Alamedans can appreciate the fine weather and enjoy lots of fun activities in town over the next week or so.
This Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., for instance, community members are invited to get on their bikes or walking shoes and join the Backyard Chicken Tour.
Chicken coops on the Island "range from humble to huge," event organizers say, "so every year we invite the public to come take a closer look, learn a little about raising backyard chickens (and maybe bees and vegetable plots), and just bask in the glory of our avian friends." (Go to www.alamedachickens.org for the tour map.)
Next weekend -- May 11-12 -- the 13th annual Park Street Spring Festival is back. Activities, including live entertainment, are planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Nearby on Lincoln Avenue, the Redux Studios and Gallery will be hosting a spring craft bazaar. To help the community celebrate Mother's Day, the shop will have items for sale from noon to 6 p.m. on May 11-12.
Also, on May 11, the Alameda Free Library will be hosting a gardening class from 2 to 4 p.m. on how to use containers for growing plants and the right seed-starting techniques.
Through June 1, the Main Library has a display showcasing projects created by students at Wood Middle School. The library's Museum of History can be toured on the second floor.
This is the show's 12th year, and it aims to share the kids' interpretations of milestones in history, science and engineering, using materials that otherwise would end up in the landfill.
Community members may want to mark their calendars for 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, when the annual Not Your Mother's Garden Party takes place at Ploughshares Nursery on Alameda Point. The event will support formerly homeless families and related social programs.
It will include Latin music by Cha Ching, edibles from Pacific Fine Food and cocktails from St. George Spirits.
Stay tuned for more details on this event, as well as extra info about the upcoming Alameda Architectural Preservation Awards -- set for 6:30 p.m. on May 23 at Auctions by the Bay. As always, that event should be both educational and entertaining.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.