El Cerrito is hosting a two-day e-waste collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Department of Motor Vehicles parking lot at 6400 Manila Ave.

Along with electronic device discards, the collection will accept small household appliances, clothing and textiles, shoes and accessories, books and even wine bottle corks.

Large appliances and mattresses/box springs will be accepted for a fee.

There is no residency requirement and the event is open to both residents and businesses.

For details visit www.unwaste.com.

Batteries, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, paints and chemicals, and other hazardous wastes cannot be accepted and should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 101 Pittsburg Ave. in Richmond.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: Teddy bears, tea, scones, sandwiches, cookies and fruit. You'll find it all at the Teddy Bear Tea at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St. in Point Richmond. Admission is $16 adults, $10 children (teddy bears admitted free), and proceeds benefit the women's group at the church. To RSVP call Fran Smith at 510-685-2338.

  • We wrote recently about the Braggin' Dragon program at Valley View Elementary School in Richmond, where students tally the non-classroom time they spend reading. The goal for the current school year was 1 million minutes and students, who participated at a 95 percent rate, actually totaled 1,170,670 minutes. The final tally topped last year's total by 130,000 minutes.

    "Our staff was supportive and our students excited about our success," reports teacher Donna Parkinson, who coordinates the Valley View program. Congratulations, students.

  • British author Paul Oliver will be the special guest at talks scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

    at Down Home Music Store 10341 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. Oliver accompanied store founder/owner Chris Strachwitz on his historic trip to the South more than 50 years ago to record regional artists and musical style and they will discuss that journey with blues book author Alan Govenar on Saturday.

    Sunday's talk will feature Oliver and Strachwitz discussing "Blues Come to Europe," with Govenar moderating. To RSVP call 510-525-2129 or 525-7471

  • Bridge Art Space, 23 Maine Ave. in Richmond, is participating in East Bay Open Studios and will have art bikes, watercolors, prints, postcards and more on display and on sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and again on June 11 and 12. Details: www.bridgestorage.com/blog.

  • A blood drive for the American Red Cross will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday in the atrium at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, One Lawson Road in Kensington. To make an appointment call 800-733-2767) or go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code GRIP.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up-to-date on West Contra Costa news at IBABuzz.com/westcounty.