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 and enter your event, but you don't 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.

Play Day in The Plaza. In honor of National Recreation and Parks month, the city of Oakland hosts Play Day in the Plaza for kids of all ages featuring face painting, double-Dutch jump-roping, rock wall climbing, basketball, arts and crafts, snacks and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27. Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Free. 510-238-3791, www.oaklandnet.com/parks.

Montclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival. Celebrate art in the outdoors when more than 80 artists from the Bay Area and beyond display their wares against the scenic backdrop of Montclair Village and the Oakland Hills. Presented by the Montclair Village Association. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 27 and 28, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29. Montclair Village, 2066 Antioch Ct., Oakland. Free. 510-339-1000, montclairvillage.com.

Little Explorers Petting Zoo. Kids can meet and touch different kinds of adorable animals, like sheep, bunnies and chickens. 11 a.m. June 28. Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-597-5017, www.oaklandlibrary.org.


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Author Noah Levine. Noah Levine, Buddhist teacher, counselor and author of "Dharma Punx," presents "Refuge Recovery," a nontheistic alternative to the traditional 12-step program for addiction recovery based on the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path. 4 p.m. June 29. Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-653-9965, www.dieselbookstore.com.

Piedmont Ave. Book Club. Read something new and join in spirited discussion at the Piedmont Avenue Library's Book Club. New members encouraged. This meeting discusses Raymond Chandler's "The Long Goodbye." Copies available at the library. 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 30. Piedmont Avenue Branch, 80 Echo Ave., Oakland. 510-597-5011, piedmontavenuelibrary@gmail.com, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Lawyers in the Library. A volunteer lawyer stops by for one-on-one free legal advice and referrals. Advance sign-ups at 4:45 p.m. 5 to 7 p.m. July 1. Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-597-5017, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Jerry Burgan and Alan Rifkin. Folk singer and musician Jerry Burgan and writer Alan Rifkin present, "Wounds to Bind," a memoir about the pre-psychedelic 1960s that covering the missing link between the folk and rock eras. 7 p.m. July 1. Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-653-9965, www.dieselbookstore.com.

Create Monster Feet. Kids can make, decorate and wear their own pair of monster feet. 3 p.m. July 2. Montclair Branch Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Free. 510-482-7810, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Montclair Open House. The Montclair Recreation Center hosts their annual open house featuring dance and gymnastics demonstrations, a children's art exhibit, and more. 1 to 3 p.m. July 3. Montclair Recreation Center, 6300 Moraga Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-482-7812, www.oaklandnet.com/parks

Henna Tattoos For Teens. Teens can learn about the ancient art of Henna -- or Mehndi -- tattoos. Tattoos are temporary, but can last up to 10 days. Signed permission form from parent/guardian required. 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 5. Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-597-5017, www.oaklandlibrary.org.