History is being made and toasted on the Island.

The Alameda Education Foundation will showcase plenty of great activities from our public schools at its Salute to Education event, set for 6-9 p.m. Friday at Rock Wall Winery. On Saturday, volunteers are needed for cleanup efforts at Crab Cove from 8:30 to 10 a.m. After the cleanup, visitors can enjoy games and other activities at Crown Memorial State Beach until 3 p.m.

At nearby Washington Park, crafts, entertainment and more are planned for Earth Day; the event is free. Later in the day, Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Avenue is hosting an Earth Day acoustic dance with music by Los Trovadores; tickets are $15-$20.

Last week, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (at Lincoln Avenue and Paru Street) opened its annual show "Alameda on Alameda." The exhibit is open to the public through June 1. It showcases the talents of 48 photographers who had just 48 hours to capture images from specific parts of the city and then a few days to turn those images into works of art.

Other special events for artists were held recently at the Alameda Free Library's main branch, which is exhibiting landscape photos from Indian photographer Ajit Gokhale through April 25 and expressive painting and mixed-media works by J. Mallon through June.

Other activities at the Main Library on this month's calendar include a meeting of the teen book group at 4 p.m. on April 25. There is also a special free program for teens and adults set for 2 p.m. on April 28.


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That's when author Julia Park Tracey will read from her book "I've Got Some Lovin' to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen." Along with her slide presentation, there will be music from collector Richard Wahlberg, who plans to share some of his 1920s recordings on a 1906 gramophone.

At 7 p.m. on April 28, Rhythmix will host Café Flamenco. The event will showcase performers with the group Caminos Flamencos. Tickets are $10 to $20. There will be premium wine and beer for sale, as well as Spanish tapas made by Alameda's Little House Café.

The group Alameda Backyard Growers meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Rhythmix from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (The next meeting is May 14.)

Alamedans may also want to make plans to attend a special gardening event set for 2 to 4 p.m. on May 11 at the Main Library. Gardeners Debra Cramer and Jill Russell will share information about creative container gardening and easy seed-starting techniques.

Guests at this free event will also learn how to use the garden tool-lending library and participate in the Island's seed-sharing program. RSVP by May 8 by calling 510-747-7713.

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