, at 1150 Ballena Bay, and High Street Station Cafe are co-hosting a dinner and benefit tonight — from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 — at the yacht club.

For $10, guests can enjoy a hearty meal while supporting Girls Inc. of Alameda Island.

Members of the High Street Station crews — Susan, Lynda and Annie — ask members of the community “to join us to help with this wonderful cause, and to enjoy a meal, and a view.”

Those planning to attend can RSVP by calling 510-995-8049.

There’s also plenty of free parking in the Ballena Bay area.

Tonight’s menu includes fried chicken in a spiced buttermilk batter, corn on or off the cob, coleslaw, mashed red potatoes and gravy, coconut cream pie and banana cream pie.

On Thursday March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — the menu is planned to feature corn beef and cabbage
Sheppard’s pie, Guinness stew, soda bread, and bread pudding with ice cream.