The community is invited to participate as teams, individual or volunteers at the 2014 UC Berkeley Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for Suicide Prevention, a day to remember loved ones lost and raise awareness and end the kinds of stigmas that could lead to future losses.

The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 starting and finishing at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus.

The third annual Cal event is one of a series of walks on college campuses around the United States under the sponsorship of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year's walk in Berkeley was among the largest in the country and organizers hope to increase participation and raise funds to promote awareness and save lives.

Registration by teams or individuals for the event is free and open to the public and can be done online by going to afsp.donordrive.com and entering Berkeley in the "Fundraiser Search" box.

There will be remembrance activities, special guest speakers, refreshments, community resources and more.

Volunteers are also needed to help on the day of the walk. To learn more about volunteering send an email to saachi.gupta@berkeley.edu.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: El Cerrito's Environmental Quality Committee will hold a presentation by the Berkeley Climate Coalition on "Community Choice Aggregation: Options for Local Clean Energy" at 7 p.m. March 11 at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave.


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Marin County has launched a CCA program that Richmond is participating in and Albany is studying. The El Cerrito presentation will discuss the benefits and risks of the program giving residential and commercial power customers the option of electrical generation from renewable sources. For more details call 51-215-4361.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: The East Bay Bike Coalition is accepting nominations for its 2014 Bike-Friendly Business Awards. Suggestions can be made at www.ebbc.org/awards.

  • The Berkeley Historical Society spring walking tour series starts with an outing at the McGee-Spaulding district led by Paul Grunland on March 8. The tour is in conjunction with the society's exhibit on the neighborhood that is on display at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St., through March 29.

    Walking tours are $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers and spaces should be reserved. For more details and a walking tour order form visit www.berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org and click the "Walks" link.

  • El Cerrito has released the draft version of its updated Library Needs Assessment, which is available for review at http://bit.ly/1fnTeb6. Consultant Kathryn Page, who compiled the report from community meetings and interviews, will present her findings at the City Council meeting on March 4.

    The report is part of the effort by the city and the El Cerrito New Library Committee to determine what would be needed for an updated facility to meet the community's changing needs, and what costs would be involved.

  • The El Cerrito Police Department has a free app for Android-based devices that is available through the Google Play Store and can be used to communicate and receive notices from the department, as well as compile an inventory log of personal property. An app for the iPhone was released earlier.

  • Citizens for East Shore Parks and El Cerrito Trail Trekkers will hold a High Tide walk of Point Isabel in Richmond at 1 p.m. March 1. The free two-hour outing will cover the area between Cerrito Creek and Meeker Slough and efforts to restore habitat. Meet at the parking lot on Isabel Street at the foot of Central Avenue.

  • Roberta Maguire leads a hike on Albany Hill at 4 p.m. March 2. Meet under the Jumbotron in the parking lot of the Pacific East Mall on Pierce Street in Richmond.

  • The El Cerrito Historical Society has launched a new website at www.elcerritohistoricalsociety.org.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com.