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Chef John Thiel of Pappo invites the community to share in his restaurant’s eighth annual soup kitchen. “Giving back to our community and especially to those in need has been an important commitment for us since day one,” said Theil. 

Pappo will be accepting donations of clothing, especially socks and jackets, and toiletries, including toothbrushes and soap next Wednesday, Dec. 23, after 3 p.m. and on Dec. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at the soup kitchen call Pappo at 337-9100. Pappo is located at 2320 Central Ave.

The Alameda County Public Works Agency will be performing emergency repairs to the High Street Bridge on Friday, Dec. 18. The bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. There will also be some limitations to marine traffic. The U.S. Coast Guard will communicate this information in its weekly “Coast Guard Local Notices to Mariners.”

Detour signs will be in place to guide motorists around the bridge closure. When travelling through the detour areas, motorists are advised to exercise caution and adhere to all traffic regulations. 

The Estuary Crossing Shuttle will not run between Thursday, Dec. 24, and Jan. 1, 2016. Service will resume again on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Those in need of transportation during this time should visit 

The Estuary Crossing Shuttle travels between the College of Alameda at Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue and the Lake Merritt BART station. It makes a short intervening loop to Wind River Systems. 

To learn more about the shuttle, visit


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Residents and revelers filled the City Hall steps and plaza for this year’s holiday tree lighting ceremony, above. Along with city officials lighting the tree, live music from the Mistle-Tones, Alameda Community Band and the Oakland Youth Chorus (below left), festive dances from Alameda’s resident Tap Dancing Christmas Trees (below right), Santa Claus also made an appearance. That man in the red suit will be making quite a few stops in Alameda in the upcoming weeks. Check the events listing on page 6 for more details.