Local Happenings

Local Happenings: the Week of Friday, Dec. 9 to Thursday, Dec. 15

Susan Weston Don’t miss the special jewelry boutique being held by The ReCrafting Company on Sunday, Dec. 11.

 

Friday, Dec. 9

  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Story Time from Tales of the Arabian Nights: Dressing up is encouraged; refreshments served. Free for kids and adults of all ages. The Old Bazaar, Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park St. (Info: 910-3922) 
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Signing. JoanAnn Radu-Sinaiko, Sunset DeVotee and Photographer will sign copies of her new 2017 calendar featuring Alameda imagery. Sales support worthy causes. First and only holiday season appearance. West End Crepe, 1536 Webster St. 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa Visits: Continue, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 
  • 7 p.m. An Original Christmas Carol: Presented by Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre. Additional performances: Dec. 10, 16, 17 at 7 and Dec. 11 and 18 at 2. Tickets: $13, adults; $7, youth/seniors/active duty military. West Wing Stage, Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave. (Info: www.acmtkids.org
  • n 7 to 9 p.m. Artist’s Reception: Encore celebration of Displacement, a group art show about gentrification. Final celebration: Dec. 16. Free to the public; any proceeds or donations benefit Just Cause/Justa Causa. Studio 23 Gallery, 2309 Encinal Ave. (Info: 580-2309 or www.art@alamedaartists.com)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Holiday Boutique: Reception to celebrate the opening of the boutique, which runs through Dec. 24. Refreshments. Free to the public. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: www.frankbettecenter.org or 523-6957) 
  • 7:30 p.m. “Winter Songs of Love and Light”: Holiday concert featuring holiday music performed by the Alameda Community Chorus with guest appearance by Alameda Music Project. Free to the public. Veteran’s Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: 530-0814)
  • 9 p.m. Zydeco Music and Dance: Featuring Motordude Zydeco. Dance lessons at 8. Tickets sold at the door: $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 415-285-6285) 

Saturday, Dec. 10

  • 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. “46 Years of Holiday Magic Continues”: Alameda Family Service League’s 46th annual tour, boutique, gourmet shop and dessert tea. Gourmet shop/holiday artisan boutique is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Benefit for Alameda Family Services. Tickets: $35, presale; $40 the day of the tour. (Info, tix: www.alamedaholidayhometour.com
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Jingle Mingle for Families: Crafts, cookie decorating and a visit with Santa. Free to the public. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 523-0659)
  • Noon to 3 p.m. Sing-It-Yourself-Messiah: Chamber Orchestra rehearsal for musicians wanting to play in the 22nd annual community performance. Bring a copy of the Messiah, if available. Free to the public. St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. (Info: 522-0181 or www.alameda singityourselfmessiah.org) 
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Low Tide Exploration.” Bring your mud boots, do some exploring, then discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 5 to 7 p.m. “Crab Cove Craft Night Social”: Project, instructions and supplies provided. Fee: $10.Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Registration required: 544-3187) 
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa Visits: Continues, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 
  • 7 p.m. An Original Christmas Carol: West Wing Stage, Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave. (Info: www.acmtkids.org
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Poetry at the Bette: Featured poets, followed by open mic. Hosted by Deborah Medvick and curated by Jeanne Lupton. Free to the public; donations appreciated. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: www.frank bettecenter.org or 523-6957) 
  • 8 p.m. Live @ the Library: Last in a series of three concerts; featuring Mads Tolling Quartet. Doors open at 7. Tickets: $35; series of three, $90. Regina K. Stafford Rooms, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Tix: www.brownpapertickets.com)
  • 8 to 11 p.m. West Coast Accordion Babes Revue: Tickets: $25, in advance or $30 at the door. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org

