Local Happenings

Courtesy photo    Cross Currents 2019 is among the shows opening for the Second Friday Artwalk, Jan. 11.

Friday, Jan. 11

  • 1 p.m. Travel Tips & Navigation Using Technology. Sponsored by The Center For Independent Living. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room E. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Cross Currents 2019. Opening reception for Island Alliance of the Arts 12th annual exhibition of California Artists. Show hangs through Feb. 23. Artists interpret the many meanings of the title in their own styles and media. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060, www.islandallianceofthearts.org)
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Modified. Screening of film on genetically modified organisms, politics and family hosted by Alameda Backyard Growers. Free admission. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: lindacarloni532@gmail.com)

Saturday, Jan.12

  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive. Eligible donors encouraged to give blood or platelets. St. Barnabas Church, 1400 Sixth St. (Info: 1-800-733-2767, www.RedCrossBlood.org)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Crazy Rich Asians. Free film screening, teens only, 13 to 19. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info, register: hfields@alamedaca.gov)

Sunday, Jan. 13

  • 5 p.m. Blake Miller & the Old-Fashioned Aces perform Cajun and Creole music. Potluck and dance. $20. Alameda Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-792-8855, zydecod@msn.com)
  • 7 p.m. History of the Alameda Legacy Home Tour: 45 Years and Counting. Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS) presentation by Conchita Perales and Woody Minor. Free for AAPS members; $5 for non-members. First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave. (Info: 479-6489, www.alameda-preservation.org)
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. “Wise Speech.” Third in an eight-part series on the Buddhist Eightfold Path presented by Rebecca Dixon, founder and teacher at the Alameda Sangha. One Sunday a month a part of the Path will be explored. Course supported by American Sign Language interpreters. Open to all by donation. 2311 Buena Vista Ave. (Info: www.alamedasangha.org)

Monday, Jan. 14

  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. “René Magritte.” Program on famed surrealist painter sponsored by the Mastick Senior Center Advisory Board. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., dining room 2. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)

Tuesday, Jan. 15

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. High School Merger Committee Meeting. Hosted by Alameda Unified School District. Committee and public discuss viability and desirability of potential merger of Alameda and Encinal high schools and hear from experts. Free admission. Island High School, 500 Pacific Ave. (Info: www.alameda.k12.ca.us)

Wednesday, Jan. 16

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Association of Retired People (AARP) Smart Driver Standard Course. Cost: $15 AARP members, $20 non-members payable by check in the Mastick Office at least one day prior to class. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)