We Alameda shoppers have lots of options, and local merchants are doing all they can to keep us happy. The Park Street Business Association has asked Santa to stop by from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday to talk to children and take photos.
Santa 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.). I wonder what holiday "spirit" he'll enjoy at his last stop?
For shoppers hoping to hear some old-fashioned carols, drop by the Alameda Theater & Cineplex later Friday and Saturday, where there's a Dickens Christmas Promenade complete with singers, musicians and other entertainers.
Santa will be stopping by Webster Street as well 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. Saturday.
Maybe Santa will get a chance to enjoy the Peruvian spirits at Chicha, which opened its doors last month on Webster, between Haight and Lincoln avenues. Chicha serves pisco, Peruvian brandy, along with lots of tasty seafood, poultry and vegetarian dishes, like ceviche and fried yucca.
Back on Park Street, Dog Bone Alley invited children to come over from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday 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. Sunday 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.
Tonight, PopUp Gallery at 1517 Park St. will host a closing reception for its Abundance art exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m. Around the corner, Redux Studio & Gallery (at 2315 Lincoln Ave.) is planning a craft fair for community members from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 20; the store also will lower prices on its merchandise by 30 percent on Dec.21-22.
The Encinal and Oakland Yacht clubs have just shared the names of winners of the 2013 Lighted Yacht Parade, which took place on Dec. 7 on the Estuary and helped support Oakland Firefighters Random Acts and the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Boundless, owned by Cliff and Anna Kramer, took the grand prize. The sailboat division awards went to Kyle Siler's Island Dreamer, Steven Stanley's Ahelani and Rubber Duckies, owned by Darrell and Nicki Powell-Ford.
The winning powerboats are Joan Lunderville's Coda, Scott and Liz Harrison's Sunday Driver, and the Sea Scouts' Gryphon. Other winners include the Carl Larkin, rowed by the women's group Kelpies, and Razzle Dazzle, rowed by the women's group Ketos.
Many sponsors helped stage the event, which raised $2,000 in cash and $2,500 in toy and food donations. Some key sponsors were CU Homeland Mortgage Services, Marina Village Yacht Harbor, Fred Fago Photography, Margaret Fago Studios and Greer Family Mortuary.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.