18 Haunted Homes Join Special Contest

Haunted House 2012

Haunt Your House contestants invite community members to visit their homes on Halloween night, Oct. 31.

The homeowners and other residents, who have spent many hours decorating their homes and collecting food for the Alameda Food Bank as part of the competition, joined the annual Haunt Your House Tour, which took place last night, Oct. 29.

The themes of their haunted homes and addresses are as follows:

The Ghosts of St. Genevieve * 1816 Alameda Ave.

Witches & Werewolves * 2140 Pacific

Evil Lurks Here * 1816 Pearl St.

House of Horrors * 2837 Windsor Dr.

Huggers Haunted Cemetery * 2908 Windsor Dr.

Gawking Ghouls * 1601 Fernside

It’s All a Glow * 2901 Central Ave.

Hanging with Vlad * 915 Broadway

CSI: Alameda Car Crash Cafe & Zombie Zone Undead Deli * 1017 Oak

The Spirit of Halloween * 2169 Santa Clara

Zombie Babies Marble Town * 1118 Grand Ave.

Neumansky’s Haunted Pumpkin Patch * 1244 Sherman

Grave Expectations * 1056 San Antonio

Merry Halloween * 915 San Antonio

Ghoul Skool * 1313 9th St.

This is Halloween * 847 Santa Clara Ave., Apt. C

Wicked Harvest * 908 Lincoln Ave.

Monoclops Mystery House – 1533 Mozart St.


Rhythmix Teacher-Student Show Ends Soon


Rhythmix Cultural Works has a special show up at its K Gallery through Saturday, Nov. 2.

The impressive and highly diverse display, open for free community viewing from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, features colorful drawings and paintings by classically trained artist Aliea Wallace and her elementary school students.

On Nov. 8, the gallery will turn its focus to Veteran’s Voice IV, with a gallery opening from 6-9 p.m. and a show that will be up through Dec. 31.

Photo Courtesy of Rhythmix/K Gallery/Aliea Wallace.


Halloween Activities on Tap at South Shore

South Shore Center is hosting several Halloween festivities that feature the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department’s “spooktacular,” a teen-run Haunted House.

Thrill-seekers of all ages are encouraged to attend for 4-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

The cost of admission is $4 for kids, and $7 for adults. Proceeds benefit Recreation and Parks programs for youth on the Island.

Other South Shore activities–set to take place from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, include “frightening” face painting, a “spooky” bounce house, treat or treating and henna tattoos.

Events will be held in the Neptune Court area at South Shore Center.


Book Events Slated at Main Library

Several special book events are taking place at the Alameda Free Library today (Wednesday, Oct. 23) and tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 24).

The Main Library presents a discussion on the book “The Unity of Truth” by A. Sweet, C. Sweet and F. Jaensch, which focuses on the paradox of science and religion, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Alameda’s Teen Book Group will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 to share thoughts on the popular book “Chopsticks.” Refreshments will be served.

The library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet after the book discussion, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. that same day. The library staff members ask teens to attend and shape programs being offered for members of the city’s teen community.

“Masks – Ceramics and Mixed Media,” a new exhibit by Susan Galleymore, goes up this Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Main Library.


Vibraphonist Featured at Library Show


Tonight, the Live@theLibrary jazz series continues with an 8 p.m. show by Christian Tamburr and his quartet.

According to one of the event organizers, Ruth Belikove, Tamburr is back in the Bay Area after two weeks of performing at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and four weeks in Doha Qatar representing Lincoln Center.

“We are very excited about this distinguished group,” said Belikove.

Tamburr is a multi-instrumentalist, who plays the vibraphone, piano and trapset, as well as world and orchestral percussion.

From 2006 through 2008, he toured with Julio Iglesias as pianist and musical director. In 2008, he joined Cirque du Soliel as a musical director for a new production to be opened in Macao, and from 2010 to 2012, the talented musician was the featured artist in residence at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Christian has performed on vibraphone as a guest artist with Dave Brubeck, as a solo percussionist with Michael Feinstein, and opened for Harry Connick, Jr.

The library will be open (through the back doors) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, for guests who want to come early for snacks, wine and socializing.


