Man found with porn, joint in restroom

An El Sobrante man was arrested last week after a young girl caught him reading porn, smoking a cocaine-laced marijuana cigarette and sipping on a stolen soft drink in the women's restroom of a Safeway.

The 32-year-old man, whose name was not released, was reported by the girl who entered the bathroom Saturday afternoon, smelled the drug and saw a pornographic magazine on the floor and then alerted her mother, who called police.

Officers who were in the store at 11450 San Pablo Ave. investigating a separate shoplifting incident detained the man, who police said was under the influence of a controlled substance. He later admitted to smoking the cigarette and that it was laced with cocaine, police said. He also admitted to stealing a bottle of soda, police said.

He was arrested on suspicion of petty theft, being under possession of a controlled substance and drug possession, police said. The man was taken to the County Jail in Martinez.

Nominate now for El Cerrito Wall of Fame

El Cerrito is accepting nominations for its Wall of Fame through March 15.

The city describes the wall, which is outside the council chamber in City Hall, as "a prestigious honor established to recognize El Cerrito residents who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding and exemplary contributions to their community over a long period of time through their work on special projects."

Nomination forms and guidelines are online at http://www.el-cerrito.org/DocumentCenter/View/2506. Or call City Clerk Cheryl Morse at 510-215-4305 for more details.

Breakfast will benefit Albany Cub Scouts

Pancakes will be on the griddle when Albany Cub Scout Pack 3 hold its annual pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. March 17 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1325 Portland Ave.

Parents will be making a fresh breakfast served by Cub Scouts in a benefit for pack activities.

Breakfast is $8 adults, $4 seniors and children.

Watercolor talk at art group meeting

Artist Margaret W. Fago will discuss her work with watercolor and plein air painting as the guest speaker at the El Cerrito Art Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 11 in the Garden Room at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

The meeting, which starts with a show of art at 7 p.m., is open to the public, and visitors and new members are welcome. Details: 510-526-6241. To learn more about the association visit www.elcerritoart.org.

Clear out your garage at annual Albany sale

Albany has opened registration for its spring Citywide Garage Sale event scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4.

Forms, available online at http://bit.ly/ZbLdP7, are due by April 15.

El Cerrito embarks on city tree inventory

El Cerrito has hired a firm to survey and inspect trees on city property in parks and along streets.

The inventory will be conducted by workers from Davey Resources Group who will be wearing yellow vests and carrying electronic instruments as they study some 16,000 city trees and tally empty tree sites " to quantify the environmental and economic value of the city trees," according to a statement issued by El Cerrito.

A grant from the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is funding 75 percent of the projected $74,000 cost of the study.

A public meeting to discuss the results of the survey will be scheduled this spring.

Still time to enroll at Contra Costa College

Contra Costa College, 2600 Mission Bell Drive in San Pablo, is offering procrastinators a chance to enroll for the spring semester with a schedule of "late start classes" that begin in March and April.

Classes are made possible by voter approval of Proposition 30 in November.

The schedule of late start classes is online at www.contracosta.edu. Or contact Michele Jackson at 510-235-7800, ext. 4341, for more details.

Kickoff event for El Cerrito Relay for Life

A kickoff party for the annual El Cerrito Relay for Life event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 21 at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito.

The free event is a chance to learn about the relay and how you can become involved in the 24-hour walking fundraiser for research and support programs of the American Cancer Society, while enjoying the games and attractions at Playland (www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org).

The Playland staff have been annual supporters of the El Cerrito edition of the relay in memory of the attraction's founder, Richard Tuck.

The relay itself is scheduled for July 20-21 at Cerrito Vista Park.

For details visit www.relayforlife.org/elcerritoca or call 510-697-0422.

-- Chris Treadway and Bay City New Service