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Among the many 2nd Friday art openings taking place tommorow, Dec. 13, Autobody Fine Art will celebrate its winter-themed artworks by a series of local artists from 6 to 9 p.m. Upstairs at 1517 Park St. works in printmaking, sculpture, painting, watercolor, sign-painting, miniatures, textile arts, even a fine-art, limited-edition music label will be on sale along with small-format pieces for smaller budgets. The gallery will also open Saturdays: Dec. 14, 21 and 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., as well as Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

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:

Crolls Garden Court traces its name to a resort called Neptune Gardens, which later bore the name of the man who put the resort on the map, John G. Croll. 

Many talented craftspeople, authors and artists will present their wares for sale as low-cost holiday gifts this Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the annual Temple Israel Holiday Fest.

Craftspeople will offer unique handcrafted gifts not found in stores, including: Samantha Chelouche’s crocheted octopi, Sofie’s exploding boxes and Aroma Fizz bath bombs to name a few. Locally-made treats will be available from vendors like The Jam Guy and Honour Brand.