South Shore Shares Summer Concerts

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As in past years, South Shore Center says it will be presenting a Summer Beats Concert Series, a free, live music event starting next month and ending in late August.

The first concert is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, with Mike Amaral’s California Beach Boys, a tribute rock band playing the Beach Boys’ classic hits. All performances take place in the Center Court.

Along with music, the concert series features family activities like face painting, henna tattoos, raffles and more. R&B Wine Cellars will sells some of its top wines at the event, as well.

Community members are asked to support the Alameda Unified School District’s Equipped 4 Success school-supply drive by donating basic items to fill backpacks for low-income students. All wine sales from the concert benefit the drive.

South will present these other shows this summer, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday:
– Aug. 2, Tito Garcia Y Su Orquesta Internacional (Latin/salsa)
– Aug. 16, Sun Kings (Beatles tribute band)
– Aug. 30., Pure Ecstasy (MoTown)

Recently, South Shore announced that Studio Grow, an indoor play center that provides drop-in programs for children ages 0 to 6 years old plans to open at the retail center in mid-June.

“Studio Grow, which was founded in Berkeley in 2006, chose South Shore Center for its newest Bay Area location because it is Alameda’s premier lifestyle destination, particularly for young families,” said Julie Taylor, senior vice president of Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank, in a press release.


Kiwanis Club to Host Speaker on Del Monte Project


Jim Meek of Tim Lewis Communities will speak at the Wednesday, July 9, lunch meeting of the Alameda Kiwanis Club regarding the proposal for a mixed-use community master plan in and around the historic Del Monte Warehouse, 1501 Buena Vista Ave.

The Kiwanis meet at noon at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Lunch is optional.

One of only 30 designated historic landmarks on the Island, the exterior of the warehouse would be restored and preserved under the plan.

The city’s landmark Del Monte building on Buena Vista Avenue could be transformed into a mix of about 300 lofts, flats and townhouses and about 10,000 square feet of commercial space under a proposal that city officials are now considering. (A copy of the plans can be reviewed in the second-floor reference section of the Alameda Main Library.)

Kiwanis are volunteers who aim to change the world through volunteer service to children and communities. For more information, see the group’s website.


Apply Soon for Measure A Exemptions

The deadline to file for an exemption from the Alameda Unified School District’s Measure A parcel tax is June 30, 2014.

Under the terms of the ballot measure, the school district can grant two types of exemptions to Alameda residents:
Senior Citizen Exemption: The applicant must turn 65 years old on or before June 30, 2015, and own and occupy his/her property as a primary residence.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Exemption: The applicant must receive SSI and own and occupy his/her property as a primary residence.

If a resident received the Senior Citizen or SSI Exemption in 2013-2014 and is still the homeowner and currently resides at the same address, he or she does not need to renew your tax exemption. (It will automatically be renewed.)

If a resident sold a home and purchased a new home, however, he or she must re-file for a Senior Citizen or SSI Exemption for the new property.

The Measure A parcel tax rate is $0.32 per building square foot, with a maximum rate of $7,999.

Revenues raised by Measure A help fund the educational programs and activities specified in the ballot text, including small class sizes, neighborhood schools, enrichment classes (such as art, drama, and music), high school athletics and AP classes, technology, and innovative and magnet programs.

There are several ways to access the exemption forms:
– Electronically (senior citizen exemption forms are available online (on the district’s website); SSI exemption forms are online, as well.
– By telephone (call SCI Consulting Group at 800-273-5167 for an application by mail).
– In person at the AUSD offices (2060 Challenger Dr., Alameda) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday (summer hours).

Questions should be directed to the Parcel Tax Administrator: SCI Consulting Group at (800)273-5167.


Movies in the Park Start Friday Night


The Alameda Recreation and Park Department, Friends of the Parks and City of Alameda Public Works Department will present three movies in the city’s outdoor parks this summer as part of its annual Starlight Movies in the Park program.

