Short Stories That Pack a Big Punch. Jason Sinclair Long, a dramatist, fiction writer and former member of the Blue Man Group, shares "Tiny Giants: 101 Stories Under 101 Words," and Lois Ann Abraham, a professor of English at American River College and prizewinning fiction writer, shares "Circus Girl and Other Stories." 7 p.m. Aug. 29. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.
Summer Beats Concert Series. The Summer Beats Concert Series continues with "Pure Ecstasy." Also included; face painting, raffles, adult beverages and more. Equipped 4 Success school supply drive will be on hand to collect backpacks and school supplies for students in need. 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30. Free. South Shore Center, Park Street and Otis Drive, Alameda. www.alamedasouthshorecenter.com
Blood Drive. American Red Cross is holding a blood drive for desperately needed blood. Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 2. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. 800-RED-CROSS, www.redcrossblood.org.
California Reads at the Library. It's the first day to pick up your copy of "What it is Like to go to War" by Karl Marlantes as part of California Reads, where readers from across California read and discuss the same book. Noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 2. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7709, www.alamedafree.org
Veterans Meeting. American Legion Post 9 is looking to rebuild its membership through monthly meeting open to all veterans who have served during times of war or conflict. 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave., Alameda. Free. 510-542-0662, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawyers in the Library. Talk one-on-one with a volunteer attorney on how to solve a legal issue. Sign-ups at 5:30 p.m. 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 3. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Free. 510-747-7777, www.alamedafree.org
Alameda Island Poets and Writers Meeting. Alameda Island Poets and Writers presents poetry and prose writer, spoken word performer, and visual artist Richard Loranger. Moderated by Nanette Bradley Deetz. Open mic follows reading. 7 p.m. Sept. 3. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda. Free. 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.
Thursday Craft at the Library. Kids 5 to 12 years old can check out the fun at craft day at the library. Come dressed in play clothes, crafts can get messy. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Alameda Free Library, Bay Farm branch, 3221 Mecartney Road, Alameda. Free. 510-747-7787, www.alamedafree.org.