We have changed how we collect and accept calendar information.

Readers must now submit all items through our website. Go to events.contracostatimes.com, click on "submit your event," register and then enter your event. You do not 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.

"Altered Paintings 2" Opening Reception. Opening reception of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County's new exhibit "Altered Paintings 2," where artists modified a piece of mass-produced thrift store art. Food and beverages provided. 6 to 9 p.m. April 11. Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave., Alameda.

Free. 510-865-1109, www.svdp-alameda.org.

Spring Spruce Up. Gardeners can help out at their local library by donning their favorite gloves to weed and clip around the library grounds. Refreshments provided. Adults and youth with them welcome. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 12. West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. 510-747-7767, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

Splash Into Spring Egg Scramble. Celebrate spring with an egg hunt, games, arts, crafts, snacks, the Easter Bunny and a whole lot more. For kids walking to 12 years old. 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. April 12. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7529, alamedaca.gov.

Scout Community Day. Alameda Scout Community Day features action, adventure, games, activities and more. Families can learn about Cub and Boy Scouts for boys, and Sea Scouts and Venture Crews for boys and girls. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12. Washington Park, 740 Central Ave., Alameda.

Writers' Group. All interested local writers looking for a space to work and opportunities to connect and share with like-minded individuals are invited to the monthly writers group meeting. Noon to 3 p.m. April 12. Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7713, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

We Love Legos. Kids in grades 2 and up provide the imagination and building skills, the library provides a suggested challenge and access to their vast number of Legos. Parents/caregivers must stay with children. 2 to 4 p.m. April 12. Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7713, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Alameda High Fundraiser. The Alameda High Athletic Boosters present their 4th annual "Hornet Sting" social and poker night fundraiser. 7 to 11 p.m. April 12. $30 to $100. Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St., Alameda. www.hornetboosters.org.

Ancestry Workshop. Hands-on workshop exploring the library's new Ancestry Library Edition database gives participants an overview on how to conduct a search for their ancestors. Reservations requested. 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 14. Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7713, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.

Free Film Screening. Free screening and discussion of Robert Altman's 1970 classic, "Brewster McCloud." 18 and older only. 5:30 p.m. April 14. Alameda Library Main Branch, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.booksinc.net.

Author Laini Taylor. Books Inc. and the Alameda Free Library welcome National Book Award Finalist and New bestselling author Laini Taylor sharing "Dreams of Gods & Monsters," the thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. 6 p.m. April 15. Alameda Library Main Branch, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.booksinc.net.

Author Gabrielle Zevin. Prolific author Gabrielle Zevin shares her latest novel, "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry," an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love -- and which takes place in a bookstore on an island. 7 p.m. April 16. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.