We have changed how we collect and accept calendar information. Readers must now submit all items through our website. Go to events.contracostatimes.com. Click on "submit your event." You'll have to register at this point, and enter your event. You do not have to pay. Submitting your event in this way will ensure it is part of our easy online searchable database, as well as a candidate for space in our publications.

Albany Library Storytime. Stories, crafts and songs for ages 3 to 5 and their families. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.

Albany Library Game Day. Play Wii games like Guitar Hero, bowling or tennis, or board games such as Monopoly, Blokus, Life, Connect 4, checkers, chess, Mankala, and Trouble. Bring friends or come by yourself. Drop in. No registration required. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.

Japanese Story Time. Read Japanese picture books, sing Japanese songs and make Japanese-inspired crafts. 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720, www.aclibrary.org.


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Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way. Learn how to lose your lawn without tearing it out with landscape designer Vanessa Kuemmerle and educator Lori Caldwell's expert design and plant selection advice, as well as a hands-on demonstration of sheet mulching. Plus, info on your water agency's rebate program, a free copy of the Bay-Friendly Gardening Guide, and a chance to win prizes. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9. SummerWinds Nursery, 1057-A Eastshore Highway, Albany. Free. 510-859-8026, www.loseyourlawn.org.

Hannibal Means in Concert. Internationally renowned musician, vocalist, teacher and Oakland native, Hannibal Means flourished as Nina Simone's protégé, eventually settling in Vienna, Austria. Joining Hannibal will be William Schmidt, a talented young pianist and composer from Australia. 5 p.m. Nov. 10. Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, One Lawson Road, Kensington. $15 -- $20. 510-525-0302, uucb.org.

World Affairs/Politics Group. Weekly meeting open to all folks 55 and older who want to discuss the week's events and what we want to do about any of them. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. $3 Residents. $4 nonresidents. 510-524-9122, www.albanyca.org.

Albany Library Knitting. Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations. No registration necessary. Yarn and needles provided for charity projects. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.

Indigenous Peoples. Celebrating the new edition of "The Great Sioux Nation: Sitting in Judgment on America," author Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz and Cham Indigenous activist and poet Julie Thi Underhill discuss the movements of Indigenous Peoples for self-determination. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. University Press Bookstore, 2430 University Press Bookstore, Berkeley. Free. 415-771-3808, www.reddirtsite.com.

Stories and Song. Stories, songs, lullabies and more for young children and their families to cuddle to and get ready for bedtime. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.

Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Two 20- to 25-minute long story times are packed full of lively stories, songs, and action rhymes for young children and their parents/caregivers. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.

El Cerrito Garden Club Meeting. The monthly meeting of the El Cerrito Garden Club features presenter Cheryl Feuerborn of the Bay Area Floral Arrangers Guild, the annual fall fundraiser, a bountiful tea table with refreshments as well as a raffle of the floral designs, a silent auction, and lots of plants for sale. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14. El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. $5 510-559-7000, www.elcerritogardenclub.org.