The Berkeley Historical Society has begun preparing for its 50th anniversary celebration of the Free Speech Movement, including an exhibit that will open with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St.
The society is now looking for people who were around at the time to share their memories and artifacts of a defining time in city history.
Linda Rosen, who is curating the exhibit, writes, "Were you around during 1964? Do you have any recollections to share? What were the local store owners' and the community's reactions to the events and to the 1964 election?
Were you involved in local civil rights or anti-war issues both before or after the Free Speech Movement? What were your feelings about the connection between civil rights, free speech, and the Multiversity? Does anyone have an FSM strike sign or banner, newsletter, or pin? "
The group is seeking stories, pictures and artifacts it can use in the exhibit, as well as pins, artifacts and pictures of other causes from the decade.
Anyone willing to share stories or materials can contact Rosen at email@example.com.
FORMER MAYOR DIES: We are sad to note the death of Ernie Del Simone, a Richmond native and former El Cerrito city councilman, who died May 27 at age 90.
Del Simone was a World War II veteran who worked for Standard Oil of California and earned his law degree at age 41.
He served two terms on the El Cerrito council and was mayor in 1976.
His full obituary is online at bit.ly/1igWygO.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: San Pablo has been selected by the National Civic League for an All-America City Award, described as "the country's most prestigious award for outstanding, community-based civic accomplishments," and announced last week in Denver, Colo.
City representatives made presentations at the league's Denver conference on three initiatives for consideration: The Health Element and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force; the San Pablo Economic Development Corporation; and the San Pablo Police Department Community Partnership Programs.
The city was 25 finalists for All-America City (www.allamericacityaward.com) consideration.
Attendees are invited to come dressed as a favorite character from the film. A donation will be asked at the door.
Boarding starts at 6:30 p.m. and visitors must be able to climb the gangplank and steep steps aboard the historic cargo ship.
For directions to the shipyard, call 510-237-2933 or visit www.ssredoakvictory.com.
The 104-minute film (www.symphonyofthesoil.com) "explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world's most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, this film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth."
For more details about the presentation call 510-215-4361 or visit www.el-cerrito.org/newgreen.
Seating is limited. To RSVP for "The People Who Shaped Pinole," contact Cheryl Nickerson at Pinole Senior Village, 510-758-1122 or crdpinole@WestmontLiving.com.