Local Happenings

Local Happenings

Shelley Anderson    Members of the Music Ministry at First Congregational Church are ready to perform.

Friday, Dec. 14

  • 6 to 9 p.m. Second Friday art reception. Mini Masterpieces. Holiday show that brings together local artists selling smaller, affordable pieces. Free admission. Rhythmix Cultural Works K Gallery, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org)
  • 7 p.m. She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen presented by Encinal Junior and Senior high school. Directed by Marjorie Ortiz. $5 for students and seniors. $10 for adults. $8 for adults with presale. Concessions for sale. Encinal High School Cafeteria, 210 Central Ave. (Presale tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3910127)
  • 7:30 p.m., Alameda Community Band Holiday Concert. Free admission. Donations encouraged. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. (Info: 747-7506, jkrause@alamedaca.gov)

Saturday, Dec. 15

  • 10 a.m. Grand Opening of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. Celebrate historic occasion with ceremonies, music, food and play. Bring a food donation for neighboring Alameda Food Bank. Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, 1925 Sherman St. (Info: www.alamedaca.gov/recreation)
  • 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Officer’s Holiday Tea. Winter tea service in the Officers’ Wardroom. Eat and drink from vintage U.S. Navy china aboard the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet and explore the ship. All tickets include general museum admission. Adults $30, kids 17 and younger $20. Proceeds directly benefit museum exhibits. 707 W Hornet Ave. (Info: 775-2899, outreach@uss-hornet.org)
  • 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 8 p.m. West End Holiday Stroll. Shops open late, craft vendors, wine tastings, hot cocoa, giveaways. Free admission. Free photos with Santa 4 to 8 p.m. Calafia Taqueria, 1445 Webster St. (Info: www.westalamedabusiness.com/events)
  • 2 p.m. Nailed It: Cookie Decorating Challenge. Test decorating skills against other bakers. Registration required at hfields@alamedaca.gov. Teens only. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: hfields@alamedaca.gov)
  • 4 p.m. Alameda Sing-it-yourself Messiah performance. Choral scores available to lend.  Free admission, donations accepted. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St. (Info: 864-7962, gesine.lohr@gmail.com)
  • 7 p.m. Closing night of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen presented by Encinal Junior and Senior high school. Directed by Marjorie Ortiz. $5 for students and seniors. $10 for adults. $8 for adults with presale. Concessions for sale. Encinal High School Cafeteria, 210 Central Ave. (Presale tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3910127)

Sunday, Dec. 16

  • 11 a.m., 1 p.m. The Amazing Bubble Show. Art, magic, science and fun of bubbles with the Amazing Bubble Man, Louis Pearl. Explore the dynamics, comedy and artistry of bubbles. $10 children younger than 13; $15 adults. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org)
  • 10:30 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Alameda honors Rev. Jack Buckley, Pastor Emeritus, during the worship services. Reception follows the service at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Rev. Buckley was First Presbyterian’s pastor from 1993 to 2012. Free admission. First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 522-1477, office@alameda church.com)
  • 6 p.m. “Star Glow.” 139th annual Holiday Concert. Carols, bellringers and more. Admission by donation. Childcare provided. First Congregational Church of Alameda, 1912 Central Ave. (Info: 522-6012, www.fccalameda.org)
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. “Wise Intention.” Second in an eight-part series on the Buddhist Eightfold Path presented by Rebecca Dixon, founder and teacher at the Alameda Sangha. One Sunday a month a part of the Path will be explored. Course supported by American Sign Language interpreters. Admission by donation. 2311 Buena Vista Ave. (Info: www.alamedasangha.org)
  • 8:30 p.m. Adam Bryant Zydeco Band. Join the Zydeco band from Louisiana as they make their California debut. Dance lesson to start with dance performance to follow. $17. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 522-7626)

Tuesday, Dec. 18

  • 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. 19

  • n Dec. 19, 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus visits. Photos with Santa for the whole family. Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park St. (Info: 381-0483, www.lostcityantiques.com)

Thursday, Dec. 20

  • 5 p.m. 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 Shop Late Here posters and Santa appearances. Park Street district. (Info: www.DowntownAlameda.com)
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus visits. Photos with Santa for the whole family. Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park St. (Info: 381-0483, www.lostcityantiques.com)

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