Art Opening Event Taking Place at South Shore


Sylvia Chesson, Alameda resident and fused-glass artist, celebrates the opening of her show at South Shore Center with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening, Saturday, Jan. 11.

Cheeson, who is a member of the Alameda Art Association, says that her show is a “teaching exhibit.” It is located in a gallery near See’s Candies.

She invites community members to come find out about some of her artistic secrets, while enjoying refreshments.

Chesson’s last show in town, “Reflections on Water and Nature”, was held at the Main Library from late June through September 2013.

The artist says she is enticed by the beauty of richly colored glass. She strives to use this medium to translate personal experiences into one-of-a-kind fused-glass art works.

In addition, she hopes her work showcases the unique transparent and reflective qualities of select glasses.


Talk on Pet Health Set for Jan. 18

doggie santa

A free presentation on pet health and nutrition is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18., at Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave. The speaker will be Cheryl Schwartz, a doctor of veterinary medicine, who specializes in holistic practices.

“2014 will see us usher in our third year in business”, said Cynthia Schorle, owner of See Spot Run.

Schorle says store staff and owners plan to “reward their growing customer base with educational programs aimed at adult pet owners and young people who relish caring for their own animals.”

Several local veterinarians will speak on topics that aim to promote owner awareness and improved pet health.

Dr. Schwartz, for instance, will focus on taking a holistic approach to pet care. She is the author of several books: “Four Paws Five Directions,” “A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs” and “Natural Healing for Cats and Dogs, A-Z.”

Alameda See Spot Run’s first free program for kids this year will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. This is a hands-on program for children of all ages, to learn about pets and animals.

Every child will be given a fact sheet and a drawing to color. The focus at this event will be on hedgehogs.


Nelson’s Boat Auction Pushed Back to February

Photo courtesy of L'Hydroptere (Copyright).

Sailboats and sailing equipment previously stored at Nelson’s Marine and not yet claimed by owners will now be sold via auction starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, not this Saturday, Jan. 11, as originally planned.

The City of Alameda closed Nelson’s Marine, located at 1500 Ferry Point near the USS Hornet, about eight months ago. It evicted Nelson’s from Alameda Point due to building code violations and unpaid storm-water utility fees of $37,000.

According to Michaan’s Auctions, which is running the event, community members can get a preview of the 50 vessels still at Nelson’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Friday, Feb. 7.

The auction includes motor yachts ranging in size from 40 to 70 feet, as well as sailboats ranging in size from 20 feet to 45 feet. In addition, some boat equipment and smaller runabouts will be auctioned.

A complete list of 130 vessels that were unclaimed as of this summer is available online.

The record-breaking vessel show above, L’Hydroptere, was removed from Nelson’s in the late spring when the city closed the boat repair and storage facility.


Library Hosts Talk on Swedish Painter Tonight

zorn boat

The Alameda Free Library present a talk on Anders Zorn, Sweden’s master painter, at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 8), in the Regina Stafford Meeting Room of the Main Library, 1550 Oak St.

The speaker is Marsha Holm, a docent with the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. Her presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library.

Zorn’s works are on exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco through Feb. 2. About 100 rarely seen works from collections throughout the United States and Europe are included in the show.

Zorn did both watercolors, etchings and paintings. He traveled to Spain, Algeria, Paris and other parts of the world, and his art reflects the influence of the Impressionists. He also traveled the America, where he did many portraits. In his home country, his work focused on landscapes.


Skate for Alameda Schools in January

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South Shore Center says that it will share the proceeds of funds raised at the Little Ice Rink over three nights to help Alameda schools.

Jamestown, the company that owns South Shore, and its ice-rink partner Perforce Foundation are asking community members to come out at 6 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8; Monday, January 13; and Tuesday, January 14.

Parent Teacher Associations at the following schools will benefit from this fundraiser include the Academy of Alameda, Alameda High, Amelia Earhart, ASTI, Bayfarm, Edison, Encinal, Franklin, Haight, Lincoln, Lum Maya Lin, NEA, Otis, Paden, PTAC, Ruby Bridges and Wood.

See the Little Ice Rink’s website for more details.

The Little Ice Rink will be open through Monday, Jan. 20. From Monday through Thursday, skaters can take to the ice from 3 to 10 p.m. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the rink is open from 12 to 10 p.m.

The venue also hosts Stroller Skates every Tuesday at 2 p.m.


Free Family Film at Library on Friday Night

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The Alameda Main Library presents the movie “Matilda” at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3. The 90-minute film, made in 1996, is free for children and adults.

The fantasy-comedy is based on the book of the same name, written by Roald Dahl, who also wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

The story presented is that of a young girl, played by Mara Wilson, with telekinetic powers.

Movie star Danny DeVito plays her father; he also directed and produced the film. The role of the mother is played by Rhea Perlman.