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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.

Tracks curving in from the right once carried Big Reds from Fernside Boulevard onto today’s Tilden Way on their way to the Fruitvale Bridge. The tanks on the right were part of a Signal Oil Distribution Center in the field along Tilden Way known today as Mapes Ranch. The towers poking up in the background were part of a glass
manufactory along Alameda Avenue in Oakland that’s still in business today.

The above photograph from circa 1890 by Alameda resident Edgar A. Cohen is captioned: A Proud Turkey, A Native Son, in Cohen’s own handwriting. Edgar was the son of Alameda railroad baron Alfred A. Cohen who built the first tracks into Alameda in 1864. Edgar was also a talented and extremely detailed photographer. The scene may have been taken in today’s Fernside District. The turkey below was spotted at local bank at South Shore Shopping Center just a few years ago.

Don’t Feed the Turkeys