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Meet Photographer at Main Library

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Well-known local photographer Richard Whittaker is showing some of his black and white photographs on the first floor of the Main Library from through June.

Whittaker is the West Coast editor of “Parabola” magazine. His photography has appeared in “San Francisco” Magazine, “The Sun” and “Parabola,” and was recently featured at the Di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery, Green Chalk Contemporary in Monterey, and Berkeley Art Center.

There will be a reception and artist’s talk on Wednesday April 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Regina K. Stafford Meeting Room. Community members are welcome.

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Library & Redux Host Art, Film Events

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Alameda Free Library will show the original “Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” a film made in 1947 on 5:30 p.m. on Monday (March 10). Danny Kaye stars as a mild-mannered man who imagines that he is several dare-devil heroes in the film, which is based on a shorty story by James Thurber.

The art of Georgia O’Keeffe will be in focus at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (March 12), when docent Marsha Holm of the de Young Museum in San Francisco will speak about the painter’s time at Lake George. While there from 1918 to 1934, O’Keefe created over 200 paintings on canvas and paper, along with sketches and pastels.

On the second floor of the library, Wood Middle School students are showcasing their 13th-annual Museum of History exhibit. With help from Alameda County Service-Learning Waste Reduction project coordinator Nate Ivy, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students put together a fashion show of historic outfits made from trash; hence, they are calling the March show “A History of Trashion.”

Nearby, Redux Studios & Gallery on Lincoln Avenue is showing artwork made by San Quentin inmates on death row through April 6. The exhibit features nearly 100 works made by a group of prisoners.

The aim of the show is not to debate capital punishment but “to highlight the humanity we all share and in doing so offer some beauty from an unexpected source,” organizers say. It was put together in cooperation with the St. John Bosco Prison Ministry at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont.

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Spring Festival, Sailing Open House Set for Weekend

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The Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee is hosting the 16th annual Spring Festival at Harbor Bay Landing, 3195 Mecartney Road, today (Saturday, March 8) from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free.

At noon, the Lincoln Middle School Marching Band will perform, along with other groups showcasing their talents using Chinese musical instruments. Performers also will highlight multi-cultural dances, martial arts and the lion dance.

There will be booths with snacks for sale, as well as demonstrations of Tai Chi, hand-pulled noodles, fruit carving, Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, and arts and crafts.

Organizers suggest that community members bring along folding chairs to enjoy the performances and fun.

On Sunday, March 8, the Encinal Yacht Club is hosting a free Junior Sailing Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1251 Pacific Marina.

Families are encouraged to attend and meet junior sailors and instructors. They can also take a tour of the club, relax by the pool and check out the boats used in the program.

There will be free sailing rides, refreshments and T-shirts (limited to one per family).

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Benefit for Music Programs, Free Family Film on Tap

Rhythmix Cultural Works is hosting a benefit for after-school music programs on the Island tonight (March 7) starting at 7 p.m. The theme, Serenade at the Arcade, is a CD-release part for the String Arcade Quartet.

There will also be music from Minecraft, Plants vs. Zombies, Legend of Zelda, Portal, Galaga and more, as well as games brought in from High Scores Arcade and Oakland’s Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment. Tickets are $5-$25.

Those looking for free family entertainment should head over to the Alameda Free Library on Oak Street, where “The Black Stallion” will be shown at 7 p.m. this evening.

The film tells the story of a boy at the end of World War II, who is traveling on a ship off the north coast of Africa. Later, a storm and fire sink the ship, leaving them as survivors.

The two are soon marooned on a remote island and then are returned to U.S., where the boy meets a horse trainer and works on becoming a competitive racer.