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Relay for Life 20th Anniversary Kickoff. Learn more about Alameda Relay for Life's June event, how to sponsor a team or participate, and how you can help at a kickoff party featuring information, the Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings, and an optional dinner. 6 p.m. Feb. 1. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda. Suggested donation $15. Optional dinner starts at 5 p.m. for $15. www.RelayForLife.org/AlamedaCA. Dinner firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of the Tango. A look into the past and present of guitar music with Astor Piazzolla's "Histoire du Tango," with Erica Ward on violin and Ross Thompson on guitar. 7 p.m. Feb. 4. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7767. www.alamedafree.org.
Steve Hockensmith Launch Party. New York Times bestseller Steve Hockensmith celebrates the launch of the second novel in the Nick and Tesla middle reader science series, "Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage," featuring blueprints and instructions for five projects. 5 p.m. Feb. 5. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.
Photographer Richard Lee. Art reception and program with photographer Richard Lee presenting "Why Chinatowns Speak Cantonese," a discussion of the Chinese diaspora as to when it happened and why and where the Chinese went. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. 510-747-7777, www.alamedafree.org.
First Friday Family Film. A free showing of "The Iron Giant," rated PG. Tickets available at the Children's Desk. Enter through rear courtyard. 7 p.m. Feb. 7. Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.alamedafree.org.
Celebrating the Year of the Horse. It's all about horses when Ernest Chann of the Oakland Zoo leads a Year of the Horse celebration featuring stories, prizes and more. 2 p.m. Feb. 9. Crab Cove, 2252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187.
Lawyers in the Library. Monthly program offering free, 15 minute consultation with a volunteer attorney providing guidance on how one might solve a legal issue. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m. 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7767, www.alamedafree.org.