Richmond-based volunteer group Their Angels, formed eight years ago to bring support and comfort to deployed military personnel, will have a special observance at its monthly gathering assembling care packages of comfort items that will be sent to troops serving overseas.

The gathering at 11 a.m. May 4 at Hilltop Church of Christ, 3000 Hilltop Mall Road in Richmond, will also include a salute to soldiers in honor of National Military Appreciation Month.

The community is invited to attend and thank military personnel and veterans for their service.

The group is also preparing donations for its Disabled Veteran Blanket Project which has a goal of getting 200 lap blankets for distribution to patients in Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Details: www.theirangels.org.

DAY OF SERVICE AT LIBRARY: As it lobbies and builds support for a new facility, the El Cerrito New Library Committee is at work on assisting the city's current library branch.

The group invites volunteers to help out at a day of service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the library, 6510 Stockton Ave.

"We are working on Sunday because the library is closed for normal service that day and it will be easier to accomplish our tasks then," the group writes. "Besides, parking is easier at that time."

Assisting can be done for an hour or more, as the group is planning "both inside and outside light maintenance work, including some landscape maintenance work, some work updating and organizing the collection, and, yes, we will probably have to do some more repair to children's books (they get loved and used a lot)."

Dress appropriately if you plan to help with outside work, and bring tools if you like.

"We will have coffee and doughnuts in the morning, will provide a light lunch at noon, and will have water all day long," organizers say.

To take part, send an email to gjpokorn@lmi.net noting how many people you plan to bring.

Learn more about the committee and its effort at www.newelcerritolibrary.org.

HONORING MAUDELLE SHIREK: The life of former Berkeley Vice Mayor Maudelle Shirek, who died April 11 at age 101, will be celebrated at 5 p.m. April 30 in the Berkeley City Council Chambers at the old City Hall building at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way named in her honor.

The community is invited to attend and speakers will include Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Mayor Tom Bates, Rev. William Kruse and family member Ronald Bridgeforth.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: Duke Ellington's "Sacred Music Concert will be performed by the Sojourner Truth Senior Choir and the Junius Courtney Big Band at 3 p.m. April 28 at Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church. 2621 Shane Drive in Richmond.

For tickets and details contact Blaine Davis at 510-799-9494 or Melva Spigner at 510-499-8283. Space is limited and advance tickets are recommended.

  • The Stockton Avenue Art Stroll in El Cerrito is returning after a hiatus and organizers are looking for local artists who want to exhibit at the first event from 6 to 9 p.m. May 10.

    The event -- which originated with Jenny K. Gifts and Well Grounded Tea & Coffee Bar and is sponsored by the upper Stockton Avenue Business District -- is a chance to stroll the businesses, hear live music and meet the artists. A second stroll will be held Sept. 13.

    Interested artists should send an email to contact@stocktonave.org or stop in at Well Grounded.

    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.