Couple leaves gift to Contra Costa College

Contra Costa College in San Pablo is the recipient of a $1 million gift from the estate of Antonio and Trinidad Carrico, longtime residents of El Cerrito and Richmond who for decades owned the Hacienda Restaurant on San Pablo Avenue.

Antonio Carrico, a native of Portugal and veteran of World War II, was 91 when he died in Walnut Creek in June. Trinidad Carrico died in 2009.

The couple owned the restaurant at Macdonald and San Pablo avenues for 56 years.

The college was told about the gift by Mechanics Bank and the couple's daughter, Magna Carrico, at a recent meeting of the CCC Foundation board. The board will manage the gift "based on the wishes and memory of the Carrico family."

Library friends preparing book sale

Friends of the Albany Library are planning their big two-day Library Book Sale for Nov. 17 and 18 and are looking for volunteers.

The sale will have books for all ages and interests, as well as records, CDs, DVDs and tapes priced at 50 cents and Christmas, holiday and special gift-quality items priced at $1 and up.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nov. 18 in the big room at the Community Center, 1247 Marin Ave.

The sale will conclude with a $3 bag sale from 3 to 4 p.m. on the final day.

A separate sale of vintage, collectible, adult, and unusual items, including vintage magazines, will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Edith Stone Room (these items will not be part of the bag sale later).


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For more details or to volunteer to help with the sale, contact the Friends at 510-526-3720, ext. 26 or friendsalbany@yahoo.com.

Supervisor holding toy and coat drive

County Supervisor John Gioia has kicked off his annual drive for donations of toys, coats and hoodies for students at Verde Elementary School in North Richmond.

The event, now in its 14th year, seeks to see that every student at Verde, which serves an extremely low-income area, has warm clothing and presents for the holidays.

The effort is expanding with a concurrent collection at the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond to provide toys and hoodies for young people in the area.

Donations of new coats and new, unwrapped toys can be made no later than Dec. 7 to Gioia's office at 11780 San Pablo Ave., Suite D, in El Cerrito, or at the RYSE Youth Center at 205 41st St. in Richmond.

Cash donations to purchase toys and coats to distribute are also welcome. Checks should be made payable to: "RYSE Center," c/o 2012 Toy and Coat Drive.

For more details, contact Luz Gomez at 510-374-3231.

El Cerrito Recycling Center earns honor

The new Recycling and Environmental Resource Center was honored with a Leadership in Sustainability award last month in the government category by the Sustainable Contra Costa Network.

The center, which has a LEED-Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, was cited for accepting hard-to-recycle materials and educational outreach.

The awards were presented at an Oct. 24 gala at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek.

Museum of History seeking volunteers

The Richmond Museum of History is seeking volunteers to help with collections care, facilities management, office/administration and visitor services. Anyone interested in helping can contact the museum at 510-235-7387 or info@richmondmuseum ofhistory.org.

While all ages are welcome, students under 18 will need parental permission.

Albany seeks applicants for boards

Albany is seeking applicants for vacancies on city boards and commissions.

"In accordance with Albany Measure H, all board, commission and committee members' terms will end in November, even-numbered years, which coincides with the Municipal Election," the city states.

Panels include the Arts Committee, Charter Review Committee, Civil Service Board,

Community Media Access Committee, Library Board, Mental Health Advisory Board, Park & Recreation Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission, Social & Economic Justice Commission, Sustainability Committee, Traffic and Safety Commission and Waterfront Committee.

People interested in applying can contact the City Clerk at 510-528-5710 or apply on line at www.albanyca.org.

El Cerrito boards need applicants

Applicants are being sought to serve on El Cerrito boards, commissions and committees.

The city has 13 panels on which some 80 people serve as members, making recommendations on areas such as arts and culture, design review, aging issues, crime prevention, economic development, environmental quality, parks and recreation, trees and more.

Anyone interested in serving can get vacancy information and an application by contacting the city clerk at 510-215-4305 or downloading the application form at www.el-cerrito.org.

Applications must be submitted to the city clerk no later than noon on Dec. 10. The City Council will conduct brief interviews with applicants in December and January. For details contact City Clerk Cheryl Morse at 510-215-4305 or cmorse@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

-- Chris Treadway