The Alameda Free Library will present a talk on "Yoga: The Art of Transformation," an exhibit at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The free presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Main Library and will explore yoga's goals and its Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sufi manifestations.

Well-known local photographer Richard Whittaker is showing some of his black-and-white photographs on the first floor of the Main Library through June. Whittaker is the West Coast editor of "Parabola" magazine.

On the second floor of the library, Oakland-based artist David Burke is exhibiting some of his ink drawings through April 26. There will be a reception for Burke at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the library.

Over at the nearby Redux Studios & Gallery, artists will display their altered paintings at a reception set for 6 p.m. April 11. The artists in the Altered Paintings Project picked up their previously owned canvases at Redux in March and then added retro, comic and other themes to the paintings.

At Lincoln Avenue at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Deric Torres of Clars Auction Gallery will speak on Early California Art at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Alameda watercolor artist and Frank Bette instructor Margaret Fago is visiting the colonial town of San Luis Potosì, Mexico, to document the traditional Easter festival Semana Santa. The Frank Bette Center will showcase the work of 48 photographers at the opening gala of Alameda on Camera 2014, set for 7 p.m. April 11. The photographs of Alameda will be on display through May 31; they will be judged by Drew Johnson of the Oakland Museum of California.


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Alameda Backyard Growers will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 14 for a presentation on water-wise irrigation with Chad Martens of Irrigation Equipment. The venue is Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Avenue.

The group is gearing up for its participation in Amelia Earhart Green Festival, which will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. April 16 at Bay Farm Elementary and the Alameda Earth Day Festival, scheduled for April 26 at Washington Park.

Queen Victoria makes a special appearance at the Alameda Museum at 11 a.m. April 12. The 17th-annual show, which highlights art made by Island elementary students studying 19th century Alameda architecture and history.

The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society will present a talk on the mysteries of paint protection at 7 p.m. April 13. The venue is Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1420 Lafayette St.

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