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Google Tries Out Ferry at Bay Farm

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Google is offering its East Bay employees access to a private ferry service between the Harbor Bay terminal and Redwood City.

The service, being operated by the group that runs the San Francisco Bay Ferry, is running this week on a trial basis.

Google, which has drawn the ire of some San Francisco residents and protestors over its private bus service, staged a similar pilot ferry program from San Francisco recently.

According to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), Google is paying $275 per landing. In addition, its employees are asked not to park in public parking areas and are being offered a shuttle service from the ferry to the Google campus.

In other news, Google has been asked by the State of California to move a “mystery barge” from a construction site on Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order, a state official said Monday.

According to several news sources, this notice came after the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission investigated complaints about construction of the floating, four-story building.

Apparently, neither the Treasure Island Development Authority nor the city of San Francisco have the appropriate permits for work to be done at the sit.

Google currently leases the dock space for $79,000 per month, and the lease is good through August.

Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
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Art, Music Activities Set for Super Bowl Sunday

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For those who are looking for some non-football-focused fun for Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, head over to Redux Studios & Gallery on Lincoln Avenue (off Park Street).

As part of Redux’ ongoing series of hands-on artistic workshops, visitors can stop by today from 4 to 6 p.m. to pick out old art prints that can be turned into more contemporary art pieces by painting, drawing or collage work.

Down the road at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts on Paru Street (at Lincoln), community members can submit applications by 5 p.m. the Alameda on Camera event, slated for Feb. 21-23.

Virago Theatre Company presents Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” a tale of rivalry and passion, at the Alameda Elk’s Lodge on Santa Clara Avenue. The production is directed by Ellen St. Thomas and conducted by Robert Ashens.

Shows take place at at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 and 9, as well as at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb 7.

The opera, which will be sung in Italian with English subtitles, tells the story of the vengeful gypsy Azucena, and her son Manrico’s romance with the noblewoman Leonora, as well as his rivalry with the Count di Luna. The cast features Eileen Meredith as Leonora, Alex Boyer as Manrico, Jo Vincent Parks as Count di Luna and Elizabeth Baker as Azucena.

Posted on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
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Come Enjoy Sun Kings Benefit Show

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Alameda’s popular Sun Kings band, which plays Beatles tunes and so much more, will be in full swing tonight at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave.

Doors open for the show at 6 p.m., with music set to start at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $15 will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Dinner is set for 5-7 p.m. tonight; tickets are $15.

Also on tap, organizers say, is a raffle with $2,600 worth of items, including:
- 1 month membership to the Harbor Bay Isle Club with a training session, tennis evaluation and one spa service
- 4 rounds of golf at Sub Par Miniature Golf on Park Street
- A haircut with Andrea Guyette at Compliments Hair Design
- A facial party for 10 at SumBody & SumTime Spa on Park Street

Posted on Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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Super Bowl Comes to Alameda Theatre

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The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is hosting a free, live viewing of Super Bowl 48 this Sunday, Feb. 2, when the Denver Broncos (Peyton Manning, quarterback) take on the Seattle Seahawks (Russell Wilson, quarterback). The game will be televised live by the Fox Channel from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The doors open at 1:30 p.m., while the game will kick off at 3:25 p.m.

Residents can pick up two free tickets this weekend before the game at the box office, 2317 Central Ave.

The theater management asks that guests bring no outside food and drink. Special snack bar treats will be sold during the event.

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014
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Public Meeting on Art Set for Tonight

The City of Alameda’s Public Art Commission is set to meet at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 29, to discuss two proposed works of art.

One is a kinetic sculpture made of titanium and stainless-steel metals to be located at the back of Cardinal Point, 2400 Mariner Square Dr., along the waterfront.

The other is a mural to be made by artist Ken Carvalho to be displayed at the Walgreens building, now under construction at 1600 Park St.

Please come by City Hall this evening to view information about the public art projects and share feedback with city staff.

Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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Shakespeare, Other Arts on Tap in Town

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The Alameda Free Library has organized a one-hour performance of “Julius Caesar” at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Main Library.

The play is being produced and presented by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Space is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

The performance is recommended for kids 10 and older, as well as adults.

Next Saturday, Feb. 1, Encinal High School with host a Shakespeare monologue competition from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. Prizes will be awarded for best dramatic, comic and audience-choice monologue.

Meanwhile, over at Redux Studios & Gallery on Lincoln Ave. (off Park Street), some hands-on artistic workshops are planned. One will take place from 4-6 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 26.

Visitors can stop by to learn about painting with watercolor, acrylic and natural dyes. At the same time on the following Sunday, Feb. 2, residents can drop in to pick out old prints that can be turned into more contemporary art pieces by painting, drawing or collage work.

