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Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast Is July 29

Alameda firefighters want to help the community enjoy this weekend’s 28th-annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire and are hosting the group’s annual pancake breakfast as part of the weekend’s activities.

The event starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 29, at Fire Station #1, 2401 Encinal Ave.

The popular breakfast event will include a raffle and a viewing of the station’s fire engines.

The Island’s firefighters hope to see you there!

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Time for Art & Wine Fest on Park Street

It’s here: The Park Street Art & Wine Faire is going on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29.

Organized by the Park Street Business Association, the weekend event features more than 300 vendor booths along Park, between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues. It also includes live music, a children’s area with amusement rides and food vendors.

“We have a great selection of arts-and crafts vendors, as well as food and refreshments for sale,” said Stephanie Prothero, marketing manager for the business group. “Some new businesses are opening for the first time this weekend on Park Street, as well – Sub Par indoor golf and the nearby Thrill of the Grill barbecue restaurant (in the former-Weinerschnitzel location).”

In addition, many of the businesses in the Park Street area will offer specials during the weekend, Prothero says. “Lots of good changes that happened on Park Street, so people can come and take a look.”

“It’s going to be a fun festival, with lots and lots to see,” Prothero added. The live music includes two Alameda bands: the Mighty Neptunes, playing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on the Encinal Stage, and Spill the Wine, which performs from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday on the Buena Vista stage.

For kids, a puppet show is set for 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday on the Encinal stage. “That’s something that is always a hit,” shared Prothero.

Over the weekend, as many as 100,000 people could stop by the fair. Event organizers suggest that Alamedans walk or ride their bicycles. There will be free bike valet parking at Alameda Bicycle (at Park and Webb Avenue).

Rock Wall Wine Company will be serving beverages at the fair, while Farmstead Cheeses & Wines will host a tasting event in the Alameda Marketplace. Alameda Wine Co., on Central Avenue, is having a special event, as well. See the Park Street Business Association’s website for more details.

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Harbor Bay to Celebrate 33rd Anniversary: July 12

Harbor Bay Club is celebrating its 33rd anniversary from 4-8 p.m. this Thursday, July 12. It will raise funds to support the Alameda Food Bank.

Community members are invited to attend the fun-filled family event, which will feature DJ Bert, free spa services, outdoor dance classes and a kids’ carnival.

There will also be plenty of food and refreshments.

For those looking for ways to get the kids out and about this summer, it might be worth checking out the Harbor Bay Club Little League Summer Camp program.

The program is available for kids ages 4 to 6 and runs through August 24. It includes more than baseball: tennis, tumbling, martial arts, arts & crafts, cooking, games and park visits, as well as field trips.

A separate aquatics program is also available at Harbor Bay Club.

Call 510-521 5414 for details.

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‘Poker Run’, Dinner and Fund-Raisers Set at Yacht Clubs

On July 14, Ballena Bay Yacht Club is hosting a poker run to encourage local residents and sailing enthusiasts to visit the Island’s various clubs, such as the Aeolian, Alameda, Ballena Bay, Encinal and Oakland Yacht Clubs.

In past years, some top prize payouts have topped $400. The event takes place from 12 to 5:30 p.m. on July 14, with a steak dinner set for 7 p.m. at Ballena Bay.

On July 21, the Encinal Yacht Club will host Island Fever, a benefit for the Encinal Sailing Foundation and its youth sailing programs. The evening program includes an auction.

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Concert at the Cove: July 13

Coming up on July 13, the East Bay Regional Park District, Regional Parks Foundation and the Rotary Club of Alameda will host their second free Concert at the Cove.

The venue is the area around the Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave.

Food will be sold, and a family program will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Crab Cove Visitor Center.

Lyin’ Is, a group that plays the rock music of the Eagles, will take the stage at 5:30 p.m.

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Cross Currents Comes to Alameda Museum

At the Alameda Museum from July 6 to 28, the Island Alliance of the Arts is sponsoring Cross Currents, a show of 27 California artists.

The museum, at 2324 Alameda Avenue, is open from Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1:30-4 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist talks and presentations are set to take place from 12 to 2 p.m. on July 28.

Island Alliance of the Arts Board President Bonnie Randall Boller will speak, along with Peter Baczek, E. B. Bounds, Francesca Saveri and Mark Zaffron (whose etching is shown above).

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Summer School-Supply Drive Going Strong

The Alameda Education Foundation has kicked off its annual drive for school supplies to support several hundred Alameda students in need — in cooperation with the Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Boys & Girls Club and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families.

“Our goal is to ensure that all students begin the first day of class in 2012 with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom,” said Bill Sonneman, president of the Alameda Education Foundation.

The groups aim to collect and fill 800 backpacks. Supplies collected through the program – Equipped for Success — will be distributed to low-income students served by the school district’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Program and other programs on the Island.

“All of these organizations working together enables us to broaden the scope and effectiveness of this effort and help ensure all students have the supplies they need on the first day of school,” said Doug Biggs, executive director of Alameda Point Collaborative.

Donations can be dropped off from 5 to 7 p.m. during the free summer concerts at South Shore set for July 21, August 4 and 18, and September 1. In addition to school supplies, donations of musical instruments, picture frames and cash are requested.

For a full list of businesses around the Island collecting supplies, see the organization’s website.

“The Alameda community has a tradition of coming together to help those in need,” said George Phillips, executive director of the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. “We are confident that community members will help its most deserving and vulnerable citizens — its youth.”

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Romantic Lit Discussion at Alameda Library

Kristin Ramsdell, a reviewer of romantic fiction and author of “Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre,” will be at the Alameda Free Library today (Sunday, July 8) for a discussion with readers from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Main Library Reading Room.

There is a strong trend in romantic fiction right now, thanks to the Internet and the popularity of books like “50 Shades of Gray” by E. L. James and the “Twilight” vampire-romance series by Stephenie Meyer.

Ramsdell will discuss the variations of romantic fiction and why it appeals to so many readers at this free program.

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Watch for Food Trucks, Wine Events

Rock Wall Wine Company hosted a popular event yesterday, July 6, at Alameda Point. Islanders who couldn’t make it should keep their eyes open for similar events to be staged at the site — which feature fine wine, along with food-truck offerings and live music at a good price ($5-$10).

The event, Food Truck Frenzy 7, included trucks serving BBQ and other gourmet-street items.

These gatherings are family friendly, but you must be 21 or over to purchase wine. Most food trucks ask for payment by cash only.

The July 6 DJ was Dave Stebbins, and a photo booth was also on the scene.

In addition to Bay views, chocolate tastings could be enjoyed by guests, Rock Wall says. Stay tuned.

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New Art Shows Come to Frank Bette

An exhibit of paintings featuring Alameda scenes by Sterling Hoffman is now open at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue. The show will be available for viewing through August 4.

Hoffmann is a long-time artist and studied graphic design at San Jose State University. He enjoys drawing and painting en plein air (outdoors on location).

This exhibit has focused on ships at Alameda Point for many of his artistic works.

The Kaleidoscope exhibit is continuing through August 4.