Memorial Day on the Point

The USS Hornet is open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28) during its regular hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) — out at Alameda Point. A special ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The Memorial Day service includes a memorial wreath ceremony and a parade. The keynote speech will be made by Commander James Ridgway, commanding officer of the Naval Operational Support Center in Alameda.

The USS Hornet is docked at Pier 3, 707 West Hornet Ave.

For those interested in helping with airplanes, restoration, security, tours, events, or administrative assistance at the USS Hornet, an orientation session will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sign up in advance by calling 510-521-8448, ext. 243.

On Saturday, June 16, the USS Hornet will present a special “flashlight tour.” Visitors can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the USS Hornet, including spaces that have not yet been opened to the public. The three-hour guided tour begins at 8:30 a.m., and costs $35 per person ($30 for members). Reservations are required; 510-521-8448, ext. 224.

Come and see the history in your own backyard — at the Alameda Naval Air Museum in Alameda, California.

Our museum is home to a unique collection of artifacts and exhibits emphasizing the role of the Alameda Naval Air Station in the defense of our nation and as an integral part of the local community for over 50 years.

(The nearby Alameda Naval Air Museum is not open on Memorial Day; its normal hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.)


Big Band Dance Happening at the Hornet

On Saturday, May 12, the Harry James Orchestra Big Band Dance is taking place on the USS Hornet.

“Get ready to put on your dancing shoes and Swing, Jitterbug, Rhumba, Cha Cha, and dance the night away!” say organizers. “Don’t worry if you don’t know all of the dance steps—former Fred Astaire dance instructor Jim Truesdale and his team will be giving free dance lessons all night.”

The popular Swingin’ Blue Stars will be performing the Andrew Sisters classics.

For those who don’t like to dance, there will be plenty of fun to observe, according to USS Hornet supporters, so “just sit back and enjoy the show!”

Cash bars and food concessions will be available during the evening.

The cost of general admission is $40, captains’ reserved seats are $60, and admirals’ premium reserved Seats (the best seats in the house) are $80.

Call (510) 521-8448 x282 for more information.


ABG Yard Sale Set for Saturday

On Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Alameda Backyard Growers is hosting a fund-raiser at 1529 Union Street. There will be furniture, books, music CDs, electronics, and other household items for sale.

Organizers hope the event will help them raise funds for ABG’s free community programs.

Before the event, members of the community and ABG supports can drop off yard-sale donations (no clothing or shoes) at 1529 Union Street from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, and from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12.

The group is also seeking more volunteer for the yard sale to help with setting up, pricing items, collecting money, ABG outreach, cleaning up, and donating unsold items to charity. Drinks, snacks, and fun conversations will be available for event volunteers.

“Stop by and shop on Saturday and/or drop a donation in the jar – your support is appreciated!” organizers add.

For more information, please contact Janice Edwards at dewdropfarm@gmail.com or (510) 282-5249.


Final Day of Used Book Sale Is Here

From 12-4 p.m. today (Sunday, May 6), the non-profit Friends of the Alameda Free Library is hosting the final day of the 37th-annual Used Book Sale at the Al DeWitt Officers’ Club at Alameda Point, 641 W. Redline Ave.

Today’s event is a clearance sale and is free, with thousands of book for sale.

(Friday night’s preview event had a $5 admission charge.)


Spring Festival Being Celebrated on May 6

Parishioners at Buena Vista United Methodist Church invite the Alameda community to the church’s 53-annual Spring Festival Bazaar from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.

The free event is held each year to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The church is located at 2311 Buena Vista Ave., at Park Street, and there is free parking at 1416 Oak St.

The event includes live music, arts & crafts, a boutique, games for kids, a raffle and cultural activities for both children and adults.

There will be chicken-teriyaki barbecue, sushi, manju, lal bi, lumpias and other Asian-Pacific items for sale. And there are covered tables and chairs available for festival-goers.


Special Movie on Bullying Comes to Alameda on May 7

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and Vice-Mayor Rob Bonta will host a free screening of “Bully,” at 7 p.m., on Monday, May 7.

A short trailer/preview of the film is now online.

The film is rated PG-13.

A number of school and city leaders will be present to participation in a discussion after the film, including:
– Sean McPhetridge, assistant superintendent of the Alameda Unified School District;
– Nicole Williams-Browning, principal of Lincoln Middle School;
– Jeff Knoth, principal of Wood Middle School;
– Diana Kenney, Discovery Channel trainer and computer educator at Encinal High School; and
– Alameda Police Chief Mike Noonan.

The screening has been organized by the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and their Families and nearly 50 organizations and individuals serving and advocating for youth.

For more details, call 510-747-6883 or send e-mail to jfranz@ci.alameda.ca.us.


Check Out Alameda on Camera Winners

The winners of the sixth-annual Alameda on Camera have their work on display at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts through May 26.

For the exhibit, 48 invited photo-based artists explored Island neighborhoods, favorite places and secret hideaways for 48 hours.

The winners of the event by category and sponsor are:

– Best of Show: “To the Boatyard” by Ginnie Chabre, sponsored by an anonymous friend of Frank Bette;
– 2013 Marketing Award: “Alameda Old and New” by EB Bounds, sponsored by Frank Bette Center for the Arts;
– Classic Photo Award: “Open Reflection” by Alyx Morgan, sponsored by John Sheridan Digital Printing;
– Historic Alameda Award: “Crossing Timeline” by Victoria Klum, sponsored by John Sheridan Digital Printing;
– Creative Digital Arts Award: “Alameda is Architecture” by Jeff Dunn, sponsored by John Sheridan Digital Printing;
– 1,000 Words Award: “Apocalypse Alameda?” by Joanne Clapp Fullagar, sponsored by the Alameda Journal;
– Photojournalism Award: “Stamps” by John Griffin; sponsored by the Alameda Sun;
– How Cool is Alameda: “Sunset Ships” by Chris Adamson; sponsored by Alameda Patch;
– After Dark Award: “Through the Trees” by Andre Hermann, sponsored by Asena Restaurant; and
– Nature, Nature, Everywhere Award: “Bare Bones” by Barbara Landis, sponsored by C’era Una Volta Restaurant.

Peter Tonningsen served as juror for the event and exhibit. Tonningsen is a fine-art photographer and teacher, specializing in black-and-white photograpy, alternative processes and handmade books. An active adjunct instructor, he teaches at the Academy of Art University and has taught at San Francisco Art Institute, San Jose State University and in Oakland-based Castlemont High School’s art-enrichment program.


Viva! Cinco de Mayo on the Island

The Island is lleno (full) of Cinco de Mayo fiestas today.

The Encinal Yacht Club, for instance, is hosting a Mexican buffet complete with margaritas and music.

Over at the Aeolian Yacht Club, the party was in full swing at 6 p.m. on the patio with a DJ playing Mexican tunes, and the blender in full form making plenty of margaritas.

A big party is going on at the Oakland Yacht Club on the estuary, as well, including karaoke.

At the Trader Joe’s, store staff members were full of the Cinco De Mayo spirit. Loud Mexican and other Latin tunes filled the store, along with Mexican-themed decorations.

And over at Rosenblum Cellars, a Cinco de Vino festival was held, complete with dancing, mariachi music and folkloric dancers.