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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.

Urban Cycling 101. East Bay Bicycle Coalition representatives provide cycling basics, including rules of the road, proper bike and helmet fit, taking bikes on transit, avoiding bike theft, and more. Classroom-only, adults and teens workshop. No bike required. 10 a.m. to Noon Nov. 16. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. Registration requested. 510-747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.

Mama Goose Storytime. Twenty-minute, age-appropriate stories, songs and finger plays 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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Family Storytime. Cross-cultural tales and tunes, including beloved folk and fairy tales 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

Author and Poet Mary Rudge. Alameda's own poet laureate Mary Rudge reads from and discusses her book, "Jack London's Neighborhood," a tour of the island of Alameda' literary history. 7 p.m. Nov. 19. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. 510-747-7767, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

Family Storytime. Stories, songs and finger plays 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 finger plays. 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

Make It Snow, Make It Snow Workshop. Just in time for the holidays, make beautiful keepsakes for family and friends when instructor Stacey Jo McDermott shows you how to create unique paper quilled snowflake ornaments with ordinary strips of paper and glue. Registration required. 2 p.m. Nov. 23. Redux Studios, 2315 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. $20. 510-865-1109, www.svdp-alameda.org.