Okay, this week’s calendar is kinda light. It’s OK, though, because yours probably isn’t, and these are some great ways to enjoy the season in our fabulous city. Enjoy!

Friday, December 20

Traditional Posada
4 p.m.
One beginning at International and Fruitvale; the other at 4030 International Boulevard

These processions starts at these two sites, then both groups meet at 3851 International Boulevard, where the final celebration will be, with piñatas for the kids and the traditional tea.

Zoovie Night: Charlotte’s Web
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road

Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium for a specially selected animal- or nature-themed movie. Meet some of our nocturnal education animals brought to you by Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo’s costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Let the show begin! Admission is $7.

Saturday, December 21

ODOG Santa Paws Benefit
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Brotzeit Lokal, 1000 Embarcadero

ODOG (Oakland Dog Owners Group) is partnering with local pet store Canine Comforts and Brotzeit Lokal to present its Sixth Annual Santa Paws benefit! Bring kids and pups, and get pictures taken with Santa ($30 suggested donation). Then stay for brunch, lunch, or a beer on Brotzeit’s dog-friendly patio. Brotzeit is a new waterfront restaurant and biergarten, and they specialize in hard-to-find beers.

Winter Solstice Evening Celebration
4 – 10 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Come celebrate the shortest day of the year! With the sun going down early, Chabot is the best place to experience the Winter Solstice sky and to observe the cosmos through one of its historic telescopes. Enjoy hot cider, live scientist carolers, and watch the sunset from the observatory deck. Have fun with lights, lasers and prisms. Make constellation tubes and participate in fun games and activities! Tickets are available here.

57th Street Gallery Presents Frankye Kelly and Friends
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

One of the San Francisco Bay area’s top jazz vocalists, Frankye Kelly puts a lot of honest feeling into her vocals, interpreting the songs that have the most meaning to her. She has a wide range and can sound like any horn, but feels that her voice is its own instrument. Musicians are Frankye Kelly, vocals; Guy Arrostuto, piano; Michael Jones, bass; Tim Landis, guitar; and Ranzel Merritt, drums. Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Sunday, December 22

Herban Forage
1 p.m.
Beginning at Bushrod Park (Shattuck near 59th Street)

Explore the abundance of edible plants in your neighborhood! Join Terri Compost and search for edible and medicinal plant allies here in the city amongst us. Participants will will see 2 neighborhood gardens and end with a Solstice tea and sing-along around a fire at the Test Ride Garden. The cost of this event is $0 – 20, sliding scale. Click here for more information.

A Benefit for Less Fortunate Children from Glen Washington and Junior Toots
8 p.m.
Oakland Metro Opera House, 630 3rd Street

This is a benefit for children and adults with mental disorders, this is a special Reggae gift from Glen Washington and Junior Toots. A night of Reggae, roots and culture, with live music, champion sound selectas, vegetarian and vegan food, vendors, and much more. Click here to get tickets.

Monday, December 23

City of Oakland 22nd Annual Holiday Dinner
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway

The City of Oakland’s Department of Human Services, Communities United Committee, Community Action Partnership and the Emergency Food Providers Committee are pleased to announce this annual city-wide event to feed seniors and those who are homeless and/or low-income. At the Annual Holiday Dinner, the free turkey feast will provide a nutritious meal and entertainment to more than 2,000 low-income families, seniors and homeless individuals, while providing them the opportunity to obtain winter coats or jackets if needed. Donations are tax-deductible.

Wednesday, December 25

Film and Discussion: Permaculture: Farms of the Future
6:30 p.m.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street

Film evenings begin with optional potluck refreshments and social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by the film at 7:30 p.m., followed by optional discussion after the film. Permaculture: Farms of the Future, by Rebecca Hosking and Tim Green, is a heartwarming and healing film with a love for nature, for Christmas. For a description of this film, click here. Admission is a $5 expected donation.

To list an event for December 27 – January 2, email the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, December 24.

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