Fall traditionally brings the last of the Bay Area's warm weather and plenty of community events to the Island. This weekend, this means the El Rancho festival at St. Joseph Elementary School -- set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The event will take place at 1910 San Antonio Ave. Community members are invited to "come for lunch and stay for dinner." There will be a raffle, kids' games, bingo, international food, music and more.

Next weekend, Islanders can check out the 19th-annual Park Street Classic Car Show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13. The free event promises to feature some 400 classic vehicles from the 1920s through the 1970s: vintage show cars, roadsters, coupes, hot rods, antique muscle cars and even classic fire trucks.

DJs will spin oldies, and businesses in the Park Street Business District will be open. The business group is grateful to the event's host, Crankers Car Club, and key sponsor, Lee Auto Supply.

Coinciding with the special auto show is Alameda Bicycle's classic bike show. Community members are invited to come and share their low-rider cruisers, vintage road bikes and other classics.

Across town, the Northern California Boat Fest will be taking place from Oct. 11-14 at Marina Village Yacht Harbor. Visitors can enjoy music, food, sailboats, powerboats and seminars from 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 11-12 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-13.


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Speaking of the water, the Alameda-based Artemis Racing team says it has tapped its crew for the America's Cup World Series. This weekend's races will include Skipper Terry Hutchinson of the United States on one AC45, along with Olympic medalist Iain Percy of Great Britain serving as tactician.

On the other vessel, Nathan Outteridge of Australia will serve as helmsman and Paul Cayard of the United States as tactician.

"We have a lot going on at the moment, not unlike the other teams preparing for the America's Cup next summer. It is great to have the talent we have and to be able to mix things around depending on the priorities at hand," said CEO Paul Cayard in a statement.

Finally, there's plenty of talent on tap off the water at the Alameda Free Library. Local artist George Humphreys is exhibiting his colorful, nature-focused paintings on the second floor through Nov. 3. For fans of pop art, a lecture on popular artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. The speaker is Barbara Vermut, a docent from SFMOMA.

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