Spruce Up Planned for Alameda Pt. Collaborative


Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 West Ranger Ave., will be getting some TLC from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

That’s when members of the Yale Club of San Francisco and other parts of the East Bay will rehabilitate a native-plant garden.

Up to 50 volunteers are expected as part of the national Yale Day of Service.

Alameda Point Collaborative maintains 34 acres of land and has transformed the housing community into an inviting area for residents to flourish.

This is a family-friendly event, and volunteers are asked to wear clothing appropriate for gardening, such as closed-toe shoes/boots, loose pants, hat and/or sunscreen for skin protection.

Tools will be provided, and APC will have water and first aid kits on site.

The site coordinator for the event is Jen Leybovich, a 2013 graduate of the Yale School of Management.



Alameda Point Collaborative Stages Special Garden Party

Alameda Point Collaborative is hosting its first Not Your Mother’s Garden Party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, at Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St.

“The event supports Alameda Point Collaborative and will help us fulfill APC’s mission of overcoming homelessness through housing, support services, children and youth programs and subsidiary projects, like Ploughshares,” which is a community garden, said Theresa Howe, director of fund development and community relations. Many Alameda-based donors have stepped up to share food and drink for the fund-raiser.

Tickets for the event are $75 and can be bought via Brown Paper Tickets online or by calling 510-898-7802. Guests can also buy tickets at the garden on Tuesday evening. “We are hoping for 100 guests, and many people have told us they are coming,” said Biggs.

“Our friends at St. George Spirits are creating three signature cocktails especially for this event, using plants from our nursery and its spirits,” Howe explained. These drinks can be paired with snacks and other treats from Angkor Grill, Barceluna, Dragon Rouge, Feel Good Bakery, Fruits and Chocolate, Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, Semifreddi’s, Speisekammer Restaurant, Tucker’s Ice Cream and West Café.

In addition to the food and drink, the event will focus on showcasing resources available at Alameda Point Collaborative and Alameda Point in general, says Doug Biggs, executive director of APC. “It’s really a great partnership between Ploughshares and St. George Spirits,” he added.

All My Pretty Ones, an East Bay rock and folk band, will entertain the crowd, according to Biggs. “We encourage guests to dress casual and warm, as the event will take place outdoors in the garden,” he said.


Alameda Point Bikeshop Offers Recycled Bikes, Friendly Service

Need a “new” bike to get around the Island this spring? Got enough air in your tires? Have bike projects to do?

Head on over to Cycles of Change, the Alameda Point Collaborative bike shop at 650 West Ranger, and you’ll find friendly folks like Jerrard Green (above) who’ll get you started.

Jerrard — a student at Alameda College — can walk you through the shop’s extensive selection of used bikes, which are priced above and below $50. There’re plenty of  bike tires available, too, as well as new bike lights and other accessories.

There also are staff like Barry (right, above) and Ebony to do repair work. But you can rent tools and bike stands to do the work yourself for $5 an hour.

Cycles of Change sells used bikes to fund its activites, which focus on helping youth and other community members at Alameda Point  pick up skills. In addition, it offers the community a great place to make donations of old bicycles.  It says these projects mean that 30,000 pounds of bikes and parts are diverted from landfills each year.

The shop is open from 12-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. It may start Sunday hours in the future.