Police employees group holding crab feed

The annual crab feed hosted by the El Cerrito Police Employees Association, featuring all-you-can-eat crab salad, pasta and bread, is set for 6 to 10 p.m. March 21 at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

The event, which also includes a raffle, benefits the association's K9 fund, which covers expenses for the police department's German shepherd that the city does not pay for, including training and installing a kennel space at the handling officer's residence.

"It takes some of the financial burden off the city," said Cpl. Mike Hernandez, noting that the event has become an anticipated attraction inside and outside police circles. "We want people to come. It's not just for law enforcement," he said. "It's a fun event and people have a good time."

Tickets are $45 adults, $25 age 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased during business hours at the police station, 10900 San Pablo Ave., or reserved by sending an email to ecpeacrabfeed@yahoo.com.

Pancake breakfast to benefit center

The Friends of Albany Seniors pancake breakfast will offer sausage, eggs, pancakes, coffee and juice prepared by city firefighters from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. The cost is $9 adults, $6 ages 6 and under, with proceeds benefiting the center.

Fundraiser to benefit graduation night

The senior class at El Cerrito High School is holding a "Backyard Boogie" event from 7 to 10 p.m. March 1 at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, to raise funds for its safe and sober graduation night celebration.

The event will include food, drinks, music, dancing, and live and silent auctions, and each class year will be assembling special gift baskets (seniors, culinary; juniors, entertainment; sophomores, health and beauty; freshmen, home and garden) for bidding.

Tickets are available at backyardboogie2014.wordpress.com, or send an email to backyardboogie2014@gmail.com.

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Free app available from El Cerrito police

A free app is being offered for iPhone owners by the El Cerrito Police Department that will allow users to inventory and photograph their property, communicate with the department and make anonymous tips, among other functions.

You can find the app in the iTunes Store or by going to bit.ly/1nqYCiI.

Police holding coffee get together

El Cerrito is continuing its Coffee with Cops outreach program with sessions from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Feb. 22 at Starbucks, 11861 San Pablo Ave., and 7 to 7:45 a.m. Feb. 23 at Nations, 606 Central Ave.

The outreach "provides citizens the opportunity to meet and talk with an El Cerrito police officer in a less formal manner, with a relaxing cup of coffee," according to the police department. "This is a chance for citizens to talk with the officer patrolling their neighborhood and exchange ideas."

Coffee with a Cop is part of a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

"We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers," said El Cerrito police Lt. Steve Bonini.

El Cerrito trail group hosting free outings

Jenny Hammer of the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers group is leading a series of hikes from Motorcycle Hill up through the Madera property now in the process of being acquired and into the Hillside Natural Area at 3 p.m. March 6 and March 20. The outings of about 90 minutes meet at the corner of Navellier and Blake streets.

Violin quartet concert in Point Richmond

Jeremy Cohen and his Violin Jazz Quartet perform at a Point Richmond Jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Point Richmond United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St.

Cohen, an accomplished Bay Area-based violinist, will be accompanied by Larry Dunlap, piano; Dix Bruce, Guitar, and Jim Kerwin, bass.

Admission is $15 advance or $20 at the door. The concert series will continue on the fourth Friday of each month through May.

-- Chris Treadway