Your weekend: Treat your mother right
This Saturday brings a pair of Earth- and kid-friendly events that could provide a welcome break from the video games and TV.
First up is our annual Coastal Cleanup Day, which takes place from 9 a.m. to noon along Alameda’s South Shore. Admission is free, but the folks at Alameda Rec & Park would like you to register in advance, and you can do that online or by calling 747-7586. Forms are also available in Rec & Park’s offices, at 2226 Santa Clara Avenue.
All ages are welcome, but children under 18 must be supervised. And cleanup helpers are advised to wear sturdy clothes and lace-up shoes (no sandals or flip-flops). Participant are to meet at the beach on the corner of Shoreline Drive and Park Street. And they’ll provide the tools for the cleanup.
And Alameda Towne Centre is hosting a party for the cleanup crew, which starts at 11 a.m. in the shopping mall’s Center Court. They’ll have live steel drum music from Harry Best and Shebang!, free face painting and all kinds of family fun.
Next up is BikeAlameda’s Kidical Mass, a family bike ride, which starts at 9:30 a.m. at the McDonald’s at Alameda Towne Centre. The non-profit bike group will offer helmet checks (helmets are required) and basic bike safety tips, and will have short – and long-distance rides. Kids of any age can participate in the two-hour event, but kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Oh, and if you happen to be heading down to Park Street, the Alameda Free Library’s adult literacy program is holding its “Walk a Mile for Literacy” event on Park Street. That starts at 10 a.m. Registration is $15, $5 for kids. For more information, call 864-2256.