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Guests may follow their heart through the Alameda Holiday Home Tour — a fundraiser for Alameda Family Services League, Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now in its 44th year, the tour’s proceeds go to the organization whose sole goal is "serving families and strengthening our communities."

The Holiday Home Tour will feature a variety of Alameda’s homes decorated for the holidays, a gift boutique, gourmet shop and holiday dessert tea.

Booklets are presented once tickets are purchased to each guest, providing a map of the tour and description of each home.

Santa Claus, pictured here with one of his helpers in front of City Hall, will be at the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony this Saturday, Dec, 6. The fun starts, rain or shine, at 4:15 p.m. at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. Among the groups joining Santa this year will be the Alameda Community Chorus, the Tomorrow Youth Repertory, the Oakland Youth Chorus, the Alameda Community Band, the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees and the Mistle Tones.

Alameda High School student Matthew Mendoza has an eye for photography, just ask the Bank of Marin. Mendoza’s photo, "Alameda Moving at a Blur," captures an iconic view of Alameda Theater’s sign and surrounding Park Street at night, and was selected from among some 140 photographs submitted to grace a page in the bank’s 2015 community calendar.

A father assists his son in the lighting of the third candle on the Chanukah menorah while his daughter looks on. The unique Chanukah candelabrum has eight branches and an additional visually distinct branch called a shamash, which means "attendant" in Hebrew.

Each year members of the Christian, Jewish, African American and Muslim communities across Alameda look forward to the special celebrations the holiday season brings.

After spending 77 years in private hands, Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics (right) has returned to the rightful hands of the Alameda library system. Local resident Daniel Lopez discovered the wayward guide to playing piano with four hands while cleaning out the attic at his home on Encinal Avenue. The book should have been returned to the Alameda Free Library in 1937.

According to Lopez, after living in the home for more than a dozen years, he just discovered a box of old books in a hidden corner.