Sunday, Dec. 11

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Arts/Crafts Sale: Handmade arts and crafts from 16 artisans, plus a visit from Santa. Open to the public. Ballena Bay Yacht Club, 1150 Ballena Blvd. 
  • 11 a.m. “The Amazing Bubble Show”: The art, magic, science and fun of bubbles for all ages. First of two shows. Tickets: $25, in advance; $30, at the door. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon: Storytime and Nature Fun: Parents and kids will meet the characters at “the Cove”; listen to stories; make a nature craft; watch nature films; and more. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • Noon to 6 p.m. Upcycle Holiday Gifts: Sew gifts and gift cards with provided fabric, supplies and project ideas with Upcycle Alameda. Up to 10 upcyclers welcome; $10 fee. Final date: Dec. 18. 1650 Seaborn Court. (Info, reservations: 913-2732) 
  • 1 p.m. “The Amazing Bubble Show”: The art, magic, science and fun of bubbles for all ages. Final show. Tickets: $25, in advance; $30, at the door. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org
  • 1 to 4 p.m. Jewelry Boutique: The ReCrafting Company, 2449 Santa Clara Ave. 
  • 2 p.m. “An Original Christmas Carol”: West Wing Stage, Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave. (Info: www.acmtkids.org
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Low Tide Exploration.” Bring your mud boots, do some exploring, then discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 3 p.m. Sing-It-Yourself-Messiah: 22nd annual community performance. Bring a copy of the Messiah if available. Free to the public. St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. (Info: 522-0181 or www.alamedasingityourselfmessiah.org)
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa Visits: Continues, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 

Monday, Dec. 12

  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 6:30 p.m. Alameda Library Book Club: A Manuel for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin. Free to the public. Family Study Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7730) 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa Visits: Continues, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 7:30 p.m. Y.L.I.: Meeting. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 1119 Lafayette St. (Info: Marilyn Darnell, 523-1500)
  • 7:30 p.m. Encinal Parlor, #156, Native Daughters of the Golden West: Meeting; discussion of environmental and restoration projects and veterans’ welfare. (Info, address: M. Dodge, 523-7802 or J. McKay, jmonky333@aol.com

Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sea Squirts: “Pajama Party - Animals That Sleep in Winter.” Outdoor exploration and a theme-related craft for children 3 to 5 and an adult. Fee: $5. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Registration required: 888-327-2757, option 2,3) 
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • n 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa Visits: Continues, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 7:30 p.m. HIV/AIDS Outreach and Education: Meeting. Rectory Room, St. Barnabas Parish Center, 1427 Sixth St. (Info: Cath Sullivan, 865-3051) 
  • 7:30 p.m. Writers West: Meeting. New and experienced writers and their manuscripts are welcome. Includes a short discussion on writing. Conference Room C, Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: 522-9028 or www.writerswest.org

Wednesday, Dec. 14

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Blood Pressure Screening: Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506)
  • 10:30 a.m. “It’s a Womanly Art! Getting Breastfeeding off to a Good Start”: La Leche League meeting offering information and support for nursing mothers. Babies and toddlers are welcome. Gathering time is 10:15 a.m. 2803 Clay St. (Info: Brittany, 365-9220 or Virginia, 521-4867)
  • Noon: Disabled American Veterans, Alameda Chapter 8: Meeting. Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: 865-6372)
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. “The Current Rent Ordinance”: Information workshop with Q&A period. Free to the public. Independence Plaza, Ruth Rambeau Community Room, 703 Atlantic Ave.
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa Visits: Continues, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 

Thursday, Dec. 15

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Dental Consultation: Free consultation, by appointment, with Dr. Alfred Chong. Generally, offered every third Thursday of the month. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, reservs: 747-7506) 
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trinity Seniors: Carol singing at 11 a.m. Lunch served at noon for $5; December birthdays celebrated. Blood pressures at 10. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. 
  • 1 p.m.  Mastick Movie Matinee: The Boss. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 3:30 p.m. Playdough Play: Open to children ages 4 to 8 and their caregivers. Free. West End Branch Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767)
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa Visits: Continues, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Alameda Women Artists: Meeting. Prospective members call ahead to confirm location. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 865-0541) 

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