Local Happenings

Wikimedia Commons    Tessie Reynolds rode her bicycle with the utmost care back in 1890. Modern-day Alamedans can learn tips to keep themselves safe on the road at the upcoming Urban Cycling 101 workshop set at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. on Wednesday, April 17.

Friday, April 12

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive. Eligible donors encouraged to give platelets and blood. Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: 800-733-2767, www.redcross.org)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. “Love Our Island Artwalk: Radical Beauty Part 7.” Art, dance and music with an Earth Day theme. Stroll the center, hear three bands, view three unique art installations. Produced by Rhythmix Cultural Works. Harbor Bay Landing, 883 Island Drive. (Info: 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org)
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Fourth annual Civics Scholarship Program and Speech Tournament. Hear Alameda youth speak out on “What would motivate more young people to vote.” High-school students compete in speech tournament sponsored by College of Alameda and the League of Women Voters of Alameda. College of Alameda, Building F, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy. (Info: www.LWVAlameda.org/calendar)
  • 8 p.m. Wake the Dead performs Celtic and Grateful Dead music. $25 general admission, $10 students and youth. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org)
  • 8 p.m. Transference by Victor Mavedzenge. Final performance. Artist communicates with his audience through an inner intuitive guide along with energy he picks up from the crowd around him. Free admission. Studio 23 Gallery, 2309B Encinal Ave. (Info: http://studio23gallery.com)

Saturday, April 13

  • 11:30 a.m. American Association of University Women luncheon. Picnic at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, discussion of park’s history and tour led by Amy Wooldridge, director of Alameda Recreation and Parks. See https://alameda-ca.aauw.net for reservation details. Jean Sweeney Park, 1925 Sherman St. (Info: 748-7455, pwashbou@hotmail.com)
  • Noon to 1 p.m. “Vegetable Gardening Basics.” Proper planting, companion planting,  seasonally appropriate crops and crop rotation demonstrated and discussed, followed by question-and-answer session. Free admission. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102, jbridge@apcollaborative.org)

Sunday, April 14

  • 9 a.m to noon. Alameda Wildlife Reserve Work Party. Help prepare the Alameda Wildlife Reserve at Alameda Point for the return of the endangered least terns this month. Tasks include weeding, placing nest markers and “chick chalets,” plus picking up trash that may blow into the nesting site. (Info, directions: 521-4402, pg3187@gmail.com
  • 7 p.m. “Architectural Forensics: What Was That?” A presentation by Judith Lynch for the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS). Free for AAPS members; $5 for non-members. First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave. (Info: 479-6489, www.alameda-preservation.org)

Tuesday, April 16

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thrift Shop Bag Sale. Mastick Thrift Shop provides a bag to fill with women’s apparel for just $5. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • 1 p.m. Transportation 101. Class teaching the basics of getting around the Bay Area and beyond. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Info, register: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. “Political and Proud, Young Women Take the Lead.” Celebrate the work of young women leaders in the Alameda community. Two discussion panels: Effective Organizing and Leadership, moderated by New York Times best-selling author of the Rad Women series, Kate Schatz; and Young Women Paving the Way in Male-Dominated Fields, moderated by Alameda School Board President Mia Bonta. Free admission. Limited seating, register at Eventbrite.com. Light refreshments served. Encinal Junior & Senior High School Student Center, 210 Central Ave. (Info: gabbychao1108@gmail.com)

Wednesday, April 17

  • 1 p.m. “Brain Health: Take Action Now!” Health seminar sponsored by Elders Village and AEC Living. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Media Room. (Info, register: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov)
  • 5:30 p.m. Bike East Bay Workshop. Urban Cycling 101. Learn all about cycling in an urban environment at this in-house workshop. Then take the Road Class on April 27 to practice new skills. Free admission, open to adults and teens. Registration required: BikeEastBay.org/AlamedaBikeEd. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: hfields@alamedaca.gov)

Thursday, April 18

  • 1:30 p.m. Disaster Preparedness. Presentation on what to do in case before the next big emergency. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Dining Room 2. (Info, register: 747-7506, dconde@alamedaca.gov)