This Friday, October 11, is an exciting night for Alameda’s 2nd Friday Art Walk. There are quite a few special celebrations taking place throughout the district:
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery (1419 Park Street) is celebrating its Grand Opening with an artist reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The inaugural exhibit titled “Transported” coincides nicely with this weekend’s Park Street Classic Car Car Show. 15 artists will be in attendance to discuss their works that celebrates our love of cars, trains, motorcycles, bikes, and other modes of transport.
Dandelion Gifts & Flowers (1419 Park Street), the new shop owned and operated by Karim, is celebrating its Grand Opening with light refreshments from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Karim’s arrangements are delightful and the flowers are locally sourced.
Redux Studios & Gallery (2315 Lincoln Ave) is celebrating its 2-year Anniversary by hosting an artist reception for renowned Oakland folk artist Leon Kennedy from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. There will be lots of special guests like Rock Wall Wine Company, Linden Street Brewery, and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Plus, live jazz, open studios, and refreshments by the SVdP Culinary Program. Mayor Gilmore will be on hand to open up the evening.
Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) is where you will find B movie impresario and former host of the cult movie cabaret “Thrillville,” Will Viharo. Will will be in the store from 7:00 to 9:00pm to celebrate the re-release of his modern, ironic detective story Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me, a cult classic that is in development as a film starring and directed by Christian Slater.
If that’s not enough to fill your Friday night, there will be artist receptions at Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave), Autobody Fine Art (1517 Park Street), Pixies & Peony (2305 Santa Clara Ave), Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (1419 Park Street), and Studio 23 (2309B Encinal Ave).
20th Annual Park Street Classic Car Show
The 20th Annual Park Street Classic Car Show takes place this Saturday. More than 400 classic vehicles of every description will be lined up along Park Street between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave – antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more. The free event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and is fun for the whole family. Entertainment and prizes will be available. DJs will be spinning oldies from the ’50s and the ’60s.
But it’s not just about the cars!… Many of our local businesses are hosting special promotions (click here for exclusive discounts) and events for car enthusiasts on the day of the show.
Free Drawing – Park Street Business Association (corner of Park Street & Santa Clara Ave)
Look for our information booth near Bank of America between 11:00am and 3:00pm and enter to win gift certificates from Tucker’s Ice Cream and other businesses located in the Park Street Business District.
50/50 Raffle – Lee Auto Supply (1525 Park Street)
Purchase tickets for a chance to win cash or other great prizes! Look for the info table near the “World Famous Lee Auto Supply” store. Raffle tickets are only $1 each and proceeds benefit Alameda Meals on Wheels.
“Transported” Exhibit – Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery (1419 Park Street)
The gallery’s inaugural exhibit celebrates our love of cars, trains, motorcycles, bikes, and other modes that transport us physically and figuratively. The distinctive art pieces have been hand-selected for this exhibit and will delight auto enthusiasts, as well as joyriders and travelers of all sorts. Gallery hours are 11:00am to 8:00pm on Saturday.
Children’s Book Signing – Jerry’s Tire & Auto Center (2501 Santa Clara Ave)
Nancy Mongerson and Darleen Sherman are proud to be selling and signing their three published children’s books while celebrating at the Park Street Classic Car Show. Nancy and Darleen will be at Jerry’s Tire & Auto from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Fused Glass Drop-in Studio – The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (1419 Park Street)
Drop in and make beautiful fused glass art! We provide the stained glass, tools, and kiln firing,… you bring your creativity to make plates, bowls, jewelry, suncatchers, nightlights, and more. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you how to use glass cutting tools and fusing techniques. We don’t charge a studio use fee, you just pay by the piece (prices start at $16). Drop-in hours are Noon to 4:00pm.
Wine Tasting – Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park Street)
We conduct fun, educational Wine Tastings at our Alameda Marketplace location every Saturday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Hosted by wine industry professionals and Farmstead‘s knowledgeable staff, these lively events are a great way to taste a variety of wines from around the world in a friendly and convivial setting. The tastings cost $1 donation per flight (proceeds are donated to a local school).
Dog Training Q&A – Dog Bone Alley (1342 Park Street)
Local trainer Ruthanna Levy of Bravo!Pup answers your most pressing training questions. There is no charge for this event so just bring your dog and stop by anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
Raffle & Sale – We Are Hair (1343 Park Street)
We have a humongous basket full of haircare/skincare products and tools being raffled for The City Of Hope (breast cancer) — a $350 value! Come on by and help us support them. You can also get 20% off all haircare products. Plus, come see our new Halloween monster!
Brunch – Zen Restaurant (2315 Santa Clara Ave)
Enjoy a complimentary glass of mimosa with any tapas purchase.
Open House – Alameda Bilingual Preschool (2152 Buena Vista Ave)
You are invited to our open house this Sunday, October 13 from 10:00am to Noon. Come by to see our new school and to enjoy some refreshments. We look forward to meeting you!!!
*Special tuition discount for families who sign up during the month of October.
Enjoy the fun at these entertainment centers while visiting the Park Street Business District:
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave)
High Scores Arcade Museum (1414 Park Street)
Homeroom Racing (1305 Park Street)
Subpar Miniature Golf (1511 Park Street)
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