Events

March 1 -31: PINOLE ART CENTER GALLERY 

Local Artists displaying and selling their art - ranging from jewelry to fine art. The current show is entitled “Perfect Vision 2020” and features local guest artist Natica Angilly. Come browse for unique gifts for someone else or for yourself! Located in the Pinole Vista Crossing shopping center, 1360 Fitzgerald Drive, Pinole. Open Tues-Sat. 11-5pm. 510-724-2008 or pinoleartisans.weebly.com. Come visit us!

 

Throughout March Free Little Lending Library in Pinole 

Open 24/7. Christ the Lord Church, 592 Tennent Ave, Pinole, across from the Fernandez Park baseball field, invites you to visit and get free books from the Little Lending Library on the side of our deck (at the corner of Tennent Ave. and Park St.) We have books for both adults and children, available at no charge for you to borrow or keep. Please stop by and check out our Little Lending Library! 510-724-0141 or email ctl.welcome@gmail.com. 

 

March 2: Dogs for Teens!                      

4pm. Need to decompress? Teens ages 10-18 are invited to cuddle, hang out with, or read to the beloved doggies from Therapy Pets during this special library program. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, 510-526-7512. 

 

March 2: Knitting and Crochet Club

6pm. El Cerrito Library’s yarn club provides free yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks to help you get started. All skill levels are welcome - we’d be thrilled to show you how to knit and/or crochet. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito. 510-526-7512.

 

March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30: Scouts BSA Girl Troop 2019 Meetings 

7-8:45pm. WORK TOWARD EAGLE SCOUT RANK! Monthly hiking/camping trips - river rafting, rock climbing, Point Reyes, Black Diamond Mines, Camp Wolfeboro Summer Camp. Winner of Camporee First Place Troop Award! For all girls age 11 to 17. Elks Lodge #1251, 3931 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante. 

 

March 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30: El Cerrito Library Storytime!          

Mondays 12:30pm, Thursdays 10:15am. Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and your caregivers, join us for stories, songs, and fun! All children are welcome at this free program. El Cerrito Library, 

6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, 510-526-7512. 

 

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Read-to-a-Dog 

5-7pm. Spend 20 relaxing minutes reading to a dog! Kobi and friends from Therapy Pets love to listen to stories, so curl up with a four-legged buddy & read, read, read. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, 510-526-7512. 

 

 

March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: Toddler/Preschool Story Time

10:30-11am. Age Group: 18 months – 5 years (siblings welcome) and caregivers. Bayview Branch Library, 5100 Hartnett Ave., 

510-620-6557. 

 

March 3: Home Organizing & Downsizing Workshop          

6:30pm. Downsizing and moves can be quite stressful. So join us as certified Senior Move Managers from DMA Organizing help guide you through the process. In this free workshop you’ll learn when to start, how to reduce stress so you aren’t overwhelmed.El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito. 510-526-7512.

 

March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31: Toddler/Preschool Story Time

10:30-11am. Age Group: 18 months – 5 years (siblings welcome) and caregivers. Emphasis on enjoying stories, fingerplays and movement activities in support of early literacy development in a warm, welcoming environment. West Side Branch, 135 Washington Ave., 510-620-6557. 

 

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: ESL English Conversation Group

4:30-6pm. Come to practice English, meet people, and have fun! Our English Conversation Group is led by a wonderful, experienced, certified ESL teacher, is free and open to teens and adults with basic conversational English skills. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530. 510-526-7512.

 

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Drop-In Reading Help 

3:30-5:30pm. Is your child struggling with reading comprehension, reading out loud, or word recognition? Join us on Tuesday afternoons for FREE drop-in tutoring. We’ll provide skill-building help in reading and phonics, as well as sign-offs on required out loud reading time. No registration necessary. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd., 510-758-2741.

 

March 3: Beading Workshop                      

5:30pm. Join local artist Kelly Plumb for an evening of adult crafting at the Rodeo Library. FREE. Supplies will be provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Rodeo Library. At the Rodeo Library, 220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo, 510-799-2606.

 

March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31: Infant Music and Movement 

9:30-10am. Age Group: Infants (0-18 months) and their caregivers. Enjoy a special music and movement time with your little one. Read books, learn songs, movement games and rhymes, make new friends. Activities support bonding, social and cognitive development. West Side Branch, 135 Washington Ave., 510-620-6557.

