Alameda Day Care Center to Reopen; Seeks Donations


Neighbors in the area near Lincoln Avenue and Park Street are asking Alameda residents to support the Lyons family, who were displaced after their home and family business — a day-care center — caught fire on March 10.

As the family rebuilds its life and work at a new Alameda location, Marva says she is seeking donations to furnish the house and day-care center; gift cards for food, clothing and personal needs are also being accepted.

Donations can be dropped off at the Lyons new address — 303 Central Ave., the new home of Marva’s Happy Town Day Care.

To see a list of donations being managed by Patch contributor Mary Grace Basco, go online to this spreadsheet.


Alameda’s Sailing History, Industry Featured


Local sailboat enthusiasts have been pleased to learn about the re-launching of Summertime Dream, a 26-foot former race-winner that was recently restored in Alameda.

Found on the hard at the Alameda Marina by East Bay resident Scott Owens, the craft was designed by Carl Schumacher, a yacht designer who passed away in 2002, and introduced to the world of sailing in 1979.

Much of the work on the historic craft took place at Svendson’s Boat Works, and lots of Alameda talent went into the boat’s October 2010 re-launch.

This month’s issue of Latitude 38 gives plenty of details on the project and offers a unique look at what it takes to work on boats — and enjoy the fruits of this effort — in and around the Island.


Speisekammer Enjoying Springtime Popularity


Alameda’s Speisekammer Restaurant & Pub, near the intersection of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue, is attracting quite a crowd to its beer garden, bar and other facilities this spring.

In the April 27 edition of the East Bay Express, the Alameda establishment praised its beer offerings. It also (incorrectly) noted that visitors could “forget Lederhosen and oompah music…”

Today, May 1, Speisekammer is in fact celebrating its Mai Fest with plenty of that typical German fun. Live music from the Internationals band will be playing as members of the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club and others dance around the beer garden in Lederhosen and similar attire.

There will be a jump house for the kids and other activities from noon – 7 p.m. this Sunday.


Alameda Spring-Time Events for May 1


Today, from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Buena Vista United Methodist Church hosts its 52nd annual Spring Festival Bazaar, celebrating Asian Pacific Islander heritage month.

The event is free, features entertainment and other cultural activities, as well as unique food items, and takes place at 2311 Buena Vista Ave., between Park and Oak streets.

Also this afternoon, from 2 to 5 p.m. Bead Inspirations at 1544 Park Street is hosting an opening reception for its Mother’s Day special sale and celebration. The store’s jewelry show and sale continues through May 8.