Love, Community, and 2nd Fridays in Downtown Alameda

Wine & Waffles Chocolate Pairing

Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Wine & Waffles

As the popular song goes… “All you need is love.” Love for ourselves, our community, our earth, our country, and our world.  

One of the challenges we all face is that the fate of our communities lies in our collective abilities to support each other and communicate in meaningful ways. With everything that’s going on in our world, people have a deep need to feel connected.

In times of great divide the best strides will come in “breaking bread” with family and friends or sharing a “cuppa” with our neighbors.

Valentine’s Day is not just about romance these days. It’s about showing you care for the people around you. This amazing community — the people who live here, who work here, and those who visit us — these folks can be our focus for this month of LOVE.

Come create a culture of positive appreciation with us. Let’s help each other find new ways to connect.

“Love is about doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.”

Donna Layburn, President
Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Tip: Downtown Alameda restaurants are putting together special menus and events for Valentine’s Day — you’ll want to book a reservation at your favorite place before they are full.

2nd Fridays in Downtown Alameda 

2nd Friday Art Walk Downtown AlamedaThis Friday, we invite you to come enjoy art, conversation, and meeting new people during the 2nd Friday Art Walk. You’ll find artist displays and special happenings at participating art venues, coffee houses, and nearby businesses.

2nd Friday events are totally free and guests can go from venue to venue at their own pace. Here are a few highlights for the evening of February 10th:

3Dot Art Gallery (2309A Encinal Ave) – Art with Heart: Escape the negativity and surround yourself with love and art!

Studio 23 (2309B Encinal Ave) – “A Look Back 2016” Closing Reception: Local artists show you the last year the best way they know how, through art.

Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) – Author Appearance: Screenwriter Elan Mastai shares his critically-acclaimed debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays. (7:00–8:00pm)

Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave) – “Coupled” Opening Reception: Artists who are married or intertwined tell their story using clay, photography, painting, sculpture, and interactive installation

Speedpro East Bay (1734 Clement Ave) – Recycled Art: The kids at Alameda Arts express their creative side through art made of scrap materials that would otherwise get thrown out.

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website:

Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses in the Historic Park Street District and nearby side streets. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

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