West Alameda’s Wine & Dine Event Slated

The West Alameda Business Association has organized Wine & Dine in the West to take place starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at Otaez Mexican Restaurant, 1619 Webster St. Other participating restaurants are the 1400 Bar & Grill, Café Jolie, East Ocean Seafood, Pasta Pelican Waterfront Restaurant, Soleil’s African Cuisine at the Frog and Fiddle, and Wescafe.

Tickets are $30-$35 and include a souvenir wine glass, two glasses of wine from local wineries, fresh-cut local fruit, and one appetizer from each restaurant. There also will be a live raffle with prizes from local businesses. After the reception, guests can enjoy dinner at one of the seven participating restaurants.

Go online or call (510) 523-5955 for more details.


Body Found in Estuary

The Bay Area News Group reported early on Tuesday, June 19, that a man’s body was found floating off a pier near the 100 block of Embarcadero, close to the Jack London Aquatic Center.

The cause of the man’s death will be determined by the Alameda County coroner, with suicide being considered as a possible cause. Police are not releasing the man’s name yet, but do not believe he was an Oakland resident.


A New Sign, Sharks by the Bay

A few years ago, a kind Buddha statue sat near the the eastern end of Shoreline, on the corner where the sidewalk on Shoreline ends and the dirt path along the San Leandro Channel begins.

It was decorated daily with wreaths and other ornaments. Visitors also would leave fruit and other treats as community “offerings” to the Buddha. But one day, it disappeared.

Now, a friendly sign with lots of different greetings can be seen on the corner. Slogans like “relax” and “enjoy” are posted prominently, as our smiley faces and other decorations.

Nearby, between Shoreline and the Bay Farm Island Bridge, there’s a less friendly “display.”

On Sunday afternoon, June 17, there were at least six dead small baby or tiger sharks along the waterfront (near Bayview) on the western side of the channel.

With the fine weather we’ve been having, there have been plenty of fishermen and others out around the Bay and in the San Leandro Channel.

It’s hard to say if the dead sharks were caught and then let go, or what may have led to their demise. Share news on this development with the Alameda Journal Blog, if you can.


Alamedans Holding Benefit

If you’ve seen the signs and flyers for a Free Yano Barbecue and Benefit — which were all posted all over High Street this weekend — and are wondering who Yano is, here are a few details.

In early 2011, Yano Tesfay – 19 – was arrested and later sentenced to seven years in prison on an attempted murder charge after an altercation on Encinal Avenue. The articles that appeared about his contact with the Alameda Police and sentencing are not longer posted online.

His supporters are trying to raise money for books they wish to send to him in prison, and will be hosting a benefit for him from noon until dusk on Tuesday, June 19, at Upper Washington Park on Central Avenue near Crown Beach.

Yano’s incarceration have been the subject of some videos and blog postings by Bay Area residents, and supporters are vocal about their belief that the charges and sentencing were too harsh.


Father’s Day on the USS Hornet

Sunday, June 17, is both Father’s Day and Living Ship Day: Stories of Glory II at the USS Hornet in Alameda.

Fathers and other family members are invited to meet dozens of Bay Area World War II veterans.

Visitors can also experience an aircraft carrier in action, and witness simulated flight operations as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed into launch position. There will also be mission briefings, and guests can sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet.

The USS Hornet is open from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For an extra fee, visitors can relive a mission aboard an F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighter, including a simulated take-off from a U.S. aircraft carrier on a seek-and-destroy mission.

Along with action in Iraq, the simulator also takes visitors through a six-minute reconnaissance mission during the Battle for Iwo Jima in 1945.

The flight simulator is available from 11–11:30 a.m., 1–1:30 p.m. and 3–3:30 p.m.

Also, the nearby Alameda Naval Air Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call us at (510) 522-4262 for more information.


Pre-Father’s Day Fun at Harbor Bay Club

Today is the day for All Together Now, a benefit concert to raise funds for music, art and drama in Alameda’s public schools.

The June 16 event starts at 4 p.m., at Harbor Bay Club, and it will feature the Sun Kings, a Beatles-tribute band.

Band leader Drew Harrison and local realtor Peter Fletcher came up with the idea for the first such event in 2010. Events held that year and in 2011 raised about $50,000.

“It should be an especially fun concert, if you’re looking for something to do for Dad that weekend,” said Kirk Cowan of the Harbor Bay Club.
“After all, what could be a better Father’s Day gift than an afternoon of Beatles, beer and barbeque!”

Tickets for the show start at $25, with discounts available for groups and families. The concert event will include sales of food, beer and wine, as well as a raffle with a grand prize valued at over $4,500.