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It wouldn’t be Christmas in Alameda without Alameda Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker.

Alameda Civic Ballet (ACB) is celebrating its 10th annual production of a full-length Nutcracker ballet by bringing Marena Pérez and Carlos Madera to Alameda.

They will be dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in performances at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20 and 21, at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave.

Left to right: Marge Schultz, Anna Martinez and Beth Kromer were the bell ringers at last year’s holiday concert at the First Congregational Church.

The music department at First Congregational Church of Alameda, United Church of Christ invites the community to experience the wonder of the season. The department presents its Annual Christmas Concert entitled, "The Stars Will Dance" on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

A total of $10,000 was awarded to Alameda non-profit organizations with grants of $2,000 each as part of Bank of Marin’s "Give Back" program. The recipients this year are:

 Alameda Education Foundation

 Alameda Family Services

 Alameda Point Collaborative

 Boys & Girls Club

 Girls Inc.

First launched in 2013 when Bank of Marin merged with Bank of Alameda, the "Give Back" program represents just a portion of the bank’s philanthropic outreach in Alameda.

The kind people of the Alameda Food Bank always speak respectfully, warmly, to us, the hungry. They see my kids and ask if we’d like the sweetened cereal, the pudding cups, a lollipop. They give me an extra ration of oatmeal. They carry my box to the car. They say "Take care now." It is almost more than I can bear. I get in my car and drive away, lucky to have a car, lucky I don’t have to take the bus to the warehouse and home again on a raw winter day.

The Cinema Grill, 2301 Central Ave, next door to the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, opened its doors last Friday. The theater’s proprietors Kyle and Elgina Conner own and operate what they call a "family-friendly, neighborhood restaurant with a comfortably warm and casual atmosphere."

The restaurant features comfort food and a craft cocktail program inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age. The menu offers dishes like hand-stretched pizza, fresh salads, buttermilk-fried chicken sliders, crab corn dogs and mustard-glazed stuffed pork chops