New exhibit opening at City Hall gallery

The next exhibition at the gallery space at El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave., will feature landscape in oil and acrylic by artist Lin Salamo. "Sun and Fog: The East Bay and the California Coast" opens Aug. 7 and runs through Sept. 16 at the gallery on the second floor.

Salamo's portfolio is online at www.mesart.com/linsalamo.

El Cerrito High classes of 1972-74 reunion

Tickets are available now for a joint 40th reunion for the classes of 1972, '73 and '74 at El Cerrito High School set for 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3.

The cost is $50 per person for a four-course meal followed by music and dancing. Guests from other classes are welcome to attend.

For tickets or details click the reunion link at www.echs1973.com or call Vicki Iacobitti Berndt at 510-525-8327.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

City has openings on two commissions

Albany is seeking applicants for vacancies on its Social and Economic Commission and its Justice Commission.

Anyone interested in serving can contact the City Clerk at 510-5285710 for an application or apply online at www.albanyca.org.

Boyle to speak at St. Vincent de Paul benefit event


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Father Gregory Boyle, the founder and director of Homeboy Industries of East Los Angeles, will speak at a fundraising event for St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Saint Mary's College High School, 1294 Albina Ave.

Boyle, former chaplain at the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and Folsom Prison and the pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, is the author of The New York Times Bestselling book, "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion."

The lecture is part of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County's yearlong 75th anniversary celebration.

Tickets are $40 for reception; $25 for general admission (program only); and $15 for youth, 18 and under (program only), available at http://svdpalameda.eventbrite.com/.

Learn more about St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County at www.svdp-alameda.org.

Annuals reunion celebrates history of Pacific Coast League

The late Dick Dobbins, a Berkeley native, was among the foremost collectors and compilers of artifacts from the golden age of baseball's Pacific Coast League during its glory days from 1903 until the arrival of Major League Baseball on the West Coast in 1958.

Dobbins, then attending Berkeley High School, rescued records, trophies and other items of the Oakland Oaks after the team had left town and their Emeryville ballpark was being torn down in 1956. It became a lifelong passion for Dobbins, and that love is carried on at an annual event named in his honor.

The 19th annual Northern California Dick Dobbins PCL Player and Family Reunion will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Ryan O'Connell Hall, 575 West Estudillo Ave. at San Leandro Boulevard in San Leandro.

The day always includes players and PCL enthusiasts and a program about the history of a league that was good enough that many considered it "the third major league" in its golden era.

Admission is $24 with lunch (RSVP by Aug. 18) or $8 without.

To reserve a seat send a check made out to PCLHS to PCLHS, 420 Robinson Circle, Placentia, CA 92870. For more details call Mark Macrae at 510-538-6245.

Author to speak at upcoming bagel brunch

Author Barbara Leff will share selections from her debut poetry collection "And God Said ... A Brief History of Creation" at a Sunday bagel brunch at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central in Richmond.

The event is open to the community and there is a $5 suggested donation.

For more information, call 510-223-2560 or visit www.tbhrichmond.org.

City seeks applicants for commission openings

Residents are being sought for board, commission and committee vacancies in El Cerrito.

Upcoming openings include a seat on the Arts and Culture Commission, eight seats on the Crime Prevention Committee, a seat on the Economic Development Board, four seats on the Environmental Quality Committee, and an alternate's seat on the WCCUSD Bond Oversight Committee.

Commissioners are appointed by the City Council for terms of four years and meetings are generally held once a month during evening hours.

For details or an application contact the City Clerk at 510-215-4305.

Take excess veggies to the garden swap

The weekly Albany Local Garden Swap is the place to trade or donate the overabundance of produce grown in your yard.

The next gathering is 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Aug. 6 in the patio of the Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave.

Participants are advised to come early for the best selection at the weekly event.

-- Chris Treadway