Carter's store to open at South Shore

Carter's, a popular brand of children's clothing and accessories, has signed a 10-year lease for a new 4,178-square-foot store at Alameda South Shore Center, Jamestown announced.

Carter's selected South Shore Center because of the recent influx of family friendly tenants and the center's focus on events that appeal to children, teens and adults, according to Sara Sanders, first vice president at the San Francisco Bay Area brokerage SRS Real Estate Partners, who represented Carter's in the transaction. The new Carter's store, located close to Kohl's, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014.

"With more visitors coming to South Shore Center for family events, dining and shopping, Carter's realized this was an excellent opportunity for a new store location," said Julie Taylor, senior vice president of Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank, who along with broker Stephen Rusher, handled the lease for Jamestown.

CRAFT Beer & Wine purchases wine shop

CRAFT Beer & Wine, LLC has purchased Du Vin Fine Wines on Santa Clara Avenue.

New owner Russell Rasmussen is a a former insurance executive who grew up in Alameda and graduated from Alameda High School. He returned here from Dublin, Ireland, with his wife Suzanne to raise their son, a student at Edison Elementary School.

Dan Marshall, the owner of Du Vin Fine Wines, will stay on as general manager.

"This is the perfect confluence of events," Rasmussen said. "I wanted to enter the beer business and Dan wanted to expand the shop's beer and wine offerings. Together we'll make a great team."

According to Marshall, "CRAFT will to continue to offer an outstanding variety of European wines while expanding its selection of quality local wines."

Rasmussen said the shop's beer selection will be weighted towards local craft beer and quality European ales and lagers.

An official grand opening party will take place after the shop is redecorated in January.

CRAFT Beer & Wine is located at 2526 A Santa Clara Ave.

Food on stove sparks Lincoln Avenue fire

A kitchen fire in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue that caused about $17,500 in damage on Sunday was likely caused by unattended food left cooking on a stove, firefighers said.

Crews were dispatched at 1:48 p.m. after witnsesses said smoke was coming from the second floor of the two-story apartment building.

The fire, which was under control by about 2 p.m., was confined to the kitchen with smoke damage to adjacent rooms. A total of 15 firefighters responded. No one was hurt.

Structure damage to the building was estimated at $10,000 and $7,500 to the apartment contents.

Register for father, daughter 'Hoedown'

Registration has opened for the 13th annual Father and Daughter "Western Hoedown," a dance co-sponsored by Girls Inc and the Alameda Recreation and Park Department, on Feb. 7.

The dance is for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their fathers (or other male role model) and will feature dancing, arts and crafts and hor d' oeuvres.

It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Albert H. DeWitt O'Club, 641 West Redline Ave.

Preregistration is required. Cost is $25 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter.

Registration will remain open through Jan. 24 or until the event sells out.

For information, visit http://alamedaca.gov/ and click on the "father and daughter hoedown" tab on the right side of the page.

New Year's Eve party scheduled aboard Hornet

People can ring in 2014 with a New Year's Eve celebration at the USS Hornet Museum.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and feature live music, a silent auction, cash bars and food concessions.

Participants can also watch fireworks above San Francisco, weather permitting, from the aircraft carrier's flight desk.

The Swingin' Blue Stars will kick off the celebration with a "A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters" before the 17-piece band 3 O'Clock Jump performs big band, rhumba, cha cha cha and other music.

Jim Truesdale, a former Fred Astaire instructor, will offer free dance lessons.

Tickets range from $45 to $85 each and include free parking. For information and reservations, call 510-521-8448, ext. 282.

The USS Hornet is at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, at the former Alameda Naval Air Station.

Bank of Alameda offers grants to nonprofits

People can vote for their favorite local nonprofit to receive a grant from the Bank of Alameda through its "Give Back" program now through Jan. 3.

The promotion will award five nonprofit organizations based in Alameda with grants of $2,000 each.

"As an organization, we are dedicated to supporting the local community and our "Give Back" promotion is just one way we hope to make a valuable difference in Alameda," said Russell A. Colombo, president and chief executive fficer. "We are excited to hear from the Alameda community as to their favorite local organizations that would benefit from our support."

To be eligible, nonprofits must be a 501c(3) organization with a main office located within Alameda. Participants do not need to be a customer. No transaction is necessary.

Votes must be cast at the bank. Branches are located at 2130 Otis Drive and 1416 Park St.