Saturday will be busy with outdoor activities such as the city's annual holiday celebration and tree lighting event, along with the Lighted Yacht Parade on the estuary in the early evening.
If you're looking for an indoor event, head over to the Alameda Free Library. Members of the Diablo Ballet Company will visit with young readers and others starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at the main library, where the audience will also be treated to part of a retelling of "The Nutcracker."
Space is limited, so interested parents and kids should plan to be there at 2:45 p.m. or earlier, according to members of the Alameda Free Library Foundation and Live at the Library, which organized the event. For questions, call 510-464-1099 or email email@example.com.
Those who'd like see a complete showing of "The Nutcracker" without leaving the Island have to wait two weeks: The Alameda Civic Ballet will stage its annual production at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16, at the Kofman Theatre, 2200 Central Ave.
The Alameda Civic Ballet's eighth-annual production is being choreographed by artistic director Abra Rudisill and will be performed with the classic Tchaikovsky musical score.
The Frank Bette Center for the Arts also is getting into the holiday spirit and is hosting its holiday boutique through Dec. 24. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Paru Street.
The art center recently tapped a new director of facilities: Xiomara Cisneros. Cisneros was born in San Francisco and grew up in Fairfield. She has worked as a project management for a commercial real estate trade organization and earned an MBA at Mills College.
The Frank Bette show "Reflections" is up for viewing through Dec. 22. Also, the center is accepting donations for its Déjà Vu silent auction of pre-owned arts and crafts, which takes place Jan. 18 through 26.
For those interested in beading, Frank Bette hosts workshops focused on this activity on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, community art nights will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 13 at the center.
Over at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Avenue, the Alameda Business Network will soon host its annual Arms Around Alameda fundraiser and mixer. The Thursday event is being held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to support the Alameda Welfare Council, Alameda Food Bank and Toys for Tots.
Coming up on Dec. 31, Rhythmix will present Bay Area comedian Josh Kornbluth in "Red Diaper Baby" at 7 and 10 p.m. (Kornbluth recently performed a different show at Temple Israel on Bay Farm.)
The Mastick Senior Center on Santa Clara Avenue will share information on PG&E's special savings programs at 1 p.m. on Dec. 13. To attend, call 510-747-7506.
The senior center's annual holiday singalong is set for 10 a.m. on Dec. 20 in the social hall. Guests can enjoy a visit from Santa and some light refreshments.
Santa Claus plans to visit the Trans Pacific National Bank, 1442 Webster St., a few days earlier. He will be there from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 15. The event, according to the West Alameda Business Association, will include tree trimming, crafts and other Christmas cheer.
Also, the Park Street Business District wants Alamedans to know that there is no charge for parking at meters in the area on Saturdays through the end of the year.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.