Alameda’s oldest park, Jackson Park, running along Park Avenue a block from Park Street, opened to the public in 1895, and residents and city officials are working hard to develop plans for a new 22-acre park, which will be Alameda’s second largest next to Shoreline Park on Bay Farm Island, on the city’s west side known as the Beltline property or the Jean Sweeney Open Space Preserve. Many residents say this future park could be Alameda’s version of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
Shir Hadash Prospective Member Open House: Visitors can meet the clergy, and children can enjoy a bounce house and craft activities, Aug, 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos.RSVP to Nadine at 408.358.1751, ext, 5, or email@example.com, Ballet in the Afternoon: Karen Gabay’s Pointe of Departure ballet company will be featured along with the Academy of Classical Ballet California and Grace dance Academy in a performance benefiting seniors, one pair of ballet shoes for craft only!! The event includes a chance to mingle with dancers while enjoying wine and cheese, Sponsored by IAM Ministries, Aug, 28, 3-6 p.m, in Saratoga, Tickets are $15 for one, $25 for two and benefit Seniors in Need, For more information or to purchase tickets and receive directions to the event, visit www.iam-ministries.org or call 408.867.4440..
Also, Nothing Bundt Cakes of San Carlos will provide cake tastings, and a Zumba instructor will lead classes. All activities are free — courtesy of the event sponsors, including the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Girdlestone family — and participants will earn raffle tickets for several prize drawings throughout the day. “I am proud to have been affiliated with this organization for the past 20 years,” Pete Nannarone, Vista Day chairman and retired commander of the San Carlos Police Department, wrote in an email. “They have been providing vital services for adults and children to build strong families.”.
Botanica: ‘All Things Plant Life’ at Bedford July 13-Sept, 6, A National Juried exhibition will open inside Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, on July 12, A Botanica showcases a deep love of nature, the embrace of its beauty, and a concern for its protection and survival, From 16th Century Flemish painters, to Cezanne and the Post Impressionists, the color and variety found in plant life, as well as the potent symbolism, have served as artistic inspiration, Opening reception is scheduled one pair of ballet shoes for craft only!! for Sunday, July 12, 3-5 p.m, Admission general $5, youth (17 and under)$3, children 12 and under free, For more information, call 925-295-1417 or go to www.bedfordgallery.org..
Those actors? Oh, yeah, baby! Several are “Peter Pan” veterans, especially John Bisceglie who’s notching his 10th — you read it correctly — 10th production of “Pan,” and his seventh as the villainous (but not too scary for little ones) Captain Hook. Sporting the world’s largest red ring, and darling, long black tendril curls, Bisceglie alternately switches from charming to dastardly with a flick of those curls. As Tiger Lily, the leader of the Warriors and Peter Pan’s comrade in arms, Catrina Contini has her third go at the role, and she’s nothing short of terrific. It’s difficult to take your eyes off her dark eyes and rapid moves in her dance numbers.