Time for Holiday Concerts

A Jazzy Little Christmas, a choral performance featuring Soli Deo Gloria and the Del Zemelman Trio, is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The venue is Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave., and tickets are $21-$26.

Guests will enjoy jazzed-up Christmas and holiday favorites arranged by Bob Chilcott and Michele Weir, as well as artistic director Allen Simon.

The show will include a Latin version of “O Holy Night,” along with jazz-infused renditions of “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “A Little Jazz Mass.”

At 7 p.m., residents of the Cardinal Point Retirement Community will be treated to a classical music concert featuring holiday tunes and more.


Tree Lighting and Boat Parade on Tap

Alameda Boat

Holiday festivities on the Island kick into high gear today.

Starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, there’s the Mayor’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony that runs through 6:15 p.m. at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. The event will be held rain or shine.

Performers at the event include the Alameda Community Band, Oakland Youth Chorus, Dancing Christmas Trees and the Mistle Tones. (There’s also the possibility that a visitor from the North Pole will drop by with candy canes.)

Alameda Municipal Power asks community members to exchange two strings of old holiday lights for two free strings of new energy-efficient LED lights, while supplies last.

The 37th annual Lighted Yacht Parade on the Alameda-Oakland Estuary starts at dusk or at about 5:30 p.m. also on Saturday, Dec. 7.
This year’s parade theme is Global Holidays, a Winter Celebration.

Those wishing to catch the San Francisco Bay Ferry–which offers a special ferry service for the event–should get to the Main Ferry Terminal, 2990 Main Street, in Alameda by about 5 p.m. The trip on the Estuary begins at 5:15 p.m. and ends at 6:45 p.m.

Those bringing unwrapped toys to donate to the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts toy drive can ride the ferry for free.

Last year, 35 sailboats and powerboats participated in the event, which is put on jointly by the Encinal Yacht Club and the Oakland Yacht Club. It generated nearly $2,000 in cash donations and $2,500 in toy and food donations.

The special Lighted Yacht Parade ferry service is only available from the Alameda Main Street ferry terminal located at 2990 Main Street. The ferry departs from Main Street at 5:15 p.m. and returns to the terminal at 6:45 p.m.

As in past years, the ferry service is collecting toys onboard for the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts Toys program. As a special thank you, customers donating a toy may ride the parade ferry for free.


Arms Around Alameda Event Set for Thursday Night

This Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Alameda Business Network hosts its 2013 Annual Holiday Fund Raiser: Arms Around Alameda, which will take place at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue in the Alameda Elks’ Lodge.

Funds raised at event will support the Alameda Welfare Council and local charities. Both the Alameda Business Network and the Alameda Welfare Council are non profit 501-C Corporations and all operate on a 100% volunteer basis.

All proceeds from admission ($15-$20), raffles and auctions items will be donated to the Alameda Welfare Council to be distributed to local charities.

The evening will include Entertainment by out favorite DJ by the Bay, A live auction, silent auction, lots of raffle prizes, an amazing food buffet provided by Palacios Brothers Construction, an “Instant Wine Cellar” will be auctioned of as well. The instant wine cellar is up to 80 bottles of hand picked wines by the Alameda Business Network members.

There will be a Toys for Tots and Alameda Food Bank drop off at the door. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation and receive a raffle ticket for each item donated.


Meet Artist at Main Library


An incredible display of colorful modern art is now up on the second floor of the Main Library through Dec. 28.

The artist, Maria Kaplan, will be at the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 4., to meet community members and discuss her paintings.

Her abstract works include pure line, color and form, and many of the canvases encompass geometric shapes, pen markings, fiber and mosaic patterns.

The art loosely resembles the influence of painters like Richter and Deibenkorn.

“The California sun, San Francisco Bay and the colors of the California landscape have influenced my paintings. Rich texture and vibrant color are characteristic of my work,” she says on her website. “The Bay Area culture which is quite unstructured, free and somewhat edgy have also informed my art.”

Kaplan notes that she works mostly in acrylic but also enjoys using oil, oil sticks, markers, crayons, paper and fiber.