There's still a full slate of holiday fun to be had on the Island, along with plenty of artistic, charitable and other activities. For instance, the Fratello Marionettes will perform its "North Pole Review" at the Bay Farm Island Library at 2 p.m. Saturday. The event features several Russian Trepak Dancers, the ice skater Crystal Chandelier and a group of acrobatic penguins.
High Street Station Cafe will be open for New Year's Eve dinner (filet mignon or salmon picatta), as well as a DJ and champagne celebration. Tickets are from $20 to $35. The venue just celebrated its fourth anniversary.
Over at the USS Hornet, Alamedans are invited to dance the last night of 2013 away on three floors of the aircraft carrier. Music will be provided by Three O'Clock Jump and the Swingin' Blue Stars (an Andrew Sisters tribute band). There will also be dance lessons, a silent auction and midnight countdown.
Across town, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is hosting Family Carnival Night on New Year's Eve. For $15, guests can pick one of four movies being shown, enjoy games, clowns, live music, pinball and simulcast ball drops. The fun starts at 7 p.m., and movies begin at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.
The event and its proceeds will be dedicated to the family of Alameda resident Craig Wolff, who died suddenly in April at age 40. Wolff, who was pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences at UC Berkeley, is survived by his wife and three children.
To support community programs on the Island in 2014, the Bank of Alameda -- now owned by the Bank of Marin -- is sponsoring a Give Back program that will award a total of $10,000 to five Alameda nonprofit organizations. To vote on which local nonprofits should be selected for the awards, go to a Bank of Alameda branch at 2130 Otis Drive or 1416 Park St.by Jan. 3.
The Frank Bette Center for the Arts is asking for community support and votes, so it can win one of the Bank of Alameda's five $2,000 grants. The art center also is requesting gently used quality arts, crafts and collectibles for its Déjà Vu Silent Auction fundraiser, which runs from Jan. 10-25; it is accepting contributions through Jan. 7.
The Alameda Education Foundation says that the holidays are brighter this season for several hundred school kids thanks to Jamestown Properties, the owner of Alameda South Shore Center and the donor of 500 Little Ice Rink tickets.
AEF also says it has raised $58,000 this year through its Adopt a Classroom program. In addition, it has supported a volleyball season at the city's middle schools, scholarships for sports and after-school programs, as well as a new enrichment and counseling efforts. It aims to raise $75,000 for 150 classrooms and hopes to win a grant from the Bank of Alameda.
Enjoy the final days of 2013 and Happy New Year!
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.