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.

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

Jazz at the Chimes. The VNote Ensemble performs its original fusion of Venezuelan folk music with adventurous jazz explorations. 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. $10 to $15. 510-645-0123, www.jazzatthechimes.com.

California Writers Club. Guest speaker Fritjof Capra, physicist, systems theorist and author of such bestsellers as "The Tao of Physics," offers Leonardo de Vinci's holistic vision of reality at the monthly meeting of the California Writers Club. Capra's book, "Learning from Leonardo," reveals a new perspective on Leonardo's scientific views and understanding. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Oakland Main Library, 125 14th St., Oakland. Free. 510-238-3134, www.cwc-berkeley.org.

Common Core Math Standards. Town Hall meeting with North Oakland School Board Director Jody London discussing the Common Core state standards on math. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Claremont Middle School, 5750 College Ave., Oakland.

Positive Change with Rich Harwood. Rich Harwood of the The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation discusses how to become an agent for positive change and improve your community. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave., Oakland. 510-597-5017, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

"The Dining Room." The newly-organized Piedmont Avenue Repertory Theatre performs its inaugural production, "The Dining Room." by A.R. Gurney. 8 p.m. Nov. 22, 23, 30 and 7 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 1. $25. 800-838-3006, www.PiedmontAveRep.org.