Sketchbooks and Sketching Event. View local sketches and sketchbooks by Urban Sketchers San Francisco Bay Area and join them for an afternoon of urban sketching on Solano Avenue. Open to everyone, of all ages and abilities. All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on. Noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 19. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany. Free. 510-524-5519, urbansketchers-bayarea.blogspot.com.
Albany Library Storytime. Stories, crafts and songs for 3-5 year olds and their families. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Albany Library Game Day. Play Wii games like Guitar Hero, bowling or tennis, or board games such as Monopoly, Blokus, Life, Connect 4, checkers, chess, Mankala, and Trouble. Bring your friends or come by yourself. Drop in. No registration required. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
2013 Winter Expo. BHive Production's kick off event features products and services from local craft persons and entrepreneurs of all ages, including original art, wellness, health and beauty, travel, fashion, jewelry, home goods and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19. El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. $5 advance. $7 door. 510-559-7000, www.bhiveproductions.com.
Japanese Story Time. Read Japanese picture books, sing Japanese songs and make Japanese-inspired crafts.
Roy Zimmerman ~ Wake Up Call. Satirical songwriter Roy Zimmerman performs hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs about his travels across America in the Obama Era. 1 p.m. Jan. 20. Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, One Lawson Road, Kensington. $18. 510-525-0302, www.uucb.org.
Library Monday Knitting. Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations. No registration necessary. Yarn and needles provided for charity projects. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Library Film Series. Hidden Masterpieces in American Comedy, a free, five-month film series looking at little-known classics in American film comedy from the 1960s to today with facilitator Jeff M. Giordano, screens "After the Fox," starring Peter Sellers as several wacky personalities. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Family Storytimes. Family story time with fun stories, songs and rhymes for children and their families. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Free. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 510-524-3043. ccclib.org.
Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Two 20-25 minute long storytimes are packed full of lively stories, songs, and action rhymes for young children and their parents/caregivers. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.
Relaxation Techniques. Jamie Duvnjak, a certified health coach, presents tips for achieving total relaxation, including deep breathing, reflexology, and vitamins and foods that increase calmness within. 7 p.m. Jan. 24. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Free. 510-526-7512, ccclib.org.
Bash broom in Hillside Natural Area. Join Five Creeks and El Cerrito Green Teams as they remove invasive, fire-prone French broom from the beautiful Hillside Natural Area. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and long pants and long sleeves. Poison oak is possibile. Tools, gloves, snacks and water provided. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Hillside Natural Area, Douglas entrance, 1522 Douglas Drive. 510-848-9358, www.fivecreeks.org.
Kensington Library Book Club. Discussion of Turkish author Orphan Pamuk's, "Snow," a political novel about the poet Ka who has spent eight years in exile. 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Kensington Public Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.
Chinese Brush Painting. Celebrate Chinese New Year with local artist Susan Ji as she demonstrates the art of brush painting, and then kids from 5 to 12 years old will get to try their hand at this ancient technique. 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Free. 510-526-7512, ccclib.org.