Alameda Museum is wrapping up Cross Currents, an exhibit of several California artists. At the opening reception, held July 13, many of the artists mingled with community members to discuss their photos, oil paintings, woodcuts, acrylic, mixed-media, clay, ink and other work.

Several of the exhibiting artists will be at the museum from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday to talk about their techniques and creations. The show includes works by Karen Allen, Barbara Buhrz, Laurie Gardner, Brian Grus, Miriam Infinger, Ines Kramer, Michael McDonough, Glenna Mills, Ana Music-Anderson, Jane Neilson, Cyrus Ng, John Nicolini, Laurel Prieto, Sara Richardson, Cherylene Robinson, Kathleen Schwab, Ralph Smith, Joan Tharp, Nicole Wakeman, Jan Wall and Justin Yanke.

Members of the Island Alliance of the Arts nonprofit, which is putting on the show, have donated art work for a silent auction fundraiser at the Alameda Museum. They encourage community members to drop by and put in a bid as soon as possible. Members of the alliance's leadership committee -- Bonnie Randall Boller, Mi'Chelle Fredrick, Teddy Goldsworthy-hanner, Colene Leong, Charles Lucke and Peter Sanderson -- contributed art for the sale.

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts is getting ready to host its eighth annual Plein Air Paintout around the Island from July 29 to Aug. 2. In addition, the center will hold a quick-draw competition exhibit and sale from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at 1601 Paru St., as well as a plein-air-paintout art show and sale on Aug. 3 at South Shore Shopping Center in the center court area.

Local artist Betty Irvine will be showing her paintings on the second floor of the Main Library starting Sunday. Irvine began drawing and painting at a young age in Knight's Ferry.

The artist says that painting and mastering new skills like using computers to reproduce her art make her life more enjoyable. Community members are encouraged to attend a reception for Irvine at the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 31.

In addition to its participation in this weekend's Part Street Art & Wine Faire, Alameda's Rock Wall Wine Company is joining R&B Cellars and about 20 other vintners to put on the eighth-annual from Urban Wine Xperience from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the pavilion in Jack London Square. The event also features food prepared by many local eateries and live music.

Be sure to take get up and out the door Sunday morning for the 17th annual pancake breakfast being served by members of the Alameda Fire Department from 9 a.m. to noon. The event takes place at Station One, 2401 Encinal Ave., and proceeds will support the Alisa Ann Roche Burn Foundation and other local charities. Tickets are $15, and there is no charge for kids under age 8.

Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.