Alameda Power to Hold Light Exchange


This Saturday, December 4, Alameda residents can exchange an old string of holiday lights with a new energy-efficient one.

Alameda Municipal Power asks community members to meet at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The exchange is taking place as part of the Mayor’s Hometown Holiday Weekend. For the exchange, residents must bring a string of old holiday lights and a copy of their electric bill; they will then receive one free string of new energy-efficient LED lights.

Also on December 4, the annual Lighted Boat Parade takes place along the estuary (near Marina Village) after sunset.


A Great Show on the Estuary

Even though it was a cold night, revelers had lots of fun on and off the water Saturday night during the 33rd annual Oakland/Alameda Estuary Lighted Yacht Parade.

Guests packed the special ferry that took visitors around the parade route, and lookouts like Pasta Pelican were full, too.

This year’s theme was “Christmas carols,” and the event was held to  benefit the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts and Alameda County Community Food Bank. (We’re not sure what Christmas carol Sponge Bob and Squidward were singing during the parade, but they sure were the life of the party on one boat!)

The gold sponsor was Celebrations on the Bay; silver sponsers were Stem to Stern and Fast Imaging.

Encinal Yacht Club, Oakland Yacht Club and Marina Village Yacht Harbor were the 2009 hosts.

Congratulations to Botany Bay, the Grand Prize winner, owned by Kris Jensen, and all the other winners in the power, sail and other divisions.

There have been no reports yet of  VIP wanna-be  party-crashers at the Alameda Firefighters dinner, held at Pasta Pelican. But stay tuned for any news on that front.

And rumor has it that Sausalito holds its annual lighted yacht parade this coming Saturday, December 12, including fireworks.