This Friday, June 20, residents are invited to come see “DESPICABLE ME 2″ at the Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field, 1101 West Redline Ave. (The film is rated PG.)

On Friday, July 25, the featured film will be “CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2,” also at the Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field

About six weeks later on Friday, Sept. 12, “BACK TO THE FUTURE” will be screened at Leydecker Field on Bay Farm.

This free events start at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show festivities of games and crafts for the kids.

The feature film begins at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m.

Snacks and food will be available for purchase, and proceeds support the city’s Teen Program.

Guests are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets to better enjoy a film under the stars. (No barbecue grills, alcoholic beverages or pets are permitted.)


Discussion on Haiti Set for Saturday


Alameda Public Affairs Forum will host a talk on by Pierre Labossiere, a founding member of the Haiti Action Committee, at 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 10, at the Main Library.

Labossiere also is a board member of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.

Before his speach, folk artist Daniel Zwickel will sing songs from the movement for Haitian freedom and play his guitar.

Guests are invited to arrive (via the Main Library’s back door) at 6:30 p.m. to share refreshments.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

On June 13, Helen Grieco — a Northern California organizer for Common Cause — will discuss the issue of whether a 28th Amendment to the Constitution is needed to reverse Supreme Court decisions awarding corporations unlimited financial power over the American political process.


Alameda-based Artemis Launches AC72

Alameda-based Artemis Racing said it launched its first AC72 on Saturday, Nov. 3. The team says the launch came after thousands of design and build hours, and the vessel includes the latest technology and materials.

The main VIP at the event was Barbro Osher, consul general of Sweden in San Francisco and “godmother” of Artemis.

Team Artemis, the America’s Cup challenger of record, had the hulls built in Sweden. The hulls were then trucked to Valencia, Spain, and then put on a cargo ship headed to to San Francisco, which arrived in August.

The team says its first AC72 wing “suffered significant damage in May during training” in Spain, and the wing — or large sail that powers the AC72 — was completely rebuilt.

“We are extremely excited to get out sailing with this first boat and the learning opportunity that it represents,” said Juan Kouyoumidjian, who led the team designing and constructed the first of two AC72s in Valencia. “Sailing here, in the realities of San Francisco Bay, makes the lessons hard, but extremely relevant.”

The first day of sailing for the Swedish team is likely to be next week. The Artemis group now has 80 members here on the Island.

“It’s been a tremendous team effort to design, build and launch the AC72. We are looking forward to valuable training time on the Bay in the coming weeks,” said team CEO Paul Cayard.


South Shore to Stage Music, Poetry Events

Alameda’s South Shore Center will host a Summer Beats concert from 3:30 to 7 p.m. today, Saturday, Augsut 13, in Center Court.

The bands include SeanBO & KrystleAZUL/Damage Kontrol and Bob City Pacific.

There will also be a body-jam demo by the Bladium Sports & Fitness Club.

Starting at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 14, Alameda’s poet laureate Mary Rudge will announced the names of nine “muses,” those who most inspire art on the Island, at South Shore.

The event will also feature poetry, music and dance, including a performance by Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theatre Company and a Jim Morrison look-alike contest, honoring the poet and musician who attended Alameda High School.

Community members can also vote for their favorite poem on Alameda Towne Centre’s Facebook page.

Poets will be chosen to read their poems during intermission at the Summer Beats Concert series every Saturday from July 9-August 13 with a performance of Dance to Poetry on Sunday, August 14.


Library Hosts Seed-Saving Class, Urban-Gardening Film


Several months after opening a seed and gardening-tool lending library, the Alameda Free Library is holding a class that will focus on seed saving. The event takes place at 2 p.m. today, Saturday, August 6, at the library, 1550 Oak Street.

Rebecca Newburn of Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library will speak about seed-saving basics, and her presentation will include some hands-on practice. She will also explain the basic vocabulary of seed saving and how to save seeds from peas, sunflower and other night-shade plants.

