Postal carriers to collect donated food

Postal customers can help with the Stamp Out Hunger food drive on May 11 by leaving nonperishable foods by their mailboxes.

Nationwide that day, postal workers will pick up the food, that will be delivered to local food banks. This year's event is the 21st annual food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

According to a news release, residents everywhere may take part by filling a bag with nonperishable food -- like peanut butter, pasta, rice, low-sugar cereal, and canned foods such as tuna, meat, stew, soup, and vegetables -- and placing it by their mailbox before their regular mail delivery time May 11.

Organizers say the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the largest American single-day food drive.

Details: www.helpstampouthunger.com.

Citywide Garage Sale returns May 11

More than 70 locations have registered for El Cerrito's spring Citywide Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11. A map of locations is online at http://ow.ly/kEOHw and print versions are at the Recycling and Center, 7501 Schmidt Lane, and the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

Free concert for Mother's Day in Albany

The Albany Jazz Big Band will present a free Mother's Day concert from 2 to 4 p.m. May 12 at the Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. The band, an annual favorite at the Solano Stroll, will perform a new repertoire that includes classic to modern big band jazz. Music Director Bob Levenson will lead the band of Bay Area musicians and featured vocalists will be Catherine DeCuir, Richard Kalman and Sandra Sprague. Details: www.albanyjazzband.org.

Learn right way to ride at free Bike Rodeo

Riding safety and fun are the attractions at the Albany Police Activities League Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 on the playground at Cornell Elementary School, 920 Talbot Ave.

APAL will conduct safe riding demonstrations, will have a number of free helmets and "Check for Bikes" mirror decals to give out and there will be free tuneups and repairs by the Bikemobile.

Heritage roses event returns May 19

One of El Cerrito's longest running events, A Celebration of Old Roses, returns to the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 19.

The free event, founded by the late Miriam Wilkins, features a large variety of heirloom and hard-to-find roses from specialty nurseries, advice from rose experts, vendors; tool sharpening; talks and demonstrations.

Details: Kristina Osborn, 510-527-3815.

Cooking demonstration at farmers market

Chef Sarah Nelson, founder of the sustainable food nonprofit organization Three Squares, will demonstrate making rainbow kale salad at the Albany farmers market, 3 to 6 p.m. May 22 in the 1000 block of Solano Avenue west of San Pablo Avenue.

The Cooking Demonstration Series is sponsored by the Ecology Center Farmers' Markets. Details: 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org/fm, or www.threesquaremeals.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.

Details: www.ectrailtrekkers.org.

-- Kelly Gust and Chris Treadway