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 School’s Fund-Raiser Set for Oct. 10

AEF Millie Fund Raiser

Alameda artist Jean-Marie Bouin and a group of other community members will be at Millie’s Hair Salon, 2406 Lincoln Avenue, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 10, for a special Alameda Education Foundation fund-raising event.

Millie Luz, owner of Millie’s Hair Salon, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of her business in style. “It should be lots of fun, and I’m getting lots of local support,” said Luz, a long-time Alameda resident.

In addition to Bouin, other artists and photographers — such as Becky Calandri, Sheila Patterson and Pamela Thompson — will give 10 percent of sales to AEF, as will Deborah Porterfield of A Touch of Class Jewelers.

Luz says that her goal is to raise enough money to support (or “adopt”) four classrooms in need of supplies and other resources: a kindergarten and fourth-grade class at Lum School, a class at Haight School and one other class within the Alameda Unified School District. (It takes $500 to adopt a class.)

The hair stylist is asking guests to share $10 for the event. In return, each guest will get a glass of wine or beer and a raffle ticket.

The top raffle prize is a blue, red or black Jonway YY-50 scooter, donated by Yousuf Osmani of Scooter Importer on Park Street. (Both Osmani and Luz are graduates of Alameda High School).

Speisekammer Restaurant owners Cindy Johnson Kahl and Peter Johnson are giving coupons for more than 50 beers for the party; their daughter Darla is in fourth grade at Haight. Neil Doerr of Epic Wines is providing some bottles of his product line, and Ching Hua Restaurant is giving wine, as well.

Other donors include Chef Ian Libberton of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento and sous chef Casandra Szalkiewicz of Alameda, who plan to open Kokopelli Café on the Island; they are giving a gourmet meal for the auction. For the party itself, local baker Kathryn Le is sharing a sampling of cupcakes.

Stylists Angelina Maloney, Fufu Musleh and Luz are auctioning several Brazilian Blowouts hair treatments during the event.

“Millie is a fantastic person when it comes to giving and causes,” shared Porterfield. “Anything she’s involved in, I love to get involved with, too.”