Author Maggie Oman Shannon. The Big Yes Society Book Club presents Maggie Oman Shannon, author of Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation. 7 p.m. May 4. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Island Cat Resources & Adoption Champagne Silent Auction. I.C.R.A. holds its annual Champagne Silent Auction for rescue, spay/neuter, and adoption efforts. Entertainment by jazz guitarist Terrence Brewer. Finger foods, wine, and champagne, and more. 7 to 10 p.m. May 4. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. $30. 510-523-4602, www.icraeastbay.org.

Mama Goose Storytime. Twenty-minute, age-appropriate stories, songs and finger plays for babies and toddlers and their parents or caregivers. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Family Storytime. Cross-cultural tales and tunes, including beloved folk and fairy tales from around the world for preschool and school-age children and their parents or caregivers. 2 p.m. Sundays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Community Sing-Along. Parent-led singing, dancing, shaker play and parachute time for infants and toddlers, along with their parents and caregivers. 10:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

Family Storytime. Stories, songs and finger plays suitable for children of all ages and their families. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Bay Farm Library, 3221 Mecartney Road, Alameda. Free. 510-747-7787, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

City of Alameda Democratic Club. Bill Delaney, ARPD Commissioner, speaks about the Sweeney Project, asking: How can Alameda best use the 22 acres of land? What preparation has the Alameda Parks and Recreation Department been making? 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 8. Alameda Hospital, Conference Rm A, 2070 Clinton Ave., Alameda. Free.

Alameda Tongue Twisters Toastmasters. Alameda Tongue Twisters are committed to helping members improve their speaking and leadership skills in a fun and friendly environment. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave., Alameda, att.toastmastersclubs.org.

Peter Rabbit Storytime. For children ages 3 and above who are able to attend a program independent of a parent or caregiver, includes age-appropriate stories, songs and finger plays. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in, but if they choose not to, must remain nearby. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7767, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

School-Age Storytime. Longer stories and songs, perfect for children with longer attention spans, for kids 5 to 8 years old. Parents and caregivers must remain in the library during the program. 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

Kiwanis meetings. Alameda Kiwanis meets every week with no-host lunches for fun, program and community projects. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Kiwanis Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. $17 lunch. 510-764-1472, www.alamedakiwanis.org.

BBQ Fundraiser. Immanuel Lutheran Church holds a BBQ dinner fundraiser. Childcare provided. 5 to 9 p.m. May 4. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. $25 adults. $10 junior. 510-523-0659.

Ballroom Dance. Ballroom dance class for folks 55 and older. No partner required. 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Room A, Alameda. $4. 510-865-5496.

Park Street Spring Festival. The 13th Annual Park St. Spring Festival features art and craft vendors, live music, food vendors, beer & wine sales, and a special kids' area, and more 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 and May 12. Historic Park St. District, Central Ave. and Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-523-1392, www.shopparkstreet.com/springfestival.html.

Children's Book Week Story Time. BBQ sauce, check. Grill, check. Chili, check. Aliens, Check?! Celebrate Children's Book Week with a special reading of "Take Me to Your BBQ," an out-of-this-world cooking adventure (which includes a delicious recipe for barbecue sauce), with illustrator Adam McCauley. 4:30 p.m. May 13. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.