Library celebration 100 years in the making

Learn about and celebrate the history of the El Cerrito Library at its 100th anniversary event from 7 to 9 p.m. June 14 at the branch, 6510 Stockton Ave.

Tom Panas of the El Cerrito Historical Society will present a slide show and talk on the history of the El Cerrito Library and there will be remarks by Supervisor John Gioia and Mayor Greg Lyman, as well as refreshments.

The event is sponsored by Friends of the El Cerrito Library, the El Cerrito New Library Committee, the El Cerrito Historical Society and the city.

Cooking demonstration in Albany on June 26

Learn to make sweet and savory meatballs with stone fruit over pasta at a free cooking demonstration by Chef HuNia Bradley during the Albany Farmers' Market from 3 to 6 p.m. June 26 in the 1000 block of Solano Avenue west of San Pablo Avenue.

Bradley manages the Farm Fresh Choice program for market sponsor the Ecology Center in Berkeley and is chef and CEO of her own catering company. The demonstration, part of a series being presented at the market, will include free recipes and samples.

Details: 510-548-3333.

El Cerrito conducting survey on greening

El Cerrito residents can give input on the city's Urban Greening Plan via an online survey at www.El CerritoUrbanGreening.org.

The brief survey asks about priorities for the plan "focused on ways to improve the quality of life in El Cerrito by creating greener, more environmentally sustainable and enjoyable public places and open spaces."

Creation of the plan is funded by a grant. For more details contact Emily Alter at ealter@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or 510-559-7686.

Improvements for cyclists, pedestrians

New, narrower medians are already being installed on lower Moeser Lane and markings are in place on Ashbury Avenue near El Cerrito High School as the city continues work on its Pedestrian and Bicycle Corridor Improvements project.

The project, which started last month, will install pedestrian safety, bicycle facilities and traffic calming measures on portions of Ashbury Avenue and Moeser Lane. Work is expected to be completed by September.

The two thoroughfares were made priorities for improvements as part of the city's Circulation Plan for Bicyclists and Pedestrians because they are used to access schools and public facilities.

"The project will close gaps in the sidewalk, install ADA-compliant curb ramps, install raised crosswalks and curb bulb-outs, create pedestrian-refuge areas and provide signing and striping for bikeways," according to an announcement from the city.

The project is funded by a $977,000 Transportation Enhancement grant from the California Transportation Commission and $108,000 from local Measure A.

For more details about the work contact Project Manager Gerardo Avila at 510-215-4322 or gavila@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

Free show by Magical Nathaniel

Popular local performer Magical Nathaniel will dazzle onlookers of all ages at a free magic show at 6:30 p.m. June 18 at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave.

The program for ages 3 and older is presented by Friends of the Kensington Library. Details: 510-524-3043 or ccclib.org.

Barbecue to benefit Relay for Life effort

Teams participating in the fourth annual Relay for Life fundraiser in El Cerrito next month aren't confining their efforts to the main event.

A pair of dining fundraisers are being held on June 23.

The Crazy Daisies team is hosting a barbecue dinner at 2 p.m. at the Blue Moon Saloon, 9937 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito.

Along with barbecue chicken dinner for $10, the afternoon will feature bra pong, sports theme prizes and a 50/50 raffle, and attendees can learn about how they can make a difference in the fight against cancer. For tickets, call Mary at 510-275-9333 or Dawn at 510-599-4585.

That same day, Team Step by Step is hosting a meatloaf dinner and raffle from 5 to 7 p.m. in Rohan Hall at St. Jerome Church, 308 Carmel St.

Cost is $10 per person for meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, side, and dessert

The 24-hour El Cerrito Relay for Life itself will be at 10 a.m. July 20 and 21 at Cerrito Vista Park. Proceeds benefit research and support programs of the American Cancer Society.

For more details go to the barbecue or visit main.acsevents.org and search "El Cerrito."

CCCT offers summer drama camp

There are still a few spaces left for Summer Drama Camp at Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito.

The camp culminates with students getting performing opportunities via an original one-act musical play and the production of a short video.

"In addition, the students in drama camp play theater games, develop characters, learn clowning and dance skills and enjoy 10 very busy days in the theater," says the stage company. For more information or to register visit ccct.org or call 510 524-9012.

-- Chris Treadway