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Blessing of the Animals. Celebrate the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi with a blessing of the animals. To maintain peace in the kingdom, separate seating areas offered for cats, dogs, birds and other animals. Outdoor blessings available for hoofed animals and pets that do not do well inside. Photos of current or past pets will also be blessed. 3 to 4:15 p.m. Oct. 5. Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-523-7200, www.christchurchalameda.org.
Oktoberfest. Immanuel Lutheran Church's 23rd annual Oktoberfest features fun for the whole family with great homemade German food, German beer and music; child care, jumpy house and kids meals; the music of Billy Bly; live performance by The Oakland Turnverein Gemischter Choir and German dancers; silent auction and more. 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Adults $10 to $25. 510-523-0659, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/430519.
Art in Motion. The hilarious Frank Olivier and his cast of Twisted Cabaret characters host this year's Art in Motion show featuring some of the most talented jugglers, unicyclists, aerialists, and other circus arts performers that will amuse and amaze you. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave., Alameda. $5 to $15. 510-522-7101, berkeleyjuggling.org/artinmotion.
Natural Selection Isn't What it Used to Be. William Garrett, professor emeritus of philosophy & religion, JFKU, will present this class on natural selection. Sponsored by the Mastick Senior Center Advisory Board. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.
Visionary: The Art of Leon Kennedy. Redux Studios & Gallery celebrates its second anniversary with a special night that includes the art of Oakland artist Leon Kennedy, ceremonial ribbon cutting with Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, Redux artists' open studios, food, beverages and entertainment. Redux Studios & Gallery is a social enterprise of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11. Redux Studios, 2315 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-865-1109, www.svdp-alameda.org.
Mama Goose Storytime. Twenty-minute, age-appropriate stories, songs and finger plays for babies and toddlers and their parents or caregivers. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.
Family Storytime. Cross-cultural tales and tunes, including beloved folk and fairy tales from around the world for preschool and school-age children and their parents or caregivers. 2 p.m. Sundays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.
Community Sing-Along. Parent-led singing, dancing, shaker play and parachute time for infants and toddlers, along with their parents and caregivers. 10:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov
Family Storytime. Stories, songs and finger plays suitable for children of all ages and their families. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Bay Farm Library, 3221 Mecartney Road, Alameda. Free. 510-747-7787, www.cityofalamedaca.gov
Alameda Tongue Twisters Toastmasters. Alameda Tongue Twisters are committed to helping members improve their speaking and leadership skills in a fun and friendly environment. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave., Alameda, att.toastmastersclubs.org.
Peter Rabbit Storytime. For children ages 3 and above who are able to attend a program independent of a parent or caregiver, includes age-appropriate stories, songs and finger plays. Parents and caregivers can join in, or remain nearby if they choose. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7767, www.cityofalamedaca.gov
Ballroom Dance. Ballroom dance class for seniors 55 and up. No partner required. 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara, Alameda. $4. 510-865-5496.
School-Age Storytime. Longer stories and songs, perfect for children with longer attention spans, for kids 5 to 8 years old. Parents and caregivers must remain in the library during the program. 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov
Drumming Circle. Improve circulation in your hands and body, loosen stiff joints in the shoulders, arms and wrists, and stimulate the mind with the drumming circle. 2:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 14. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. Registration requested. 510-747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.