Creeks, shorelines, parks and other places in West Contra Costa will get special care at Earth Day events the next two Saturdays, and, as always, the community is encouraged to take part.

Here is a list of events:

  • Albany is holding a shoreline cleanup from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the waterfront and Albany Beach at the foot of Buchanan Street.

    The city and The Watershed Project will provide tools and gloves, but if you have your own gloves and bucket, be sure to bring them, along with a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.

    The cleanup will include free refreshments and a chance to make art from collected objects.

    Sponsors include Citizens for East Shore Parks and the East Bay Regional Park District.

    For more details call 510-224-4085 or send an email to juliana@thewatershedproject.org.

  • Berkeley is holding a waterfront cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Shorebird Nature Center at the Berkeley Marina. The workday will be preceded by a 9 a.m. safety talk.

    Preregister by emailing naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info

  • El Cerrito's annual celebration will have work parties doing cleanup and removing invasive plants in parks and other public areas around the city from 9 a.m. to noon April 26, followed by a volunteer appreciation lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.


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    The city will provide gloves, bags and tools.

    The appreciation lunch will include informational tables, an art activity, complementary seedling giveaway by the El Cerrito Community Garden Network and live music by Hot Rod Jukebox

    Register at www.el-cerrito.org/earthday or by email at earthday@el-cerrito.ca.us. Registration on the day of the event can be done in the morning at the Community Center.

  • The Watershed Project is sponsoring cleanup, weeding and planting events from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, and at El Portal Drive and Fordham Street in San Pablo.

    Volunteers can register at either site at 9 a.m. They should wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and are encouraged to bring work gloves and a reusable water bottle. Sponsors will provide volunteers with a free light breakfast and lunch.

    In addition, they say, "If you want to clean up your own neighborhood, register at the library and we can provide trash bags."

    For details or to RSVP call 510-665-3538 or email spawners@thewatershedproject.org.

  • A cleanup along Wildcat Creek by Verde Elementary School, 2000 Giaramita St. in North Richmond will be hosted by the Watershed Project from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 26. Volunteers will pick up and also tally types of trash to help "inform city officials about the types of pollutants most commonly found in the creek."

    Free snacks and refreshments will be provided.