Congrats to winners, participants and supporters of this year's Alameda Haunt Your House contest. Some winners of the contest are: most canned food collected, 908 Lincoln Ave. (177 pounds); most haunted house, 1244 Sherman St.; most original haunt, 1816 Pearl St.; and best new entry, 2908 Windsor Drive.
In other fun action, Alameda Children's Musical Theatre is putting on a production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical comedy, at Maya Lin School, 825 Taylor Ave. Shows will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are from $7 to $13.
On Saturday, Youth Repertory presents "Phantom Toll Booth," put on by local students, at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 12, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Michaan's Theater, 2700 Saratoga. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted. More shows are set for next weekend at the same time.
Saturday night, the Alameda Free Library Foundation, Friends of the Alameda Free Library, Alameda Library Board, Art Committee and other supporters will host and enjoy the third Live at the Library concert of 2013. Cabaret singer Paula West is sure to please the crowd and organizers, like Ruth Belikove and Eileen Savel, who worked hard for months on the terrific series.
The library will present "Turkish Star Wars," also known as "The Ottoman Empire Strikes Back" and "The Man Who Saved the World," at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The free film showcases two Turk warriors battling evil forces and will be introduced by film curator Jeff Giordano at the main library.
Poet Mary Rudge will read from her book "Jack London's Neighborhood" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the West End Library. The book offers a tour of the Island and its literary history.
Docent Joan Kaplan from SFMOMA will be at the main library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the show "Big, Bold Beautiful: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field." Her talk will highlight the eight monumental sculptures installed in San Francisco through May 2014.
At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the main library will host a teen book group meeting and discussion of Jay Asher's "Thirteen Reasons Why." Over at the West End Library, the Alameda String Academy will perform a Thanksgiving concert, including "Ferdinand the Bull," for kids at the same time and day.
On Nov. 22, the Perforce Foundation will hold breakfast-for-dinner event to benefit Alameda Point Collaborative and the East Oakland Boxing Association. Meals will be served from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in a large tent at 2319 Clement Ave., between Park and Oak streets.
The Alameda Fire Department will be serving pancakes, with local caterers sharing other breakfast items. Banjo star Bill Evans will provide the music. Tickets are $8 for children 7 and under, $20 for adults and $50 for a family of four.
Nearby, Saint Vincent de Paul's Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave., is collecting coats for the organization's warm coat drive through the end of the year. Last year, more than 300 coats were collected. The organization is also encouraging community members to sign up to help during the holidays at the Alameda County dining room on Thanksgiving or other days; call 510-877-9252 or write to email@example.com.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.