Off the Hook Knitting Group. The Melrose Knitting Group meets the second and fourth Saturday every month. 3 to 5 p.m. Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. 510-535-5623, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Toddler Storytime. Songs, active rhymes and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. 510-535-5623, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Chess at the Library. A weekly chess program offers instruction for beginners and a place for patrons of all ages and levels to play with each other. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 E. 12th St., Oakland. 510-535-5620, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Free Screening of "Soul Food Junkies." Community Cinema's first screening of 2013 is "Soul Food Junkies," a film exploring the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health, good and bad. With wine reception. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15. Oakland Public Library Main Branch, 125 14th St., Oakland. Free. 510-238-3134, www.upout.com.

Public Blood Drive. The American Red Cross holds a public blood drive. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Dr., Oakland. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.

State of the Creek 2013. Join the Friends of Sausal Creek's restoration site leaders, volunteers, board and staff to find out what's happening in the Sausal Creek Watershed, including assessing the current environmental state of the creek, highlighting new water quality monitoring program, and planning for 2013 and beyond. 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-501-3672, www.sausalcreek.org.

Orthodox Christmas Concert. Celebrate Orthodox Christmas -- which was Jan. 7 -- with the Slavyanka Russian Chorus and a select group of women singers performing a festive selection of sacred music for men's choir and carols for men's and women's voices from Russia, the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia and Georgia. 3 p.m. Jan. 19. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Grand Ave, Oakland. $25. 415-250-7515, www.slavyanka.org.

In the Name of Love -- The 11th Annual MLK Tribute. Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring American singing legend and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holiday; the powerful 65 voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; and the 250 voice Oakland Children's Community Choir. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. $15--$45 general, $18 children. 510-287-8880, mlktribute.com.

California Writers Club--Berkeley Branch. "Leveraging New Technology," a talk by David Mitroff, explores ways writers can improve their marketing via social media, websites, home pages, blogs, key words, search engines. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Oakland Public Library Main Branch, 125 14th St., Oakland. Free. 238-3134, cwc-berkeley.org.

40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. The California Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and reproductive justice community members hold a service honoring the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Nile Hall in Preservation Park, 668 13th St., Oakland. 415-494-1487, sites.google.com/site/honoringlegaciesofjustice/home.

Superior Court Volunteers Wanted. Alameda County Superior Court is looking for eager volunteers to support the information kiosks in the Oakland, Hayward and Fremont courthouses. Training provided. Call 510-891-6912 or email jsalerno@alameda.courts.ca.gov.

Make the Dream Real: 15th Annual MLK Celebration. Attitudinal Healing Connection presents the 15th annual holiday celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Make the Dream Real 2013. The focal point will be on making the dream real for a quality education for every child. Delicious food justice meal from People's Grocery follows. 10 a.m. to Noon Jan. 21. McClymonds High School Auditorium, 2607 Myrtle St., Oakland. Free. 510-652-5530, www.ahc-oakland.org.

Bone Health Fair. American Bone Health and Lake Merritt Senior Independent Living sponsor a Bone Health Fair with a talk about osteoporosis and bone health, bone health screening stations, and more. 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22. The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel, 1800 Madison St., Oakland. Free. 510-832-2663, www.americanbonehealth.org.

Public Blood Drive. The American Red Cross holds a public blood drive. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Dr., Oakland. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.