Audio-Visual Night at the Alameda Library

A group of Alamedans is presenting an audio-visual show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, as part of its regular Quiet Music series at the Alameda Library presentations, which take place on the first Saturday of each month.

The visual projections are organized by several residents, including Steve Dye, Suki O’Kane, John Karr and others.

The electronic music is produced by Thomas Dimuzio, Could Shepherd, Kristin Miltner and others.

Guests are asked to enter the library through the back gate, 1550 Oak Street.


Crab Cove Hosts Summer Activities for Kids, Adults

This weekend, Crab Cove will host I Love Mud with Victoria Baird, from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 7.

Visitors are asked to meet the bathhouse (near the Westline Drive parking lot) to learn what’s so special about our Alameda mud. They will get e a behind-the-scenes tour of our seldom-seen bathhouse aquarium.

Then guests will explore the mudflats from above and below, so bring galoshes/boots and a towel. You’re bound to get muddy!

On Sunday, July 8, a Geology Rocks presentation, story time and nature-fun session will take place at the visitor center.

From 10:15-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, pre-school kids and parents can share a morning of shoreline fun focusing on animals (and their poop). Other sessions are set for July 24, with a focus on sand sculptures; August 7: seals and sea lions; and August 21: incredible eggs. Registration is required.

School-age kids can enjoy activities from 3:45-5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10. Parents are not required to attend while the children explore nature. The themes and dates are the same as those for pre-schoolers, but work on an afternoon schedule.

Crab Cove Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For information call (510) 544-3187.

Note that every Sunday in July and August, from 10-10:30 a.m., kids can meet characters like sharks, hermit crabs, and “Rainbow Fish” through stories. There are also visits from live animals and scavenger hunts!

And from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the summer months, the pond is available for exploration with staff. The fish will be fed at 3 p.m., when there is viewing of crabs, flounder, perch, pipefish and more.


Sweet Treat Truck Spotted in Town

The pink Sweet Treat Stop mobile dessert-selling truck was at South Shore Thursday afternoon, July 5.

There was a line of about 12 people getting ready to order and enjoy a cupcake, brownies or other special treats.

The trucks seems to make the rounds of the East Bay on a regular basis and can be followed on Twitter.

Its owners say it is the first Bay Area food truck specializing in cupcakes and other desserts.


Enjoy Music, Fireworks-Viewing at USS Hornet

Volunteers and staff of the USS Hornet invite community members to celebrate July 4th on board the historic carrier and help support the USS Hornet organization.

There will live music from 2 to 9:30 p.m., feature the bands: the Cocktail Monkeys, Tempest, Michael Sea & Island Fever, the Mighty NepTunes and
Starboard Watch. D.J. Nikki Blakk of 107.7 will be at the USS Hornet from 7 to 9 p.m.

Family activities are set from 2 to 8 p.m., such as carnival games, a flight simulator, a jump house and interactive games.

The ship’s three decks and certain area will be open for exploration — like the Captain’s Bridge and the torpedo room.

Joe’s Grill and Jose’s Cantina will be open.

Guests can enjoy views of San Francisco Bay and the fireworks going off nearby, beginning at 9:15 p.m. with patriotic music.


Post-Parade Party at Rittler Park

Alameda Municipal Power is celebrating its 125th anniversary as part of the City of Alameda’s traditional July 4th celebrations.

The agency and other groups are hosting a 4th of July Jumpin’ Jubilee for families from 12 to 4 p.m. at Rittler Park (Otis Drive at Grand Street).

The event includes music, games, jump houses and other activities. Tucker’s Ice Cream will be offering treats, like an AMP commemorative ice cream.

The price of tickets for the event is $10 for games and access to the jump houses.

There will also be food available for purchase, such as gourmet sausages, hot dogs and apple pie.

Parking for cars and bikes is available behind Wood Middle School (on the blacktop at the basketball courts).


Parade Route from 10 a.m. – ?

The annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade — which includes more than 170 floats and 2,500 participants — will begin at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

The parade will include riders on horseback, dancers, marching bands and plenty of classic cars.

Participants will be gathering at Lincoln and Grand Street and then heading east for the start.

From Park and Lincoln, the floats will move toward south the beach and then will turn right (or east) on Otis Drive.

After a few blocks on Otis, the route will move (north) down Grand Street to Encinal Avenue.

The participants will proceed west on Encinal until the avenue mergers with Central Avenue.

After another few blocks heading west, the floats and participants will move north on Webster Street.

A crowd of about 20,000 is expected. Enjoy!

(For a map of the route and other details, go online to the city’s parade website.)