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.
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.
Author Erica Lorraine Scheidt. A reading of "Uses for Boys," Erica Lorraine Scheidt's debut contemporary young adult novel. 6 p.m. Jan. 26. Laurel Book Store, 4100 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 510-531-2073, www.laurelbookstore.com.
Law and the Community: Finding Paths Forward. High school students from the Bay Area Urban Debate League debate contrasting policy proposals about the relationship between law and the community, also panelists from law enforcement, social services, education, and community organizations. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Alameda County Administration Building, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1221 Oak St. Room 512, Oakland. Free. 510-272-6768, pathsforward.eventbrite.com.
Diversity Film: "The Loving Story." The story of Richard and Mildred Loving's landmark Supreme Court Case in
Public Blood Drive. The American Red Cross holds a public blood drive. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31. Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. Director Jim Hubbard and local activists are on hand for a filming of this feature-length documentary about a small group of men and women who came together in the late '80s to form ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Samuel Merritt University, Health Education Center, Fontaine Auditorium, 400 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland. Free. 510-869-6161, www.samuelmerritt.edu.
Become a Natural Sciences Docent. Learn more about what's involved in becoming a natural sciences docent by talking to current docents and museum staff about the unique training course which starts in March. Refreshments provided. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland. firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-318-8470, www.museumca.org.
LWV Piedmont Election Forum: School Parcel Tax. The League of Women Voters of Piedmont host an election forum in advance of the March 5 special election. The community is cordially invited to attend and learn more about Measure A, the school parcel tax. 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 7. City Hall, 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont. Free www.lwvpiedmont.org.