Oakland School Volunteer Fair. The fifth annual Volunteer Fair matches residents interested in working with Oakland's children and youth with staff from more than 20 nonprofit organizations who can help them with that. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7. Lakeview School, 746 Grand Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-339-0785, 510-531-2055.
Launch Party with Annemarie O'Brien. Books Inc. and Havens Elementary School celebrates the launch of Annemarie O'Brien's new novel, "Lara's Gift." 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Ellen Driscoll Auditorium, Havens Elementary School, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont. Free. 510-594-2699, www.booksinc.net.
"Legally Blonde: The Musical." A family-friendly, fun musical romp into Elle Woods' adventures in "Legally Blonde," held outdoors under the stars. 8 p.m. Through
Sept. 15. Woodminster Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland. $27-$56. 510-531-9597, www.woodminster.com.
Benefit Piano Recital. Piano recital by harpsichordist and piano instructor Victoria Hurd to benefit survivors of child trafficking in Oakland, with 100 percent of ticket sales benefiting MISSSEY, a nonprofit organization providing support and services to survivors of child trafficking. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Plymouth United Church of Christ, 424 Monte Vista Ave., Oakland. $20. 510-444-2115, www.misssey.org.
Author Francesca Lia Block. Young adult author Francesca Lia Block reads and signs her latest book, "Love in the Time of Global Warming." 7 p.m. Sept. 11. A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-339-8210, ggpbooks.com.
Author Sylvie Simmons. Sylvie Simmons reads and signs copies of the paperback edition of "I'm Your Man," her Leonard Cohen biography. 7 p.m. Sept. 12. A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-339-8210, www.ggpbooks.com.
Author Anthony Marra. Piedmont Center For The Arts and A Great Good Place For Books present an interview with Stanford Stenger Fellow author Anthony Marra, for his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena." Reservations suggested. 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Piedmont Center For The Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont. Free. 510-339-8210, www.piedmontcenterforthearts.org.