Free program coming on historic Anza Trail

The El Cerrito Historical Society will host a free talk by Hale Sargent of the National Park Service on the Anza Trail (www.nps.gov/juba/) and its legacy at 7 p.m. June 18 at the Arlington Clubhouse, 1120 Arlington Blvd.

"The Anza Trail and the Spanish Settlement of the Bay Area" will look at the historic expedition of 30 Spanish colonist families who arrived in the Ohlone homeland in the Bay Area in June 1776 to establish San Francisco.

"These 240 children, women, and men had come overland 1,800 miles from present-day Mexico," the society notes. "Our nation (today) commemorates their journey as the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The Anza Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation throughout Arizona and California -- including the East Bay and El Cerrito."

Light refreshments will be served. For details contact Dave Weinstein at 510-524-1737 or davidsweinstein@yahoo.com.

Friedman takes head post at foundation

El Cerrito Councilman and former Mayor Mark Friedman is leaving his post as CEO of First 5 Alameda County to become CEO of the Thomas J. Long Foundation in Walnut Creek.

"Friedman will lead the foundation's new philanthropic impact strategy to disburse multiyear major grants to critical needs initiatives in Alameda and Contra Costa counties over the next eight years," according to a release from the Long Foundation. "These impact grant initiatives will be focused in the areas of education, disabled services, senior services and safety net services. By the year 2022, the foundation will spend-out its $90 million endowment."

Friedman had led nonprofit First 5 Alameda County, which oversees early childhood programs in early care and education, health care and family support, since 1999.

The Long Foundation has been a longtime partner of Alameda First 5, contributing $1.3 million to the organization over the past four years.

Friedman is also an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown to the California State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care.

Event will celebrate Asian Heritage Month

A program celebrating Asian Heritage Month and building healthy communities will be held at 6 p.m. May 31 at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. The free event will include food, entertainment, children's activities and educational resources. Sponsors include the cities of Albany and Berkeley, the Albany Library, ACHA Tibetan Sisterhood, and Albany Methodist Church.

Kensington Symphony to perform June 7

Geoffrey Gallegos conducts the Kensington Symphony in "Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition" at 8 p.m. June 7 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington.

The program will also include "Reinecke: Harp Concerto," with harpist Anna Lorenz, and the world premiere of "Narins: Sacred Space."

Admission is $15 general, $12 seniors, and children under 12, free.

Details: 510-526-6752.

Police and K9 promote reading program

Kensington police officers will read stories and the K9 unit from the El Cerrito Police Department will make a special appearance at the summer reading program kickoff event at 11 a.m. June 14 at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave.

The event is free. For more details call 510-524-3043.

City holding Zumbathon fundraiser

A Zumbathon event to benefit the David Hunter Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. May 31 at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

The event is open to all ages and Zumba instructors are donating their time so that all proceeds go to the scholarship fund, which provides access to recreation and child care programs to disadvantaged young people. There will also be a silent auction.

Cost is $15 adults in advance or $20 at the door. Advance cost for children is $5.

-- Chris Treadway

Art association holding plein-air talk

Timothy Horn will discuss plein-air and studio painting when the El Cerrito Art Association meets at 7 p.m. June 9 at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

Meetings are open to the public. For more details about the program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996 or bdaniell1943@gmail.com. Learn more about the ECAA at www.elcerritoart.org.

New exhibit opens at City Hall gallery

Paintings and prints by award-winning Berkeley artist Robbin Légère Henderson make up the newest exhibit in the upstairs gallery at El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave., on display through June 30.

-- Chris Treadway