Three movies on three different topics are coming this month to the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito, starting with the Bay Area premiere of a film on the origins of West Coast Modernist architecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

"Coast Modern" (2012) is subtitled "From L.A. to Vancouver, a legacy of inspired living by the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture."

The 55-minute film is directed by Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome, who will both be at the El Cerrito screening for a question-and-answer session along with architect Henrik Bull and author Dave Weinstein, who has written about local architecture and can cite modernist examples in El Cerrito and environs.

Advance tickets are $5 each, available online at elcerritomodern.eventbrite.com.

A trailer for "Coast Modern" can be viewed at youtu.be/Kkb7Dyiex_4.

  • A second premiere at the Cerrito is the long-awaited documentary "Sundar Shadi's Gifts," about the man best known for his annual Christmas display that attracted visitors from around the Bay Area to view his hillside El Cerrito property.

    A free screening of the film, produced by the city and KCRT cable Channel 28, will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Cerrito. Seating is first-come, first-served.

    Shadi, who is honored on the city's Wall of Fame, was also known for the elaborate floral displays he grew on the property next to his Arlington Avenue home and his involvement with the local chapter of the United Nations Association. He and his wife, Dorothy, bequeathed the funds that allowed construction of an El Cerrito History Room when the city built a new City Hall.

    Details: www.shadiholidaydisplay.com.

  • Also coming to the movie house is this month's Cerrito Classics selection from the Friends of the Cerrito, "The Exorcist" the box office horror/thriller blockbuster from 1973, showing at 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

    All seats are $8 to see the head-turning performance by 14-year-old Linda Blair as the possessed girl.

    WEST COUNTY NOTES: Berkeley landscape architect John Northmore Roberts will give a presentation on "The Decline and Rebirth of Redwood Creek" (Marin County) from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Edith Stone Room of the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave.

    "Find out how the beloved creek tumbling from Mt. Tam down to Muir Beach was loved almost to death by everyone from Bohemian Grove elites to Zen farmers -- and how we are now trying to fix it, including the largest restoration project to date, set for completion this year," says the publicity.

    The illustrated program, part of the Bay Currents speaker series from Friends of 5 Creeks, is free, but seating is limited.

  • Go to the fourth annual Rotary Club of El Cerrito wine-tasting gala from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Mira Vista Country Club, 7901 Cutting Blvd., and take comfort that while you are enjoying fine wines, appetizers, artisanal chocolates and a panoramic Bay view in the picturesque clubhouse, you're also helping the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    "This fundraiser will allow 10 children to attend a special MDA summer camp where they can spend a week with their peers enjoying all the joys of camp from swimming and horse back riding to camp fires and crafts," the club notes. "Most of the campers say that 'It's the best week of the year.'"

    Tickets are $45 each, available at www.ECRotaryWineTasting.com or by calling Frank Lee at 510-658-1453.

  • Another wine-tasting for a good cause is being hosted by Fix Our Ferals from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. The "Sweeten the Kitty" silent auction and wine tasting raises funds for the nonprofit organization as it celebrates its 15th year. FOF "promotes trap-neuter and return of homeless, outdoor cats" and last year opened a low-cost cat spay and neuter center in Richmond. For tickets and details visit www.fixourferals.org.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up-to-date on West Contra Costa news at IBABuzz.com/westcounty.