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Pro-Parks Measure D Group to Meet on Sept. 19

A group working to protect Alameda parks is having a kick-off get-together from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Deck at Dragon Rouge Restaurant, 2337 Blanding Ave. — by the Park Street Bridge.

Organizers are asking residents, neighbors and friends to come to an evening of fun and fund-raising focused on Measure D, which aims to protect Alameda City parks now and in the future.

There will be hors d’oeuvres, live music and auction items, as well as a no-host bar. Donations of $20 are requested, and lawn signs will be available.

Donations can also be sent to: Protect Our Alameda Parks, 875A Island Dr. Box 201, Alameda, CA 94502, FPPC #1344818.

See the group’s website, or call 510-523-5048

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Labor Day Picnic Comes to the Point

Yesterday, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire took place with over Alameda Point, as it does on each first Sunday of every month. (The Faire boasts over 800 Dealer booths, and all items must be 20 years old or older.)

Today, hundreds of union members and their families are expected to gather at the Point for a Labor Day picnic. The gathering is sponsored by the Labor Day Picnic Coalition, which includes unionized nurses, firefighters, teamsters, teachers, food and commercial workers, machinists, building tradesmen and tradeswomen, public employees and many others.

The focus of this year’s picnic is “honoring work and buying American.” Organizers say that unlike past years, when the focus has been on political speeches, this year’s activities will be by and for union members and their families.

“Of course we have many political friends and they are more than welcome to come and mingle. We thought it made sense to try things a little differently and see how it works cutting the speeches and concentrating on solidarity. I’m sure there will be more than one ‘Re-elect President Obama’ and ‘No on 32′ signs,” said Rich Fierro a Trustee at Teamsters Local 70.

(According to some sources, state Proposition 32 aims to deny organized labor the ability to collect money from its workers through voluntary payroll deductions and places additional restrictions on labor unions, while creating special exemptions for other groups working with political actions committees, instead of payroll deductions.)

The event will feature live music, a free barbeque and activities for the whole family. This is the largest union event of its kind in the Bay Area on Labor Day.

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Successful Art Auction at Museum

A crowd of several dozen Alamedans turned up for the finale of a show and silent auction put on by Alameda Women Artists on Saturday, September 1, which included refreshments and a special discount art sale.

The group started in the mid-1990s and includes more than 15 women who do traditional painting, sculpture, clay monotypes, photography, collage, mixed media and encaustic painting, which is done in wax with a damar varnish and oil paint for color.

“We really want to raise funds to support student artists and expand this educational program in Alameda,” said Teddy Goldsworthy-hanner, a member of Alameda Women Artists and exhibitor at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave. The proceeds, she adds, will be given to students in the form of gift certificates for art supplies.

Along with participating in the bidding process for 13-by-13 works of art, guests at the silent auction could buy raffle tickets for a $1; winners received a basket full of art supplies.

Some of the 18 pieces of art sold for over $60 each, and the group most likely raised close to $1,000.

The 18 artists in the show, who mainly live in Alameda but include several residents of Oakland, are: Mi’Chelle Fredrick, Wendy Gudzuk, Mirian Infinger, Karen McCloud, Teddy Goldsworthy-hanner, Lily Abraham, Thelma Richard, Colene Leong, Glenna Mills, Briana Learnihan, Patricia Edith, Joan Tharp, Bonnie Randall Boller, Nicole Wakeman, Gretchen Blais, Kate Anderson, Jeanie Moran and Deborah Griffin.

Sadly, one of the founding members of Alameda Women Artists — which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013 — recently passed away: Kathyrn Duncan, who worked for Alameda Recreation & Parks Department and taught at Island High School, and was also a painter and artist.

Several of the members of Alameda Women Artists now have their work on display at Redux Studios & Gallery on Lincoln Avenue. The show will be up through Oct. 1.

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Coast Cleanup Day: Sept. 15

Coastal Cleanup Day event is an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup lead by the California Coastal Commission, and each year Alamedans do their part by tending to areas around our fair Island.

The effort began in 1985, and since then more than one million Californians have removed more than 18 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our state’s coast and waterways. For instance, close to 72,0-00 volunteers participated in the 2011 event, removing more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and recyclables from the state’s beaches, lakes, creeks and waterways.

This year, Encinal Yacht club will be partnering with the California Coastal Commission and the Department of Boating and Waterways to organize a local, family-friendly event.

On Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the members of EYC are combining forces with folks from the Oakland Yacht Club and Marina Village to help organize a clean up of the Alameda-Oakland Estuary. Any and all participation will make a big difference to the local and global community.