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Alameda Museum Gears Up for Jan. 2 Sale, Talks

The Alameda Museum is planning an interesting estate sale for after the holidays: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 2.

A local family that includes three generations is selling furnishings and objects that date back to the Civil War (1861-1865).

At the same time, the museum is having a clearance sale of its own items, says curator George Gunn.

Also on the 2010 agenda for the museum is an exhibit on Neptune Beach (1917-1939) and several lectures on local architecture and development; see page 8 of the group’s latest online newsletter.

A talk on bungalows is set for March 25, a lecture on the Alameda Naval Air Station takes place April 29; and a presentation on glass panels in Alameda is set for May 10.  The events take place on Thursday and start at 7 p.m. at the museum, 2021 Alameda Avenue.

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Visit Neptune Beach with Mr. Solo

With a slow news week (so far, so good) this is a pleasant time to take a peek into the past. In this case, the featured past is Neptune Beach, that big lug of entertainment with carnival rides, huge swimming pools and games and (occasionally) prizes. It was the 1930s, and Mr. Solo was there. Hear him talk about it and see a slide show of Neptune Beach here. Be sure to hit the toggle button for the full screen so you can see the photos more easily.