Vice Mayor Bonta to Stage Town Hall

Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta is hosting his third town hall meeting with residents from 6 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, September 29, according to meeting organizers.

At the meeting, which will be held at High Street Station, 1303 High Street (at Encinal Avenue), Bonta hopes to get community input on current issues facing Alameda. Bonta also will make a brief presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Bonta, who was elected to the Alameda City Council in late 2010, plans to run for California State Assembly in 2012 in order to represent residents in the 16th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. The current Assembly representative, Sandre Swanson, cannot run for another term because of term limits.


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.


Ballena Bay, High Street Station Co-Host Dinner, Fund-Raiser


Ballena Bay Yacht Club, at 1150 Ballena Bay, and High Street Station Cafe are co-hosting a dinner and benefit tonight — from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 — at the yacht club.

For $10, guests can enjoy a hearty meal while supporting Girls Inc. of Alameda Island.

Members of the High Street Station crews — Susan, Lynda and Annie — ask members of the community “to join us to help with this wonderful cause, and to enjoy a meal, and a view.”

Those planning to attend can RSVP by calling 510-995-8049.

There’s also plenty of free parking in the Ballena Bay area.

Tonight’s menu includes fried chicken in a spiced buttermilk batter, corn on or off the cob, coleslaw, mashed red potatoes and gravy, coconut cream pie and banana cream pie.

On Thursday March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — the menu is planned to feature corn beef and cabbage
Sheppard’s pie, Guinness stew, soda bread, and bread pudding with ice cream.


Alameda Group Hosts Spring-Gardening ‘How To’ Event

Alameda Backyard Growers is meeting tonight to share details on how local residents can start work on their spring vegetable garden.

The event will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 10, at High Street Station, 1303 High Street, on the corner of Encinal Avenue.

The presenters include Nancy Sylvestri-Elzig, a “master gardener” and Alameda Backyard Growers member, who has generously offered to donate seeds from her employer, Renee’s Garden, to those who pledge to “grow a row” for the Alameda Food Bank.

For those who cannot attend tonight’s gathering but would like to participate, send e-mail to amedabackyardgrowers@gmail.com.

ABG meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday of the month and are open to the entire community.


Alameda’s High Street Station Does Comedy Shows & More


High Street Station is kicking off a series of comedy shows on Tuesday nights this month, along with fund-raising and donation activities for Toy for Tots.

This Tuesday, December 7, comedian Reggie Steele will be the featured performer. On December 14, the show will be led by Sandy Stec, while on December 21, Joe Nguyen is the head-liner.

The event on December 7 starts at the coffeehouse, 1303 High Street, which is being decked out for the holidays by the Native Daughters of California, who are co-hosting the event.

Tickets are $5-$15, with some proceeds going to Toys for Tots.

Also appearing at High Street Station this month are Mr. and Mrs Santa Clause, who will stop by for photos from 1-3 p.m. every Saturday. Photo-taking proceeds will benefit Toy for Tots, as well.

And from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 16, the Ballena Bay Yacht Club and High Street Station (HSS) will host a dinner event and raffle for Toys for Tots at the yacht club.

For those who can’t make one of these events, please drop new unwrapped toys in the Toys for Tots bins at High Street Station, the Aeolian Yacht Club or Ballena Bay Yacht Club.

Susan Timney and other HSS staff wish the community a safe and enjoyable holiday season.


High Street Station Opens Alameda Art Show


The Frank Bette Center for the Arts and High Street Station coffeehouse are launching a special collaboration tonight.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 12, Frank Bette opens its second satellite gallery at the coffeeshop, located at the intersection of High Street and Encinal Avenue.

The show features the art of Alameda watercolor painter Beth Bourland, whose art focuses on street scenes, boats and landscapes of the East Bay, Florida and other locations.

Frank Bette’s main facility is at 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue. And the art center opened its first satellite center on Webster Street in September, right before the Webster Street Jam was held.

Community members are invited to stop by High Street Station to meet Beth and then stay for the live music featuring Rita Lackey and Friends starting at 7:00 p.m.


Alameda’s Weekend Activities: Good to Go

Coming up next weekend Park Street hosts its annual Art & Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday (July 24-25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Apologies for posting the event for an earlier weekend initially.

The 26th-annual affair includes a petting zoo, live music and lots of edibles.

For those lookint for activities this weekend (July 16-18), over on High Street, the High Street Station coffeehouse is hosting live music from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, July 16. The band is Live from Shannon.

Corn beef and cabbage will be served from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for hungry guests.

Tomorrow, July 17, a soft-rock band will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Spaghetti, barbeque chicken and “Fernside Salad” will be served.

Meals are just $9.95.

This Sunday, July 18, Rock Wall Winery is hosting a fund-raiser for Meals on Wheels out at the Alameda Point venue. The event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m.  High Street Station staff and lots of community members are participating.



Alameda’s Busy 4th of July Weekend

The Alameda Fourth of July Parade will be the highlight of the holiday weekend. It starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Some 170 floats with 2,500 participants will travel the 3-mile route from Park Street and Lincoln Avenue, down Park to Otis Drive, over to Central Avenue and then down Webster, where the Jumpin’ & Jivin’ Jubilee will be held from noon until 4 p.m.

It’s recently been decided by the city that politicians can participate in the events, but they can’t tell parade watchers what race they are poised to run for: No campaigning materials or election posters are allowed.   

Later in the day, High Street Station coffee house will have another Saturday night barbeque from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with ribs, hot dogs, potato salad, garlic bread and more for $9.95.

The Placebos  band will be playing from 7 to 9 p.m. at the cafe, 1303 High Street.

Encinal Yacht Club is hosting lots of activities on the 4th as well.


Alameda’s Tuesday-Night Dinners Continue in July


The Aeolian Yacht Club and High Street Station are taking a break from their Tuesday night dinners, raffles and charity fund-raisers next week.

After the July 6th break, though, the organizations are planning a special night on Tuesday, July 13, when the dinner is $10 for guests who aren’t yacht-club members (and $8 for members).

Guests should come to the yacht club, located at 980 Fernside Blvd., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for enchiladas. Up to 90 people will be served, and there will be cocktails starting at  4:30 p.m.

The charity to benefit from the event is Girls Inc.

Donations for the the raffle are greatly appreciated.
To RSVP, contact Susan and Lynda at High Street Station, 1303 High Street; 510-921-0911.

Also, if you’re looking for more events on the Island this July 4th, the Aeolian Yacht Club (founded in 1906) is hosting an open house, barbeque, picnic, party and more from 12 to 5 p.m. Funds raised at the event support the club’s community-service work.


Alameda Coffeehouse Hosts Swing Dance-Class, BBQ

High Street Station coffeehouse, 1303 High Street, will offer visitors swing-dancing lessons tonight from 6 to 7 p.m.

The class will be folowed by dancing from 7 to 9 p.m and a barbeque dinner.

For $8.95, guests can enjoy chicken and hot dogs, macaroni, salad and garlic bread.

Call 510-995-8049 for more details.