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Watch 49ers at Alameda Theatre

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


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


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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Talk on Pet Health Set for Jan. 18

By Janet Levaux
Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 7:37 am in Uncategorized

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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.

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Nelson’s Boat Auction Pushed Back to February

By Janet Levaux
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 10:06 pm in Uncategorized

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.

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Library Hosts Talk on Swedish Painter Tonight

By Janet Levaux
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 2:27 pm in Uncategorized

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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.

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Skate for Alameda Schools in January

By Janet Levaux
Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at 9:22 am in Uncategorized

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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.

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Free Family Film at Library on Friday Night

By Janet Levaux
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at 8:22 pm in Uncategorized

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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.

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Public Forum on Tibet Planned

By Janet Levaux
Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 12:56 pm in Uncategorized

Members of the Alameda Public Affairs Forum are hosting a discussion on Tibet’s struggle for freedom, led by Giovanni Vassalo, president of the Bay Area Friends of Tibet.

It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, with refreshments and a potluck shared at 6:30 p.m., in the conference room of the Alameda Main Library. (The event is free, though donations are requested.)

According to the forum, there is a growing concern about the encroachment of the Chinese government projects in the Bay Area and across the nation. It stands for basic democratic rights, national self-determination and religious freedom in Tibet and other parts of China.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, the group will discuss the importance of a free press to a democratic society in an age of Internet journalism, featuring John Diaz, editorial editor of the “San Francisco Chronicle.”

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