Shooting injures 2, prompts lockdowns

Two people were injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon that put two El Cerrito schools on lockdown.

Police responded about 2 p.m. to reports of a shooting on Ohlone Greenway, between Lincoln and Stockton avenues. Two people were injured in the gunfire and were taken to a hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

Suspects in the shooting fled the area, police said, and officers are on-scene searching for them and interviewing witnesses.

Fairmount Elementary School and El Cerrito High School, were locked down following the initial reports of the shooting. The lockdowns were lifted when personnel determined that the suspects had left the area.

Lincoln Highway sign unveiled Friday

The first of four markers commemorating El Cerrito's role as part of the historic Lincoln Highway will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 near 10192 San Pablo Ave. at the corner of Lincoln Avenue.

El Cerrito Historical Society board member Rich Bartke, Mayor Greg Lyman and Michael Kaelin of the Lincoln Highway Association will speak at the brief ceremony.

Four markers, purchased by historical society members, will be installed on San Pablo, which was a key portion of the nation's first transcontinental highway. This year is the 100th anniversary of the highway's establishment.

El Cerrito session on strategic plan

El Cerrito will hold a special meeting Saturday for the City Council to "provide direction on vision, values, goals and strategies."

The session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave. will include an introduction and period for public comment, followed by a review of strategic planning progress so far completed and discussion of current and possible future factors that could influence the process and goals.

The council will then give its input on the city's vision and values and review goals and strategies.

The session is open to the public.

Dinner, music and auction benefit Portola

The inaugural Celebrate Portola Auction, a benefit for academic and music programs at the middle school, will be at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. The evening will include dinner, a show featuring Portola jazz bands and jazz ensemble, and a silent auction.

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students, available online at portolanews.com/Auction/, by emailing CelebratePortola@gmail.com, or by going to the school office. Tickets at the door will cost $5 more.

Albany holding first blood drive of year

A "family-friendly" American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 hosted by the city and the United States Department of Agriculture laboratory at the Bill Lewis Teen Center parking lot at Ocean View Park, 900 Buchanan St. in Albany.

This is the city's first blood drive of the year and adult donors are welcome to bring children onto the Red Cross bus to teach the importance of blood donations.

To make an appointment visit www.givelife.org and enter sponsor code USDA or call 866-236-3276. For details about eligibility requirements visit www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility.

Tickets available for Lions Club crab feed

The annual Albany Lions Club Crab Feed is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Veterans Building in Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave.

The evening starts with a 5:30 p.m. social hour with appetizers and cocktails.

There will also be a silent auction and all proceeds will benefit the service club's community programs and projects.

Tickets are $40 each, available by calling Harry at 510-524-9839 or Valerie at 510-685-7844 or sending an email to albanylionsca@gmail.com.

Exchange Club crab feed benefits sports

The Albany-El Cerrito Exchange Club is again serving a crab feast to benefit El Cerrito youth programs, including the girls varsity and junior varsity soccer teams at El Cerrito High School.

The crab feed, which includes a raffle, no-host bar and prizes, is at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. No outside alcohol or take home food will be allowed.

Tickets are $40 each, available by contacting Cheryl Burnell at 510-364-0198 or cburnell94547@yahoo.com.

Company issues recall of its frozen pizza

Berkeley-headquartered Annie's initiated a voluntary recall Tuesday of Annie's Homegrown Frozen Pizza due to possible fragments of metal caused by a faulty screen at a flour mill.

The affected pizza products are distributed at grocery, mass and natural food stores nationwide, the natural and organic foods company said. Berkeley-based Annie's said the fragments consist of flexible metal mesh.

All varieties of Annie's Rising Crust Frozen Pizza that have a "best by" date including or between Jan. 9, 2013, and Sept. 14, 2013, are affected.

-- George Avalos and Chris Treadway