We have changed how we collect and accept calendar information. Readers must now submit all items through our website. Go to events.contracostatimes.com. Click on "submit your event." You'll have to register at this point, and enter your event. You do not have to pay. Submitting your event in this way will ensure it is part of our easy online searchable database, as well as a candidate for space in our publications.

El Cerrito Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day with the city of El Cerrito through a morning of volunteerism and work parties, followed by socializing and music at a volunteer appreciation lunch. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 26. El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. Free. 510-215-4350, www.el-cerrito.org/earthday.

Drought-Resistant Home Workshop. Learn how to make your home drought-resilient through landscape practices, low impact laundry-to-garden gray water systems, and more. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 1. El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave. Free. Reservations requested. 510-215-4361, msanders@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

City Wide Garage Sale. Shop until you drop at sites throughout El Cerrito when residents throw open their garage doors for the annual city wide garage sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3. List of participants available online at el-cerrito.org, or at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane; Recycling Center, 7501 Schmidt Lane. 510-215-4369.


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Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. Discover what you can do with California's native plants during a free, self-guided tour of 40 Alameda and Contra Costa county gardens. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4. Registration required. List of gardens available with registration. www.BringingBackTheNatives.net.

Albany Arts and Green Festival. Celebrate Albany's commitment to the environment with the annual Arts and Green Festival featuring youth performances, green resource info, a kids' zone, food and beverages, entertainment and tons more fun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4. Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave. 510-524-9283, www.albanyca.org.

Books and Blocks at the Library. Hear a story, then stay to play with Legos, Duplos and more. For ages 2 and up. 11 a.m. to noon. Saturdays. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Free. 510-526-7512, www.el-cerrito.org.

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 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.

Japanese Story Time. Read Japanese picture books, sing Japanese songs and make Japanese-inspired crafts. 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720, www.aclibrary.org.

World Affairs/Politics Group. Weekly meeting open to all folks 55 and older who want to discuss the week's events and what we want to do about any of them. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. $3 Albany residents. $4 nonresidents. 510-524-9122, www.albanyca.org.

Albany Library 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.

Stories and Song. Stories, songs, lullabies and more for young children and their families to cuddle to and get ready for bedtime. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.

Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Two 20-25 minute long story times 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.