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St. Vartan Armenian Church Bazaar & Food Festival. Two-day Armenian food festival featuring live music, dancing, games for kids, cultural displays, church tours and more. 5:30 to midnight Oct. 4, and noon to midnight Oct. 5. St. Vartan Armenian Church, 650 Spruce St., Oakland. $3 adults. $1 kids under 14. 510-893-1671, www.stvartanoakland.org.
Toddler Storytime. Songs, active rhymes and stories, especially for ages 18 months to 3 years. Followed by playtime. 11 a.m. Saturdays. African American Museum and Library, 659 14th St., Oakland. 510-615-5812, www.oaklandlibrary.org.
Free Financial Planning Day. Folks with money questions -- like struggling with debt, retirement concerns, and paying for education -- can get help from professional financial planners at a free financial planning day. Register at www.financialplanningdays.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5. Oakland City Hall, One Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Free. 510-286-1670, www.financialplanningdays.org.
Oaktoberfest in the Dimond. Oktoberfest, a free, family-friendly craft beer and street festival, features performances, local food and crafts for sale, kids' activities, and more. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5. Dimond District, Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland. Free. 510-452-7392, www.oaktoberfest.org.
Find Your Family. Celebrate October is Family History Month it by tracing your family history with a free Introduction to Genealogy class. 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 5. California Genealogical Society and Library, 2201 Broadway, Oakland. Free. 510-663-1358, http://tinyurl.com/BeginOct2013Reg.
Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival. Discover a bevy of items at the Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6. Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay, 401 Grand Ave., Oakland. Free unless specified. 510-318-6453, jfed.org/underonetent.
Blessing of the Animals. Skyline Community Church's 14th annual blessing of the animals ceremony welcomes dogs, cats, goats, parakeets, fish, horses or whatever animals you can bring safely. Pictures of pets and stuffed animals also blessed. Refreshments provided for pets and humans. 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Free. 510-531-8212, www.skylineucc.org.
An Evening with Echo the Elephant. Elephant EARS East Bay holds a benefit for WildAid, featuring a viewing of "Echo: An Elephant to Remember," live jazz and dinner, and talk about the innovative work WildAid is doing to protect elephants. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland. $20-$40. 510-658-7900, aneveningwithecho.eventbrite.com.
Bookmark Bookstore Book Sale. The Friends of the Oakland Public Library's Bookmark Bookstore semiannual sale features thousands of books, and more. Discounts start at 30 percent off Friday, increasing to 40 percent Saturday and 50 percent Sunday. Most books start at $3-$6. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 through Oct. 13. Bookmark Bookstore, Friends of the Oakland Public Library, 721 Washington St., Oakland. Free. 510-444-0473, www.thebookmarkbookstore.org.