You’ll find a celebration for every interest in Downtown Alameda. Meet up with friends at a favorite restaurant, catch a movie, or extend the evening by ringing in the New Year at one of the district’s many parties.

  • Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave) Catch a liive performance of national singing star Tora Woloshin and her sister Jasmine in the Historic Alameda Theatre before the evening movie. 

Tora became a national hit with her appearance in the inaugural season of Fox Television’s hit reality show, The X Factor. 

Part Two
On Oct. 19, 1880, the City of Alameda founded its fire department. That same year Artesian Water Company founder Robert R. Thompson’s mansion was rising up on High Street, not far from the street that bears his name today. On Nov. 17 three fire-fighting companies formed. One, Thompson Hose Company No. 1, bore his name. 


As an Alamedan, this time of year in our city is so merry and bright: holidays lights illuminate the Christmas tree in front of City Hall, our main streets sparkle with festive window dressings and I get sentimental when I see Santa and the Dancing Christmas Trees brighten the faces of strolling families on Thompson Avenue. 

With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to let everyone know how much Medicare parts A and B will cost in 2019.

Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital visits, skilled nursing and some home health services. The vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries don’t have to pay Part A premiums since they or their spouses paid Medicare payroll taxes for at least 10 years. Part A inpatient hospital deductible that beneficiaries pay when admitted to the hospital will be $1,364 in 2019, a $24 increase over 2018.