We have changed how we collect and accept calendar information. Readers must now submit all items through our website. Go to events.contracostatimes.com, and click on "submit your event." You'll have to register at this point and enter your event, but you don't have to pay. Submitting your event in this way will ensure it is part of our easily searchable online database, as well as a candidate for space in our publications.

Medicare Fraud Alert. The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program provides an information and counseling workshop about Medicare and other health insurance related topics. 1 p.m. Feb. 18. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.

Love Your Bones. A representative from the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research & Education discusses the Osteoporosis, current treatment options available, and methods for improving your bones. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Free. Registration requested. 510-747-7506, www.mastickcenter.com.

Author Annie Barrows. Annie Barrows, author of the beloved "Ivy and Bean" series of children's books stops by the Alameda Main Library. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. 510-747-7777, www.alamedafree.org.


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Chinese New Year Dinner. Alameda Chinese Club holds its Chinese New Year's dinner. 5 p.m. Feb. 23. East Ocean Seafood. $30. Send checks to Alameda Chinese Club, PO Bx 1783, Alameda, 94501. 510-865-6374.

Crab Fest "Fun" Raiser. Alameda Teachers and the Alameda Firefighters Association hold their second annual Crab Fest "Fun" Raiser featuring special guest State Superintendent of Public Institution Tom Torlakson, a feast of all-you-can-eat crab and fixings, a raffle, and more. Benefits Alameda Point Collaborative's children and teen programs. 6 p.m. Feb. 28. $50. Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Redline Ave., Alameda. Send checks, made out to "Local 689," to PO Box 727, Alameda CA 94501. 925-209-6725, kschelinl689@gmail.com.

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.