Downtown Alameda Businesses Hosts Adopt-A-Classroom Fundraiser on November 5

Shop For Alameda Adopt A ClassroomsLocal businesses are terrific supporters of the Alameda community. There are many ways that the businesses give back to the community throughout the year, from donating food and gifts for local fundraisers to sponsoring sports teams.

Merchants in the Park Street Business District are especially proud to assist in the educational enrichment of Alameda students. On Wednesday, November 5, a number of businesses are joining together to donate a portion of their sales to Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program. The goal is to collectively raise $2,000 – enough to adopt four of Alameda’s most underfunded classrooms.

AEF President Bill Sonneman promises that 100% of the Adopt A Classroom donations will be given to the person who knows best what is needed for his/her students — the teacher.

“Teachers have told us how they like being able to choose what the money is used for based on student needs. We especially appreciate ‘open’ or undirected donations that we can give to teachers most in need who may not have the same access to resources as teachers at more affluent schools.” says Bill Sonneman.

Teachers spend an average of $513 annually on supplies and materials for their classrooms, so Adopt A Classroom donations are enormously helpful. But Adopt A Classroom does more than just purchase supplies and materials, it makes a profound impact.

AEF Adopt A ClassroomLast year, Downtown Alameda merchants raised $1,500 to help purchase new library books for Maya Lin Elementary and robotic supplies for an after-school class at Wood Middle School. In addition, donations provided an opportunity for students of Island High to discover and reflect on our American history at the Oakland Museum of California.

This year, participating businesses are donating 5-15% of each purchase made during the day to the Adopt A Classroom program.

So get a jump on your holiday gift-buying and help support our local youth… Plan to eat, drink, and shop to support Alameda classrooms on Wednesday, November 5! 

The following retailers will be donating a portion of all purchases on Nov. 5 to the Adopt A Classroom program:

Aphrodite’s Closet (1419 Park Street) – 5% of all purchases

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (1419 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases

Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases

Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases

Lost City Antiques (1519 Park Street), 10% of all purchases

Monkey Bars (1339 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases

Pixies & Peony (2305 Santa Clara Ave), – 5% of all purchases

Tracy Zollinger L.Ac. (2424 Blanding Ave, Ste 102) – 10% of all purchases

We Are Hair (1343 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases

The following food and drink establishments will be donating a portion of all purchases on Nov. 5 to the Adopt A Classroom program:

Bead Inspirations, Alameda

Alameda Natural Grocery (1650 Park Street) – 5% of all purchases

Cafe Q (2302 Encinal Ave) – 15% of all purchases

East End (1650 Park Street, Unit A) – 10% of all purchases, 5:00pm-close

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases

Lola’s Chicken Shack (1417 Park Street) – 5% of all purchases

Tucker’s Ice Cream (1349 Park Street) – 10% of all purchases

We’d also like to extend a special thank you to Alameda Collision Repair for donating $500 to sponsor an entire classroom. Please help us raise funds for four more classrooms!

To learn more about the Alameda Education Foundation and the Adopt A Classroom program, please go to www.alamedaeducationfoundation.org/programs/adopt-a-classroom.

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social sites.

Sign up for our Customer Club to receive event announcements and special offers from businesses in the Park Street Business District! Click Here 

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“Sunday Fund Day” This Week in Downtown Alameda

Sunday Fund Day Alameda for Angela's BistroAs reported in the media earlier this month, a fellow Park Street Business Association member lost his business in the arson fires just before it had a chance to get off the ground. Saboor Zafari, the owner of Angela’s Restaurant, has been a generous supporter of Alameda non-profit organizations as well as the community at large for many years. Now he needs our help!

Sunday Fund Day is a fundraiser to help re-establish Angela’s Restaurant and bring the community together. It takes place in Alameda’s historic downtown district on Sunday, October 26.

Saboor Zafari was close to opening the new Angela’s Restaurant when the business was destroyed by a devastating arsonist fire. “My partner and I went through a similar situation two years ago and I was astounded at the damage that a fire could do. I know from experience that the road to recovery is a long one. Because of the uncertainties that lie ahead for Angela’s, this event is intended to help Saboor and his family cover any immediate costs while the waiting game gets off to a start,” remarked event organizer Melanie Hartman of American Oak.

(Editors Note: American Oak was forced to temporarily close a couple of years ago as a result of an arson fire before the holiday season. With the help of supporters from the community, the restaurant was able to re-open after a year and many of the staff were able to return to their jobs.)

A number of restaurants and lounges found in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District will each be offering special menu items on Sunday, October 26, of which the proceeds will help Saboor replace all that was lost in the fire.

Please help get the word out and plan to attend Sunday Fund Day.

