Local Happenings

Courtesy photo    Succulents are at the forefront of two events this Saturday, Dec. 1, in Alameda. First, the Alameda Support Foundation plant sale will be offering succulent mini-gardens for sale that make excellent low-cost gifts and also benefit the Alameda Animal Shelter. Then, learn how to take care of those new succulents at a workshop presented by Ploughshares Nursery that same day.

Friday, Nov. 30

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. “The ‘Which’, ‘How’ and ‘What’ of Edible Gardening for Fall and Winter.” Learn which edibles grow in the winter months, how to prune dormant fruit trees and what to do to prepare for next spring. Bring a donation of cat food for local feral cats. Free hot spiced apple cider. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102, jeffbridge@apcollaborative.org)

Saturday, Dec. 1

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Plant Sale sponsored by the Alameda Support Foundation. Proceeds benefit the animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Mini-gardens, succulent specimens and more. Rain or shine. 1250 St. Charles St. (Info: www.ASFcharity.org)
  • 11:30 a.m. American Association of University Women Alameda Holiday Luncheon. Join members and friends for a feast and party. Celebrate The Year of the Woman. $46. Reservations requested. Pasta Pelican Restaurant, 2455 Mariner Square Drive. (Info, RSVP: 748-7455, pwashbou@hotmail.com, www.alameda-ca.aauw.net)
  • Noon to 5 p.m. “Sensory Santa.” Pictures with Santa for kids with sensory processing disorders. Private visits, wheelchair access, no crowds, music or spotlights. Varied seating options and understanding elves. Feel Good Chiropractic, 928 Central Ave. (Info: 514-3603, www.drheidiw.com)
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. “How to Arrange and Care for Potted Succulents as Gifts for the Holidays.” Bonnie Howard leads a hands-on workshop on planting succulents and creating mini-succulent container gardens. $15 fee covers all materials. 2701 Main St. (Info: 755-1102, jbridge@apcollaborative.org)
  • 4:30 p.m. Bring a Friend to Mass Day. Bring a friend, neighbor or family member to Mass. The Pilgrim Cross, which symbolizes the 500th anniversary of the Catholic faith in the Philippines on display until Dec. 6. Celebrating December birthdays. Wine and cheese reception follows. St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St. (Info: 522-8933, sbparishoffice@comcast.net)

Sunday, Dec. 2

  • 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Bring a Friend to Mass Day. Bring a friend, neighbor or family member to Mass. The Pilgrim Cross, which symbolizes the 500th anniversary of the Catholic faith in the Philippines on display until Dec. 6. Celebrating December birthdays. Receptions follow masses. St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St. (Info: 522-8933, sbparishoffice@comcast.net)
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m. Chanukah Celebration and Grand Menorah Lighting. Hosted by Chabad of Alameda. Nine-foot menorah lighting, fire-juggling show, latkes, donuts, crafts, music, raffle and giveaways for kids. Free admission. Bridgeside Shopping Center waterfront, Blanding Avenue and Broadway. (Info: 640-2590, www.jewishalameda.com)
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Ayya Sobhana speaks at Alameda Sangha. Ayya Sobhana is the Prioress of Aranya Bodhi, a new community for monastic women located on the Sonoma County coast of California. Admission by donation. 2311 Buena Vista Ave. (Info: www.alamedasangha.org)

Tuesday, Dec. 4

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. High School Merger Committee Meeting. Hosted by Alameda Unified School District. Committee and public discuss viability and desirability of potential merger of Alameda and Encinal high schools and hear from experts. Free admission. Island High School, 500 Pacific Ave. (Info: www.alameda.k12.ca.us

Wednesday, Dec. 5

  • 6:30 p.m. Community Workshop to Discuss Central Avenue Alternatives. Discuss study of options for Central Avenue near Webster Street. City Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: gpayne@alamedaca.gov)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Alameda Island Poets reading. Featuring Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton and others. Admission by donation. Light refreshments. Open mic follows presenters. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (info: 205-2375, cathydana@gmail.com)

Thursday, Dec. 6

  • 10 a.m. Mastick’s Annual Holiday Sing-Along with the Jim Franz Band, Santa, refreshments and more.  Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., media room. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Mariner Point Open House. Holiday open house for prospective residents. Hors d’oeuvres prepared by Mariner Point culinary team, live entertainment, tour the community, meet current residents. Explore the movie theater, fitness center, salon, day spa and more. RSVP by Dec. 3. 2400 Mariner Square Drive. (Info, RSVP: 344-6302, andi.johnson@oakmontmg.com)