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Join us for the 26th Annual PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Awards  The ceremony, which will include brief readings by the winning authors, is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and book signings.   PEN Oakland, founded in 1989, is a chapter of PEN USA and PEN International, begun in 1921. Dubbed "the blue collar PEN" by the New York Times, PEN...

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Did you hear? Santa is making a special visit to the Laurel District this year! That's right! Kids of all ages are welcome to come and meet Santa on Saturday, December 3rd at Cafe Santana. Bring your Christmas Wish Lists and cameras and prepare for an afternoon of fun!     Don't have your Christmas Wish List ready? Stop by Kelly's Corner before coming to meet Santa and take part in their...

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Pets are invited to partake in the holiday festivities at Bay Street this season! The shopping center’s North Pole House will be Santa’s home throughout the month of December, and on one special day, dogs and cats are invited to join him for photos. Visits with Santa are free with the option to purchase photos, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit Hopalong Animal...

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Pets are invited to partake in the holiday festivities at Bay Street this season! The shopping center’s North Pole House will be Santa’s home throughout the month of December, and on one special day, dogs and cats are invited to join him for photos. Visits with Santa are free with the option to purchase photos, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit Hopalong Animal...

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Alameda starts the season with its annual tree lighting ceremony, followed by performances from community groups and The Mistletones’ Rockin’ Holiday Show. Saturday, December 3, 4:30 p.m. -  6:15 p.m. Free. Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda. https://alamedaca.gov/recreation-uncategorized/events/1714

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Annual Holiday Circle of Lights

Dec 3, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

A giant nutcracker guards the entrance to this fairyland of lights, and inside see reindeer sleds, snowmen,  penguins on parade – all made of lights! Hundreds of tiny bright lights outline the Mountain View Cemetery’s buildings and trees to provide the perfect backdrop for this dazzling exhibition. Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, January 1, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free. Piedmont Funeral...

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Deck the Hulls

Dec 3, 2016

The boats are back in town! The annual parade of watercraft decked out in twinkling lights and fabulous holiday decorations makes its annual pilgrimage down the Oakland/Alameda waterfront. Saturday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. Free. Jack London Square, Embarcadero West, Oakland.  http://lightedyachtparade.com/

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ZooLights

Dec 3, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

The Oakland Zoo strings up hundreds of thousands of LED lights to turn Oakland's night sky into a twinkling Christmas spectacle. Highlights include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, and a truly cosmic light show. Friday, December 2 – Sunday, January 1, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  ZooLights is closed on December 24 & 25. Adults $8, children...

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Join Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir for its 31st Annual Holiday Concert at The Paramount Theatre, dedicated to the beautiful city of Oakland, CA. Expect a soul-stunning night full of joyful music and a true celebration of community. Directed by Terrance Kelly, the concert will feature a line up of Bay Area artists including Kev Choice, Linda Tillery, John Santos, and ASL duo, Half-N-Half....

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