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts on Paru Street is hosting the closing-bid gala for its Déjà Vu Silent Auction fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. this Saturday evening, Jan. 25. The center also invites community members to submit applications by Feb. 2 for its Alameda on Camera event, slated for Feb. 21-23.

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014
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Alameda Biotech Firm to Be Recognized

Singulex, which develops and manufactures a test for the early detection of cardiovascular disease out of its Harbor Bay offices, is a finalist for this year’s East Bay Innovations Awards.

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance will toast Singulex and 15 other innovators at a Feb. 13 gala at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

“All of us at Singulex are deeply honored to be considered for this award,” said President & CEO Guido Baechler, in a press release. “It means a great deal to us to be recognized for our pioneering work in cardiovascular diagnostics, which is helping to reduce the chances of future heart attacks for millions of people. Our location in Alameda has enabled us to attract and retain bright, innovative talent, and has been an important part of our success.”

“The City of Alameda congratulates Singulex on this distinction,” said Debbie Potter, the City’s Community Development Director, in a statement. “It is exciting to see Singulex get the recognition it deserves for its extremely sophisticated and profoundly essential work.”

Singulex is a finalist for the East Bay Innovation Award in the life sciences, which was given to Harbor Bay-based Penumbra, last year. (Penumbra’s work focuses on strokes and vascular disease, and it employs over 400 people worldwide.)

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014
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Tickets on Sale for Saturday’s Chili Cook-Off

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More than 10 teams will go head-to-head in the 15th-annual Kiwanis Club of Alameda’s Chili Cook-Off, set to take place at the O’ Club this Saturday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m.

Teams include Alameda firefighters, members of the Alameda Business Network (shown above) and the Alameda Education Foundation, as well as staff and owners from the 1400 Bar & Grill on Webster Street.

Back Forty Texas BBQ Roadhouse & Saloon in Pleasant Hill is supplying the self-service dinner menu, while La Penca Azul on Park Street is handling the no-host bar. Music for line dancing and more will be provided by A Sound Explosion of Alameda.

“We want to raise $20,000 this year,” said event chair Scott MacAskill, “and have between 270 and 300 guests. We also hope the silent auction and raffle will bring in some additional financial resources for charity.”

In past years, proceeds have helped support organizations like the Alameda Boys and Girls Club, Alameda Family Services-Head Start, Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Point Collaborative, Girls Inc. of the Island City, Alameda Education Foundation and Alameda Homeless Network.

Two iPads will be given out via raffle, and more than 90 items will be sold through a silent auction. Some of the goods and services included in the auction are a private dinner party for eight, a sailing boat trip for four to Angel Island, a week of summer camp at the Bladium, membership for several months at the Mariner Square Athletic Club and a beauty basket from Ulta.

There’s still time for community members to form a team and sign up for the chili contest or to sponsor a table at the event. Some of the cook-off’s major sponsors are Alameda Business Network, Harbor Bay Realty, H&R Block, Sterling Mortgage Specialists and Jan Nichols-Franz Piano Studio.

Tickets can be purchased online for $25-$50.

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Teen Book Group to Meet; Poet Rudge to Be Missed

The Alameda Free Library is hosting a get-together for teens from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Stafford Meeting Room at the Main Library this Thursday, Jan. 23.

The group invites teens to come by and sign up. Members will get a copy of “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner, which the teen organization is reading.

Those with questions or who care to RSVP can reach out to Matt Concieatori at mconciatori@alameda.ca.gov or call 510-747-7780.

In other literary news, Alameda poet laureate Mary Rudge has died. Her family says she passed on Monday. Rudge was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. She became the City of Alameda’s poet in 2002.

“Alameda has lost not only a wonderful poet, but a great inspiration,” Mayor Marie Gilmore told The Alamedan. “She was an Alameda treasure will be missed.”

The Artists Embassy International event set for Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Alameda Museum will be dedicated to Rudge and her memory.

Rudge taught students of all ages throughout the Bay Area to appreciate the arts, especially poetry, including this blogger.

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Gardening Day at Sweeney Open Space

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Members of the Alameda community are asked to come volunteer with gardening and cleaning duties at the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 18. Lunch will be provided.

The 22-acre park is located at the corner of Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue.

According to the City of Alameda, volunteers are needed to work on weeding, mulching, building planter boxes and compost bins, painting and signage. The project also aims to complete a community garden.

Residents of all ages are welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Tools will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring their own work gloves.

To get to the Sweeney Open Space, park at the Wind River lot on Atlantic Avenue. There will be a shuttle service/escort assistance. If you bike, please bring a bike lock, so you can park your bike at the work site.

Posted on Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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