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Toddler Storytime. Songs, active rhymes and stories, especially for ages 18 months to 3 years. Followed by playtime. 11 a.m. Saturdays. 81st Avenue Branch Library, 1021 81st Ave., Oakland. 510-615-5812, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Choosing the Right School. Early childhood education expert Theresa Lozach's lecture "Choosing the Right School for Your Child" shows you how to pick the ease the transition from preschool to elementary. 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 2. St. Paul Episcopal School, Lower Library, 116 Montecito Ave., Oakland.

Dia de los Muertos Festival. Arts and music festival celebrating the traditional holiday of Dia de los Muertos. 10 a.m. Nov. 2. Fruitvale Village Plaza, 3411 E. 12th St., Oakland. Free. 510-535-7151, festivalnet.com.


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Juried Art Show Exhibit. Kick off the Piedmont Center of the Arts' First Annual Juried Art Show Exhibition, "Return to Simplicity," featuring 33 Bay Area artists chosen by Juror René de Guzman, Oakland Museum of California Senior Curator of Art. Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 2. Piedmont Center For The Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont. Free. 510-499-8177, www.piedmontcenterforthearts.org.

Intro to Genealogy. Celebrate Family History Month by tracing your own family history at this free Introduction to Genealogy Class. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 2. California Genealogical Society and Library, 2201 Broadway, Oakland. Free. 510-663-1358.

Aurora School's Artisan's Fair and Fall Festival. Artisan's Fair runs from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and features jewelry, fabric arts, glass dishware, handmade cards and much more, and the Fall Festival runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and features live music, square dancing, treats and activities. Aurora School, 40 Dulwich Road, Oakland. Free. 510-428-2606. www.auroraschool.org

Author Nikki Giovanni. Nikki Giovanni takes questions about, signs and discusses her new book, "Chasing Utopia." 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. First Congregational Church Oakland California, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland. $12 advance. $15 door. 510-967-4495, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/475282.

Holiday fair trade Fare. Purchase holiday presents classified as fair trade, with fair prices, including items from Africa, Haiti and Palestine. Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1658 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. 510-530-6333.

Author Brenda Knight. Author Brenda Knight reads from "Grateful Table," a look at the tradition and timelessness of saying grace. 7 p.m. Nov. 14. A Great Good Place For Books, 6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland. 212-260-7576, greatgoodplace.indiebound.com.