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.

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.

Find Your Family. Trace your family history at Northern California's premier genealogy society library with a free Introduction to Genealogy Class taught by Lisa Gorrell. 1 p.m. Jan. 5. California Genealogical Society and Library, 2201 Broadway, Oakland. Free. 510-663-1358.

Arthur Weil -- Whimsy and Other Poetry. Local author and Holocaust survivor Arthur Weil reads selected gems from his 20 poetry books. Attendees are invited to bring their own short work to share and each will receive a signed book of Arthur's poetry. 2:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Lakeview Branch Library, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland. Free. 510-238-7344, www.oaklandlibrary.org.


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Orthodox Christmas Concert. Celebrate Orthodox Christmas -- 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.