The Alameda Free Library has several classes on tap. One focused on knitting is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and is open to community members who are 10 years old and up.
The instructor, Katja Broddesson, requests that students bring size 8 or circular knitting needles, a ball of worsted-weight yarn and a pair of scissors. Space is limited, so call 510-747-7713 for reservations.
The free event is sponsored by Friends of the Alameda Library. It will focus on how to knit small items, like a scarf or cellphone pouch.
The Alameda Education Foundation invites students in grades six to 12 to sign up for a new class in rock 'n' roll. Budding musicians and singers will learn songs, rehearse in bands, develop their performance skills and play in a big session-ending concert, the group says.
The class, called Rock Shop, is set to take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 to Feb. 20, at 400 Grand St., on the ACLC campus. Go to alamedaeducationfoundation.org for more details.
Rhythmix Cultural Works has a special show up at its K Gallery through Nov. 2. The display, open from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, features colorful drawings and paintings by classically trained artist Aliea Wallace and her elementary school students. On Nov. 8, the gallery will turn its focus to Veteran's Voice IV, with a gallery opening from 6 to 9 p.m. and a show that will be up through Dec. 31.
Several Alameda businesses -- Carica Wines, Rockwall Wines and St. George Spirits -- are giving generously of their products and time for a fundraising event that takes place Saturday at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. Taste the Nation, East Bay supports the No Kid Hungry campaign for childhood nutrition.
The late afternoon event will be staged at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.
It will highlight edible treats made by award-winning chef Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ. Go to http://ce.strength.org/events/taste-nation-east-bay for ticket details. (The hotel plans to run a shuttle from the Rockridge BART station for guests.)
Also coming up this weekend is a used book sale put on by Friends of the Library to benefit our community's library system. The sale starts with a special preview event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Albert DeWitt Officer's Club.
Saturday evening is the second night of this year's Live@the Library jazz concert series. Tomorrow night's concert, which begins at 8 p.m., will showcase the Christian Tamburr Quartet. Tamburr has worked with Julio Iglesias and Cirque du Soliel and has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center in New York.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.