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.

Putting Your Affairs in Order. Begin the process of putting your affairs in order for yourself and your loved ones. Registration requested. 1 p.m. Nov. 8. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.

Ericka Blount Danois, Rickey Vincent & DJ Tom LG. Get down with authors Ericka Blount Danois sharing "Love, Peace, and Soul," a celebratory behind-the-scenes look at the show Soul Train; and Rickey Vincent sharing "Party Music," a look beyond the mainstream civil rights movement of the Black Panthers that connects the black music tradition with the black activist tradition. DJ Tom LG will spin Soul Train flavored vinyl. 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Mama Goose Storytime. Twenty-minute, age-appropriate stories, songs and fingerplays for babies and toddlers and their parents or caregivers. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.


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Faux Leather Book Binding Workshop. Dreaming of creating your own book from scratch? Learn traditional bookbinding techniques using faux leather and other reclaimed materials. Registration requested. 2 p.m. Nov. 9. Redux Studios, 2315 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. $15. 510-865-1109, www.svdp-alameda.org.

Family Storytime. Cross-cultural tales and tunes, including beloved folk and fairytales from around the world for preschool and school-age children and their parents or caregivers. 2 p.m. Sundays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Community Sing-Along. Parent-led singing, dancing, shaker play and parachute time for infants and toddlers, along with their parents and caregivers. 10:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

Family Storytime. Stories, songs and fingerplays suitable for children of all ages and their families. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Bay Farm Library, 3221 Mecartney Road, Alameda. Free. 510-747-7787, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

Alameda Tongue Twisters Toastmasters. Alameda Tongue Twisters are committed to helping members improve their speaking and leadership skills in a fun and friendly environment. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave., Alameda, att.toastmastersclubs.org.

Peter Rabbit Storytime. For children ages 3 and above who are able to attend a program independent of a parent or caregiver, includes age-appropriate stories, songs and fingerplays. Parents and caregivers can join in, or remain nearby if they choose. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7767, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

Ballroom Dance. Ballroom dance class for seniors 55 and up. No partner required. 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara, Alameda. $4. 510-865-5496.

School-Age Storytime. Longer stories and songs, perfect for children with longer attention spans, for kids 5 to 8 years old. Parents and caregivers must remain in the library during the program. 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

Drumming Circle. Improve circulation in your hands and body, loosen stiff joints in the shoulders, arms and wrists, and stiumulate the mind with the drumming circle. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. Registration requested. 510-747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.

Author Katrina Alcorn. Former journalist, and voice of the blog Working Moms Break, Katrina Alcorn shares "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink," insights on what it means to be a working mom today. 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Barbara Lee Satellite Hours. Speak with a representative from Congresswoman Lee's Oakland District office about federally-related issues. Drop-ins welcome. Appointments encouraged. 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 14. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. 510-763-0370. lee.house.gov.

Gala Opening Reception. Opening reception of "Preserving Indigenous Nahuatl Culture of Zacatlan," from solo artist Miguel Diaz Guerrero of Mexico also features Pedro Martin Conception, a short film interview, and more. 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Free. Donations accepted. 510-523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.