Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

Some Alameda restaurants will open their doors to residents on Thanksgiving Day, November 24.

Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant at 1148 Bellena Boulevard, for instance, says that it will be serving special meals from 1 to 8 p.m.

Its menu will include roast turkey, honey-baked ham and a combination dinner. Prices are about $20-$22 dollars.

The restaurant owners say that these items and others are being offered for residents to enjoy with no price increase this holiday season.


Alameda Needs More Turkeys for Islanders in Need

The Alameda Food Bank says that its current goal is to provide 1,000 turkeys — along with ham and beef roasts — for those in need on the Island during the holiday season.

The food bank hopes to have 500 by Tuesday, November 22, for its Thanksgiving Turkey distribution, and another 500 for those who would like a bird or other meat for later in the holiday season.

Fresh and frozen turkeys (as well as hams and beef roasts) are being accepted at 1900 Thau Way on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a m to 5:00 p.m., on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, and the second and third Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As of November 20, the food bank says it has received or has commitments for 404 turkeys.


Dragon Rouge Set to Open on Estuary

Aroma Restaurant & Bar at 2337 Blanding Avenue on the Alameda-Oakland Estuary closed its doors on Monday, November 7.

But the owners and managers of Dragon Rouge Vietnamese Bistro are re-doing the location, so that they can re-open their popular eatery in the scenic spot near the Park Street Bridge — in the Park Street Landing shopping mall — in February.

Dragon Rouge is currently doing business at 2304 Encinal Avenue, off Park Street. But senior staff members say it needs a bigger place to do business.

The area, now home to Perforce Software, as well as to a small marina run by Hansen Rigging, is becoming a trendy spot for those eating out on the Island.

Little House Cafe
, at 2300 Blanding Avenue, is now open for dinner and tapas — Tuesday through Saturday. It also serves breakfast and lunch during the week, along with brunch on weekends.


November Meals to Benefit Kids’ Hospital

This month’s Tuesday night dinners at the Aeolian Yacht Club and first-and-third Thursday night dinners at the Ballena Bay Yacht Club will benefit Children’s Hospital in Oakland, say organizers.

They also offer residents a great chance to get a tasty meal at a good price and to take a break from all the holiday to-do lists and activities.

On Tuesday, November 15, the folks from High Street Station Cafe will serve Yankee Doodle Pot Roast, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad and sweet rolls, along with dessert. The following Tuesday, November 22, dinner will include fried chicken with buttermilk-batter gravy, coleslaw, potatoes and more.

The Aeolian Yacht Club is located at 980 Fernsside Blvd., And reservations are encouraged. Call 510-995-8049. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Meals are served most Friday and Saturday nights at High Street Station.


Beach Clean-Up, Other Events Slated at Crab Cove

Now that the rains and cooler temperatures have returned, more debris gets washed into the Estuary and into the Bay. Residents are asked to visit Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Avenue, this coming Saturday, November 12, for a special beach clean-up event.

The cleaning will take place from about 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and visitors will also observe some of the local sea creatures and other wildlife in the area. Students can earn community-service hours by participating. Call 510-544-3187.

Later this Saturday, from about 2 to 3 p.m., children and others can learn about fish and other animals that are new to the Crab Cove Visitor’s Center and the area around it in Alameda.

This year’s Coastal Cleanup on Crown Beach in mid-September drew nearly 600 people to the waterfront, and they picked up about a ton of trash, organizers say. “It was another successful year – another banner year, in fact,” said Kerry Parker of the Public Works Department.

Last year’s effort involved not only Crown Beach but also the waterfront area by the Encinal Boat Ramp. As a result, the number of volunteers was higher and more litter, including large pieces of trash, was collected in 2010.

Across the state, the number of volunteers has been growing in recent years, while the total quantity of trash collected has declined, Parker says. “This means that our efforts are having a measurable impact,” she explained. Still, she says, trash from city streets gets into the Bay when it rains via storm drains, so residents need to be sure that everything from cigarette butts to plastic-bottle caps are put into the garbage each day.


‘All Together Now’ School Fund-Raiser at Alameda Theatre

WHAT: All Together Now Fund-Raiser for the Schools
WHEN: 6:30-10 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10
WHERE: Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2311 Central Ave.
COST: $40-$50
INFO: www.alamedaeducation.org or 510-337-7189

On Thursday night, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Alamedans can dance to Beatles tunes performed by the Sun Kings and several student musicians at the historic Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. The Sun Kings will play music from the album “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” and other songs. Tickets are $40-$50. Last year’s event, organizers say, raised about $20,000.

