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Mama Goose Storytime. Twenty-minute, age-appropriate stories, songs and finger plays for babies and toddlers and their parents or caregivers. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Christmas Tree Care Workshop. Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge leads a workshop on the proper care of living Christmas trees. Jeff will also discuss how to troubleshoot houseplants. 12 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St., Alameda. Free. 510-755-1102, www.ploughsharesnursery.com.

Family Storytime. Cross-cultural tales and tunes, including beloved folk and fairy tales from around the world for preschool and school-age children and their parents or caregivers. 2 p.m. Sundays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Community Sing-Along. Parent-led singing, dancing, shaker play and parachute time for infants and toddlers, along with their parents and caregivers. 10:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

Family Storytime. Stories, songs and finger plays suitable for children of all ages and their families. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Bay Farm Library, 3221 Mecartney Road, Alameda. Free. 510-747-7787, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

USS Hornet Flashlight Tours. Bring your own flashlight and discover a side of the USS Hornet most visitors don't get to see on a special tour that takes you to areas that have limited access, including: combat information center, message center, forward diesel machine room, main laundry, special weapons storages, brig and more. Wear comfortable shoes. Heels and open-toed shoes are not allowed. Be prepared for lots of walking and climbing. Ages 13 and old only. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 21. USS Hornet Museum, West Hornet Avenue, Alameda. $30 to $35. Advance payment required. 510-521-8448 x 224. www.uss-hornet.org.

The Nutcracker. The Alameda Civic Ballet presents "The Nutcracker Ballet," the story of Clara's magical journal and the Nutcracker Prince. No babes in arms permitted. 2 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22. Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave., Alameda. $18 to $35. 510-337-1929, alamedanutcracker.com.

Barbara Lee Library Hours. A representative from Congresswoman Barbara Lee's Oakland office will be on hand to discuss your federally related issues. Drop-ins welcome. Appointments encouraged. 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 26. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. 510-763-0370, www.lee.house.gov.

New Year's on the Hornet. Party old school style onboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, and dance among vintage aircraft on the enclosed, heated hangar. Rumba, Cha Cha, Waltz and Swing the night away, with free dance lessons with Jim Truesdale, former Fred Astaire dance instructor. A full cash bar, food items for sell and silent auction. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31. USS Hornet Museum, West Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda. $45 to $85. 510-521-8448.