America’s Cup Action Like a Trip to the Movies


Yesterday was the most dramatic yet in the America’s Cup Finals taking place this month on San Francisco Bay.

As the New Zealand Herald put it, “It could have been the end. Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsized during a tack–teetering on the edge of disaster–in Race 8 of the America’s Cup.”

Those watching the race on screen at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex yesterday were on the edge of their seats during that moment in Race 8.

“We all know what happens when one of these AC72 catamarans drops into San Francisco Bay–and it isn’t pretty, ” the article continued. “It’s happened twice and both boats broke up. A man died.”

This, of course, was Andrew “Bart” Simpson of the Alameda-based Team Artemis of Sweden, which finished up racing several weeks ago.

A flip most likely would have put an end to Team New Zealand’s effort in the America’s Cup. The group leads Oracle Team USA by 6-0, since the U.S. team had two penalties to overcome due to a cheating scandal related to an earlier series.

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex opens one theater to the community with freeing viewing of the Cup on the nice, wide screen on races days, and today’s action–which starts at 1 p.m.–will be closely watched by sailing by many fans worldwide.

Yesterday, there was a crowd of about 75 community members, many of whom are members of the local sailing scene. And there were plenty of seats for more viewers. Stop on by to enjoy the excitement.

(More races are set for Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 17 & 19.)


Alameda Cinema Hosts America’s Cup Viewing

The America’s Cup Finals may be in their last day or two of racing.

Emirates Team New Zealand is we;; ahead of Team Oracle USA, having won six of seven races. Team Oracle USA is actually in negative territory by 1 point due to penalties related to a cheating incident in an early America’s Cup content.

The Kiwis need just three more wins to take the cup to New Zealand.

The Alameda Theatre and Cineplex is hosting free viewing of the races today (Sept. 14) and tomorrow (Sept. 15) at 1 p.m.

If more races take place — on Sept. 17, 19 or 21 — the theater will be open to the community again for the America’s Cup.

The theater says it features super high-definition pictures on a wide screen with high-quality sound.


Final ’13 Stroll Set for West End

The Alameda Summer Stroll is ending later today. Be sure to head over to Webster Street – between Central and Santa Clara avenues– this evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

According to event organizers, the walk begins at Trans Pacific National Bank, 1442 Webster St. For the kids, there is an art contest and a walk-on-water attraction.

It includes live music provided by the Parodi Band, and a special display of arts and crafts (at the intersection of Webster and Taylor Avenue), as well as sales of wines made by local vintners and food discounts at some restaurants:
– 1400 Bar and Grill – 10% off
– Calafia Taqueria- 10% off
– WesCafe – FREE dessert with any entree
– Otaez Mexican Restaurant – 10% off
– East Ocean Seafood Restaurant – FREE Appetizer
– Pasta Pelican – 15% off your entire bill

Event sponsors include Wescafe, R&B Cellars, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, IPX, Monkey Business Graphic Designs, and Trans Pacific National Bank.


Neptune Beach Street Fair Is This Weekend

An inflatable obstacle course, long slide, pony rides, walk-on-water activity and a rock-climbing wall will be open today and Sunday (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) near Webster Street and Lincoln Avenue, as part of the second-annual Neptune Beach Community Celebration. The Ferris wheel, which takes visitors up 50 feet in the air, will be available for rides only on Saturday until 6 p.m.

Trans Pacific National Bank will let community members spin a prize wheel for the chance to win free rides, and Alameda Municipal Power will have a booth where residents can sign up for Alameda Green and receive some free ride tickets.

Plus, there’s plenty of free music, including performers with Alameda roots, on the stage at Central Avenue.

On Sunday, Sept. 8., at 10:45 a.m., the Wahine U’l Hawaiian Dancers from Alameda’s Mastick Senior Center will take the stage. A bit later, at 11 a.m., history buffs will want to join the hour-long history walk, which starts at Webster and Taylor Avenue.

The Crab Cove Visitor Center, where Neptune Beach was located, plans to have a mobile visitors’ center at the street fair both days. “We’ll probably have some live animals for people to meet, like a snake or turtle … and a craft activity for the kids as well,” said Sharol Nelson-Embry, the center’s supervising naturalist.

Alameda’s Rotary Interact Club will be handling secure bike parking at US Bank, he adds. Key event sponsors include Alameda Landing, Alameda Municipal Power and Tim Lewis Communities. For more information, see http://neptunebeachcc.com.