American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Ave – Featured cocktails with 100% going toward the fund, 3-5pm

Speisekammer,  2424 Lincoln Ave – Special themed menu with 100% going toward the fund, all day

Pappo, 2320 Central Ave – Purchase raffle tickets for $5 and all proceeds will go to the fund, all day

Cafe Q, 2302 Encinal Ave – 20% of all sales will be donated to the fund, 8am-3pm

Sidestreet Pho, 2304 Encinal Ave – Special beer & appetizer pairing with 50% going toward fund, 3-5pm

East End, 1650 Park Street – $1 from every cocktail purchased will be donated to the fund, all day

Bowzer’s Pizza, 1330 Park Street – 20% of pizza purchases to be donated to the fund, dine-in Noon-7pm

Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street – $1 of every fountain drink sold will be donated to the fund, all day

Linguini’s Pizza, 1508 Park Street, $1 from each beer sold will be donated to the fund, 9:30am-6pm

C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street #D, 50% of proceeds from all Brunch Cocktails will be donated to the fund, 9am-4pm

Monkey King Pub & Grub, 1315 Park Street, 100% of all Jack Daniel drinks will be donted to the fund, all day

Lost Weekend, 2320-1/2 Santa Clara Ave,  donation jar at the bar, all day

Other restaurants and eateries making plans for special menu items on “Sunday Fund Day” include:

TASTE at McGee’s, 1645 Park Street, 517-7887

Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street, 522-4960

More restaurants are pitching in every day. Please check with your favorite eateries to see if they have any special items or activities planned for Sunday Fund Day. You might even consider making Sunday a true “Fund Day” by strolling through the district and ordering special dishes and/or drinks from a number of establishments.

Thank you for supporting a local business and helping to re-establish Angela’s Restaurant! 

Angela's Bistro Arson in Alameda

Another Fundraiser Date to Save – Shop & Dine for Alameda Classrooms on November 5

The merchants in Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District are always proud to assist in the educational enrichment of our local students. On Wednesday, November 5, more than 15 businesses will be joining together to donate a portion of their sales income to the Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program.

AEF will be directing funds raised on November 5 to classrooms not yet adopted and whose teachers demonstrate the most need. The goal is to collectively raise $2,000 during the day – enough to fund four classrooms in need.

You can help support the teachers and their students while also getting a jump on your holiday gift-buying. Look for more information to be posted on the PSBA website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social sites.

Sign up for our Customer Club to receive event announcements and special offers from businesses in the Park Street Business District! Click Here 

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Alameda Zombie Crawl Pre-Party at Tiger’s Blood Social Club

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Alameda Zombie Crawl 2014This is not a PSBA event, but the 6th Annual Alameda Zombie Crawl will be filling Park Street and other nearby streets with hordes of the walking dead this Saturday, October 18. Dress up as a Zombie and join the horde! Crawl participating bars, mingle with fellow undead, and enjoy drink specials made by our local necromantic bartenders.

The event is open to everyone 21 and over. There is no itinerary, so zombies can feel free to roam wherever they like. For those who are not ready to join the undead, the event is still worth a trip to Downtown Alameda to view some of the most frightening and creative creatures on the island as the zombies shuffle along the sidewalks.

Zombie Crawl 2014 at Tiger's Blood Social ClubIn the spirit of the Zombie Crawl, Tiger’s Blood Social Club, located at 2319 Santa Clara Ave, will be hosting a Zombie Crawl Pre-Party. They promise “Bands, Burlesque, Tattoos, and General Mayhem.” But it’s all in fun. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program.

Starting at Noon, professional make-up and photo sessions will be available at the tattoo parlor (but it’s advised to call ahead and reserve a time). Then from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, the party will be in high gear with live bands including Misfits tribute band, Braineaters; Siouxsie & the Banshees tribute band, Voodoo Dolly; and local band The Up and Down. Emcee Shotzi BlackHeart “Queen of the Damned” will introduce the festivities which also include a burlesque show by some of the hottest zombies around.  Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Classic Car Show in Downtown Alameda Revs Up Park Street

Park Street Classic Car Show, Alameda 2014Get ready to start those engines!

The 21st Annual Park Street Classic Car Show takes place on Saturday, October 11. More than 400 classic vehicles of every description will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district from 10:00am to 4:00pm – antique roadsters, vintage coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and so much more.

Most of the cars come from the magical decades of the ’50s and the ’60s, but there will also be plenty of muscle cars from the ’70s and a number of rare beauties from the ’30s and ’40s.

Park Street Classic Car Show has a lot to offer! This free event is fun for the whole family and is not to be missed. Entertainment and prizes will be available and DJs will be spinning oldies from the ’50s and the ’60s. A national representative of the Mustang Club of America even declared Park Street’s annual Classic Car Show to be “the best that he has ever seen.”

