Women's sailing event set for this weekend

Island Yacht Club will host the 19th annual Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar, a full weekend of sailing education taught entirely for women by women, on Saturday and Sunday.

This year's keynote speaker is Sally Honey, two-time U.S. Yachtswoman of the Year.

The event includes workshops for beginning, intermediate and advanced women sailors on Saturday, continental breakfast, lunches, one raffle ticket, registration packet, visor, a bag filled with goodies from our sponsors, as well as sailing on Sunday.

For information and online registration go to http://womenssailingseminar.com.

Sally Lindsay is now Sally Honey, a sailing legend who is a two-time U.S. Yachtswoman of the Year and a North American champion in the 505 sailboat classification, where she regularly trounced her male competitors.

The Island Yacht Club is located at 1853 Clement Ave.

Firefighters Charity Ball scheduled for Saturday

The Alameda Firefighters union Local 689 will host its inaugural Firefighters Charity Ball on Saturday at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club at Alameda Point.

The black tie event will take place 6:30 p.m.- midnight and feature dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $75 and include dinner. Proceeds benefit local charities.

To order tickets email: kschelinl689@gmail.com. Checks should be made payable to " Local 689" and mailed to PO Box 727, Alameda, Calif., 94501.

For information, call Kara Schelin at 925-209-6725.

Lakota Poet to be featured at Books Inc.

Lakota poet and writer Luke Warm Water will be the featured reader for the Alameda Island Poets reading series from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at Books Inc. on Park Street.

Warm Water is from Rapid City, South Dakota, and has lived in the Bay Area for seven years. He holds a master's in public health from the University of Oklahoma and has worked in public health for 20 years.

He was recently awarded a literary and cultural award by Alameda poet laureate Mary Rudge and the Artists Embassy International for his book, "City Tree of Concrete and Hope" at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

He has also read at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts as well as the Petaluma Poetry Walk and has been published in several Native American anthologies.

Official to give update on Alameda Point

The city's Jennifer Ott will update the Kiwanis Club of Alameda on efforts to redevelop Alameda Point on Oct. 2.

Ott, the chief executive officer for Alameda Point, will also field questions, including about the plans to transform the former U.S. Navy base's Seaplane Lagoon are into a "Town Center."

The free event will take place noon-1:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

To reserve a no-host lunch of for information, call 510-523-5822.