KIDS: The Strong National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square) hosts a weekly Toddler Book Club, which is themed "Diego's Animal Tales" this month in collaboration with the "Dora and Diego" exhibit. Drop in to story time at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 12:30 p.m. The event is included in museum fees ($13, free to kids under age 2 and members). For more information, call 263-2700 or visit museumofplay.org.
LIT: The Lane Dworkin Rochester Jewish Book Festival will host Delia Ephron, author of festival-featured book, "The Lion is In," tonight, 7:30 p.m. for Martinis and Merriment with Delia Ephron, at the JCC Auditorium (1200 Edgewood Ave.). Tickets cost $15-$18. For more information, call 461-2000 or visit rjbf.org.
ART: The annual Foodlink fundraiser and show, CANstruction, featuring sculptural works made entirely of canned and packaged foods, kicks off today in the Bausch & Lomb Winergarden (1 Bausch & Lomb Place). Visit the teams as they build today, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and drop in later during the exhibit run (through November 16) to see finished works. Don't forget to bring a donation for Foodlink. For more information, call 880-0205.
MUSIC: Back when Deanna Witkowski attended high school in Webster she was studying classical piano and just beginning to discover jazz. A couple of decades later she is a successful jazz pianist living in New York City, and traveling to play and teach in Brazil and, most recently, India. In a few months she will release her fifth album, "The Chopin Project," fusing jazz and classical music. On Monday she plays the Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Ave., 8 p.m.) Monday with her excellent trio (Jeff Campbell on bass and Rich Thompson, drums). A $10 donation is requested.
MUSIC: Ensemble.twenty.21 will playing tonight at Hochstein (50 N. Plymouth Ave., hochstein.org, 7:30 p.m.), performing the following works for the contemporary music fan: John Luther Adams: The Light Within, David Lang: Cheating Lying Stealing, and Kevin Puts: Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass. Tickets run $15-$25 and can be found at ensembletwenty21.com.