BY MATT DURNING // Students at the Hatlen Center for the Blind in San Pablo, Calif., are learning skills most of us take for granted – life skills that will help them live independently. Now, after 36 years, the center has a chance to gain its own independence, right here in El Cerrito.
BY DANIEL MCGLYNN It’s the weekend – the El Cerrito DMV is closed – but a constant stream of cars flows through the Manila Avenue parking lot. Rather than the usual hurry-up and wait posture of the DMV line, these cars move through the lot with the efficiency of a well-run drive through.
BY N’JERI EATON// At the December 10 meeting, the West Contra Costa County school board will discuss a new proposal that would have Richmond’s Leadership Charter School move onto the site of Castro Elementary School. The proposal was abrupt and some say it speaks to the discord among board members. Veteran school board member Charles [...]
23 February 2009
Artist Gail Morrison will be showing a selection of her Insect Monoprints in the lobby of the El Cerrito Community Center from March 3 to April 29, 2009. The Insect Monoprints begin as larger-than-life pen and ink drawings which are transferred to solar etching plates, using the sun to expose the plates and water to [...]
08 February 2009
El Cerrito nature photographer and artist Heidi Rand, of Garden Delights Arts & Crafts, will hold a Holiday Gift Sale & Art Show on December 6th-7th and 13th-14th, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Glenn Custom Framing and Gallery of Art, 7027 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito. Rand photographs local flora and fauna, specializing in [...]
08 February 2009
“Thirst” A documentary film by Berkeley filmmakers Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman Plus: A public discussion led by the filmmakers on a range of environmental issues, including governmental approaches to pressing environmental problems. “Thirst,” a 2004, hour-long, award-winning documentary, provides a piercing look at the conflict between public stewardship and private profit of water, perhaps [...]
20 January 2009
BY DANIEL MCGLYNN // There’s no way to count all of the homeless people in a county the size of Rhode Island in a single morning. But the trained volunteers for the Homeless Count 2009 will try.
19 January 2009
BY DANIEL MCGLYNN // 2008 saw the usual spree of assaults, drugs, paper crimes, and shoplifting that are normal in El Cerrito. “The majority of crime in the city is property related theft,” said El Cerrito Police Commander Michael Regan, “usually burglarizing homes and autos.” Statistically, according to the serious crimes reported by the El [...]
03 January 2009
BY DANIEL MCGLYNN // Maybe you’ve been stockpiling broken electronic gadgets, are trying to make room for new holiday gifts, or are preparing for the impending switch to digital TV. Regardless of what kind of electronic waste situation you find yourself in, Universal Waste Management is willing to take them off your hands. The free [...]