There is still time to go see "A Year With Frog and Toad," which opened Nov. 1 at the Masquers Playhouse, at 105 Park Place in Point Richmond, and continues with performances through Dec. 7.

The family musical, based on the children's books by Arnold Lobel about "happy-go-lucky Frog and issue-ridden Toad and their great friendship that weathers four fun-filled seasons," was nominated for three Tony Awards in 2003.

The Masquers cast includes Nancy Benson, Coley Grundman, Robert Love, Gill Stanfield and Vicki Zabarte, directed by Marti Baer, with musical direction by Pat King.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and 7 p.m. Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Nov. 24.

For tickets, visit www.masquers.org or call 510-232-4031.

TESS TAYLOR POETRY READING: Poet is not often mentioned as a career path, but El Cerrito resident Tess Taylor has already put together a remarkable one.

Taylor reviews poetry for National Public Radio and has also been its guest "news poet."

The El Cerrito native, recognized by the City Council earlier this year, has also been busy on the East Coast making author appearances for her first book, "The Forage House," published by Red Hen Press.

In her book, Taylor shares her exploration of her family's past and in the process "unravels a rich and troubling history" as she considers her ancestors and their role in history, including slave owners in early America.


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"Some were New England missionaries. Some were dirt-poor Appalachians. And one was the brilliant, controversial Thomas Jefferson," the publisher notes. "Taylor herself is a Californian, who grew up a continent away from each of these worlds."

Into the mix Taylor includes thoughts about her hometown.

The El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., will host a free reading with Taylor, joined by poets Keith Ekiss and Jennifer Elise Foerster, both former Wallace Stegner Fellows in Poetry at Stanford University.

For more details, call 510-526-7512 or visit ccclib.org.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: The annual Thanksgiving Feast at First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St. in Point Richmond, is open to all Nov. 28. An interfaith worship is at 11:30 a.m., followed by a traditional Thanksgiving spread with all the trimmings from noon to 2 p.m.

"Free to all, great food, friendly people -- join us," the church says.

  • The 16th annual Senior Winter Ball is an evening of dinner and dancing to the 18-piece Junius Courtney Big Band Orchestra from 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza. Advance tickets to the popular event, presented by the Richmond Commission on Aging and Richmond Recreation Department, are $20, available at the Richmond Recreation Complex, 3230 Macdonald Ave., or by calling 510-620-6793.

    Tickets at the door are $25.

    For more detail, call Eli Williams at 510-232-4690 or Bev Wallace at 510-223-4528.

  • The Mads Tolling Quartet (www.madstolling.com), twice honored with a Grammy Award, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 as part of the Point Jazz concert series. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, available at www.prjazz.org, or $20 at the door.

  • The 12-year pro basketball career of El Cerrito High School graduate Drew Gooden is currently idle, but Gooden himself is anything but. Gooden, who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA, continues to give back to his hometown of Richmond through the foundation he established.

    The Drew Gooden Foundation is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner and holiday drive at 1 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Booker T. Anderson Community Center in Richmond and invites the community to become involved in the outreach to disadvantaged young people. To find out how to help, visit www.TheDrewGooden.com or contact Melissa LaCorte at 925-305-1420 or melissalacorte@thedrewgooden.com.

    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.