Readers must now submit calendar items through our website -- go to www.insidebayarea.com, scroll down the right-hand side of the home page to "Things to Do," click on "submit event" and fill out the form..

Free Lunches for Children and Teens. Alameda County Food Bank's Summer Lunch Program provides free, weekday lunches for children and teens, age 18 and younger. Noon to 1 p.m. Weekdays through Aug. 23. First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., Oakland. Free. 510-893-6129, www.uuoakland.org.

Tamika Christy Book Launch Party. Meet local author Tamika Christy and celebrate the release of her new novel, "Anytime Soon," during a fun evening with light refreshments and prize giveaways. Get signed copies of your purchased books. 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 19. Pican Restaurant, 2295 Broadway, Oakland. Free. 510-599-5570, tamikachristy.com.

Author Sahar Delijani Book Reading. Sahar Delijani will be reading from her debut book "Children of The Jakaranda Tree." 7 p.m. July 19. A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-339-8210.


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Creek Crew Work Day at Oakland Zoo. Volunteers needed to help restore Arroyo Viejo Creek. Wear close-toed shoes that can get dirty. Bring water and snacks. Gloves and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Adult chaperon required for kids. 10 a.m. to Noon. July 20. Arroyo Viejo Creek Restoration Project, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. 510-632-9525 ext. 122, www.oaklandzoo.org.

Cover Your K9. Meet and support police k-9 teams when the Police and Working K-9 Foundation teams with Pet Food Express to help provide customized bulletproof vests, heat alarms for patrol cars, police K-9 first aid kits and specialized equipment to keep our hardworking police canines safe. All the money raised from the pet wash token sales will be donated to the Cover Your K9 Fund. 7 p.m. July 20 and July 21. Pet Food Express, 2220 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. 510-530-5300, www.coveryourk9.org.

Youth Yacht Club Fundraiser. Meet with team members and learn more about the America's Cup races when the Oakland Yacht Club hosts a dinner and auction benefiting The Force, the Red Bull Youth America's Cup team. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 25. Oakland Yacht Club, 1101 Pacific Marina, Alameda. $65-$75. www.americanyouthsailingforce.com.

Dunsmuir Estate's Intimate Evening. Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate hosts an intimate evening of entertainment, food, drinks, music, dance, carriage rides, mansion tours and silent auction. Vintage music from Legends of Soul Tribute Band, Feral Moon, The Fire Department, Pulse Brazil, and Kenneth "Brick" Cooper. 6 to 10 p.m. July 26. Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland. $42. 510-238-3052, www.dunsmuir-hellman.com.

Feast for the Beasts. Oakland Zoo visitors are encouraged to donate fresh produce, such as apples, watermelon, grapes, carrots, lettuce or other delicious fruits and vegetables to help feed the animals. First 250 guests will receive a golden ticket to spread produce in the elephant exhibit. Once all the food is in place, everyone exits the exhibit to watch the hungry herd chow down on their treats. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Included with admission. 510-632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.