With the fine weather, now's a good time to enjoy as much of the outdoors as possible before the cooler, wetter weather returns.
Alamedans may want to sign up for the Island Yacht Club's 20th annual Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar, which is set for Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 on the Alameda-Oakland Estuary. Organizers say that it's a "fun, relaxing, educational and inspiring weekend" full of workshops and time on the water. Those who sign up before Sept. 8 get a discount on the program fee.
The sailing seminar is made possible by generous donations from instructors, boat owners and sponsors. Call 510-521-2980, or check the event's website, www.womenssailingseminar.com.
Coastal cleanup: Members of the Encinal Yacht Club have organized a special effort to clean up the estuary as part of Coastal Cleanup Day, which is Sept. 15. There will also be a big effort put on by the East Bay Regional Park District at Crown Beach, so stay tuned for more details.
temple show: In the performing-arts universe, Temple Israel on Bay Farm is proud to present Berkeley-based comedian Josh Kornbluth and his show "Benjamin Franklin: Unplugged." The special event is set for 8 p.m. on Oct. 6.
Rabbi Barnett Bricker, who recently took the reigns as the spiritual leader for Temple Israel of Alameda, is eager for meet many community members at the performance. For tickets,
Plein air: Over at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, the seventh annual Alameda En Plein Air exhibit will be open as part of the "First Fridays" art night from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The paintings, which were all done outdoors by local artists, will be on display through Sept. 29.
For those who want to learn this artistic skill, Frank Bette is hosting a plein air workshop on Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The center also is accepting potential contributions to its upcoming show, Reflections, on Sept. 30. For this show, the center requests paintings, photos, sculpture, poems, jewelry and more with themes such as contemplation, imagination, meditation and the like.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.