The Alameda Summer Stroll is taking place on the second Friday of the summer months through Sept. 13. Be sure to head over to Webster Street between Central and Santa Clara avenues from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

According to event organizers, the walk begins at Trans Pacific National Bank, 1442 Webster St. It includes live music and a special display of arts and crafts, at the intersection of Webster and Taylor Avenue, as well as sales of wines made by local vintners at some restaurants.

Also Friday, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Lincoln Avenue at Paru Street, will host an opening reception for artist Michael Valentine from 7 to 9 p.m. His show at the center will be open for viewing through Aug. 3.

"I have been creating abstracts in pastel for 13 years," Valentine said. "The materials (used over the years) have changed but the joy in setting the life in my heart free in line and color remains the same."

Artist Patti Heimburger will open a show from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Frank Bette's satellite gallery in Eyewise Optometry in the Nob Hill Shopping Center on Blanding.

"I have a fondness for sculpture and developed the lumpy, uneven surface to add depth, dimension, character and distinction to my paintings," she said.


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The PopUp Gallery is celebrating its first anniversary with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 1517 Park St. It is also opening an exhibition that includes the work of several Bay Area artists: Estelle Akamine (sculpture), Gabriel Bungardt (painting), Michelle Fredrick (drawing), Dolores Gray (collage), Carrie Ann Plank (printmaking), Stephanie Rigsby (photography), Nicki Schrager (photography) and Maya Whitner (sculpture).

"This highly anticipated collection is a feast for the senses, exciting not only the visual and tactile reflexes, but also delving into the intangible world of intimacy, emotion and personal relationships," said gallery directors Bungardt and Fredrick.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Island Alliance of the Arts is hosting an opening reception for its seventh annual show of works by California artists at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave.

The exhibit, "Cross Currents," features works made by more than 20 artists, who will discuss their projects with community members from 12 to 2 p.m. at the museum July 27.

Budding child artists are invited to enter Dog Bone Alley's annual Draw Your Pet contest though July 24. One winner will be selected for artists 6 and under, 7 to 9, and 10 and up.

Each winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Dog Bone Alley and a $10 gift certificate to Tucker's Ice Cream. Art contributed by all entries will be on display at the store during the Alameda Art & Wine Faire on July 27-28.

During July, a series of dinners are being held at High Street Station Café on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Proceeds will go to the Brain Injury Connection and Alameda resident Denise Timney Ranish.

The meals, including dessert and a salad, cost $14 and are served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The main courses are barbeque ribs (July 16), barbeque chicken (July 23), and grilled jumbo shrimp or chicken breasts (July 30). Guests are asked to RSVP, if possible, at 510-995-8049.

Finally, more kudos to the Oakland Yacht Club, which held the well-attended Great Gatsby Gala as its centennial celebration in late June. The club has its Louisiana Blues Night set for July 20.