Park Street Classic Car Show AlamedaAlongside the Classic Car Show, Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) will be hosting a Classic Bike Show — show off your low rider cruiser, vintage road bike, or any other bike you deem a classic.

In addition, many of the Downtown Alameda shops and restaurants will be open for business. Spectators are invited to explore the unique collection of stores and enjoy the tasty fare of the fabulous eateries. You can even test your gaming skills at Subpar Miniature Golf and High Scores Arcade Museum, catch a movie at the historic restored Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, or enjoy a live Rockabilly show reminiscent of the 50’s at Capone’s SpeakeasyRead the rest of this entry »

Capone’s Speakeasy: The Ultimate Lounge Experience Comes to Alameda

Capone's Speakeasy, Ultimate Lounge Experience in AlamedaCapone’s Speakeasy is providing the East Bay with an intriguing new nightlife option. Step back in time into the Roaring Twenties… a time when speakeasies were hip and jazz was cool. At Capone’s Speakeasy you’ll find a warm and friendly place with a sophisticated atmosphere; a place where you always get the best of everything.

Staff adorned in period dress (think flappers and men in vests) set the stage for a spectacular night out.

Start your evening in a stunning dining room with a vintage bar and 1920′s bank vaults that is evocative of a 1920s speakeasy. Then stick around for the best local bands and DJ’s — patrons will especially appreciate the live jazz and light rock on Fridays and Saturday nights.

Capone's Speakeasy, Ultimate Lounge Experience in Alameda, small dishesCapone’s Speakeasy offers an extraordinary list of signature drinks and a menu of mouth-watering small plates of modern American cuisine inspired by international specialties. Complementing the food is a robust selection of contemporary and classic cocktails; a California-centric wine list; and small-producer beers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Unleash Your Creativity at Artistic Home Studio & Boutique: Alameda’s Destination for Home Art Fans

Artistic Home Studio AlamedaArtistic Home Studio & Boutique in the heart of Alameda is a creative combination of studio and boutique with a focus on home décor arts, teaching, selling supplies, and doing custom work for clients. With numerous 5-star reviews on Yelp and awarded “Retail Business of the Year,” it has become a destination for home arts enthusiasts and novices to explore their creativity.

JaYing Wang and Rachel Gingold — two of the Bay Area’s finest art and craft professionals — started Artistic Home & Boutique in 2013. The business partners met through their adopted Chinese daughters and agree that “Opening the studio has changed our lives. We love the interactions with customers, and our daughters get to see (and participate) in making a creative business work.”

Artistic Home Studio Alameda InstructorsTogether with other instructors, JaYing and Rachel hold classes in glass arts (fused glass, stained glass), mosaics, and decorative painting techniques for furniture and the home. Additionally, they have a youth programs consisting of summer camps and after-school art classes. All classes are held in a stunning, light-filled 1100 sq. ft. studio with gabled and beamed 20-ft high ceilings (the space was originally a historic barn).

In the adjacent boutique, they sell custom-painted furniture, local artisan-made glass jewelry, as well as décor products to try at home, including Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan (Artistic Home is the main Annie Sloan ‘stockist’ for the San Francisco Bay Area).

JaYing and Rachel affirm: “Our mission is to make your home more ARTISTIC, one project at a time!”  Read the rest of this entry »

Power Box Art + Customer Appreciation Day in Downtown Alameda

Power Box Art in Alameda

Power Box designed by 6-year-old Lars Petersen III

Come celebrate and meet the artists and sponsors who are making our city an even greater place to live! Power Box Art is Alameda’s newest public art. Kick off the unveiling with food, drink, and music at Rhythmix Cultural Center (2513 Blanding Ave) on Friday, September 12, 6:00-9:00pm.

6pm-9pm: Power Box Art Show gallery opening in K Gallery featuring work by the same artists who have wrapped their visions around Alameda’s utility transformers. This event will also include a slide show of all the art submissions.

7pm-8pm: A formal reception in the theater to acknowledge the power box artists, sponsors, and participants who made it all happen.

Congratulations to the selected artists! Emily Bonnes, Delena Britnell, Nancy Crookston, Flavia Krasilchik, Clare Rickard, Chris Rummel, Stephen Seche, Jessica Warren, and Wesley Warren. 6-year-old Lars Petersen III was selected in the student category. All artists are Alameda residents.

Take a self-guided tour! Want to view the Power Box Art in person? Maps of all 10 Power Box Art locations will be available at the kick-off celebration. Maps will also be available at many of the businesses in Downtown Alameda on Customer Appreciation Day.

More information: www.alamedamp.com/working-with-amp/power-box-art

Power Box Art is a partnership between AMP, PSBA, and Rhythmix Cultural Works.  Read the rest of this entry »

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