Book Sale Starts Tonight


Coming up this weekend is the 38th annual used-book sale put on by Friends of the Library to benefit our community’s library system. Each year the event attracts hundreds of book lovers and raises thousands of dollars for the Alameda Free Library system.

The sale starts with a special preview event tonight (Friday, Oct. 18) from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Al DeWitt Officers’ Club, 641 W. Redline Avenue, Alameda Point. The entry fee is $5.

It continues from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, when admission is free.

From 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, books will be sold at special discount prices, with shoppers able to buy an entire box of books for around $5.


Korean Art Talk Comes to Library

Art Program - In Grand Style - mandarin

Docent Laura Beth Nelson will speak to the Alameda community about “In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art,” an upcoming exhibit at the Asian Art Museum.

She will discuss the show from 6:30-8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday Oct. 16) at the Main Library on Oak Street, and the show will be on display at the San Francisco museum from Oct. 25 to Jan. 14

“In Grand Style” explores the historical art of celebrations in Korea during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). It features over 100 exquisite artworks including paintings of royal banquets, a royal throne, a king’s palanquin and other national treasures on view in the U.S. for the first time.

Many of the art pieces highlights events marking political appointments, birthdays, weddings, funerals and other occasions in a society that sprang from Confucian principles which stress that ritual and order are the foundations of stable, peaceful civilization.


Oktoberfest Ending Soon at Speisekammer


The Park Street Classic Car Show may have come and gone (yesterday), but there are still fun opportunities to enjoy the Park Street scene this fall.

For instance, today is the final Oktoberfest Sunday at Speisekammer Restaurant, 2424 Lincoln Ave., right off Park.

The German pub has live music from 1-6 p.m. on Oct. 13 thanks to Big Lou’s Polka Casserole. There is no cover charge — plus, there is a big kids’ area, including a jump/bounce house.

The celebration include dance performances throughout the day put on by the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club.


Target Opens Doors, Announces Hours


Alameda’s Target is open for business in the new Alameda Landing at 2700 Fifth Street, near the Webster Tunnel.

When the development was announced, Target said it would hire about 200 staff members. The City of Alameda says that resident spend about 56% of their retail-shopping dollars on the Island and 44% off the Island, and officials hope that Alameda-based retail spending (and the tax base) will rise with Target’s presence.

For those community members who haven’t dropped by yet, Target offer both a grocery store and pharmacy, along with its more department-style items (such as clothes, toys, beauty products and household goods).

The store is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, on Sundays it closes at 9 p.m. The pharmacy wraps up business each day at 7 p.m.

There are some 1,800 Target stores nationwide. Some are about 140,000 square feet in size, like the one in Alameda, while others are much larger. The closest Super Target is in Atwater, Calif.


Congrats to Redux Gallery & Studios


Redux Studios & Gallery recently celebrated its second anniversary on the Island with a new exhibit and opening reception, and many congratulations are in order.

Over the past two years, Redux has had 12 art shows, hosted 30 artists in its studios and featured objects from 70 vendors. The shop should feature more furniture going forward, says Rummell, as St. Vincent de Paul trains more individuals to refinish, paint and fix vintage pieces. It also hosts workshops each Saturday, so community members can learn how to make collages and fun items out of second-hand upholstery and assorted materials, like wrapping paper.

“We opened two years ago with an idea of what Redux would be, and our customers have helped shape what we’ve become, in terms of our shows, workshops and merchandise, which changes weekly,” said Chris Rummell, creative reuse and recycling manager of the gallery.

The current exhibit at Redux showcases the work of folk artist Leon Kennedy and his “Driven by the Heart” collection of mixed-media paintings.

Kennedy relied on the social services of St. Vincent de Paul earlier in his life, including a program that gave individuals the chance to take the challenges they were facing in life and turn those stories into theater. As part of this program, he painted the scenery backdrops.

“He’s been a folk artist for about 50 years, and the Smithsonian owns some of his work, which is really visionary,” noted Rummell.

Though St. Vincent de Paul in San Francisco began hosting artists in residence some 20 years ago, Redux is the only operation of its kind in the country today that combines studios and a gallery featuring art and objects made from reused, recycled and re-purposed materials.

“There’s a social mission behind what we are doing here,” Rummell said, “and we hope Redux can help shift the community’s perception of what an interesting program, a social enterprise, can be.”