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Alameda’s garden soil may be tops for cultivating and planting in, but it does have a significant drawback: it harbors oak root fungus Armillaria mellea. Do not confuse this with “sudden oak death” Phytopthora ramorum. 

Armillaria is a serious forest pathogen common throughout California, having evolved to live where native oaks have grown. It is a long-lived, parasitic fungus that survives off dead root material, eventually killing a susceptible host. It does not affect oaks unless they are already stressed by disease or overly-watered lawns underneath the canopy.

Alameda’s Frank Bette Center for the Arts has announced its call for applications for photographers to participate in the 2020 ​Alameda On Camera exhibit. The 13th annual juried, photo-based, multimedia competition presents a 48-hour challenge for photographers to capture sites in the Island City from Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, Feb. 23, next year. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Feb. 2.​

Because of geography, Alameda falls within the scope of the Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Oakland Christmas Bird Count. The count takes place within a 15-mile-diameter circle centered in downtown Oakland. Alameda birders and others who join the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), are part of the Oakland Count. The Oakland Count started in 1938, took a few years off during World War II, and is now in its 79th year.

Carolers, crafters, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, face painting — it’s all happening on Webster Street tomorrow night! I wish a bright and festive Happy Holidays to everyone. The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) invites everyone to celebrate with Santa on Webster, Friday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Santa will be a part of the West End’s 2nd Friday Art Walk. He will welcome families at the patio at Café Jolie, 1500 Webster St., for photos and hot chocolate. Alameda’s favorite face painter, Alana Dill, will be on-site to “paint” holiday cheer on smiling faces. 

The Alameda Family Services League will present “49 years of Holiday Magic,” the 49th edition of the annual self-guided Holiday Home Tour this Saturday, Dec. 14. The tour will feature five historic Alameda homes mixing festive holiday décor and Island lore. 

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser benefit Alameda Family Services, a nonprofit provider of programs to improve the emotional, psychological and physical health of children, youth and families. 

The 2019 tour features: