El Cerrito welcomes helpers on Earth Day

El Cerrito's annual Earth Day celebration will have work parties doing cleanup and removing invasive plants in parks and other public areas around the city from 9 a.m. to noon April 26, followed by a volunteer appreciation lunch from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

The city will provide gloves, bags and tools.

Register at www.el-cerrito.org/earthday or by email at earthday@el-cerrito.ca.us. Registration on the day of the event can be done in the morning at the Community Center.

Learn about drought resiliency at workshop

El Cerrito is holding a free workshop on drought resiliency from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 1 at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave.

The session will cover ways to save water "with drought-resilient landscape practices, low impact laundry-to-garden graywater systems, and other low-cost home improvements."

Because space is limited, participants should reserve a spot at www.el-cerrito.org/index.aspx?NID=869.

Albany celebrates green living and art

The Albany Arts & Green Festival returns to Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 4.

The annual event "celebrates Albany's commitment to the environment with live youth performances and green resources," with booths for local green organizations, green vendors, artists and city departments. There will also be food trucks, demonstrations and a kids zone featuring the Lawrence Hall of Science.

"Come learn about gardening and urban farming, permaculture, the benefits of eating fresh organic produce, seed sharing, and raising chickens. Peruse information on reducing waste in and around the home, check out energy efficient solutions including solar panels and window replacement, and examine an electric car."

The main stage will have local entertainment and lawn space to spread a blanket and picnic.

Residents can also pick up free compost and recycle electronic items at the festival. Bicycle parking is free and low cost bike tuneups will be available.

Kensington preschool hosting benefit festival

The annual SkyJam Festival fundraiser at Skytown Cooperative Preschool, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington, will have family entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.

Featured will be the Bubble Lady, Jon's School of Music, and Risa Lenore's Jelly Jam Time, along with children's carnival games, bounce houses and family activities, along with a silent auction. Admission is $5 per person, free age 2 and under at the event. Tickets good toward food, drinks and activities will be $1.

Bicycles are focus of Harding School festival

The Used Bicycle Sale and Festival will be back on the playground at Harding Elementary School, Ashbury and Fairmount avenues in El Cerrito, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3.

Donated bikes are fixed up and offered for sale, bike mechanics will be on-site to offer repair services, there will be a raffle for a new bicycle, safety demonstrations and activities, and food available from a taco truck. The day will also include a school rummage sale.

Anyone with bicycles to donate for the festival should email hardingrecycle@gmail.com. For more details visit hardingrecycle.wordpress.com.

Kensington Symphony concert set

The Kensington Symphony Orchestra and the choirs of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley and the San Francisco Society of Unitarian Universalists perform Puccini's "Gloria" and other works at 8 p.m. April 26 at the church, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington.

Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors, available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Details: visit www.luminosityevents.org.

-- Chris Treadway