Local Happenings

Local Happenings

Wikipedia    Learn about impressionist artist Paul Gaughin’s life, works and spritual journey at a presentation set for Monday, Dec. 10, at the Alameda Main Library. Gaughin painted “Bord de Mer II” (above) in 1887.

Friday, Dec. 7

  • 7 p.m. She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen Opening Night. Presented by Encinal Junior and Senior high school. Directed by Marjorie Ortiz. $10 adults. $8 adult presale tickets, or $10 at the door. $5 students and seniors. Concessions for sale. Encinal High School Cafeteria, 210 Central Ave. (Presale tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3910127)
  • 7:30 p.m. Alameda Sings! Alameda Community Chorus Holiday Concert. Free admission. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)
  • 8:30 p.m. Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic. Playing the best new and traditional tunes. Start the evening with a dance lesson, 9 p.m. dance. $20. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 522-7626)

Saturday, Dec. 8

  • 8:30 a.m. St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) Reindeer Run. 5k fun run, performances from SJND musicians, meet with Santa. Proceeds benefit SJND athletics and Alameda Food Bank. Register at sjnd.org/reindeer-run. Crab Cove, 1231 McKay Ave. (Info: 995-9457, kolsen@sjnd.org)
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 48th annual Alameda Holiday Home Tour. Visit five “only-in-Alameda” homes decorated for the holidays. Holiday Tea 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advance tickets: $35, day of tour $40. Funds raised benefit Alameda Family Services. Gourmet shop and holiday artisan boutique, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., free admission. Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Tickets, info: 629-6208, www.alamedaholidayhometour.com)
  • 10 a.m. to noon. Jingle Mingle for families at Son-Light Preschool, Immanuel Lutheran Church. Story time, crafts and cookie decorating for kids. Free admission. 1910 Santa Clara Ave. Free parking at Santa Clara Avenue and Chestnut Street. (Info: 523-0659, ekg777@sbcglobal.net)
  • 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)
  • Noon to 5 p.m. “America’s Game.” Live stream of the Army-Navy football game on a big screen. Food and beverage vendors on board. General museum admission. Bring stadium chairs, blankets or tailgate games. USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave. (Info: 775-2899, outreach@uss-hornet.org)
  • 4:30 p.m. City of Alameda Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Lighting at 5:30 p.m. Features Oakland Youth Chorus, Alameda Adaptive Arts, Alameda Communtiy Band, Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, The Mistletones, Santa, candy canes and more. Rain or shine. Free admission. Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: www.alamedaca.gov/recreation)
  • 7 p.m. She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. Presented by Encinal Junior and Senior high schools. Directed by Marjorie Ortiz. $10 adults. $8 adult presale tickets, or $10 at the door. $5 students and seniors. Concessions for sale. Encinal High School Cafeteria, 210 Central Ave. (Presale tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3910127)
  • 7 p.m. Live@theLibrary Concert Series presents an all-women show. Tammy Hall on piano, featuring singer Kim Nalley, Ruth Davies on bass and Ruth Price on drums performing jazz. $35. Tickets available at Books Inc, 1344 Park St., Dewey’s Friends Café at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. or brownpapertickets.com/producer/15915. Stafford Room, Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: www.friendsalamedafreelibrary.org)

Sunday, Dec. 9

  • 9 a.m. to noon. Help prepare the Alameda Wildlife Reserve at Alameda Point for the arrival of the endangered least terns in April. Tasks include repairing the chick fence, weeding, placing nest markers and “chick chalets” and picking up trash. (Info, directions: 521-4402, pg3187@gmail.com)
  • 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Yarn and Craft Supplies Exchange. Trade yarn and craft supplies like fabric, decorative paper and markers. Drop off donated supplies through tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 7. Donations exchanged for tickets to swap on day of exchange. Donations without swapping also accepted. Any supplies left over will be donated to charity. Free admission for adults and teens, no registration required. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, dboyer@alamedaca.gov
  • 4 to 9 p.m. Toys for Tots Holiday Party. Featuring live music from The Up and Down and The Ukemamas. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or purchase one onsite courtesy of Alameda’s Toy Safari. Alameda Island Brewing Co. 1716 Park St. (Info: markafarrell@comcast.net)

Monday, Dec. 10

  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Docent presentation on artist Paul Gaughin. Learn about the legendary artist and his spiritual journey. Alameda Main Library, Regina K. Stafford Room, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7777, alamedafriends.com)

Tuesday, Dec. 11

  • 11 a.m., Hot Chocolate Bar sponsored by Home Care Assistance for 50 and older. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., lobby. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)
  • Dec. 11, 3 to 5 p.m. Gingerbread Study Hall. Try gingerbread treats while studying and doing homework. Teens only. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: hfields@alamedaca.gov)

Wednesday, Dec. 12

  • Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. Bike East Bay Workshop. Urban Cycling 101 for Adults and Teens: Free bicycle skills class. Registration required at www.bikeeastbay.org/alamedabikeed. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: hfields@alamedaca.gov)
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Nutcracker Sweets.” Alameda business community holiday party hosted by Alameda Chamber of Commerce, West Alameda, Downtown Alameda and Greater Alameda business associations and AEC Living. Waters Edge Lodge on Harbor Bay, 801 Island Dr. (Info: 522-0414, connect@alamedachamber.com

Thursday, Dec. 13

  • Shop Late Thursday Downtown. Dozens of shops, restaurants, bars, galleries and entertainment venues stay open until 8 p.m. or later Thursdays during this holiday season. Look for the Shop Late Here posters in windows and Santa strolling the district. Park Street district. (Info: www.DowntownAlameda.com)