holiday

Come support local artists and businesses while getting all your holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving!

Holiday Fest 2017, a Holiday shopping expo, has been set for Sunday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

A huge variety of handcrafted and specially made items will be on sale in one convenient place: Temple Israel and the Community Center
of Harbor Bay Isle at 3183 and 3195 Mecartney Road in Alameda.

Plenty of free parking is available nearby at Bay Farm's Harbor Bay Landing. Overflow parking is available at CVS and Safeway.
 

Honoring All Who Served

Members of Alameda’s Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 8 and Chapter 400 of the Vietnam Veterans have joined with the Legionnaires of America Legion Posts 9 and 647 to present a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. 

Honoring All Who Served

Members of Alameda’s Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 8 and Chapter 400 of the Vietnam Veterans have joined with the Legionnaires of America Legion Posts 9 and 647 to present a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. 

The Easter Bunny brought smiles and delight to last Saturday’s Egg Scramble at Crown Beach. The cutest among the “scramblers” were the ankle biters in the “just learning to walk” category, like these children looking for any goodies that the Easter Bunny just might have left behind. The bright sunny weather brought a large crowd of children, their parents and those just wanting to enjoy watching the children “scramble.” 

To honor and salute American veterans, the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum hosts its annual Veterans Day Celebration Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will be held on the ship’s hangar deck and speakers includes Capt.Michael C. McCarron, USN (ret.), Executive Director of the USS Hornet Museum; Rev. Dr. Wallace H. Whatley, pastor of the Alameda Baptist Church and Hornet Chaplain and crewmember of the Hornet since 1968, Bill Fee. The Hornet Swing Band will provide music for the ceremony. 

Alameda Meals on Wheels, Twin Towers United Methodist Church, and Saboor Zafari of Angela’s Restaurant announced this week they will co-sponsor a free dinner, open to all residents and families in Alameda in need of a hot meal on Christmas Day. 

The event will be held at the church, located at Central Avenue and Oak Street on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, between noon and 3 p.m. The sponsors anticipate serving 750 to 1,000 meals to adults and families with children.

Left to right: Marge Schultz, Anna Martinez and Beth Kromer were the bell ringers at last year’s holiday concert at the First Congregational Church.

The music department at First Congregational Church of Alameda, United Church of Christ invites the community to experience the wonder of the season. The department presents its Annual Christmas Concert entitled, "The Stars Will Dance" on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

Alameda in Spirit

Many modern spiritual writers are hesitant to honor the ancient anthropomorphic concepts and descriptions of God. As a result, nouns and pronouns that were once used to describe a human-like deity — he, she, mother, father — are often avoided in current spiritual literature. 

For example, mystic and Divine Science writer Emmet Fox writes in his New Thought masterpiece that the Sermon On The Mount “reluctantly agreed to refer to God as ‘He’, only because it sounded less ominous than ‘It’.”