All About Snakes. Local historian Ernest Chann addresses the Year of the Snake and what it will portend, and shares Chinese folk tales featuring snakes. 2 p.m. Feb. 9. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-238-3400.
Artisan, Indie Designer and Crafter Show. West End Flea Market features original art, unique collections, and creative designs in paint, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, photography, jewelry, fiber/textiles, and mixed media for sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. West End Flea Market, College Of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy., Alameda. Admission/parking free. $15 artist space. 510-999-1431, www.WestEndFleaMarket.com.
Author Oliver Chin. Alameda Storytime presents Oliver Chin, author of the charming illustrated book "Year of the Snake," part eight in the annual Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series. 3 p.m. Feb. 9. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, booksinc.net.
Meet Froggy. Meet Froggy at a very special story time with a reading of "Froggy's Worst Playdate," and a hop around the store with Froggy. 4 p.m. Feb. 11. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, booksinc.net.
Honeybees and Pollinators. Beekeeper Erica Kane talks about educating the public on the importance of honeybees and all pollinators to our ecosystem. 1 p.m. Feb. 12. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.
Words & Wellbeing Book Club. Alameda Acupuncture's monthly book club, Words and Well-Being, starts 2013 with "Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being," by Marc David. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Alameda Acupuncture and Dr. John Nieters, L.Ac. DAOM, 2258 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-301-1717, www.alamedaacupuncture.com.
Seniors' Guide to Public Benefits. The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program present a workshop on public benefits for seniors. 1 p.m. Feb. 19. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. Registration requested. 510-747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.
Poet and Author Avotcja. Bay Area icon, poet and multi-instrumentalist Avotcja shares her latest collection of rhythmic poetry, "With Every Step I Take," featuring illustrations from Eliza Shefler. 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, booksinc.net.
Author J. Douglas Allen-Taylor. Award-winning journalist and political columnist J. Douglas Allen-Taylor presents Sugaree Rising, his novel based on the Santee Cooper Project, a 1930s initiative that carved out two major lakes in the heart of South Carolina and in the process dislocated more than 900 families, most of them African-American. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, booksinc.net.
Public Blood Drive. The American Red Cross holds a public blood drive. Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Alameda Hospital, Conference Rm A, 2070 Clinton Ave., Alameda. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.