EIR being readied for Eden Housing project

As part of preparations for an environmental impact report for the Eden Housing project at the Tradeway site, El Cerrito has issued a Notice of Preparation and is accepting comments until May 6.

The project calls for a 63-unit mixed-use senior affordable housing facility, a 1,906-square-foot clinic and 1,156 square feet of retail space on the property of just under one acre next to City Hall on San Pablo Avenue. Plans would also include preservation of the former Contra Costa Florist Building, which was determined to be of historical significance.

Read the Notice of Preparation at http://www.el-cerrito.org/documentcenter/view/2594. Written comments should be submitted by the deadline to Sean Moss, City of El Cerrito, 10890 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530 or SMoss@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

Gospel stage play at ECHS theater

The gospel stage play "For Every Mountain" will be performed at 6 p.m. May 4 and 4 p.m. May 5 at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Center, 540 Ashbury Ave.

Written and directed by Beverly Brown, "For Every Mountain" is an uplifting stage production with edgy, provocative and humorous dialogue that addresses the serious issues of mental and emotional disorders, presented with soul-stirring gospel songs and music.


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Tickets are $25. Details: 510-904-7045 or www.totallyled.org.

Heritage roses event returns May 19

One of El Cerrito's longest running events, A Celebration of Old Roses, returns to the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 19. Admission is free.

The event founded by the late Miriam Wilkins features a large variety of heirloom and hard-to-find roses from specialty nurseries, advice from rose experts, vendors with rose-inspired items such as crafts, china, books, greeting cards, calendars, honey, jam, jewelry, and clothing; tool sharpening; talks and demonstrations.

New this year will be activities for children, and while supplies last, young people will be given a free rose plant courtesy of Vintage Gardens.

Details: Kristina Osborn, 510-527-3815.

Water color artist to speak at meeting

Water color painter Myrna Wacknov will give a talk and demonstration as the guest speaker at the El Cerrito Art Association meeting at 7 p.m. May 13 at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. Details: Joanne Taeuffer, 510-526-6241.

Cooking demonstration at farmers market

Chef Sarah Nelson, founder of the sustainable food nonprofit organization Three Squares, will demonstrate making rainbow kale salad at the Albany farmers market, 3 to 6 p.m. May 22 in the 1000 block of Solano Avenue west of San Pablo Avenue. The Cooking Demonstration Series is sponsored by the Ecology Center Farmers' Markets. Details: 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org/fm, or www.threesquaremeals.org.

Upcoming hike will take in hill views

The next outing scheduled by the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers is a Kensington-El Cerrito-Berkeley Top of the Hill Hike that starts at 10 a.m. May 25 at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave.

Hikers will "walk the edge of Wildcat Canyon, see a home by Bernard Maybeck and plenty of modern architecture, take some unusual trails, and see abandoned trails we hope to rescue," during the outing of two to three hours. There will be steep portions.

For details contact Dave Weinstein at 510-524-1737 or davidsweinstein@yahoo.com, or visit www.ectrailtrekkers.org.

-- Cathie Gateson and Chris Treadway