The Alameda Architectural Preservation Association invites community members to a talk on improving home foundations, groundwater management and related topics.

Contractor and construction specialist John M. Jameson will discuss these issues at 7 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St.

Jameson, a longtime Alameda resident, began his professional life as an iron worker and then switched to major construction. He helped build the BART system and also contributed to several key highways projects. About 15 years ago, he turned to preservation and restoration work, particularly the Island's Queen Annes.

For those looking to learn more about sprucing up their outside areas, Alameda Backyard Growers is hosting a presentation on tomato gardening, which can be tough because of salty air, fog, sandy soil and cooler temperatures in the Bay Area.

Evan Krokowski, farm coordinator for Farm2Market, a job-training program that's part of Alameda Point Collaborative, will share his tips at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave.

Nearby at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts on Paru Street (at Lincoln Avenue), a new exhibit is up that features the work of developmentally disabled adult artists in the Oakland-based Clausen House art program. Eight artists have contributed to the show, and some will attend the opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14. The exhibit will close March 2.

"The main focus of our art program is the life skills the artists learn," said Linsey Mayhew, assistant director at Clausen House, in a statement. "We consider our artists to be professionals, and they are taught how to price their work and market it. Half the proceeds for sales go to the artist, with the other half returning to our program for art supplies."

The Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., will have a reception for Island artist Bob Doerr from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, with music provided by Celtic harpist Gretchen Fleischer. The solo show will run through Feb. 28 and is dedicated to the memory of his fellow artist and friend Thom Lafferty.

At the Alameda Free Library, photographer Richard Lee is sharing his images of Taishan, a city in the Pearl River Delta area of southern China that is the native region of many overseas Chinese. His exhibit, located on the second floor, will be shown through March 1.

Alameda Public Affairs Forum will discuss the importance of a free press and civil liberties, led by John Diaz, head of the editorial and opinion page of the San Francisco Chronicle, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Main Library.

Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.