Local Happenings

Local Happenings

Friday, Dec. 13

  • 7:30 p.m. Alameda Sings! Holiday Concert. The Alameda Community Chorus will present holiday favorites. Free admission. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: 748-9087, jkrause@mastickseniorcenter.com)

Saturday, Dec. 14

  • 5 to 9 p.m. Santa on Webster. Visit with Jolly Old St. Nick on Webster Street. Photos, face painting, craft vendors. Free admission. Shops and restaurants open late. Patio at Cafe Jolie, 1500 Webster St. (Info: 523-5955, linda@westalameda/business.com)
  • 2 p.m. Gift Making Workshop. Make something special for friends, family or yourself. Library provides gift ideas, supplies and gift wrap. For teens only. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, hfields@alamedaca.gov)
  • 3 p.m. “Teen-Parent Anxiety Awareness & Relief.” Presentation on anxiety in parents and young people with Dr. John Nieters, L.Ac., DAOM, of Alameda Acupuncture and Elizabeth Dandenell, LMFT, of the East Bay Center for Anxiety. Free admission, reservation required. Alameda Acupuncture Annex, 2258 Santa Clara Ave., Suite 3. (Info, RSVP: 814-6900, healthandwellness@pacbell.net)
  • 6 p.m. “Star of Wonder.” 140th annual Christmas Concert. Musical celebration featuring the Chancel Choir, Resounding Joy Handbell Choir, soloists, duets, rap, carols, steel drums and more. Free admission. Good-will offering to benefit Alameda Midway Shelter and church building fund requested. First Congregational Church of Alameda. 1912 Central Ave. (Info: 522-6012, Ext. 102, www.fccalameda.org)
  • 4 p.m. Sing-it-Yourself Messiah performance. The Hallelujah chorus of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah oratorio presented with chamber orchestra, soloists, harpsichord and organ. Free admission, donations requested. First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 522-1479, www.asiym.org)
  • 8 p.m. “Brother Ray: A Tribute to the Late, Great Ray Charles.” Bryan Dyer presents a retrospective of the artist ranked No. 2 on Rolling Stone’s “Top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Dyer’s full band performs a mix of Charles’ blues, rock, pop and holiday favorites. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $12 kids 12 and younger. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2315 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org)

Sunday, Dec. 15

  • 2 p.m. Study Abroad 101. Learn about studying abroad. Get tips, tricks and packing advice from UC San Diego student who recently studied abroad. Teens and adults welcome. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, hfields@alamedaca.gov)
  • 3 p.m. Holiday Concert. Enjoy music celebrating Christmas, Hannukkah and Solstice. Hosted by Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Followed by Winter Solstice service. Free admission. Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 419-0953, www.uuliveoak.org)

Monday, Dec. 16

  • 3 to 5 p.m. “Exam Cram” through Dec. 19. Study rooms full? Cramming for finals? Bring study groups and work at the library. Snacks, seating, outlets and Wi-Fi provided. For teens only. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713, hfields@alamedaca.gov)

Tuesday, Dec. 17

  • 1 p.m. “Transportation 101: The Senior Clipper Card.” Victoria Williams, paratransit coordinator, presents overview on various transportation options available to Alameda residents including: East Bay Paratransit, Premium Taxi Program, free shuttle service and more. Adults, 65 and older, may register for a free Senior Clipper Card with photo ID showing date of birth to demonstrate eligibility. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room D. (Register, info: 747-7506, jkrause@mastickseniorcenter.com)
  • 7:30 p.m. Alameda Community Band. Enjoy a musical performance by the Alameda Community Band, comprised of volunteer musicians, playing holiday favorites and more. Free admission. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Social Hall. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@mastickseniorcenter.com)

Thursday, Dec. 19

  • 7 p.m. “PEOM (Poetry Every Other Month).” Featured reader Gene Kahane. New poets read every other month. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: 865-2385, genekahane@gmail.com)