Crime Victims Rights Week event

Representatives from the Alameda County District Attorney's office will be at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave., from 2 to 5 p.m. April 24 to publicize National Crime Victims Rights Week.

Rhe focus of this year's observance is teenagers, and they organizers that fewer than 30 percent of the estimated one million crimes that occur in public schools each year are reported. To learn more about National Crime Victims Rights Week visit http://bit.ly/11aEtVA.

Portola welcomes spring with fair

Portola Middle School will hold its Spring Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 on the blacktop of the school, just above the El Cerrito Community Center on Moeser Lane. The family event will have food, games, a raffle, live entertainment and a cake walk. For more details visit http://bit.ly/17zx7yv.

Bargains, food, fun at senior center

Come for the bargains and stay for the eats and entertainment at the White Elephant & Polish Dog Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave.

The sale will have household items, artwork, crafts, jewelry, books and toys, entertainment all day, and, of course polish dogs. Details: 510-524-9122

El Cerrito sets Earth Day celebration

A day of hands-on work will again mark the annual Earth Day observance in El Cerrito from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20.

The community is invited to join volunteering at work sites in public areas around town, pulling weeds and removing invasive species, tending planted areas and picking up trash. Work parties end at noon, when volunteers will gather for a free lunch and environmental resource event at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

To register online visit http://el-cerrito.org/index.aspx?nid=645 or contact Garth Schultz in the Environmental Services Division at 510-215-4350 or earthday@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us for more details.

Albany shoreline cleanup for Earth Day

The Watershed Project, Citizens for East Shore Parks, East Bay Regional Park District and the city of Albany will hold a shoreline cleanup from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 27.

Volunteers will meet at the foot of Buchanan Street to pick up rubbish and create art from collected objects.

Organizers will provide refreshments and tools, but ask those that have gloves and buckets to bring them. Bringing a reusable water bottle is also advised, along with sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

The event qualifies for student service hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register visit http://albanyearthday2013cleanup.eventbrite.com/#. For more details contact Juliana at 510-224-4085 or juliana@thewatershedproject.org.

Free children's program at Kensington Library

Elementary school-age children can learn to make their own book at a free program at 3 p.m. May 9 at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave.

"Come design and create a simple blank book," says the library announcement. "You choose the cover, plus colored, lined, or comic book papers for the inside. Then decorate your cover and lace it all together. Use your book as a photo album, comic book, journal, scrapbook, baseball score book, or for anything else you can imagine."

Details: 510-524-3043 or ccclib.org.

Upcoming hike will take in hill views

The next outing scheduled by the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers is a Kensington-El Cerrito-Berkeley Top of the Hill Hike that starts at 10 a.m. May 25 at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave.

Hikers will "walk the edge of Wildcat Canyon, see a home by Bernard Maybeck and plenty of modern architecture, take some unusual trails, and see abandoned trails we hope to rescue," during the outing of two to three hours. There will be steep portions.

For details contact Dave Weinstein at 510-524-1737 or davidsweinstein@yahoo.com, or visit www.ectrailtrekkers.org.

Cal Day returns with events for whole family

Cal Day, the annual open house at UC Berkeley, will have more than 300 free, public events for all ages and interests from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20. Events will be on the central campus, as well as the UC Botanical Garden, Lawrence Hall of Science and Space Sciences Laboratory in nearby Strawberry Canyon.

"Touch a meteorite, dig like an archaeologist, explore a musical instrument, sit-in on a lecture with one of Cal's leading lights, tune in to Taiko drummers, and check out Cal's victory cannon. Or consult the bug doctor, listen to Olympic ice skater and children's book author Kristi Yamaguchi, tour research labs and residence halls, learn about Mayan astronomy or just enjoy an afternoon concert at Memorial Glade."

A complete list of events is online at http://calday.berkeley.edu/.

-- Chris Treadway