Local Happenings

Courtesy photo    Gretchen Doering, Alameda Boys & Girls Club’s Seed to Table program director, smooths dirt under a recently planted fuyu persimmon tree. Learn about tree planting and care at two separate workshops this Saturday.

Saturday, Jan. 26

  • 9 a.m. to noon. Climate Action and Resiliency Plan Workshop. Provide input on which sustainability and resilience actions should be prioritized. Free admission. Alameda High School, 2201 Encinal Ave. (Info, RSVP: alameda ca.gov/climateplan, climateaction@alamedaca.gov)
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon. Project Tree Workshop. Learn about fruit and shade tree planting from the experts. Alameda residents who attend may receive coupons for $25 off any tree at a local nursery courtesy Alameda Sun and workshop hosts Alameda Backyard Growers. Free admission. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: www.alamedabackyardgrowers.org)  
  • 11 a.m. to noon. Riding at night workshop. After-dark cycling tips presented by Bike East Bay. Free admission. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: hfields@alamedaca.gov)
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. “Fruit Tree Pruning and Care.” Learn how and when to cut back fruit trees for optimum production, as well as the basics of planting, pest management, tool maintenance and grafting for diversity. Free admission. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102, jeffbridge@apcollaborative.com)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. “Women and Spirituality: An Interfaith Dialogue.” The Alameda All Faiths Coalition, members of different faith communities, hosts the first of a series of such dialogues. Buena Vista Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. (Info: Angie, 432-5514)
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m. “Taming the Paper Tiger.” Learn how to stop paper from taking over with Lis McKinley, professional organizer. Free admission. Light refreshments. RSVP to alameda-ca@aauw.net. (Info: 748-7455, www.taming-the-paper-tiger-01-26-2019.eventbrite.com)
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Alameda Kiwanis Foundation’s 20th annual Chili Cook-Off and barbecue dinner. Taste chili and vote on a favorite. All-you-can-eat, full-service, catered buffet. Dancing and entertainment. Western attire encouraged. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis. Tickets cost $70 for adults and $40 for youth ages 5 to 12. Al DeWitt Officers’ Club, 641 West Red Line Ave., Alameda Point. (Info: 523-6341, www.alamedakiwanis.org)

Sunday, Jan. 27

  • Jan. 27, 5 p.m. Alameda All-Star Cajun Zydeco Band performs with Annie Staninec on fiddle. Potluck and dance. $20. Alameda Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-792-8855, zydecod@msn.com)

Monday, Jan. 28

  • 8 a.m. “Coffee-Conversation-Connection.” Hear a brief update from Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and enjoy open networking, coffee and pastries sponsored by Starbucks South Shore. Open to the public, free for members of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, $10 for guests. Alameda Chamber of Commerce office, 2215-A South Shore Center. (Info: 522-0414, madlen@alamedachamber.com)
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Dine and Connect. Community dinner serving Alameda’s homeless. Sponsored by City of Alameda, Alameda All Faiths Coalition, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Buena Vista United Methodist Church, Alameda Food Bank, Building Futures, Operation Dignity and Alameda Police Department. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St. (Info: 523-0659, mrtoth@yahoo.com)

Tuesday, Jan. 29

  • 1 p.m., Advance Health Care Directives. Educational overview provided by Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program and Legal Assistance for Seniors. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Emergency Operations Center Open House. Tour City of Alameda facility. Free admission, light refreshments. Emergency Operations Center, 1809 Grand St. (Info: 747-4714, shenry@alamedaca.gov)

Wednesday, Jan. 30

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive. Eligible donors encouraged to give blood or platelets.  Penumbra Inc., 1411 Harbor Bay Parkway. (Info: 1-800-733-2767, www.RedCrossBlood.org)
  • 7 p.m. “Can We Improve Our Election Process?” Alameda Citizens Taskforce (ACT) general membership meeting, discussing the McKay Avenue Wellness Center issue, the November 2018 elections and how the election process and governance of Alameda might be improved. Alameda Hospital, Conference Room A, 2nd Floor. (Info: gretchenlipow@comcast.net)

Thursday, Jan. 31

  • 3:30 p.m. Teen Tea Tasting Challenge. Test knowledge of tea. Take the taste test challenge and learn more about the popular beverage. Teens only. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: hfields@alamedaca.gov)
  • 6:30 p.m. Workshop on Otis Drive safety concerns. Public meeting hosted by City of Alameda on traffic calming and safety improvements along Otis. Wood Middle School multi-purpose room, 429 Grand St. (Info: 747-6892 or gpayne@alamedaca.gov)