Newburn will also help residents understand how they can return “borrowed” seeds to the library as part of a movement toward sustainable communities. The event is free.

The Alameda Free Library’s seed- and tool-lending library is directed by Joel Butler, a reference librarian at the Main Library. He helped open the seed-lending library on March 1 (see photo above) and the garden tool-lending library at the end of April, which includes about 45 high-quality tools, he says.

“You can take three or four seeds per plant,” explained Butler to the group. “I understand that sunflowers are easy to grow.”

While the seed library has decorative-plant seeds, the project’s emphasis is on edibles, Butler says. It is located behind the reference desk on the second floor of the Main Library.

Butler is encouraging residents to use seeds from library for planting and then bring some seeds that they have produced in their gardens back to the library be shared with others. “When they do this, they are bringing back seeds that are better adapted to our local climate and that will be more robust the next time they grow,” he shared.

At 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday, August 7), Alameda Backyard Growers will present the film “Urban Roots” at the Main Library. The local group says the film is about urban farming in Detroit. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the event is free.

Another local event, hosted by Ploughshares Nursery, will focus on composting with worms at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, at 2701 Main Street, Alameda Point.


Art & Wine Fest on Park Street This Weekend

The annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire will be celebrated on the Island over the coming July 30-31 weekend. Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and include live music, a kids’ area, arts-and-crafts vendors, food vendors, and beer and wine sales.

“The Park Street Art & Wine Faire is fun for the whole family!” said Rob Ratto, executive director of the Park Street Business Association, which organizes the event each year in July.

According to Ratto, there will be more than 250 arts-and-craft booths on Park Street, between Buena Vista and Encinal avenues, with vendors offering items like ceramics, metal art, paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing and jewelry.

Bay Area favorites will perform a wide range of music, such as classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz and soul, says Ratto. The line-up includes Zebop, Stung, East Bay Mudd and local rockers the Mighty Neptunes.

In addition, there will be four beverage booths serving beer, mimosas and wines from Alameda-based vintner Rock Wall Wine Company. “We will be featuring Rock Wall’s wines exclusively and are happy to have a local winery involved in the fair,” said Ratto.

Park Street’s Art & Wine Faire differs from the district’s Spring Festival in a few ways, according to Ratto. The art and wine festival includes two stages rather than one, for instance, and it features up to 100 more vendors.

The crowd could hit 100,000 over the entire weekend, Ratto say. “But if you come early, between 10 a.m. and noon, it’s less hectic and all the vendors are still open,” he shared.

On Saturday and Sunday morning (starting at 10 a.m.), the Piccolo Puppets will perform on the Encinal stage. And from about 3:30 to 6 p.m. both days, the Santana-tribute band Zebop will perform. The kids’ section, adds Ratto, will feature a bounce houses, a giant slide, slot cars, face painting and a petting zoo.

Merchants in and around Park Street will be open for business on July 30 and 31 while the fair is taking place, Ratto says. “Many of them will be running specials during the weekend, so we encourage residents and visitors to take the time to visit their shops,” he explained.


Alameda Gets New Pet Shop

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Alameda See Spot Run will be hosting a grand -opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24.

The shop is located at Santa Clara Avenue, next to Asena Restaurant and Mason Management (between Everett and Broadway streets).

According to the store owners, the grand-opening celebration aims to introduce area residents to Alameda’s newest urban pet store and will include music, a barbecue, a raffle for pet food and pet toys, an owner/pet vintage photo shoot, free samples of pet products, and free personalized pet-name tags made on the premises.

In addition, the shop’s management says it will be taking orders and offering free delivery in Alameda.

According to its website, the store specializes in Australian Grass Parakeets, as well as canaries, finches, guinea pigs and hamsters.

Meanwhile, from 12 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, July 23, Dog Bone Alley, at 1342 Park Street, will be holding pet adoptions. The Oakland-East Bay SPCA will be visiting the Alameda store with dogs and cats available for adoption.