This Saturday is Customer Appreciation Day on Park Street. And merchants in the Park Street Business District will be sharing discounts, giveaways and other special promotions for shoppers.
The event includes a drawing for a basket filled with $250 in gift certificates and goodies from local businesses. The drawing is free, so be sure to enter at participating shops, restaurants and service establishments. The more businesses you visit, the more chances you have to win, event organizers say.
Coming up in two weeks, the West Alameda Business Association and partnering groups have planned the Neptune Beach Community Celebration. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Oct. 6-7, there will be music, wine, international food, art and a fun-filled area for kids in and around Webster Street. More details to come.
In the local arts scene, K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Avenue is presenting Counterpoint, an exhibit by Peter Tonningsen and Lisa Levine. The collaborative photo-based project is open from 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday nights through Nov. 3. A reception is set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 12.
Also at the K Gallery on Wednesday nights, Alamedans can enjoy making art, listening to music, enjoying refreshments and engaging in conversation at Art Jam. The event hostess is d'Arci Bruno, who encourages guests to explore their creative potential. (Send e-mail to email@example.com for more
Last Saturday, Encinal Yacht Club hosted the Artemis Racing Invitational in cooperation with the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, the America's Cup challenger that sent six of Sweden's top young sailors to the Bay Area recently. The Swedes competed against a team from Western Washington University, the UC Berkeley sailing team, and two teams of juniors (sailors 20 and younger) from Encinal Yacht Club.
The teams first participated in 15 races (usually of less than 10 minutes each), and then the top three boats went head to head as part of the regatta.
"Team racing emphasizes not just speed, but boat-handling, tactics and an in-depth knowledge of the rules," said Andrew Nelson, Encinal Yacht Club's junior-sailing director. "The flat water and medium-light breeze of the Oakland-Alameda estuary is perfectly suited for such racing."
Western Washington University won six of its seven races — and the grand prize, which included a tour of the Artemis Racing facility at Alameda Point and a ride on an America's Cup 45-foot-long catamaran (AC45) being used by Team Artemis. The Swedes took second place overall in the recent regatta and were first among the junior teams (of those age 20 and under). The EYC Juniors earning third place overall.
The young sailors also met Paul Cayard, the CEO of Artemis Racing, a former Olympic sailor and 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race skipper after the regatta. According to organizers, some of the competitors now have their sights on competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal blog at www.ibabuzz- .com/alamedajournal.