Here a gobble, there a gobble, everywhere a gobble-gobble.

We're not talking about Thanksgiving leftovers, but about the wild turkeys that have settled in as part of the East Bay's bird population -- but never in one place for too long. A local creek group wants to track their movements and is seeking the public's help.

"They seem to be all over the place -- roosting on roofs, waddling across streets, pecking in gardens, and startling our pets," says the announcement from Berkeley-based Friends of Five Creeks (www.fivecreeks.org). "Still, their comings and goings are mysterious. They'll show up for weeks at a time, and then all of a sudden disappear."

The idea comes from F5C board members Ralph Boniello and Helen Dickson, who want to crowd-source information on turkey movements and motivations via online reports from the community. You can be a reporting "citizen scientist" by visiting www.inaturalist.org/projects/track-the-turkeys and adding your sightings and observations.

"Tell us how many you saw and describe any behavior you observe," the group says. "Did you see a hen out with her poults, or a gang of jakes checking out new territory? Were they tentatively exploring, or confidant in their domain?"

You can even do it from your smartphone through a free app at the website to offer updates while hiking or otherwise out and about. Your information could help provide insight on the fowl and what influences they might have on the local watershed.

THE GIVING SPIRIT: The sixth annual collection of warm coat donations by the after-school programs at the George Miller Centers in Richmond and Concord has begun and continues through Dec. 20.

Donations can be dropped off at the center at 2801 Robert Miller Drive in Richmond or pickup can be arranged. Bins are also available that can be dropped off and picked up at willing workplaces. Donations go to the Bay Area Rescue Mission.

For more details contact Claudia Lam at clam@arcofcc.org or 510-374-3981 or 925-646-5710.

  • The Richmond Emergency Food Pantry, a lifeline to those in need since 1971, is holding its once-a-year fundraising drive.

    The nonprofit pantry distributes more than 14,000 boxes of food annually, in the process reaching more than 45,000 people in need in West County. It relies completely on volunteers to do this work and community donations make up more than three quarters of its operating revenue.

    Donation checks can be mailed to Richmond Emergency Food Pantry, PO Box 2598, El Cerrito, CA 94530; or made online by clicking on the JustGive link at www.refp.org.

    The pantry's food distribution site at 2369 Barrett Ave. in Richmond is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays,

  • Another organization on the front lines is the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), an interfaith collaboration of East Bay congregations that operates a shelter and serves some 12,000 meals at its Souper Center.

    GRIP is appealing for donations now through Dec. 31 to its Countdown to End Hunger in Richmond campaign, when amounts will be matched by the East Bay Community Foundation.

    Learn how to help by visiting www.gripcommunity.org and clicking the "Support GRIP" button.

    HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES: Come for carols and other festivities at the annual tree lighting in Point Richmond at 5 p.m. Nov. 30 at Indian Statue Park.

  • The fourth annual Downtown Richmond Holiday Bazaar will have jewelry, clothing, handmade gifts and refreshments 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at 1000 Macdonald Ave., Suite C, a short walk from the Richmond BART station.

  • The 22nd annual Holiday Crafts Fair at the Berkeley farmers market at Civic Center Park on Center Street at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday before Christmas. Local creators will have a variety of handcrafted gift items on display and there will be live musical entertainment each day. The fair benefits the Ecology Center.

  • A variety of art and craft items will be available at the annual Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Faire, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Point Richmond Community Center, 139 Washington Ave. Meet the artists as you browse and enjoy hot cider and cookies. Details: www.artsofpointrichmond.com

  • The historic schoolhouse at 1 Plaza del Hombre in Port Costa will be the scene of a down-home Christmas event at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Bring a dish to share at the potluck Yule Party in the school recreation room and maybe an ornament to hang. "Soft drinks and holiday grog will be served."

  • Crockett will illuminate the holidays with a tree lighting and celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Community Center, 850 Pomona St. Enjoy free treats and refreshments, join in with the carolers, meet Santa Claus and hear the John Swett High School band perform. Donations of food and toys welcome.

  • A gala fundraiser to benefit the Crockett Museum and Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the museum, 900 Loring Ave. Cocktail attire is advised for the swank event and the $25 admission includes two drinks and an array of appetizers. Tickets and details: 510-787-2178.

  • "Handmade East Bay" is the theme of the 52nd annual Holiday Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave.

    East Bay artisans will have items available at the craft and design marketplace, the center will have its own ceramics and yarn sales and a silent auction of fine art, everyone is invited to sing their favorite holiday songs at "karol-o-kee," children can do their own art activities and the holiday cafe will have food and wine. Admission is free.

    Details: www.therac.org or 510-620-6772.

    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.