Spring has plenty in store for those looking for special activities on the Island. At Rhythmix Cultural Works (on Blanding), for instance, Alameda Backyard Growers is having a potluck and meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The group plans for guests to enjoy an informal evening of "garden talk."

"Spring is the time of year when hope springs anew for our gardens. Come talk about what you've planted and what you're planning. Get our input on your garden issues, and help someone else solve theirs," organizers said in a statement about the event.

The following day at 11:30 a.m., there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for Plowshares Nursery, 2701 Main St. Plowshares, a social enterprise that is part of Alameda Point Collaborative, says its new ultra-green building should "brings opportunity, hope and inspiration to the APC community!"

Members of the greater Alameda community are invited to attend the Wednesday event to learn about the building's green features and future volunteer opportunities at the nursery. Treats from Beulah's Bean Truck will be provided.

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County and Redux will have an opening reception for the Alameda shop's latest project from 6 to 9 p.m. April 12. The creative store will display more than 30 paintings that have been "altered" in some way, according to store manager Chris Rummel.

At the event, there will be snacks and beverages, as well as music by Alameda band the Up and Down. The project will be up for viewing through June 9 at 2315 Lincoln Ave.

Alameda Public Affairs Forum will present "The Healthcare Movie," a 65-minute documentary about the Canadian health-care system. The film, which is narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, will be shown at the Alameda Main Library (at Oak Street and Lincoln) at 7 p.m. on April 13.

Refreshments will be served at 6:15 p.m. A discussion will follow the screening shortly after 8 p.m. The talk will be led by Dan Hodges of Vote Health/Health Care for All-California and Debbie LeVeen, who is retired from San Francisco State University.

At High Street Station, several Tuesday-night dinners are being held this month to support the Harvey Milk Foundation, which plans celebrations in Milk's honor that are set to take place in May. The $14-a-plate dinners are served from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and feature salmon or chicken (Tuesday), pasta bolognaise (April 16), chicken picatta (April 23) and fried chicken (April 30).

Also, over at Rock Wall Winery at Alameda Point, the Alameda Education Foundation will host its annual Salute to Education event from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 19.

"This is the 31st year the Alameda Education Foundation has honored school volunteers and the good work done every day at our public schools and charters," said AEF president Bill Sonneman, in a news release.

There will be tunes played by the Alameda and Encinal High School jazz bands, appetizers from Cafe Q on Encinal Avenue, and wines from Rock Wall and R & B Cellars. Tickets are $30 to $40. For more details, see alamedaeducation.org.

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