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More reasons to stick around town

Just a note of caution. If you’re going to have dinner out in Oakland, it’s going to cost more. Not for the food, but for the parking. Parking meter and parking pay station hours have been extended to 8 p.m. This was put into place along with an increase in the parking rates. Things really are tough all over. Let’s hope the same doesn’t happen in Alameda.

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Next Wednesday’s Alameda theatre grand opening SOLD OUT

I heard it first on the playground dropping the kids off at school—you learn so much on the school yard!—but I confirmed it just now with a call to Sue Russell in the city’s development services department: tickets are all gone to next week’s gala theatre opening. So, if you, like me, have been hemming and hawing about springing for the $100 tickets (that’s $200, plus babysitting), haw and hem no longer. The choice has already been made.

“It’s going to be an unbelievable night,” said Russell, who says there’ll be close to 700 guests at the black tie event. “It’s going to be a grand, grand thing. A lot of people have worked really hard on this.”

For the rest of us, there will be a free community opening on Saturday, May 24 from 10 am to 1 pm, with balloon animals, face painting, clowns, jugglers and more! And, as best as I can figure from the web site, there will also be screenings of movies.

I, for one, am pleased to welcome on-island movies to the new restored theatre.