We have changed how we collect and accept calendar information. Readers must now submit all items through our website. Go to events.contracostatimes.com, and click on "submit your event." You'll have to register at this point, then 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.

Geriatric Care Manager Consultation. Free service assisting elder issues such as medication management, hygiene or placement questions, or to lend an ear if you need a sounding board about a particular care issue. By appointment only. 10 a.m. Jan. 9. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.

Author Wendy Lesser. Founder and editor of The Threepenny Review, and with writing featured in The New York Times Book Review among others, Wendy Lesser shares "Why I Read," a delightful exploration of the pleasures of reading. 7 p.m. Jan. 9. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

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.

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

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.