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.


West Alameda Kicks Off Winter Island


West Alameda’s series of holiday events — Winter Island — began Thursday, December 16, and continues through the end of the month.

The two-week festival for families features holiday movie classics, a holiday pet parade and market, children’s activities and performances, seasonal culinary demonstrations and wine tasting, as well as concerts and musical performances.

Events take place in a heated tent at Webster Street and Pacific Avenue sponsored by the West Alameda Business Association and the City of Alameda.

Events include:
– Friday, December 17: Evening of Appreciation, hosted by Alameda PTA Council, 5 to 9 p.m.
– Saturday, December 18: Pet Market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Pet Parade 10:30 a.m. to noon.
– Sunday, December 19: Kids activities from 1 to 4 p.m; Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys at 7 p.m.
– Monday, December 20: Culinary Night from 6 to 9 p.m.
– Tuesday, December 21: Music Night at 6 p.m.
– Wednesday, December 22: Children’s Music Performance from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For a full schedule, go to the event’s website.

Most events are free or half price if you can show a receipt from a local business on the day of the event.

“This is the first time we’re helping to stage this, and we’re thrilled to do it,” said Kathy Moehring, executive director of WABA. “The city wanted to do some events in different part of the Island, including some that would bring folks to Webster Street.”

An extra evening event has been added and is set to take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on December 17, organizers say. “The PTAs are asking families to come out and support local businesses, while enjoying shopping and eating on the West End. They want to thank the community for its support that night with refreshments and socializing,” said Leslie Little, the city’s economic-development director.

On December 18, kids and enjoy a pet market and visit by Santa Paws, starting at 9 a.m. And at 10:30 a.m., there will be a pet parade and holiday-costume contest during the Farmer’s Market. Categories for the contest are: best pet costume, pet and owner look-a-like, silly pet trick, and best tail wagging. Pet owners with a same-day receipt from an Alameda store or restaurant get a special doggy bag.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on December 19, there will be kids’ activities featuring holiday storytellers, arts and crafts, while from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on December 22, Winter Island showcases local children’s groups, such as choirs, orchestras and bands and more. At the same time on the evening of December 28, children’s dance groups will perform.

Adults are invited to see Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys perform at 7:30 p.m. on December 19, when tickets are $10 each (or $5 with a same-day receipt). And another swing band – Stompy Jones – is set to take the stage on December 27 for $5 (or free with a same-day Alameda receipt). A jazz group will perform at the same time on December 21, with a rock group scheduled for December 26.

Winter Island features a special culinary night with local chefs from 6 to 9 p.m. on December 20 for $5 (or free with a same-day Alameda receipt), and a wine-tasting extravaganza on December 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. for $20 (or $10 with a same-day receipt).

Major sponsors for Winter Island are NRC Environmental and Gallagher and Lindsay.


Wine Walk Comes to Webster Street

The City of Alameda and the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will host the first “Wine Walk” from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 29, on Webster Street.

The Wine Walk will offer wine tasting from a variety of local wineries, discussions with winemakers, live music, culinary treats and shopping.

For $30, participants will be receive a souvenir wine glass to sample wines from multiple wineries as they stroll in and out of various retail and restaurant locations. (Buy tickets at 1533 Webster St.)

Webster Street merchants and volunteers will share champagne and sparkling wines that can be paired with desserts and chocolates. Also, several area restaurants will offer Wine Walk dinner specials that can be enjoyed before, during or after each Wine Walk.

Participating winemakers include Blacksmith Cellars, Heart o’ the Mountain, R & B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine Company, Rosenblum Cellars and Urbano Cellars.

A similar event will be held on Park Street on October 14.


Alameda’s Webster Street Jam a Big Hit


The sounds of Foreverland, the Michael Jackson tribute band, help the crowd celebrate the Webster Street Jam this weekend on the Island.

The Saturday night crowd of well over 1,000 people danced and sang along to hits like “Billy Jean” and “The Girl Is Mine.”


Crowd members also enjoyed the food, drink, arts & crafts and other offerings, including activities for kids.


Islanders of all ages said they had a great time… and are already looking forward to next year’s West End event.


Thanks to the West Alameda Business Association, all the businesses that supported the event and the many volunteers that made it such a success.

WABA estimates that as many as 50,000 visitors from in and around Alameda visited the Jam over the weekend. That’s a good majority of Alamedans.