Talk Back: Executive action
Do you support President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration?
 Yes
 No

(Tell us why or why not?)
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Alameda: Little Ice Rink open for business

The skating area opened Nov. 8 at Alameda South Shore Center, near Petco, and will be in business through Jan. 19.  
The California Highway Patrol raided a large sideshow gathering at the Port of Oakland late Wednesday night at which officers detained more than a 100 motorists.  
 
I was chatting with Santa Claus the other day while we watched a little girl, about 4 years old, gleefully chasing hither and thither after the soap bubbles emanating from Oswald the Bubble Elf's pipe at Children's Fairyland.  
 
This season, the ACC has as its special guest performers, the Alameda Music Project. This young choral group sings in an after-school music program at Maya Lin Elementary School.  
 
Alameda's Altarena Playhouse took home four awards: "Always Patsy Cline" won for Best Production of a Musical; Music Direction (Tania Johnson); and Principal Female Actor in a Musical (Margaret Belton); "Boeing-Boeing" won for Featured Male Actor in a Play (Charles Woodson Parker).  
 
Judging by the number of returning members and an attendance close to 50 young people and their parents, word of the club has spread and its popularity has grown. And the testimonials given by coaches, parents, a sponsor and even the young athletes themselves only underscore the positive impact the club has made in its short existence.  
 
Veterans Meeting. American Legion Post 9 is looking to rebuild its membership through monthly meeting open to all veterans who have served during times of war or conflict.  
 
The Jammie Drive -- which now has the organizational support of executive coach Merideth Mehlberg's assistant Angela Brahm -- has stuck a chord in Alameda.  
 
"Although 'Annie Jr.' takes place during the Depression era, the themes of the show are timeless and universal -- the bonds of family, what it means to be a family, and never giving up hope," said Amy Marie Haven, director of "Annie Jr."  
 
AUSD students contribute to their community in many, many ways throughout the year, but this month, especially, we wanted to shine a light of gratitude on these efforts. They are truly inspiring.  
 
( Jacques Torres Chocolate )
Thanksgiving hotlines: Dial up turkey cooking help

The Thanksgiving feast help lines are gearing up to help anxious cooks tame the (turkey) beast. Meanwhile, Ghirardelli Square is prepping for El Mercado and 'O, Molé Night,' a weekend-long extravaganza by La Cocina.