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Spring Festival. The Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee's 16th Spring Festival celebrates "The Year of the Horse" with the Lincoln Middle School music band, multicultural dances, martial arts, lion dance and more. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 8. Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center, 875 Island Drive, Alameda. Free. 510-816-0333, firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Writers Group. Interested writers looking for a space to work and opportunities to connect and share with like-minded others are invited to this monthly local writers group. Noon to 3 p.m. March 8. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. 510-747-7713, www.cityofalamedaca.gov
We Love Legos. For 2nd graders and up, this monthly program features a suggested challenge and the Legos, you add the imagination and building skills. 2 to 4 p.m. March 8. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. 510-747-7705, www.cityofalamedaca.gov
Library Book Club. This month's meeting of the Alameda Library Book Club features a discussion of Alice Munro's "Dear Life." 6:30 p.m. March 12. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov
Special Story Time at the Library. Special guest local author Tina Cole Kreitz reads from her children's book "Rocky, The Sea Turtle," a story about Aleka, a magical green sea turtle and her believing grandmother, at the library's school age storytime. 3:30 p.m. March 12. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov
PEERS Vintage Ballroom Dance. The Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society holds vintage ballroom dance classes focusing on social dances from 1840-1940 for both new and experienced dancers. 2 p.m. Newcomer friendly. 3 p.m. Experienced dancers. Sundays. $10. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. 510-522-1731, www.peersdance.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
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.