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Art. And wine. And more!

Submitted by on 1, July 24, 2009 – 9:00 amOne Comment

art_wine_fairePark Street’s annual Big Deal, the Art & Wine Faire, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with its traditional run of art and craft booths, food and adult beverages, music and fun for the kids. (They’ll also have trolley rides, which I think is new this year, and it’s always fun to see if you can spot Park Street Business Association head Robb Ratto tooling around on his Segway scooter.)

The event proper is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. And local merchants and others have set up a whole mess of neat little side events to complement the Faire.

While you’re on it, you can check out two new stores on Park, the Tot Tank (which is set up in the old Hallmark store) and Space Happy (which is in the old Happy Trails space, and has a lot of similar stuff for sale).

Here are the events I know about:

Tomatina, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Alameda, will have kids’ balloon artist Twistyman on the patio from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. They’ll also have slices of pizza, mini cupcakes and ice cream floats. That night, they’ll be handing out free glasses of wine to toast their time in town. 1338 Park Street; 521-1000.

C’era Una Volta will have artist Carols Rampolla on hand to create caricatures for your enjoyment. He’ll be there from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1332 Park Street; 769-4828.

Speisekammer is holding its Summerfest at 3 p.m. Sunday. The event, which is free, includes contests, the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club and a jump house for the kids. 2424 Lincoln Avenue; 522-1300.

Alameda Natural Grocery will hold a bike festival and closing ceremonies for “Bicycles Transformed” from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The event includes live music, free ice cream and more. 1650 Park Street; 865-1500.

One other thing: The Alameda Fire Department is hosting its annual pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. Sunday at Station One, 1300 Park Street. Suggested donation is $7 (and it’s free for kids under 5). The event is a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.

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  • Please tell your readers this is also the final weekend for "Ragtime" which has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. There has not been a single performance to date that did not receive at least one standing ovation. Tickets are $34 for adults and $30 for juniors (17 and under) and seniors (65+) in advance and three dollars more at the door. Online ordering at http://www.aclo.com (internet service fees apply) or by calling (510) 864-2256. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Avenue in Alameda. Ragtime features a cast of 53 and a 17-piece live orchestra.

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