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Second Summer Concert at Crab Cove Set for Tonight

West Alameda Business Association (WABA) and the East Bay Regional Parks District are hosting the summer’s second Concert at the Cove from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, July 8.

The free event features the return of “Foreverland”, a popular Michael Jackson cover band that packed the Cove last year. Residents from across the Island and their friends, family and kids should expect to have a wonderful Alameda experience, according to WABA.

Eight food vendors will offer their wares, many are which are Crab Cove favorites. There will also be new treats on tap. Hula Hawaiian shaved ices will be served, along with Miggy’s Island Kettlekorn and Croll’s Pizza slices.

Paul’s Paella will bring some of its signature dish, and Wes Cafe will make its debut at the Cove, serving coffee drinks, lemonade,iced tea, sandwiches and sweets. Ben Bussell of Frog & Fiddle will be serving pulled- pork sandwiches.

A wine and beer garden will offer local wine favorites, Rock Wall Winery and R&B Cellars, as well as Drakes Brewery’s specialties.

Free valet bike parking for attendees will be provided by Bike Alameda.

Sponsors include: Bay Ship & Yacht, Catellus Development, Alameda County Industries, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Back to Health Chiropractic, Bill DeMar Office of Edward Jones, Bladium Sports Club, Perforce Software, Trans Pacific Bank, along with Rock Wall Winery, R&B Cellars and Drakes Brewery.

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Concert at Crab Cove – Tonight

Concerts at the Cove in West Alameda kicks off the summer 2011 season with a show tonight: From 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers will be performing at Crab Cove, McKay and Central avenues.

The event is free and is sponsored by the West Alameda Business Association and the East Bay Regional Parks District.

“We expect a really fun, family crowd of between 2,700 and 3,000 people per show, so get there early,” said Judi Friedman, director of operations for WABA.

Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers is a Bay Area group that plays “high-energy ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s tunes,” Friedman says. (The July 8 concert showcases Oakland-based Foreverland, “the outrageously popular Michael Jackson cover band that packed the cove last year,” she explains.)

“Both groups have a way of interacting with the crowd for a wonderful and enjoyable experience,” shared Friedman. “This will be a dancing summer for all!”

In addition, there will be a variety of drinks, food and snacks for sale. In the wine and beer garden, Rock Wall Winery, R&B Cellars and Drakes Brewery will offer an assortment of libations.

Hula Hawaiian will serve shaved ice, while Miggy’s Island Kettlekorn will dish out its crowd favorite. Other vendors slated to be at the event are Croll’s Pizza, Calafia Tacqueria, Vesta Flatbread, Paul’s Paella, Wes Café, and Frog & Fiddle.

Other sponsoring organizations are Bay Ship & Yacht, Catellus Development, Alameda County Industries, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Back to Health Chiropractic, Bill DeMar Office of Edward Jones, Bladium Sports Club, Perforce Software, Trans Pacific Bank, along with Rock Wall Winery, R&B Cellars and Drakes Brewery.

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Alamedans Enjoy the Spring Egg Hunt

 

The crowd was anxious last Saturday, March 27, before the start of the Spring Egg Scramble, the Island’s traditional “egg” hunt, which is really more like a candy grab.

At the Crab Cove event, kids are divided up by age.

The rowdy five- and six-year olds (see photo above) were jumping around for the candy as the Alameda Recreation and Park Department staff were throwing it around the grass field.

Jonathon Holley, 6, of Alameda — see photo below – was one of about 500-plus kids and adults that participated in the ’10 Spring Egg Scramble.

And six-year-old cousins Asiah Sanders and Trinity Malone had to slow down and catch their breath after participating in the candy fest.

Twins Graciela and Nathanial Basco, 5, caught up with Edison School buddies at the event, and recreation staff helped them share candy … with a smile.

Happy Easter!

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Alameda’s Birdwatchers Share Crab Cove Tally

At last weekend’s birdwalk around Crab Cove, members of the Bay Farm Nature Connection saw a great array of bird species and sub-species. And they were kind enough to pass on some photos and notes.

Ralf Stinson, who captured the nice images with his camera, says the poor duck shown above is suffering from “angel wing,” also known as “slipped wing,” “crooked wing” or “drooped wing.”

“This is a disease that affects waterfowl (geese & ducks) in which the last joint of the wing is twisted with the wing feathers point out,” Stinson explains.  “It is an incurable anatomical condition which is acquired in young birds due to a high-calorie diet and low in vitamin D/E and manganese.”

The best evidence for the cause of the disease points to human feeding waterfowl white bread, according to Stinson. ”It is very rare in birds that are away from humans,” he adds.

Also last weekend, members of the birdwatching group saw many birds in “breeding plumage,” aka sporting special layers and/or arrangements of feathers for spring mating time — like this Eared Grebe.

 

And for those arm-chair birdwatchers eager to know about the wildlife at Crab Cove, the group did put together a tally of what they saw:  Bird List_3-06-10[1]

Many thanks to Ralf and all the other birders!