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Upcoming Events in Alameda

East End architecture, cars & chili, 100 years of aircraft carriers, collage art, rummage sale, and East Bay history over Zoom.

If you’re looking for things to do over the coming weekend, August 13-15, you’ll be pleased to find a variety of events and activities happening here in town. From architecture and history to cars and chili, there is something for everyone this weekend.

Saturday morning, August 13, the Alameda Post will hold the first of a series of walking tours exploring Alameda’s East End Architecture. Join Editor and award-winning East Bay historian, Dennis Evanosky for a 90-minute walk to investigate the 19th- and 20th-century styles in the area. You’ll learn the story of the homes on Christmas Tree Lane where a waterworks once stood, investigate why Lincoln Avenue has that little bend, and crack what KQED calls the “bizarre urban legend of Alameda’s little people houses.” Meet at Lincoln and Versailles avenues at 10 a.m. Advance tickets are $15.

Alameda Elks Car show and Chili Cook-OffAlameda’s Elks Lodge 1015 is hosting a Chili Cook-Off and Classic Car show on Saturday at their Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., next to City Hall. $20 tickets include chili tasting plus a hot dog with chips and a drink. To compete in the chili cook-off, contact [email protected]. People are invited to bring their car to show off at no charge. To reserve a space for your car, contact [email protected] or [email protected]. There will be special prizes for car show winners! And you can fill out an application while you’re at the event to become a member of Alameda’s Elks. The event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

Alameda Post - USS Hornet seen from Seaplane Lagoon ramp. Photo Adam Gillitt.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the USS Hornet Sea, Air, & Space Museum and the US Navy will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Aircraft Carrier. The event will feature special guest US Navy VADM Daniel Dwyer, Commander of the Second Fleet, Joint Forces Command Norfolk, and a native Alamedan. The event will highlight the history of aircraft carriers in the Navy with presentations, discussions, and exhibitions, including free Carrier Operations tours and open cockpits. The event is free for active-duty Navy and Marine personnel. Members of the public need to purchase admission tickets for the USS Hornet Museum to attend the event.

The opening reception for Drawn, Quartered, Repurposed in the gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works takes place 3-5 p.m. this Saturday, August 13. The exhibition presents the work of two longtime Bay Area artists, Tom White and Ginny Parsons. “Thinking with their hands,” White and Parsons create assemblages and collage utilizing old and discarded objects, previous artworks and elements of nature, exploring the intersection of turbulence and tranquility in their work.

Kiwanis Club of Alameda will hold their third annual rummage sale on Sunday, August 14 for one day only. Donations will be accepted from 7–9 a.m. only—bring any items you wish to donate to be sold on the day of the sale. All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Alameda in serving the children of our community. The sale will take place from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at 2033 Santa Clara Ave., next to Love School.

On Monday, August 15, 6:30–8 p.m., the Alameda Museum will host the latest in their Virtual Speaker Series. East Bay historian and podcaster Liam O’Donoghue will be featured in East Bay Yesterday: An exploration of East Bay history and amateur historical storytelling. Everyday people make history, and an increasing number of amateur historians are using the skills of historical research and storytelling to gather, preserve, interpret, share, and celebrate local history. For six years, journalist-turned-historian Liam O’Donoghue has hosted East Bay Yesterday, an award-winning history podcast that focuses on the East Bay. To attend the free event on Zoom, you must register online.

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