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Whether one personally celebrates a particular holiday tradition or not, it can always be fun to experience the celebrations of another culture.

On Friday, Dec. 20, Rhythmix will celebrate the holiday season Caribbean-style with musical group Bululú. This multi-talented 11-piece Bay Area band specializes in the musical traditions of Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Bululú and Rhythmix will host a full-on holiday fiesta, parranda navideña, featuring all the Caribbean music and Venezuelan food just right for the season. 

Dozens of jiu-jitsu enthusiasts congregated at Team Silva Martial Arts Academy to take part in a self-defense and jiu-jitsu seminar with the jiu-jitsu Red Belt Grand Master Carley Gracie.

The event took place Saturday, Dec. 7. Kids of all ages and seasoned Jiu-Jitsu martial artists learned from the well-renowned Grand Master. 

The high-school basketball season is well underway, and all six Alameda high-school teams are gearing up for a strong 2019-2020 season.

Alameda High School

Girls’ Competition

Members of the Alameda Gators swim team took part in the Oakland Undercurrent Meet Dec. 14 and 15 Laney College at 900 Fallon St. in Oakland. 

Alameda Gators member Sierra Miller finished third in the girls’ Div. B eight-and-under (8U) 25-yard freestyle meet with a time of 22.30. She also finished second in the Div. B 8U 50-yard backstroke, 25-yard butterfly, 50-yard butterfly and the 100-yard individual medley meets.

Carolers of all ages joined in the fun as the West Alameda Business Association hosted Santa on Webster last Friday. Here, the festive bunch performs outside Cafe Jolie where Santa was holding court. The group then proceeded to perform in other venues including: Wescafe, the Pacific Pinball Museum and J Couture.