We have changed how we collect and accept calendar information. Readers must now submit all items through our website. Go to events.contracostatimes.com, then click on "submit your event." You'll have to register at this point and then 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.

Exploring the Heart. A panel event exploring the heart in varying ways, featuring President of the California Writers Club, Marin branch, Linda Joy Myers; Professor Emerita in Women and Gender Studies at U.C. Davis Judith Newton; and director of the Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players, Sheila K. Collins. 7 p.m. March 29. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Caminos Flamencos. Cafe Flamenco lets you experience the best and brightest of the flamenco world perform heartfelt melodies and fiery steps. 7 p.m. March 30. Rhythmix Cultural Works. 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda. $10-$20. 510-865-5060, www.rhythmix.org.

Personal Emergency Preparedness Training. Service providers assisting people with disabilities, frail seniors and homebound or non-ambulatory individuals can learn how to be ready to respond and assist in the case of an emergency. 7 to 9 p.m. March 31. RSVP requested. Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-268-7023, Rosanna.Lee@acgov.org

Lemony Snicket at the Alameda Library. Suspicious, mysterious, bestselling author Lemony Snicket shares "File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents." Mr. Snicket will be in-conversation with someone so mysterious their identity can't be revealed. 6 p.m. April 1. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Alameda Island Poets. Alameda Island Poets and Writers, moderated by Nanette Bradley Deetz, presents special guest readers Jack Foley, Clara Hsu, and Ivan Argueles. Open mic will follow their readings. 7 p.m. April 2. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Lawyers at the Library. Local attorneys, through the Alameda County Bar Association, offer free legal assistance and referral. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m. 6 to 8 p.m. April 2. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7713, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Thursday Crafts at the Library. Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to join in a fun afternoon craft. Play clothes suggested, it might get messy. 3:30 p.m. April 3. Bay Farm Island Branch, 3221 Mecartney Road, Alameda. Free. 510-747-7787, www.alamedaofalamedaca.gov.

Downtown Abbey Ball. The Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society holds a Downtown Abbey-inspired ball featuring Edwardian ballroom dance music, tangos, waltzes and more. Evening dress from 1912-1921 encouraged, but not required. 7 p.m. April 5. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. $15 advance. $20 door. 510-522-1731, www.peersdance.org.

Collector Cars and Parts Swap Meet. A collector car show highlights the third annual Collector Cars and Parts East Bay Swap Meet. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6. Alameda Naval Air Museum, 2151 Ferry Point Road, Alameda. Free admission. 510-522-2244, 510-522-6440, northlandskip@hotmail.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

Family Storytime. Stories, songs and finger plays suitable for children and their families. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Bay Farm Library, 3221 Mecartney Road, Alameda. Free. 510-747-7787, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.