Before the Sun Kings take the stage, DJ Pete Fletcher will spin oldies, the acapella group Talk of the Town will sing some Motown hits, and the troupe Dance 10 will perform a “Hairspray” number for guests. Several local restaurants, vintners and breweries are providing food, wine and beer.

The Alameda Association of Realtors has organized a silent auction, including items like a week’s stay in Maui and a cabin vacation in Lake Tahoe. In addition, there will be a raffle for a scooter from Scooter Importers and a wine collection.

“This year, we are excited to be doing the event at the Alameda Theatre, which is a very centrally located, as well as a beautiful, great venue,” said Vicki Sedlack of the Alameda Education Foundation. “We have set out for this to be a really, really fun party with lots of great food, drinks and dancing — fun.”


Alameda-Themed Art on Display at Library

Alameda Free Library is hosting an art opening from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Sunday, November 6, in the Stafford Meeting Room at the facility, 1550 Oak Street.

One of this month’s featured artists at the library is David Savellano, who works primarily en plein air (outdoors), “creating watercolor paintings that capture random moments – on the street, in nature, and wherever else his portable easel takes him,” according to organizers of the exhibit. “Painting outdoors, especially in the urban settings he favors, requires adaptability and above all speed. Usually the elements are a factor, like the changing light and the most alluring subjects are often fleeting or temporary at best,” they add.

His exhibit will be on display at the library through Saturday, November 26.

Savellano is active in the Alameda plein-air art scene, participating in events run by the Frank Bette Center for the Arts and achieving recognition for this creativity on the Island.


Circus Events to Benefit Schools

WHAT: Circus for Arts in the Schools
WHEN: 1 and 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6
WHERE: Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave.
COST: $10-$18
INFO: www.circusforarts.org or 510-337-1238

Circus for the Arts — the seventh-annual circus-themed fund-raisers are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave. The 70-minute shows will feature performers who’ve worked with Cirque du Soleil and the Pickle Family Circus, as well as other talented acts from the circus world like Calvin Kai Ku. Tickets are $10-$18.

Circus for the Arts performers include Cirque du Soleil veterans Jaron Hollander, Marcie Brown, Ben Johnson and Jeff Raz, who helped start the annual fund-raiser about seven years ago and has a son attending Otis School. The show will feature a band led by Johannes Mager, stage clowns from the Medical Clown Project, other circus acts based on talents developed in China, Germany and Brazil, as well as beatbox-juggler Bronkar Lee, aerial dance troupe Zaccho Youth Company and two aerial duet performers of Disney World fame.

Cassie Weigel, star of Bay Area Children’s Theater’s Circus Adventure and a student at St. Philip Neri in Alameda, is also set to perform. And a quartet of talented principals from Alameda public schools have promised to share their talents as well, event organizers say. Among the new acts are those featuring capoeira (or Brazilian martial arts) and a stilt walker.

“Money raised at the Circus for the Arts goes to support arts programs modeled on teaching from the Lincoln Center Institute in New York,” explained Raz. “Students get to see work of art – visual or performing art, like music or dance. Before and after they see it, they work with a teaching artist to do exercises and training.”

Funds raised will help pay for these Creative Education programs at Paden and Otis elementary schools. In addition, the city’s other elementary schools will receive some financial support for participating in events’ ticket sales. In past seven years, the circus shows have a total of more than $130,000.


New Restaurant Hosts Grand Opening Tonight

Abigail’s Cafe in Ballena Bay is hosting its first dinner event from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.

The celebration will feature Moroccan cuisine, such as vegetable couscous chicken tajine (stew), lamp shank tajine, mint tea, belly dancing, music and more.

For more information, call 510-523-5000. The restaurant is located at 1132 Ballena Boulevard.

Abigail’s Cafe has been open for lunch for several months now, and its owners have been making and serving Mediterranean sandwiches, salads and other treats.

Their cafe also offers free Wi-Fi service for guests.

Also, if you missed last weekend’s acrobatic shows put on by a group of globe-trotting French sailor, you can now view it online at the Ballena Bay Yacht Club website.