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.
Shortline Pocket Park Clean Up. Volunteers are needed to weed, pull and beautify Shortline Pocket Park. Bring water, gloves and pruners. Coffee and snacks provided. 9 to 11 a.m. July 12. Meet at Shortline Pocket Park, corner of Thornhill Boulevard and Moraga Avenue, Oakland. montclairsic.org.
Five Little Monkeys. The Bay Area Children's Theatre kicks off its 2014-2015 season for preschoolers and their families with the silly and jumpy fun of "Five Little Monkeys." 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays. 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 10. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. $12 to $16 for park admission and play. 510-296-4433, www.bactheatre.org.
Free Computer Tutoring. Brush up on your computer basics at free computer tutoring. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Rockridge Branch Library. 5366 College Ave., Oakland. 510-597-5017, www.oaklandlibrary.org.
Peralta Hacienda Kids Club. Kids from 5 to 15 can play and experience Oakland's original rancho through traditional arts and hands-on activities: Make adobe bricks and corn husk dolls, learn about native plants and make seed balls, traipse through the creek area and participate in other nature-based tours. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-532-9142, www.peraltahacienda.org.
Author Yiyun Li. Oakland resident, UC Davis professor and author Yiyun Li reads from her new novel, "Kinder than Solitude," a mystery that moves between America today and China in the 1990s. 6:30 p.m. July 15. Montclair Branch library, 1687 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Free. 510-482-7810, www.oaklandlibrary.org.
Uptown Farmers Market. The Uptown Oakland Farmers' Market returns for the season with fresh local produce, music, kids' activities and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Ordway Plaza, Kaiser Building, 2150 Valdez St., Oakland. 800-949-FARM, www.pcfma.com.
Teen 'Scape. Teens can beat the summer doldrums by hanging out with other teens playing video games, making crafts, meetings new friends and munching on light snacks at the Teen 'Scape at the library. 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 16. Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave., Oakland. Free. 510-597-5017, www.oaklandlibrary.org.
Arroyo Viejo Creek Crew Work Day. Volunteers are needed to help clean up Arroyo Viejo Creek. Bring gardening gloves and tools if you have them, closed-toe work shoes, water and snacks. 9 a.m. to noon. July 19. RSVP appreciated. Meet at Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. 510-632-9525 ext. 207, firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Night Out Sign Up. It's never too early to plan your neighborhood block party, barbecue, ice cream social or whatever other outdoor event to bring your neighbors together for National Night Out 2014. Event is Aug. 5, but register your event with the city now. 510-238-3091, www2.oaklandnet.com/nno.