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Insect Monoprints in El Cerrito

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 develop them.

Meanwhile, using either oil paint or etching inks, Morrison prints colorful monotype backgrounds on fine printmaking paper. Then, in a second pass through the press, she prints the etching over the background. The result shows a dramatic contrast between the swirling abstract colors and the crisp drawing of the insect.

Morrison’s hope is that by getting a closer look, people will come to regard insects as our fellow creatures on the planet, and not just annoyances. They are everywhere, and although they sometimes bother us, they are just trying to make their way in the world like everybody else. They are small, but their bodies have very complex shapes and structures. The more closely you look, the more interesting they become.

The address of the Community Center is 7007 Moeser Lane in El Cerrito. The Insect Monoprints are on view during the hours the Community Center is open, generally Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Holiday Gift Sale and Art Show

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 images of butterflies, hummingbirds, California native plants, as well as roses and orchids, and much more! Her original, unique arts and crafts are ideal gifts for women, men, children and pets, including wearable art (silk scarves, purses, shirts, tote bags), decorative and practical home decor (handmade soap, sachets, light switch plates, mugs, nightlights, pillows, tile boxes), mixed-media one-of-a-kind artwork, cards, and more. Many unique handmade items priced under $20.

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“Thirst”, free documentary film at Cerrito Theater

“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 the most important natural resource on the planet, one that is critical both to human health and to the economic well being of all nations.

2 p.m. Sunday March 1 at the Cerrito Theater, 10070 San Pablo Ave. (2 blocks from the El Cerrito Plaza BART). Admission is free! Food and beverages are available at this unusual theater.

Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of West Contra Costa County and the city of El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee.

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2009 Homeless Count – Volunteers Needed

2009 Homeless Count – Volunteers Needed

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. Read the full story

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Seeing Possibility

Seeing Possibility

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. Read the full story

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Electronic Waste Recycling

Electronic Waste Recycling

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. Read the full story

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The Million Pound Holiday Food Drive

The Million Pound Holiday Food Drive

BY DANIEL MCGLYN //

Anyway you stack it – in red food donations barrels, in giant cardboard boxes, or on shrink-wrapped pallets – a million pounds of food is a lot of food. That’s about how much now sits in the massive warehouse of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties in Concord.

The million pounds of donated food is the result of the last two months of community food drives and will help get the 178 non-profit pantries, soup kitchens, assistance programs, or schools – and eventually the 98,000 people a month that this food feeds – through the winter. Read the full story

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She Knows How to Get Her Point Across

Students practice at the Sport Fencing Center in Richmond.

Students practice at the Sport Fencing Center in Richmond.

BY FERNANDO GALLO //

Karen Ladenheim has been operating the Sport Fencing Center in Richmond for seven years, bringing a lifetime of fencing experience along with her as she coaches East Bay youth on the art of swordsmanship. The El Cerrito resident gives us some insight on the center, her students and how we all have a little swordsman inside of us. Read the full story

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Local Theaters Holding Their Own Against Economy

BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

In a time of economic strife and hardship, laughter appears to be prevailing.

The house was packed at the Contra Costa Civic Theater in El Cerrito for Saturday night’s performance of Greater Tuna, a “comedy with Tex Appeal.”
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VIDEO: Improved Safety Along Upper Fairmount Avenue

VIDEO: Improved Safety Along Upper Fairmount Avenue

BY MATT DURNING //

In October, the city of El Cerrito began work to improve the upper stretch of Fairmount Avenue from Richmond Street, just east of the Plaza BART station, to Colusa Avenue at Sunset View Cemetery.

Funded through the city’s redevelopment agency, the project has two key goals: to improve pedestrian safety and enhance physical beauty throughout this important community corridor. Read the full story

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