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Your weekend: Have a ball

Submitted by on 1, January 15, 2009 – 9:00 amNo Comment

Barack Hussein Obama becomes our 44th President on Tuesday, and Alameda will be celebrating with no fewer than four public parties.

The festivities kick off at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street, where they’ll offer a free viewing of the swearing in on a wide-screen TV plus light refreshments in the Stafford Room. The theme of the festivities, “A New Birth of Freedom,” also commemorates the birth of that other President from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln.

The library’s rear garden gate opens at 7:30 a.m., and the swearing-in should happen around 8:50 a.m. They’ll also have Presidential inauguration trivia and a display with inauguration-related books and articles. The event is hosted by the library, Friends of the Alameda Free Library and the League of Women Voters of Alameda.

Then at 8 a.m., the College of Alameda hosts “From ‘I Have a Dream’ to ‘Yes We Can,'” a celebration of Martin Luther King’s legacy and the inauguration. They’ll have a live feed of the ceremony and an open mic to talk about the events, plus speakers to include college President George Herring. The free event runs through 1:30 p.m. in the college’s F Building Student Lounge. They’re at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway.

Next up is a free, potluck Inaugural Bash at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue. The bash, which kicks off at 6 p.m., will include potluck food and wine, Obama art in Rhythmix’s gallery and performances from the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Maze Daiko, Suzanne Cimone (Shazam!), spoken word from I GO, and a trailer for the documentary The Trust. To sign up for the event, click here.

And last but not least, the West Alameda Business Association and Mariner Square Athletic Club are hosting an Obama Ball, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Bayside Pavilion, 2203 Mariner Square Loop. The ticket will include an appetizer buffet with food from Alameda’s fine restaurants, a Color Guard, champagne toast, live music and dancing. They’ll also have a raffle to benefit the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Tickets are $40 each and $75 per couple. Reservations are required, and you can get one by calling 523-8011. Cocktail attire is recommended, and fee-based childcare is available, also with a reservation.

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