Alameda Artists Open Their Studios

This weekend marks the second Saturday and Sunday of ProArts’ East Bay Open Studios.

There are about 15 Alameda artists participating in the annual event this year, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

The artists include:
– Marjorie Lynne Wagner at 2900 Main St.,
– Aannah Golemac at 2900 Main Street,
– Susan Laing at 728 Santa Clara Ave.,
– Dickson Schneider at 767 Taylor Ave.,
– Wanda Fudge at 1610 Minturn St.,
– Marvin Dalander at 2021 Clement Ave., Suite B,
– Peggy Cotton at 2337 Blanding Ave.,
– Roberta Miller at 2337 Blanding Ave.,
– EB Bounds at 2510 Blanding Ave., Unit C,
– Pat Payne at 2121 Alameda Ave.,
– Mi’Chelle Frederick at 1517 Park St.,
– Gabriele Bundgardt at 1517 Park St.,
– Nancy Husari at 3239 Briggs Ave., #A,
– Bonnie Randall Boller at 3239 Briggs Ave.,
– Wendy Rabin at 1300 Regent St., and
– Larry Wilson at 1166-C Park Ave.

Alameda artists say they would appreciate visits from as many residents as possible this weekend, and look forward to expanding the involvement of the arts community in town.


Concert at Crab Cove – Tonight

Concerts at the Cove in West Alameda kicks off the summer 2011 season with a show tonight: From 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers will be performing at Crab Cove, McKay and Central avenues.

The event is free and is sponsored by the West Alameda Business Association and the East Bay Regional Parks District.

“We expect a really fun, family crowd of between 2,700 and 3,000 people per show, so get there early,” said Judi Friedman, director of operations for WABA.

Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers is a Bay Area group that plays “high-energy ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s tunes,” Friedman says. (The July 8 concert showcases Oakland-based Foreverland, “the outrageously popular Michael Jackson cover band that packed the cove last year,” she explains.)

“Both groups have a way of interacting with the crowd for a wonderful and enjoyable experience,” shared Friedman. “This will be a dancing summer for all!”

In addition, there will be a variety of drinks, food and snacks for sale. In the wine and beer garden, Rock Wall Winery, R&B Cellars and Drakes Brewery will offer an assortment of libations.

Hula Hawaiian will serve shaved ice, while Miggy’s Island Kettlekorn will dish out its crowd favorite. Other vendors slated to be at the event are Croll’s Pizza, Calafia Tacqueria, Vesta Flatbread, Paul’s Paella, Wes Café, and Frog & Fiddle.

Other sponsoring organizations are Bay Ship & Yacht, Catellus Development, Alameda County Industries, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Back to Health Chiropractic, Bill DeMar Office of Edward Jones, Bladium Sports Club, Perforce Software, Trans Pacific Bank, along with Rock Wall Winery, R&B Cellars and Drakes Brewery.


Sailing Team to Make Presentation at Encinal

The All American Offshore Sailing Team will make a presentation at Alameda’s Encinal Yacht Club at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 10. The talk and slideshow will follow the Spring Friday Night Twilight Races.

The All American Offshore Team is composed of 15 sailors with an average age of 23, and was organized to give youth sailors offshore racing opportunities in the United States. This summer they will race Vanquish, a 65-foot performance carbon mini maxi, in the Annapolis–Newport Race, the Trans-Atlantic, the Fastnet, as well as several other races both in the United States and internationally.

The team is composed of sailors from all over the country that were selected from a pool of over 300 applicants. Three Bay Area sailors were selected, Matt Noble, David Rasmussen, and Molly Robinson.

Matt Noble and David Rasmussen are representatives of the Richmond Yacht Club, and Molly Robinson is from the San Francisco Yacht Club.

Next weekend, Encinal is hosting the Summer Sailstice event, after the annual event was moved to Alameda from Treasure Island.


Alameda Budget Forum-Part III Slated

The third session of the Alameda City Budget Community Meeting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, June 9, at the Alameda Main Library. The event is being hosted by Alameda Citizens Task Force (ACT).

The first meeting was an informational presentation and discussion by Alameda Treasurer Kevin Kennedy and Alameda Auditor Kevin Kearney, who explained how the city budget works and concerns about our growing deficit.

The second gathering, the task group says, was a workshop on specific areas of the budget and ideas on what should be done.

This Thursday, the group hope that Kennedy, Kearney and other participants will summarize the past two meetings, prioritize the recommended budget cuts presented by city staff and prepare a report for the city council and incoming City Manager John Russo.

For more information on the task force, go to the group’s website. To review the city staff’s recommendations for budget cuts, go to special city website and click on the General Fund Summary and Graphs.


Alameda Sailmaker Luis Dies

Rui Luis, who ran Rooster Sails near Grand Marina, died Sunday, June 5, after falling into the water, the Alameda County coroner’s office said.

Luis, 48, was pronounced dead at Alameda Hospital at 11:51 a.m., said Deputy T. Engel, according to a report filed by the Bay Area News Group.

“Witnesses saw him trying to climb the ladder to his boat,” Engel said, “then the next thing he was in the water.”

The cause of death won’t be known until an autopsy is completed this week.

The local sailing publication, Latitude 38, says friends and family of Rui will gather to celebrate his life at 3 p.m., Friday, June 10, at the Rooster Sails loft, Grand Marina, 2021 Alaska Packer Place.


Alameda’s Annual Sand-Castle Contest Set for June 4


This weekend, come rain or shine, Alamedans and friends can participate in the 45th annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, and ends at 1:30 p.m.

Participants and observers should go to Robert Crown Memorial State Beach (on Shoreline) for the festivities. They should also bring shovels, buckets and plenty of imagination, organizers say.

This event is co-sponsored by the Bay View Women’s Club, East Bay Regional Park District and the Alameda Recreation & Park Department. Registration is free.

Viewing and judging will begin at 12:00 p.m. (noon) with awards presented at 1:00 p.m. Categories include: Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture, ages 12 and under, 13 and over and family.


Truck Plows into McGee’s on Park Street


A driver of a Toyoto four-door pick-up truck slammed into the entryway of McGee’s Bar & Grill at 1645 Park Street at around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

Several firetrucks responded after the accident knocked out water and electricity at the bar, and smoke from the tires (caused by the driver attempting to move the vehicle) initially sparked concerns of a fire at the popular watering hole.

According to firefighters at the scene, the driver walked away from the accident and refused medical attention. No injuries were reported as of 9 p.m., though extensive damage to the front of McGee’s was caused by the accident.

Two blocks of Park Street (between Lincoln and Buena Vista avenues) had to be closed while the truck was towed away.