Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays Dec 28 2012

Have A Dippy New Year

Every holiday celebration is made more festive by providing a variety of tasty dips for your guests. While they're enjoying their hot artichoke, creamy clam and nine-layer dips (recipes follow) your friends can amuse themselves by discussing their top 10 human dips (dubious intelligence projectors) of 2012.

Celebrate the New Year in Red Diapers

In a show the Washington Post describes as "fresh, funny, smart and tender," comedian Josh Kornbluth's Red Diaper Baby will present revolutionary comedy in two shows New Year's Eve at Rhythmix Cultural Works.

More New Year's Events

On Sunday, Dec 30, at 10 a.m., Crab Cove will play host to a fun-filled party to celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, the Chinese Year of the Water Snake, at the Bay shore. Special activities will take place throughout the day, including nature crafts and animal talks in the visitor center.
Happy Holidays Dec 21 2012

Christmas Tree Lane Brightens East End

From toddlers to preteens, they line up for a chance to ply Santa for his aid in delivering packages of hope, and joy, but mainly toys and such. Some fidget in eager anticipation, while others get soothed by a parent to find the courage to meet with the jolly, familiar stranger and make momentary eye contact above the flowing, snow white beard.

The Island of Lights

The holidays in Alameda bring a celebration of lights like no other. From the storied block of Christmas Tree Lane to the banks of the lagoons, Alamedans brighten up their homes to celebrate the Christmas season. Alameda photographer JoanAnn Radu-Sinaiko took the opportunity to capture some of the special lighting displays these past weeks as part of her ongoing photographic appreciation for the Island City.
Happy Holidays Dec 14 2012


Saint Nick Stays Dry

The recent downpour did not dampen the holiday spirit at the tree lighting festivities held Dec. 1. Above, the Hernandez family joined Santa Claus and his helper under the cover of city hall's entryway and out of the rain. A festive performance by Alameda-based Dance/10's Dancing Christmas Trees enlivened the evening.

Santa Wants the Whole Enchilade

The usually whimsical affectation of leaving snacks for Santa will take on an urgent, humanitarian tone this Christmas. The Mythical Entity News Network (MENN) has reported that domestic strife in the Santa Claus household has had a deteriorating effect on the health of Santa. He has suffered an acute loss of weight.

It's the End of the World as We Know it

You better hurry: According to the Mayan calendar the last day to do Christmas shopping will be Dec. 21. Go ahead and scoff; I did not believe it either until my daughter came home from Humboldt State; she filled me in whole conspiracy theory.
Happy Holidays Dec 7 2012


Oompa-Loompa Strike Ends, Christmas Saved

Attorneys for Hohoho, LLC have announced a tentative settlement of the oompa-loompa strike that had threatened to halt gift delivery by Santa this Christmas. Hohoho, the hedge fund that purchased Santa’s Workshop Inc. at a bankruptcy auction in 2011, had been at odds with members of the Brotherhood of Elves, oompa-loompas, Munchkins, Pixies and Fairies, (BEOLMPF) the union that represents the workshop’s staff, over labor conditions at the workshop.

Lighting up a Rainy Night

Each year on the first Saturday in December, the Encinal Yacht Club and the Oakland Yacht Club kick off the holiday season by hosting the Lighted Yacht Parade. Bay Area boat owners share in the holiday spirit by decorating their boats and participating in the parade along the Oakland Estuary.

Sneak Peek at Holiday Season Events

Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Tea and Boutique: Annual fundraiser hosted by the Immanuel Lutheran Church Ladies Aid Society. Free to the public; optional tea served between 2 and 4 p.m. for $10. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave.

The First Night of Chanukah

This Saturday night, Dec. 8, Jewish communities all over the world will be lighting the first of eight candles, as we begin to celebrate the festival of Chanukah. I love Chanukah. It’s one of few times during the year I can justify eating fried foods, saying: “It’s for religious reasons.” It’s one of the better-known Jewish holidays, even though it’s a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar.
Happy Holidays Nov 30 2012


The Advent of Advent

The Advent calendar, which takes its name from the Christian season of Advent, counts down the days to Christmas Day. Despite the name, Advent calendars have taken on a decidedly secular flavor for some. Rather than beginning with the first Sunday of Advent as the more traditional Advent calendar does, commercial Advent calendars begin on Dec. 1, regardless of when Advent begins, which could be as early as Nov. 27 and as late as Dec. 3.

AMP Installs New, Greener LED Holiday Lights at City Hall

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has partnered with Alameda Recreation and Parks Department to green the holiday light display at Alameda’s City Hall with new energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights powered by 100 percent renewable energy from wind and solar sources.

Santa Spotted at South Shore

Children, adults, even a rarely seen man in a red-and-white suit enjoyed the Little Ice Rink during its pre-opening event on Nov. 15. The event included a ribbon-cutting and skating performances by Ashley Clark and Michael Chack. Alameda South Shore Center will host the Little Ice Rink through Jan. 21 of next year.