Weekly Newsletter • August 5, 2022

Hi <<First Name>>,

I finally let summer catch up with me and tried to take most of the week off. I wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped–there’s always something to work on. Although we didn’t have the most posts this week, we still have a newsletter for you. Dennis Evanosky offers information about our upcoming tours for August, Steve Gorman presents the first two of the three-part story of 1717 San Antonio Ave., Denise Lum has advice on the best time to exercise, Mouf learns about outdoor painters, and Maurice Ramirez shares his photos from Rhythmix’s Pour Your HeART Out.

While taking a break from posting so many stories this week, I am working behind the scenes to set up a page with comprehensive information about the upcoming November election. As well, several of our readers have asked if we can offer a recurring donation system. I have been researching options, and I think I found a good choice for us that will allow us to manage our ticket sales, one-time and recurring donations, as well as memberships all with one system. More details will be coming soon for both additions to the site.

Plaster and geometric elements give this Alameda bungalow a crisp Art Deco personality. Photo from Dennis Evanosky’s Alameda, An Architectural Treasure Chest.

East End Architecture Walking Tours

Join Alameda Post Editor and award-winning East Bay historian Dennis Evanosky for August’s East End Architecture history walking tours in August as we look at the architectural styles found on Alameda’s East End. We will also explore the earliest homes from the 1850s, including some built on the East Coast, shipped around Cape Horn, and reassembled here in Alameda.

  • Join us on Saturday, August 13 to investigate the 19th- and 20th-century styles in the area and learn the story of the homes on Christmas Tree Lane where a waterworks once stood. We’ll investigate why Lincoln Avenue has that little bend, and crack what KQED calls the “bizarre urban legend of Alameda’s little people houses.” Meet at Lincoln and Versailles avenues. Advance tickets $15.

  • On Saturday, August 20 we will learn the story of A. A. Cohen’s Fernside—the largest home ever built in Alameda—and how it inspired Mark Hopkins to build his palatial estate on Nob Hill. Meet at the intersection of Fernside Boulevard and Gibbons Drive and High Street. Advance tickets $15.

  • Then, on Saturday, August 27 come along as we explore the neighborhood at the southeast end of the island that was once the original little town of Alameda. Meet at Encinal and College avenues. Advance tickets $15.

  • Or, sign up for all three tours for $40 and save $5!

Tours will be conducted on Saturday mornings. Each tour will meet at 10 a.m. and ends where it starts. Our walks will cover 90–100 minutes over 1–2 miles. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes as well as sunblock, and bring water. Mobility devices, strollers (kids under 4 are FREE!), and well-behaved (or especially cute) dogs are always welcome. We encourage you to sign up in advance to ensure your place. If space permits, tickets may be available for purchase on the day of each tour for $20.

Visit our tour information page at for details of upcoming tours throughout the summer.

Tour and Ticket Info

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The Lutjens house at 1717 San Antonio Ave., near the corner of Grand Street, as it looks today. Photo Steve Gorman. ‎

Today’s Alameda Treasure — 1717 San Antonio Ave.

Steve Gorman presents the first two of the three-part story of 1717 San Antonio Ave. — it has been in the family of Captain Charles Lutjens for over 125 years. Part 3 is coming next week.

Read Part 1
Read Part 2

Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout • August 1-6, 2022

The Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout hosts 40 juried artists for a week of painting tree-lined streets, stately Victorian homes, quaint shops, picturesque marinas, historic naval ships, as well as beaches, lagoons, parks, and San Francisco and Oakland skylines.

Included in the week’s events will be a Quick Draw on Tuesday, August 2 along Webster Street, where community members are invited to paint along with the juried artists. Then on Thursday, August 4 we will hold an off-island day where artists can explore San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. Thursday evening, the public is invited to bid on mini paintings from 4-6 p.m. at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.

The week culminates with an exhibit and sale at South Shore Center, Alameda from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Included will be art demonstrations and live music.

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The Alameda PostCast hosted by Scott Piehler

Don’t forget to listen to this week’s episode of the Alameda PostCast hosted by Scott Piehler, brand new this morning. It’s ten minutes of your time well-spent, including interesting details and coverage not on the website. Visit our Podcast page to listen now, otherwise it’s available in all podcast players or by asking your smart speaker to “Play the Alameda PostCast podcast.”

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Adam Gillitt
Publisher, Alameda Post