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Public Meeting on Art Set for Tonight

By Janet Levaux
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:20 pm in Uncategorized

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.

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Shakespeare, Other Arts on Tap in Town

By Janet Levaux
Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 1:46 pm in Uncategorized

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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.

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Alameda Biotech Firm to Be Recognized

By Janet Levaux
Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 12:56 pm in Uncategorized

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.)

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Tickets on Sale for Saturday’s Chili Cook-Off

By Janet Levaux
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 10:02 pm in Uncategorized

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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.

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Teen Book Group to Meet; Poet Rudge to Be Missed

By Janet Levaux
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 3:23 pm in Uncategorized

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.

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Gardening Day at Sweeney Open Space

By Janet Levaux
Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 9:04 am in Uncategorized

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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.

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Watch 49ers at Alameda Theatre

By Janet Levaux
Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 1:40 pm in Uncategorized

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The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex invites community members to come by soon and pick up two free tickets to watch the San Francisco 49ers play the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3:30 p.m. on the main screen.

This NFL championship game should be very popular, so tickets to the TV simulcast are being passed out on a first-come, first-serve basis. The movie theater had a similar arrangement during the America’s Cup.

The theater also will offer guests special discounts on snacks. No outside food or drinks are permitted.

The doors will open at 3:05 p.m. for seating at 2317 Central Ave.

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Hangar One to Expand at Alameda Point

By Janet Levaux
Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 8:42 am in Uncategorized

The Alameda City Council will discuss the expansion of Hangar One Vodka production at Alameda Point on Jan. 21.

Hangar One Vodka is now owned by Proximo Distillers, who bought the brand from Alameda-based St. George Spirits in 2010 and has been making it for the new owner for the past four years.

Now, Proximo would like to produce the vodka on its own in Building 22, 2505 Monarch St., and is negotiating a 10-year lease with the city, with the option to extend the lease for a second decade.

According to city documents, Proximo is a privately owned, premium spirits importer based in Jersey City, N.J. Some of its other brands include 1800 Tequila, Azul Tequila, El Zarco Tequila, Gran Centenario Tequila, Jose Cuervo, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Three Olives Vodka, Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Matusalem Rum, Agavero Liqueur, Boodles Gin, and Stranahan’s Whiskey.

Proximo says it would like to keep the brand in Alameda and create a brand/tourism center.

In addition to its proposed distillery in Alameda, Proximo also operates a whiskey distillery in Colorado and one of the largest distilled spirits bottling plant in North America, which is located in Indiana.

Proximo plans to triple Hangar One Vodka production over the next five years and “a world-class brand and consumer experience in Alameda.”

In addition to retail and tasting room staff, Proximo will need to hire a full production staff for distilling and bottling.

The base rent is roughly $8,200 per month–after discounts for building improvements. It increases to $11,000 per month over the next 10 years.

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Filming In Town; ‘American Idol’ Surprise

By Janet Levaux
Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 8:21 am in Uncategorized

According to Realtors David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf, of East Bay Luxury Real Estate, an independent film starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard will be filming at one of their listings in Alameda.

“We have helped arrange a film shoot at one of our Alameda listings sometime in the coming weeks (not allowed to say when). Alameda native/filmmaker Mari Heller is filming her first major feature in town,” the two wrote on Facebook. “Exciting!”

The film, as reported by “Variety,” is the coming-of-age drama “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”

In other celebrity news, Rachel Rolleri, 17, a student at Monte Vista High and the daughter of Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri, will play the acoustic guitar while singing “Stay” by Sugar Land on “American Idol.”

The Danville Patch reports that Rolleri will sing during the second part of a two-night premiere that begins Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 8-10 p.m. on FOX.

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Art Opening Event Taking Place at South Shore

By Janet Levaux
Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 7:45 am in Uncategorized

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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.

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