Santa Busy with Island Visits; Pet Story Full of Activities

Alameda holiday shoppers have lots of options. Local (and even some chain) merchants are doing all they can to keep the busy crowds happy ahead of Christmas.

The Park Street Business Association has asked Santa to stop by this Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. to talk to children and take photos.

Claus will visiting with community members along Park Street. He’ll also make stops at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (12:30 p.m.), Toy Safari (1:30 p.m.), Alameda Bicycle (2:30 p.m.) and McGee’s Bar & Grill (3:30 p.m.).

For those Alamedans who enjoy old-fashioned carols, drop by the Alameda Theater & Cineplex on Central Avenue, where there’s a Dickens Christmas Promenade complete with singers, musicians and other entertainers.

Santa also will be stopping by Webster Street to enjoy some tree trimming, carols, crafts and Christmas cheer. He’ll be based out of Trans Pacific National Bank from about 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 14.

And Mr. Claus will find his way to South Shore Center, where he will take photos with youngsters from 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (and 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays) until Christmas in Neptune Court.

Back on Park Street, Dog Bone Alley invites kids to come over from 9 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 14 to make a special gift for their favorite furry friends and help pets in need. Children can decorate three holiday dog treats for a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds will go to the Alameda Animal Shelter. (Parental supervision is requested.)

Pet Amigos will hold low-cost vaccination and micro-chipping clinics at Dog Bone Alley from 9 to 11 a.m. this Sunday, Dec. 15, and on Dec. 29. The store owners would like to thank supporters for coming to last month’s Santa Paws event, which raised $1,000 for the shelter.

Janet Levaux