Local Happenings

File photo    Alameda’s everyday Thompson Avenue will undergo a magical transformation this Sunday evening into Christmas Tree Lane. Celebrate the season with a stroll down the lane that features the Island’s most concentrated Christmas and December holiday decorations. The decorations will be up for the month of December, with visits from none other than Santa Claus scheduled Dec. 9 through 22.

Friday, Nov. 29 

  • 3 p.m. Alameda South Shore Center and tree-lighting ceremony and holiday festivities. Live music, free cookies and cider from Trader Joe’s served during tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Free admission. Park Street at Shore Line Drive. Center Court. (Info: 769-8500, www.southshorecenter.com)

Saturday, Nov. 30

  • 1 to 3 p.m. “Thank God it’s Over — NaNoWriMo.” Writers invited to share how far they’ve gotten in their projects for National Novel Writing Month. Hosted by Alameda Free Library Writers Group. Light refreshments. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: lcassels@aol.com

Sunday, Dec. 1

  • 5:30 to 11 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane lightings through Jan. 1. Most houses decorated for the holidays and other surprises. Santa appearances run 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 22, weather permitting. 3200 Block of Thompson Ave.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mastick Holiday Art Boutique. Sale of handcrafted gifts created by Mastick artists. Mastick Lobby, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@mastickseniorcenter.com)

Thursday, Dec. 5

  • n 10 a.m., Holiday Sing Along. Ignite the cheer of the season by singing holiday classics with musicians Kathy Moehring and Jim Franz and band plus Santa! Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Media Room. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@mastickseniorcenter.com)

Saturday, Dec. 7

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Plant Sale. Succulents, climate-friendly gifts, dish gardens and more for sale. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter through Alameda Support Foundation. Rain or shine. 1250 St. Charles St. (Info: www.asfcharity.org)
  • 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. “The Greatest Bubble Show on Earth.” The Amazing Bubble Man (aka Louis Pearl) demonstrates bubble tricks for all ages: square bubbles, giant bubbles and more. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children 12 and younger. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org)
  • 10 a.m. to noon. “Jingle Mingle.” Mixer for families at Son-Light Preschool, Immanuel Lutheran Church. Holiday crafts and cookie decorating for kids. Free admission. 1910 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 523-0659, www.immanuel-alameda.org)
  • 4:30 p.m. “O What Joy!” Soli Deo Gloria performs Bach, Schubert and more. Featuring conductor Allen H. Simon and soloist Joshua Hughes. Tickets: $30, students grade nine and older and seniors, $25. Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, tickets: 888-734-7664, www.brownpapertickets.com)
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Asante Network Fair Trade African Bazaar. Handcrafted gift items including: baskets, jewelry, clothing, batiks, tablecloths and carvings from Tanzania and Uganda for sale at reasonable prices. Proceeds return to Tanzania for scholarships and to Rwanda to help build a church. Free admission. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. (Info: 522-7879, kbooker817@comcast.net)