Toddler Storytime. Songs, active rhymes and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. 510-535-5623, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Chess at the Library. A weekly chess program offers instruction for beginners and a place for patrons of all ages and levels to play with each other. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 E. 12th St., Oakland. 510-535-5620, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

In the Name of Love -- the 11th Annual MLK Tribute. Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holiday, the 65 voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and the 250 voice Oakland Children's Community Choir. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. $15-$45 general, $18 children. 510-287-8880, mlktribute.com.

California Writers Club, Berkeley Branch. "Leveraging New Technology," a talk by David Mitroff, explores ways writers can improve their marketing via social media, websites, home pages, blogs, key words, search engines. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Oakland Public Library Main Branch, 125 14th St., Oakland. Free. 238-3134, cwc-berkeley.org.


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40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. The California Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and reproductive justice community members hold a service honoring the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Nile Hall in Preservation Park, 668 13th St., Oakland. 415-494-1487, sites.google.com/site/honoringlegaciesofjustice/home.

Public Blood Drive. The American Red Cross holds a public blood drive. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Dr., Oakland. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.

Preschool Open House. Linda Beach Cooperative Preschool holds an open house to introduce parents to its classroom and programs. Parents only. 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Linda Beach Cooperative Preschool, 400 Highland Ave., Piedmont. 510-547-4432, info@lindabeach.org.

Off the Hook Knitting Group. The Melrose Knitting Group meets the second and fourth Saturday every month. 3 to 5 p.m. Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. 510-535-5623, www.oaklandlibrary.org.