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 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 E. 12th St., Oakland. 510-535-5620, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

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

Modern China's First Feminist. Discover Qui Jin, the "Chinese Joan of Arc," a radical women's rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army and became the first female martyr for China's 1911 Revolution at this screening and discussion with the filmmakers. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. Oakland Asian Library, 388 9th St., Oakland. Free, autumn-gem.com.

Open Mic for Women. An evening of women's music and poetry featuring Carrie Gerendasy, Giovanna Capone and other talented women sharing their work. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Plymouth United Church of Christ, 424 Monte Vista Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-701-1022.

Housing Resource & Foreclosure Prevention Clinic. Homeowners needing assistance and meet with major lenders and housing counselors to discuss options and alternatives to foreclosure. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Oakland Marriott Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland. Free. For additional information -- including what you need to bring -- and to RSVP beforehand, 510-286-1670, www.asm.ca.gov/swanson.

Melissa E. Feldman at Mills. Lecture with Melissa E. Feldman, curator of Dance Rehearsal, is an independent curator, art historian, and writer who regularly contributes to Art in America and frieze. 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Mills College Art Museum, Danforth Lecture Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. Free. 510-430-2164, mcam.mills.edu.

Deferred Action and the California Dream Act. Educators for Fair Consideration presents lecture about deferred action for undocumented childhood arrivals, with information on the California Dream Act and AB540. Information will primarily be in Spanish. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20. 81 Ave. Branch Library, 1021 81st Ave., Oakland. Free. www.oaklandlibrary.org.