 

March 4, 11, 18, 25: Family Storytime

11-11:30am, Age Group: Infant – 5 years (siblings welcome) and caregivers. Richmond Main Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, 

510-620-6557.

 

March 4, 11, 18: After School Game Time for Teens 

2:30-4:30pm. Teens: Join us after school for Wii and board games. Sponsored by Friends of the Pinole Library. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 

 

March 4, 11, 18, 25: Computer Help 

6-7:45pm. Receive one-on-one computer help from our experts. Practice searching the Internet, sending e-mails, and more. Drop-in or call to reserve a time. Reservations given preference. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.

 

March 4, 18: Hooks & Needles 

6pm. Join us 1st and 3rd Wednesdays for a cozy evening while we knit or crochet something warm. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.

 

March 4, 11, 18, 25: Mindful Meditation

10:15am. Join us for 45 minutes guided meditations in the peaceful morning library. New and experienced practitioners welcome. 

El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, 510-526-7512.

 

March 5, 12, 19, 26: ESL Conversation Group 

6:30pm. Join us as we improve our conversational English through reading and discussion! Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd., 

510-758-2741.

 

March 5: Game Time                        

4:30pm. Come play board games, such as Rail Baron, Clue, chess, checkers, and many more. All ages welcome. At the Rodeo Library, 220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo, 510-799-2606.

 

 

March 6: Pinole Library Book Club 

2:15pm. Join us the first Friday of every month for our book discussion. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd., 510-758-2741.

 

March 6, 13, 20, 27: Mindfulness Meditation 

4pm. Open to all adults. Take the stress out of the week with an hour of meditation. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 510-758-2741.

 

March 7, 21: Finding Your Voice 

2pm. Open to all adults. Join our ongoing creative writing group on 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd., 

510-758-2741.

 

March 7: PACKING FOR THE MILITARY TROOPS

11-1pm. Join Their Angels Military Support Group for their troops packing on Saturday, March 7th, Help, us prepare care packages to send to active duty military personnel. Packing items are furnished and light refreshments are served. Hilltop Church of Christ, 

3301 Morningside Drive, Richmond. theirangels.org.

 

March 7: Read to HALO Angel Ears Therapy Dogs 

10:30-12noon. If you are ready to read, they are ready to listen! Certified therapy dogs listen to children read during a 15-minute session. HALO dogs provide a safe, confidence-building space for reading practice. To register for a 15-minute spot, call the library at 510-758-2741 or ask at the desk. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd.

 

March 7, 14, 21, 28: Builders Club 

12-1:30pm. The Pinole Library has Legos! Kids of all ages and the young at heart are welcome to drop in and play with Lego blocks. Creations will be displayed at the front of the library for one week! Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd., 510-758-2741.

 

March 7, 14, 21 and 28: Saturday Family Storytime

11-11:30am. Age Group: Infant – 5 years (siblings welcome) and caregivers. Richmond Main Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza., 

510-620-6557.

 

March 7: Lizard Lady’s Reptile Show

2pm. Meet exciting snakes and lizards with The Lizard Lady! Children of all ages will learn about endangered rainforest species from these beautiful reptile ambassadors. Free! El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, 510-526-7512.

 

March 10: Friends Meeting                       

6pm. Come be involved in the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Rodeo Library. Rodeo Library, 220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo. 510-799-2606.

 

March 10: Heather Roger’s Magic Show!

6pm. A Magical, Entertaining and Educational Program for Women in History Month. This free, interactive and dazzling Comedy Magic Show features magic, comedy, juggling, lots of audience participation, and a discussion of women’s influence on the history of magic. All children get to participate on stage and become stars of the show, and every child receives free magic tricks, turning the end of the show into a Mini-Magic Workshop where THEY become the magicians! El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, 510-526-7512.

 

March 10: Pinole Garden Club Meeting

1pm. General Meeting 2 pm: Guest Speaker: To be announced. Held in the Alex Clark Public Safety Facility, 880 Tennent Ave. (behind the fire station). All are welcome. 510-275-9890.

 

March 11: Tween Book Club

3:30pm. Tweens ages 11-13 are invited to join El Cerrito Library’s Tween Book Club! Discuss this month’s book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, make fun crafts, and snack on some tasty treats. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, 510-526-7512.

 

March 12: El Cerrito Garden Club                 

9:30am. In their annual ‘Bouquets to Art’ program, garden club members display their own floral arrangements along with art that reflects and complements their arrangements. El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. The program begins after a short general meeting and a refreshment break. Members are free. Guests cost $3. 510-237-4654.

 

March 14: BollyX Dance Fitness Workout              

2pm. BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance fitness program that combines choreography from Indian dance forms and workout set to cheerful music from around the world. With a focus on bringing out an inner sense of expression, the program inspires you to bring out your inner rock star! This free, whole body workout is for adults only - and please wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothing. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave,

El Cerrito, 510-526-7512. 

 

March 16: Upcycled Instrument Making Workshop

6pm. Come and join us for an instrument making workshop and drum circle hosted by one of our current El Cerrito Creative ReUse artists in residence, Kloe Chan. The workshop is free and all materials will be provided, so just bring yourself and a friend! El Cerrito Library, 

6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, 510-526-7512.

 

March 16: ARF® sponsored Read to a Dog 

3:30-4:30pm. Dogs are ideal reading partners, providing comfort and unconditional acceptance that can allow children to focus better and read with greater confidence. Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue foundation partners with the Richmond Public Library to bring trained reading therapy dogs to encourage reading success. Space is limited. Reservations encouraged. 325 civic Center Plaza, Richmond, 510-620-6557. 

 

March 18: Magical Nathaniel: By the Numbers 

6:30pm. In this mind blowing and original show, Nathaniel will combine his math and theater background to present numerical miracles that will amaze and astound even the most skeptical of audiences, all while tying together and emphasizing the importance of participation in Census 2020. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd.

 

March 19: Film Night, Documentary                    

5pm. We will screen, “The Gleaners and I,” 82 min (2000) in French with English subtitles, by Agnès Varda. From surplus in the fields, to rubbish in trash cans, to oysters washed up after a storm, the ‘gleaners’ range from those in need to those hoping to recreate the community activity of centuries past. At the Rodeo Library, 220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo, 

510-799-2606. 

 

March 20: Veterans Get-Together in Pinole 

3pm. Veterans: join others who have served, in a veteran-to-veteran cafe meeting at the Pinole Senior Center (2500 Charles Ave, Pinole) This will be an informal time for veterans to learn about benefits and services by hearing from other veterans who work within the VA system. Also a good time for coffee, snacks and sharing with those who understand and have been there. 510-724-9141 or email ctl.welcome@gmail.com.

 

March 21: Movie                        

G elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus. At the Rodeo Library, 220 Pacific Ave, Rodeo, 

510-799-2606.

 

MARCH 21: AAUW West Contra Costa Meeting — CASA         

10am. Alvaughn Rodgers, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recruitment coordinator, will talk about CASA support of court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused or neglected children. All are welcome. Christ Lutheran Church, 780 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito. 

westcontracosta-ca.aauw.net.

 

March 25: Wellness for Teens: How am I Showing Up Today?

2:30-3:30pm. Part of a series for Teens with local Health Coach Yvonne Medina. This month’s program is a discussion about showing up with intention. Are you showing up in a way that portrays you at your best? Sponsored by Friends of the Pinole Library. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd. 

 

March 28: Filipino Storytime 

3pm. Come join us for Filipino Storytime as we read stories in Tagalog. Learn rhymes, folk songs and about the Filipino culture. We practice greetings and basic vocabulary in Tagalog. Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Rd., 510-758-2741.

 

MARCH 29: PANCAKE BREAKFAST

8am-11:30am. Bethel 15, Richmond, Job’s Daughters International.  “Harry Potter’s Magical Pancake Breakfast.” $10 ages 11 and up; $5 ages 10 and under.  All are welcome!  Richmond Masonic Hall, 

5050 El Portal Drive, Richmond.  510-260-6315.

 

March 30: Mystery Book Club

6:30pm. Join us to talk about all things mystery! We’re a fun group and welcome new-comers, and often have special mystery author guests. March’s book is Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, 510-526-7512.

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