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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.

Students at Amelia Earhart Elementary School will dedicate a statue in front of their school on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The life-size bronze sculpture of Amelia Earhart has been installed at the elementary school on Bay Farm Island that bears the legendary pilot’s name.
The Davis Family Foundation granted the Frank Bette Center for the Arts a $32,000 gift to commission the statue. The Davis Family’s grant ensures the sculpture will belong to the school in perpetuity.

The Planning Board is holding a workshop at 7 p.m., next Monday, Dec. 14, in the City Council Chambers to review plans for a portion of Site A. The workshop will present the architectural design and waterfront street plans for an essential element of the site at Alameda Point known as Block 11. The block fronts onto Seaplane Lagoon and a planned waterfront park near the Naval Air Museum and Wrightspeed. “Block 11 is located at the very heart of the Site A Development Plan and Alameda Point Waterfront Town Center planning area,” the city stated in a staff report. 

The City of Alameda announced its official list of Toys For Tots drop off locations in the city earlier this week. The U.S Marine Corps Toys For Tots program anticipates needing holiday toys for 1,000 or more Alameda children this year. 
The last day to donate will be Friday, Dec. 18. Drop off sites at local schools will be collected Wednesday morning, Dec. 16. Questions? Contact Jim Franz at or 747-6883. Other Alameda drop sites can be found at

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today (Thursday, Dec. 3) that it will close the Posey Tube next week for cleaning and other maintenance.

The Posey Tube, leaving Alameda, will be closed as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 9, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
  • Thursday, December 10, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning.

Questions or information about the Tube closures should be directed to Tony Padilla, Caltrans, Tunnels & Tubes, at (510) 286-0315.