School ‘Fun-Raiser’ on the Estuary Set for Sunday

Alameda public schools’ Pirates in Paradise “fun-raiser” will take place on Sunday.

The October 16 event will include dragon boating, canoeing, rowing, whale boating, kayaking, riding in outrigger canoes and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bridgeside Shopping Center at Blanding Avenue, near the Fruitvale Bridge. There will also be face painting for the kids and free information from local yacht clubs, boating clubs and an America’s Cup organization.

Organizers, like Deborah Wright, say a highlight of the day’s activities will be the “Battle of the Paddle” between members of the Alameda Fire Department and Alameda Police Department, who will be competing in dragon boats during a boat regatta.

Community members are asked to come enjoy the friendly contest between members of the police and fire departments and watch an exhibition crew race put on by Oakland Strokes. Donations of $10 per adult and $5 per child will be greatly appreciated by Alameda school students and their supporters, as proceeds from the event will benefit the Alameda Education Foundation.

“This event is a great way to introduce the community to our hidden treasure — Alameda’s beautiful waterfront,” said Wright, which includes “the incredible waterfront of the Alameda-Oakland Estuary.”

“Pirates in Paradise is a way of giving back and supporting our schools,” said Dom Weaver of the Alameda Firefighters Association, an event sponsors. “Supporting our youth is essential to their ability to grow to becoming contributing members of our community.”

Alameda Education Foundation President Bill Sonneman says local businesses are very involved in helping the Island’s public schools. “Our schools are in a difficult position these days due to the drastic budget cuts from the State,” said Sonneman. “It really is up to the community to ensure that quality education continues in Alameda, and we are thrilled to have the support of so many waterfront and local businesses to make that happen.”

Recently, the education foundation received about a dozen donations of $500 that are being given to teachers and program leaders to support student learning through the group’s Adopt a Classroom project. The organization would like to have 100 classrooms “adopted” this school year.


Library Supporters Hosting Book Sale

The Friends of the Alameda Free Library is holding its annual October book sale at the DeWitt O’Club, 641 West Red Line Ave., this weekend.

The group says its members takes 800–1000 boxes of donated books to every sale, and there will be hundreds of items in every category to browse through and enjoy. Most books are priced between 50¢ and $2.00.

The three-day event includes a preview sale on Friday evening (free to members), all-day shopping on Saturday, and a Sunday clearance sale.

The preview sale is held Friday, October 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. There is a $5 admission charge for those who aren’t members of Friends of the Library. On Saturday, October 15, the sale starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.; admission is free. And on Sunday, October 16, a free clearance sale is held from 12 to 4 p.m.


Talk on Economy Set for Saturday Night

Alameda Public Affairs Forum will present a talk on the U.S. political economy by Jack Rasmus, Ph.D., at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 8, at the Alameda Free Library.

Rasmus, who teaches at St. Mary’s College and Santa Clara University and has written several books on the U.S. economy, will speak on “Obama’s latest jobs program, the emerging double-dip recession and the global economy on the brink,” event organizers say.

“When President Obama took office in 2009, there were 27 million jobless Americans. After more than a trillion dollars in tax cuts, another trillion dollars in spending and more than eight trillion dollars given to the banks, there are still more than 25 million people jobless,” he explains. “Obama’s latest proposal for creating jobs is a repeat of the programs of the prior years that failed to create jobs. The weakening US economy is part of a broader global economic slowdown that is approaching new worldwide depression.”

His talk is being hosted by the Alameda Public Affairs Forum, and the group invites members of the community to hear Rasmus “provide the deep intellectual and political analysis necessary to understanding what is happening and we can do about it.”


Bette Center Celebrates New Show

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts is hosting an opening gala for its latest show, Circles, from 7 to 9 p.m. this Friday, October 7. Art in the show will be on display through Friday, December 23.

According to the event’s organizers, “The circle of life, a circle of friends or maybe you feel like you’re just going in circles; whatever your take on the subject, come and compare your ideas with this month’s exhibiting artists interpretation of circles. You may be surprised, enlightened, affirmed, or entertained. What better way to spend some time out of your own head and delve into someone else’s, even if it’s just for a little while.”

The opening gala takes place at the arts center, 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue. The event is free, though donations to the center are appreciated, staff members say.

Also, don’t miss the Plein Air art sale at South Shore Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, October 8.

(Thanks to Genie Scott for the image shown above.)


Talk on Home Preservation Slated

Lorna Kollmeyer, a master plaster caster, will be a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette Street.

Her talk is sponsored by the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and is free for members; non-members are asked to pay $5.

According to AAPS, Kollmeyer has worked since 1984 restoring sculptural details in homes, hotels, and restaurants throughout the Bay Area.

“After a stint as a professional basketball player, Kollmeyer landed in San Francisco in 1984 and, with little experience in restoration work, bought out an ornamental plaster company owned by friends. In a fit of optimism, she submitted a bid to restore scores of Victorian plaster details for the restoration of the Majestic Hotel on Sutter Street,” the recent AAPS newsletter explains.

She has created more than 50 original ceiling medallions, each named after the street it came from.

At the AAPS meeting, Kollmeyer will focus crown moldings,with examples of many types found in local homes. She will also address problems faced when restoring decorative plaster.

Some of her items are found on her website, or in Berkeley at Ohmega Salvage, 2407 San Pablo Ave.

(Thanks to AAPS and Kollmeyer for the image.)


Bonta Celebrating Birthday with Fund-Raiser

Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta, who just hosted a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, is being supported in his political efforts with a fund-raiser set for 1 to 3 p.m. today, October 2, at Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street.

Bonta, who is turning 40 on Sunday, October 2, recently announced plans to run for the California State Assembly. He was elected to the Alameda City Council in late 2010.

The Assembly election is set for 2012, when the current representative for the 16th Assembly District (Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro), Sandre Swanson, will be forced out of office due to term limits.

Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore is expected to attend this afternoon’s festivities.

Donors are being asked to share $40-$500. (That’s quite a few ice cream cones for some residents).


Nautical Acrobats Worth the Attention

The local sailing magazine, Latitude 38, and other publications have been giving some publicity to the performances of a “charming family of sailor/acrobats who have just arrived in the Bay.”

The performers did their acts today at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on board their ship, La Loupoite, at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina, in Alameda and will do the same shows on Sunday, Oct. 2. The performances are very moving and well worth it!

The morning show has a comical, family-friendly theme, while the afternoon program is more passionate and dramatic.

According to Latitude 38, the family doing the shows is making their way around the world aboard La Loupoite and does the shows to help cover expenses.

Here’s their schedule:
* Oct 1 & 2: Encinal YC, Alameda, 11 a.m. “The Sailors”; 1 p.m. “Between Wing and Islands”
* Oct 8 & 9: Treasure Island YC, 3 p.m. “The Sailors”; 5 p.m. “Between Wing and Island”
* Oct 14, 15, & 16: South Beach YC, S.F., see website for show times

Get out and enjoy the one-of-a-kind shows!


New Noodle Shop in the News

Mama’s Chicken Noodle Restaurant on Webster Street is part of that district’s growing eating-out (and drinking-out) community.

It’s atmosphere and delicacies have earned it rave reviews from a recent visit by a San Francisco Chronicle blogger.

“Nothing is quite like Mom’s chicken soup. That seems to hold true at four-month-old Mama’s Chicken Noodle in Alameda’s former KFC location, where Ngay Phung serves her version, along with other noodle soups, roasted meats, rice plates and appetizers,” wrote Lynne Char Bennett.

The chicken wings are to die for, too, says the blogger.

Mama’s Chicken Noodle, at 1727 Webster St., is open from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily.