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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.

Posted on Sunday, November 4th, 2012
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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.

Posted on Saturday, August 13th, 2011
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Library Hosts Seed-Saving Class, Urban-Gardening Film

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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.

Posted on Saturday, August 6th, 2011
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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.

Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2011
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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.

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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.

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011
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Rally (and BBQ) Aim to Bring Lab to Alameda

Alameda’s efforts to bring Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s second campus to Alameda Point culminate tonight, July 13, at 6 p.m.

A community barbecue is being hosted by the City of Alameda on the mall area across from the Auctions by the Bay Theater, 2700 Saratoga St., on Alameda Point.

At 7 p.m., immediately following the barbecue, there will be a public meeting with representatives from LBNL at Auctions by the Bay Theater.

City officials are urging residents to attend the meeting and add their voice to community support for the project.

For more information, see a website set up to help bring LBNL’s second campus to Alameda Point.

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
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Alameda’s CompoClay Expands to Web, San Francisco

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Alameda-based CompoClay opened an online business on Monday, July 11, after recently inaugurating a showroom for its gardening and home-decor products in San Francisco and hosting a green mixer for interior designers to promote the use of eco-friendly products.

The new showroom at 60 Post Street (in the Crocker Galleria) in San Francisco is meant to complement the company’s “green resource center” at 2536 Santa Clara Avenue in town (shown above).

The Post Street space is being shared with other green businesses.

The company says its updated website has information about its products and can be used for ordering items online.

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2011
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Another Successful 4th of July Parade

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Thousands of Alamedans, other Bay Area residents, friends and family came together to enjoy the 36th-annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade today, which was followed by the Jumpin’ & Jivin’ Jubilee.

The parade finished at noon, with the jubilee at Rittler Park going on until 4 p.m. today.

Parade organizers said that in the past few years, the crowds have been close to 50,000.

Before Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, who led the parade, a color guard from the U.S. Coast Guard (below) and the Lincoln Middle School Band (above) entertained the crowd. They were followed by the grand marshal, deputy-grand marshals and City Council.

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Along with the Lincoln Middle School band (which includes about 150 members), the Cougar Cadets drill team, a San Francisco dance troupe, Alameda’s jazz bands – from Alameda High School, Encinal High School, and Saint Joseph Notre Dame, and the Arroyo High School marching band from San Lorenzo performed along the three-mile parade route.

Alameda’s Fourth of July event is a certified equestrian parade, according to parade volunteer Barbara Price: “This means that riders get points for their competitions by participating,” explained Price. “We generally get about 10 equestrian entries.”

This year’s grand marshal was former Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, a long-time Alameda resident.

This year’s deputy grand marshals were Dylan Moore, a senior at the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) and active Boy Scout, who helped resuscitate a resident earlier this year, and Bhaani Singh, who just graduated from Encinal High School and is headed to the University of California-Berkeley after being a member of the city’s Youth Advisory Commission.

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Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2011
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Alameda’s Fireside Lounge Celebrates July 4th Weekend

The West Alameda Business Association says that the Fireside Lounge is hosting a number of grand-opening events this weekend.

The Fireside Lounge, located at 1453 Webster Street (at Santa Clara Avenue), first opened in 1942. It supporters say it was once known for its Johnny Rocket cocktail, garlic noodles and the many servicemen and women who frequented the West Alameda establishment.

Today, the remodeled Fireside is owned and operated by “The Three Sirens:” Sandra Russell, Bitsy Eddy and Keely Rogers-Free.

The lounge features craft beers on tap, including some from the Linden Street Brewery, Ale Industries, Drake’s, Black Diamond and Cherry Voodoo.

This Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, the bar’s new owners will celebrate a grand opening from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. In addition to the beers on tap, visitors can enjoy specialty cocktails — including some featuring Alameda’s St. George Distilleries/ Hangar One spirits.

The bar will host a DJ this Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as a taco bar from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday.
On the day of the annual Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade, the Fireside Lounge will open at noon, with a taco bar open from 12 to 2 p.m., and live music from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
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Special Dinners Continue at Alameda Yacht Clubs

The team at High Street Station is preparing unique dinners to benefit community causes and encourage Island residents to get out and about this summer.

On Tuesdays, Susan, Annie, Jason, Doug and Katy are making meals to be served at the Aeolian Yacht Club, 980 Fernside. Part of the proceeds from the events in June will go to Children’s Hospital-Oakland.

Meals — including dessert — are $10-$14 for adults and half price for kids under 10. Reservations are appreciated and can be made calling 510-995-8049.

On June 21, the main dish will be meatloaf, and on June 28, it will be pan-seared salmon.

This Thursday, June 16, the community is invited to visit Ballena Yacht Club at Ballena Marina, where the chefs from High Street Station will serve tilapia fish tacos with fresh mango-and-avocado salsa (for $11).

The bar at the yacht club will be open by 5 p.m., and dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Again, reservations are appreciated – at 510-995-8049.

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
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