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El Cerrito plans salute to its 'pioneers'

A group of what the El Cerrito Historical Society calls "pioneers" were born and grew up here and still remember those days when the city was rural in character 
Now that the semi-rainy season seems to be over, work has resumed on a major construction project along several miles of Carquinez Scenic Drive between Martinez and Port Costa.  
 
El Cerrito welcomes helpers on Earth DayEl Cerrito's annual Earth Day celebration will have work parties doing cleanup and removing invasive plants in parks and other public areas around the city from 9 a.  
 
A Berkeley municipal election was just one week off as of April 25, 1939, and the battle lines were drawn between the status quo members of the City Council and their picked candidates, and critics who wanted some variety of civic reform.  
 
A modern Odyssey comes to the stage this week at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Center, 540 Ashbury Ave., where the school's Theater and Dance Conservatory will present "Anon(ymous)" by Naomi Iizuka.  
 
Now that the semi-rainy season seems to be over, work has resumed on a major construction project along several miles of Carquinez Scenic Drive between Martinez and Port Costa.  
 
Berkeley HumaneSir Whiskerton is possibly the cutest and sweetest cat ever. He'll start purring the instant he sees you, and his tactics to make you fall in love don't stop there.  
 
The Young People's Symphony Orchestra of Berkeley, which includes 100 young musicians from around the Bay Area, will play Berlioz's overture to "Le Corsaire," the first movement of Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E Minor," Reinecke's "Ballade for Flute and Orchestra" and Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10."  
 
The signs of summer surrounded us. Party boats paraded along the river -- their decks adorned with bikini-clad women and muscle bound men in board shorts.  
 
Now that the semi-rainy season seems to be over, work has resumed on a major construction project along several miles of Carquinez Scenic Drive between Martinez and Port Costa.  
 
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Coming right up: The world's fastest elevators

Japan's Hitachi said this week it will provide the world's fastest elevators, which can clock speeds up to 45 mph, to a high-rise building in China. Full Story
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Beyonce tops Time magazine's list of influential people

Miley Cyrus, Matthew McConaughey, Pharrell Williams, and Kerry Washington also make list.
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