Easter Egg Hunt on Park Street

Businesses on Park Street are asking neighbors to come take part in a special Easter Egg Hunt that runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

Children and adults are welcome to look for the eggs, which have prizes and coupons inside them. Some of the eggs will be easily hidden for toddlers, and the businesses ask that parents limit the egg hunting to one egg per child.

Businesses participating in the egg hunt are marketed with balloons.

For more details, go online to the website of the Park Street Business Association.


South Shore Celebrating Easter on Saturday

Alameda residents and East Bay community members are invited to a celebration of Easter at South Shore Center today, from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Kids and adults can stop by the petting zoo and visit with more than a dozen animals–including chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats and pigs.

Plus, everyone can shake hands with the Easter Bunny or have a portrait drawn by a caricature artist. Colorful face painting is scheduled for 1:30– 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and sponsored by Jamestown, which runs the South Shore Center mall, located at Park Street and Otis/Shoreline.


Special Music, Film Featured in Town

The Alameda Main Library is featuring some unusual events over the next few days.

For those who want to turn off their iPods or MP3 players, come on over to the library for some old tunes — including a few old 78s played on a 1906 open-horn gramophone.

Music collector and historian Richard Wahlberg will share some of his treasures from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, in the Stafford Meeting Room. He will also share some “pop music” from the 1920s and 1930s.

On Monday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m., the library will have a free showing of the film “Paprika” for community members 18 and older.

The 2006 Japanese animation film lasts about 90 minutes. It focuses on a group of psychotherapists who have a machine that allows them to enter patients’ dreams.

The movie – which earned praise worldwide for its artistry and music — is based on the 1993 novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui.


Discussion on Egypt Featured at Main Library

The Alameda Public Affairs Forum will present a discussion on the revolution in Egypt on the evening of Saturday, March 9, at the Main Library. Bay Area trade-union leader Carl Finamore, who just returned from his third visit to Egypt, will be the guest speaker.

While in Egypt, Finamore met with some leaders of the opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood regime of President Muhammed Morsi. A new Egypt, he says, can arise if young Egyptians, workers and others come together to challenge the power of the elites and others.

Finamore traveled to Cairo only two hours after Hosni Mubarak was forced out of office in early 2011. His traveled back to Egypt in January 2013 for the second anniversary of the revolution.

He will speak at 7 p.m. on Saturday, after potluck dishes and refreshments are shared.


And Now the Italians Are Sailin’ In

The Italian sailing team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 announced that it will be based in Alameda for the 34th America’s Cup this summer. The news comes just four days after Swedish team Artemis Racing staged a major community event at the Alameda Theatre to highlight its activities on the Island as the official Challenger of Record against Oracle Team USA.

According to the Alameda Journal’s Peter Hagarty, Luna Rossa (“red moon” in Italian) is leasing a 65,400-square-foot former aircraft hangar for the next seven months.

On Tuesday, the City Council will considering extending Artemis’ lease at Alameda Point, which includes the rental of a 110,561-square-foot former hangar, 22,604 square feet of former aircraft taxiway and portions of the Seaplane Lagoon. (The city struck a deal the Navy over lagoon access.)

The base monthly rent for Artemis is $23,400 through May and $25,000 each month after that. If the team decides to stop using the taxiway or lagoon, the monthly rent drops to $21,600.

The Italian team seems to have some deep pockets to cover the Alameda Point rent. Its sponsor, Prada, reportedly plans to invest $55.2 million in the America’s Cup effort.

At Thursday’s event at the Alameda Theatre, presenters highlighted one of Alameda’s many advantages: work on the AC72 catamarans — including their 130-foot-long wing sails — can go on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In San Francisco, work must stop at about 10 p.m. and can only resume at roughly 7 a.m.

Team Artemis says it is bringing about 130 team and family members, including a design group, to the Island to support its efforts.

For information on Alameda and the America’s Cup, go to a website created by local residents, or visit the city’s website about the event.