El Cerrito holding DUI enforcement night

The El Cerrito Police Department want to send a holiday season warning about driving while impaired and will hold a late evening sobriety checkpoint on Dec. 20 at an undisclosed location with the assistance of the Richmond Police Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department.

"The sobriety checkpoint will be staffed by officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers," the department stated in a release. "Drug recognition experts will be on site to provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of drug use."

Kensington Symphony seasonal concert

The Holiday Concert by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra is 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington. The program, led by music director and conductor Geoffrey Gallegos, will feature music of Corelli, Verdi, Leroy Anderson and Darius Milhaud, featuring Sandra I. Noriega in his "Concerto for Percussion." Tickets are $15 general, $12 students and seniors, (under 12 free) available at the door. Details: www.keningtonsymphonyorchestera.org.

Here comes Santa Claus, right down Solano Avenue


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A photo op with Santa Claus awaits at the final weekend of Santa on Solano from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 at Whole Health Apothecary, 1229 Solano Ave. in Albany.

You supply the camera and they supply Santa Claus, popcorn and treats, all free. Details: 510-527-5358, www.solanoavenueassn.org.

ECHS class of 2014 brick fundraiser

The Class of 2014 at El Cerrito High School is selling personalized bricks to raise money for Grad Night.

Engraved bricks are available for $100 for three lines of 20 characters each and can commemorate present or past students or faculty, a loved one, or offer personal wisdom or humor. For more details contact Claire Content at contentcastro@yahoo.com.

Join the chorus at church Messiah event

Orchestra, soloists and the audience will perform at the singalong of Handel's Messiah at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington.

Singers can bring their own score or borrow one for a $10 deposit.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Details: www.uucb.org or call 510-525-0302.

El Cerrito seeks input on smoking regulations

El Cerrito is asking residents to take an online survey at www.el-cerrito.org/smoking on types of regulations desired to protect the public from secondhand smoke.

A community Smoke Protection workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave.

Input will be used in drafting an ordinance for consideration next year.

For more details or to request a hard-copy of the survey, contact Assistant City Manager Karen Pinkos at kpinkos@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or 510-215-4302.

Media committee has vacancies

Albany is seeking applicants for three vacancies on its Community Media Access Committee. Those interested in serving can call 510-528-5710 for an application that should be filed with the Deputy City Clerk in the Administration Office, City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, CA, 94706.

An application can also be filled out and submitted online at www.albanyca.org.

Donations sought for annual drive

The annual Donation Drive in Albany is accepting used and new coats, nonperishable food, and new toys through Dec. 20.

Donation locations are at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.; the Community Center, 1247 Marin Ave.; and the Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. (food only).

Donations will go to Operation Dignity for distribution at the Albany Temporary Transition Shelter, the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond and the Alameda County Food Bank.

Library offers databases to grantseekers

The El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., is now offering The Foundation Directory Online, calling it a "valuable new resource" for nonprofit organizations and other grantseekers in West Contra Costa County.

Reservations for computers can be made at ccclib.org or by calling 510-526-7512.

-- Chris Treadway