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El Cerrito Re-Imagined Art Exhibit. Public reception for the "El Cerrito, Re-imagined" art exhibit, which includes works by Rita Bagley, Dyana Bhandari, Pam Fingado, Edward Alex Franco, Sandi Potter and Nicole Rubio. 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. El Cerrito City Hall Gallery Space, 10890 San Pablo Ave. Free. 510-593-9081.
Living in the Plate Boundary. Geophysicist and marine geologist Dr. Tanya Atwater, a member of the National Academy of Sciences who pioneered understanding of the formation of the San Andreas Fault, discusses how California's dramatic landscapes are constantly lifted and dropped, reshaped and reorganized by the relentless scraping of the Pacific Plate. 7 to 9 p.m. April 7. Albany Community Center Edith Stone Room, 1249 Marin Ave. 510-848-9358, www.fivecreeks.org.
Living in Gratitude. Join Angeles Arrien, author of "Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life," as she integrates the latest findings about gratitude from social science with stories, teachings, and practices from cultures spanning the globe. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 9. Montessori Family School, 7075 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito. Free. 510-236-8802, www.montessorifamily.com.
El Cerrito Garden Club Meeting. Speaker for the April meeting, Linda Ann Vorobick, Ph.D., University Herbarium, UC Berkeley, discusses "Drawing and Painting Plants Throughout the West." 9:30 a.m. April 10. El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. $3. 510-559-7000, www.el-cerrito.org/recreation.
Lower Energy Bills. Workshop designed to walk homeowners through the smart approach to making home upgrades that improve comfort and lower energy bills. 6 p.m. April 10. El Cerrito City Hall, Council Chambers, 10890 San Pablo Ave. 510-215-4300. 510-215-4361, email@example.com.
Poetry Reading & Writing Family Stories. Brian Komei Dempster offers suggestions for writing family stories. Several Japanese American participants in Dempster's writing workshops will read from their stories. Dempster also will read from his recently published poetry collection "Topaz." 1 p.m. April 12. East Bay Free Methodist Church, 5395 Potrero Ave., El Cerrito. Free. 510-621-7251.
Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra Concert. The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission presents a free performance by the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra. 3 p.m. April 13. El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. Free. Donations benefit the recreation department David Hunter Memorial Youth Scholarship. 510-215-4318, www.el-cerrito.org/lvco.
Books and Blocks at the Library. Hear a story, then stay to play with Legos, Duplos and more. For ages 2 and up. 11 a.m. to noon. Saturdays. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Free. 510-526-7512, www.el-cerrito.org.
Albany Library Storytime. Stories, crafts and songs for ages 3 to 5 and their families. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Albany Library Game Day. Play Wii games like Guitar Hero, bowling or tennis, or board games such as Monopoly, Blokus, Life, Connect 4, checkers, chess, Mankala, and Trouble. Bring friends or come by yourself. Drop in. No registration required. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Japanese Story Time. Read Japanese picture books, sing Japanese songs and make Japanese-inspired crafts. 4 p.m. Saturdays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720, www.aclibrary.org.
World Affairs/Politics Group. Weekly meeting open to all folks 55 and older who want to discuss the week's events and what we want to do about any of them. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. $3 Albany residents. $4 nonresidents. 510-524-9122, www.albanyca.org.
Albany Library Knitting. Work on your own project or make pet blankets and children's hats to be donated to charity organizations. No registration necessary. Yarn and needles provided for charity projects. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720.
Stories and Song. Stories, songs, lullabies and more for young children and their families to cuddle to and get ready for bedtime. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.
Babies & Toddlers Storytime. Two 20-25 minute long story times are packed full of lively stories, songs, and action rhymes for young children and their parents/caregivers. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 510-524-3043, ccclib.org.