It's time for bunnies, books and a host of artistic, educational and canine-focused fun on the Island.

On Saturday afternoon, South Shore Center will host an Easter celebration from noon to 3:30 p.m., in the Neptune Court area. The event includes pony rides, visits with the Easter Bunny and portrait drawings.

Center operators say Bagel Street Café plans to open its doors next to Old Navy this summer. Also opening later this year is the Best Lil' Porkhouse, which will do business in an area on Neptune Court. Also, Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails, an Italian restaurant owned by Alameda residents Giuseppe and Christine Naccarelli, is now serving lunch at its South Shore location.

In the book world, the Alameda Free Library will host an open-mic night for teens in high school and adults starting at 7 p.m. today. April is National Poetry Month, and community residents are asked to share poetry, music and spoken-word talent at the gathering. Call 747-7780 or e-mail mconciatori@alamedaca.gov to register in advance; enter through the back doors.

This Saturday at 7 p.m., Books Inc. will welcome members of the Alameda High School Inkwell Society, including Ben Freck and Andrew Nguyen. The students will share their collected works of poetry, prose, and art at 1344 Park St.


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The Main Library will celebrate World Book Night 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Local author and storyteller Walter Mays will read from the children's book, "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson. It tells the story of two lonely children who create a magical forest kingdom.

Mayor Marie Gilmore and Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft also will be at the event, which includes games and trivia.

This free event is sponsored by Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Alameda is one of just 23 sites chosen from across the county to kick off this year's World Book Night, a national campaign that aims to share thousands of free paperbacks with community members to boost reading. Teens are invited to come to the Main Library and discuss Cory Doctorow's book "Little Brother," about a 17-year-old with tech talents who gets into trouble with the law. It will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Residents of all ages can attend a blogging workshop at 6 p.m. on April 28. Sign up at the library or email afltrains@alamedaca.gov.

The library is showing Oakland artist David Burke's ink drawings, which focus on our relationship to the environment, through April 26 on the second floor. A reception and talk by Burke will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

On April 25, the Alameda Education Foundation will host its annual Salute to Education event at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Ave. The event honors an innovative program and volunteer from each of Alameda's 20 public schools, such as one that combines gardening and science and another that helps ninth-graders adjust to high school.

Guests will enjoy live music from the Alameda and Encinal High jazz combos, appetizers from Cafe Q, and local wine and beer. Buy tickets at www.alamedaeducation.org.

Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park St., is hosting a reception for its Structures exhibit at 8 p.m. on April 26. The guest artists are Alix Anthony, Zach Cotham and Chris Rummell. Its next show, "Girls on Display," opens May 3.

The two shows are part of Autobody's three-month Bridge Program that supports and trains emerging artists. To apply for the art group's next session, come to a presentation at 7 p.m. on May 6.

Down the street at Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park St., there is a Thank Dog It's Friday party tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., with tasty treats for pet owners and pets. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday the shop will host a workshop for dog owners with pets that aggressively bark, growl or get upset at other animals and humans). Call 510-521-5800 to register.

Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.