Ten years ago, Silicon Valley Leadership Group President & CEO Carl Guardino and his wife, Leslee, happened to hear a local radio broadcast on Thanksgiving morning. According to the news, some 20,000 people had gathered downtown to run and walk to benefit the needy. Intrigued, the couple–both avid athletes–listened for more details. “Unfortunately, they were talking about a race in Sacramento,” Guardino recalls, laughing. “But I turned to Leslee, and said, ‘Someone ought to do something like that here.’ She gave me a look, and I said ‘OK, maybe that someone should be us.’.
“This is completely unique for Alameda parks and truly an ambitious use of space,” said Amy Wooldridge, Alameda’s Recreation and Parks Department director, “It’s going to serve the full community, We want it to be organic in how people use it.”, Woolridge said the hope is that the space will be used as an outdoor classroom for Otis Elementary and also as a place for community performances, free shipping ballet dancer releve wall decal custom size and color such as operas and library reading groups, Currently, the organizers are taking bids for a contractor to build the stage and seating, and the project is on track to be completed before the end of the year..
RICHMOND: The annual Veterans Day observance starting at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the SS Red Oak Victory, 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond, will also be a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the launching of the historic cargo ship, featuring an appearance by a former crew member. The ceremony will be in the Riggers Loft, a restored building from the original Kaiser shipyard No. 3, where Robert DiChiara, a member of the original Red Oak crew, will be among the special guests. Now 89, DiChiara will speak during the program and will be available to talk to guests afterward. Along with the observance, the Red Oak Victory will be free to board and tour, and there will be activities for all ages and a post-ceremony USO-style dance in the Riggers Loft. A box lunch will be available for $7. For more details call the Richmond Museum of History at 510-235-7387 or the SS Red Oak Victory at 510-237-2933.
Cannery Row Block Party, Kids’ games, live bands, animal shows, balloon artists, contests and prizes, 11 a.m, to 5 p.m, June 1, Cannery Row, Monterey, Free admission, www.canneryrow.com, Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival, Chalk art, music, children’s free shipping ballet dancer releve wall decal custom size and color activities, even a car to draw on with chalk plus chocolate tastings of picante habanero chocolate gelato, goat cheese truffles, adult brownies, s’mores pops, chocolate eclairs and tartes, or chocolate ricotta pizza, Caribbean chocolate soup, chicken molé and more, Sampling tickets 10 for $10, 10 a.m, to 5 p.m, May 31, North Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-548-5335, www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com..
Creative director Norman Langill has been working with City of San Francisco leaders to identify a new permanent home for the company’s iconic melding of theater, circus, vaudeville and more. But lots of fundraising will be necessary before San Francisco can once again be home to Teatro Zinzanni’s unique form of entertainment. In the meantime, Langill has put together another winner for the final show at Pier 29, which runs Wednesday-Sunday through Dec. 31. “On the Air” features Bay Area icon Geoff Hoyle and blues great Duffy Bishop in a loose story about a small radio station’s attempts to stay on the air. Hoyle transforms into the comedic Red Bottoms as well as a well-endowed Mrs. McCracken, keeping the laughs coming as only Hoyle can. For her part, Bishop practically blows the roof off with her powerful vocals, and it’s a special treat when she pairs up with lead guitarist Chris Carlson to rock the foundations of the elaborate venue. Wayne Doba returns to impress with his intricate tap dancing routines accompanied by his wife Andrea Conway, who adds her own physical comedy and acrobatic mischief to the evening. Elena Gatilova simply dazzles with her sensual acrobatics, while Bernard Hazens and Christopher Phi amaze with their combination of juggling, acrobatics and balancing. And, you haven’t lived until you see what Mat Plendl can do with hula hoops.