We have changed how we collect and accept calendar information. Readers must now submit all items through our website. Go to events.contracostatimes.com, then 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 easily searchable online database, as well as a candidate for space in our publications.

Chabot Night Hike. Explore the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on an easy 1-to 2-mile hike to Redwood Peak. Afterward, check out the night sky through a telescope. Walking shoes, layers, flashlights and water recommended. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 27. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. $10. 510-336-7373, www.chabotspace.org.

Saturday Stroll. Self-guided tour of Oakland's galleries for art enthusiasts. 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 28. Start at: Pro Arts at the Oakland Art Gallery, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Free. Free parking in Clay Street garage. 510-763-4361, proartsgallery.org.

Nourish Your Neighborhood. Free benefit concert for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady of Lourdes Conference, featuring Donna Stoering, Founder and Artistic Director of the Listen for Life Foundation, and Erin Nolan, viola soloist, internationally renowned chamber music artist and liturgical musician. 3:45 p.m. Dec. 28. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-451-1790, www.lourdesoakland.com.


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Cohen Bray Holiday Open House. The historic 1884 Cohen Bray House glows in all its holiday splendor at a special holiday open house featuring tours of the downstairs, stories of Christmases past, and cider and cookies by the fireside. 1 p.m. Dec. 29. Cohen Bray House, 1440 29th Ave., Oakland. $10. 707-684-0079, cohenbrayhouse.info.

First Fridays for Fido. Chabot's new, dog-friendly hours the first Friday of each month featuring exhibitions, dog activity space, and dog training pointers. Signed waiver forms required. Dogs not allowed in planetarium, observatory deck, or to be left in cars. 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 3. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. $11.95 to $15.95. Free to members. 510-336-7373, www.chabotspace.org.

Farmers Market -- Opening Day. Start the New Year with a stop at the Oakland -- Grand Lake Farmers Market, widely acclaimed as the best farmers market in the East Bay, which features local farmers, specialty food purveyors, local artisans, and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4. Splashpad Park, Grand and Lake Park avenues, Oakland.

Intro to Genealogy. Learn to trace your family history at this free, introductory class for beginners, teaching basic methods and terms, including online and offline available resources, common and uncommon records, and more. Also includes a tour of their extensive library holdings. 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 4. California Genealogical Society and Library, 2201 Broadway, Oakland. Free. 510-663-1358, californiaancestors.org.

Author Kevin Fisher-Paulson. Author Kevin Fisher-Paulson discusses and reads from "A Song for Lost Angels," a look at what makes a family whole and healthy. 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-653-9965, www.dieselbookstore.com.

Afternoon Crafts. Kids in grades K to 8 are invited to make some fun art. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. 510-535-5623, www.oaklandlibrary.org.