To create an event, go to the left side menu. Click "Events", then click the orange "Create An Event" button in the top right corner.
Here you can give your event a title. Make it descriptive so people can see at a glance what it's for.
In the description section, include any relevant information people might need, including where it's being held at, if there's a theme, if they should plan to "bring" anything, etc.
Set your start time and if applicable, your end time.
For the location/venue, post a link to the page/group/photo the event will be held on, or the website link for submissions if it's a photo event or something of that nature.
To have the event shown on the main RPL dashboard, leave privacy to "Everyone". To allow comments on the event, select your desired privacy there. Then hit "submit".
EDITING YOUR EVENT
To edit your event, click the orange "Action" button up top. Select "Edit Event". Here you can edit what you've already added for the event details. You can also add a photo, invite guests, manage your guest list, and mass email people that have signed up as guests to alert them if something has changed. We suggest simply posting on the event page though, most people don't appreciate mass emails.
The event module here, the feed for the events was added by the script company as an afterthought, and wasn't fully fleshed out when they released it. That means, do NOT do events ON your event pages. As you see from RPL's events, we always post a link as to where the event attendees need to go. For group events or weddings and things, either designate a current group of yours for it, or create one for that event. Otherwise we can't guarantee that special moments like weddings will be saved.
Whenever we remember, usually every 6 months or so, we go through and delete those events that are finished. Always create blogs or groups or something for events with things you want to keep. Or, as the event is going on, copy the text and put it into a word doc, and at the end save it as a PDF. You can publish those PDFs in blogs, it's how some groups handle theirs. Open Office can export any document as a PDF as well, and it's free. It's what the admins here use.
You can do the same thing for your groups/pages as well! To do this, go to your group/page. In the left side menu, select "Events", and then create your group event by following the directions above.