Local Happenings

Local Happenings: the Week of Friday, Dec. 16 to Thursday, Dec. 22

Jessica Warren Meet the artists of works including the one above at the closing reception for Displacement, a group art exhibit benefiting housing rights services this Friday, Dec. 16, at Studio 23 Gallery.

 

Friday, Dec. 16

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday Night Flights: Benefit for Alameda Boys & Girls Club. Two glasses of wine for $20; proceeds benefit youth development programs. Angela’s Kitchen, 1640 Park St. (Info: Kari, 522-4900. Ext. 102)
  • 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: 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. 17 at 7 and Dec. 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
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Artist’s Reception: Final celebration of Displacement, a group art show about gentrification. 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)
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Express Yourself!: Share the arts, music, poetry or just observe. Suggested donation: $10 with some of the proceeds going to charity. Bring a snack to share. Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. (Info: Cathy Dana, 523-7853) 

Saturday, Dec. 17

  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Nature Crafts!”: Make holiday decorations and gifts from natural items, then discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Bad Art!: Make bad decorations and gifts with recycled materials, rhinestones and more. Free for teens and adults, 13 and older; drop-in. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. East Bay Bariatric WLS Support Group: Peer support group for people how are considering or who have had weight loss or bariatric surgery. Pre-op and newcomers invited for the 2 p.m. Question-and-answer session. Free. Conference Room C, Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. (Info: info@eastbaybariatric.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) 
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. “Chocolate and Truffles”: Seminar and a guided tasting of locally made chocolates, a discussion of chocolate’s health benefits and learn about the Bay Area’s chocolate history. Fee: $15. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Registration required: 1-888-327-2757, option 2) 
  • 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: Continue, 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

Sunday, Dec. 18

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Family Birdwalk: A kid-friendly look at easy-to-share shorebirds and ducks, then play fun games to learn about their lives. Binoculars are available for loan. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 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 1 p.m. Interfaith Circle of Alameda: Music, spiritual teachings, sacred text readings and artifacts representing various faith traditions from around the world. Free to the public. Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. (Info: 769-0607) 
  • Noon to 6 p.m. Upcycle Holiday Gifts: Sew gifts and gift cards with provided fabric, supplies and project ideas. Up to 10 upcyclers welcome; $10 fee. Final session. 1650 Seaborn Court. (Info, reservations: 913-2732)
  • 1:15 to 3 p.m. Coloring for Adults: Coloring books and colors provided but you may also bring your own. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7777)
  • 2 p.m. An Original Christmas Carol: Final performance. West Wing Stage, Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave. (Info: www.acmt kids.org) 
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Nature Crafts!”: Make holiday decorations and gifts from natural items, 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 p.m. Zydeco Music, Dance and Potluck: Featuring The Zydeco One-Nighters. Special afternoon potluck and dance. Tickets sold at the door; $15. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. (Info: 522-7626 or 415-285-6285) 
  • 5:30 p.m. “Don’t Be Afraid of Your Bike”: Learn about bicycle basics; bring your bike. All ages welcome. Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St. (Info: 522-0070) 
  • 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: Continue, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 
  • 7 to 9 p.m. “Cafe Flamenco”: Featuring Caminos Flamencos for a Fiesta Flamenca in a celebration of the holidays and the start of a new year; with special guest artists and surprises. Tickets: $20, in advance; $25 at the door; $12 for children 12 and younger. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Info: 865-5060 or www.rhythmix.org

Monday, Dec. 19

  • 1 to 3 p.m. Legal Assistance for Seniors: Free for seniors 60 and older. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Appt: 747-7506)
  • 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 8 p.m. Lawyers in the Library: Free legal service. Signup at 5:30. West End Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767) 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa Visits: Continue, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 

Tuesday, Dec. 20

  • 1:45 to 3 p.m. Podiatry and Blood Pressure Screening: Free consultation, by appointment, with Dr. Dale Wright. Offered every third Tuesday of the month. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, reservations: 747-7506) 
  • 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: Continue, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 

Wednesday, Dec. 21

  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Holiday Open House: Nature crafts, games, a chance to meet the snake and turtle and other special activities for kids on their holiday break. Continues Dec. 22 and 23. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Pet Loss Support Group: Free to the public. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way. (info: 337-8565)
  • 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: Continue, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 

Thursday, Dec. 22

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meeting sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association for families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 482-8700)
  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Holiday Open House: Nature crafts, games, a chance to meet the snake and turtle and other special activities for kids on their holiday break. Continues Dec. 23. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 1 p.m. Mastick Movie Matinee: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7506) 
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Satellite Office Hours: Meet with staff members of Assemblyman Rob Bonta. Free to the public. Administrative Conference Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. 
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Satellite Office Hours: Meet with staff members of Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Free to the public. Administrative Conference Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. 
  • 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 7:30 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.
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa Visits: Continues, weather permitting, through Dec. 23. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Knitting Circle: Knitters of all levels and ages welcome. Free to the public. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. (Info: 865-2385) 

 

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