ALBANY -- The life of former Mayor Jewel Okawachi will be celebrated at a community event at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave.

Okawichi, known for her devotion community involvement that included serving on the City Council from 2000 to 2008, died July 14 at age 84.

Okawichi grew up in Albany and was known for volunteering her time to improve the community. She was also known for her extensive collection of folk art made by Japanese Americans at the internment camp where she and her family were forced to live during World War II.

Her community involvement included being active with organizations such as the Albany Education Foundation, the Police Activities League, the Youth Task Force, the Prevention Council, the Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Albany Little League, the Boy Scouts, the first Teen Center, Albany High School Track and Field, Albany High Athletic Boosters, the Albany Community Foundation, the Albany Chamber of Commerce, the Solano Avenue Association, the Albany Historical Society, the Friends of the Albany Library, the Friends of the Albany Seniors, and Soroptimist International.

The City Council in 2009 renamed Terrace Park on Tevlin Street as Jewel's Terrace Park to honor her dedication to Albany.