Blood Drive. American Red Cross is holding a blood drive for desperately needed blood. Noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 15. Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave., Alameda. 800-RED-CROSS, www.redcrossblood.org.

Shrek The Musical. Alameda's Tomorrow Youth Repertory presents "Shrek The Musical," a family-friendly, energetic, musical production based on the DreamWorks animated film. 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. 2 p.m. Aug. 16 and Aug. 17. Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Ave., Alameda. $7 to $15. 415-945-9005, tomorrowyouthrep.org.

Cuentos y Canciones. Stories and songs for the whole family in Spanish and English. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7767, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Steampunk Society Book Club. The Bay Area Steampunk Society Book Club will meet. 4 p.m. Aug. 16. Free. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. 510-522-2226, booksinc.net.

Summer Beats Concert Series. The Summer Beats Concert Series continues with The Sun Kings. Also included; face painting, raffles, adult beverages and more. Equipped 4 Success is on hand to collect backpacks and school supplies for students in need. 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Free. South Shore Center, Park Street and Otis Drive, Alameda. www.alamedasouthshorecenter.com


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Exploring California Literature. Author Marek Breiger reads from and signs copies of, "The City and the Fields," his collection of 40 writers of California literature, including Amy Tan, Jack London and Wallace Stegner. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. Registration requested. 510-747-7713, www.alamedafree.org

Lawyers in the Library. Talk one-on-one with a volunteer attorney on how to solve a legal issue. Sign-ups at 5:30 p.m. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7767, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

End of Summer Reading Party. Kids and their families can celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program at a special recognition ceremony and a visit by Wild Things, Inc. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Albert H. DeWitt O'Club, 641 Redline Ave., Alameda. Free. Registration required. 510-747-7705, www.alamedafree.org.

Author Michael Weinreb. Winner of the 2007 Quill Award for Best Fiction, author Michael Weinreb shares his new work, "Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games." 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Free. Alameda Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. 510-522-2226, booksinc.net.

Teen Anime Club. Teens looking for fun, action and anime need to look no further. Check out the fun at the very first meeting of the Library's very own Anime Club. Open to kids in grades 8 to 12 only. 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 21. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7780, www.alamedafree.org.

We Love Legos. Designed for kids in grades 2 and up, this program gives out a suggested challenge and the Legos, and kids add their imagination and building skills. 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Alameda Free Library, Bay Farm branch, 3221 Mecartney Road, Alameda. Free. 510-747-7787, www.alamedafree.org

Free Mock SAT/ACT Test. Kaplan holds a two-part free mock SAT/ACT test and strategy seminar for anyone preparing to take either exam. Mock tests are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Results and strategy seminar is at 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. Enroll at www.kaptest.com/enroll/SAT/94501/events 510-747-7780, www.alamedafree.org.