Stash's Palaver

Thank You, Charlie. Les Mis Comes to El Cerrito. Firefighters Toy Program. Change Toys for Oil at Marty's. First Crab Feed Announced.

Charles E. Weaver, certified public accountant and long time member of the El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce, has resigned from the Board of Directors due to health reasons. Charlie began serving as Treasurer (now Secretary-Treasurer) in 1984.

He was one of the old guard at the Chamber we could always depend on. When there was a call to assist with some Chamber function, Charlie would quickly “turn to” (in Navy vernacular) and get the job done. He deserves a huge thank you and “well done” from the Board of Directors.

Vacancies are filled by appointment by the remaining directors. Charlie’s term runs through next year. The Board will fill the seat and name a new Secretary-Treasurer at their next meeting.

24601 comes to 94530? Les Mis fans know what I mean. This is big news! Our own Rialto Cinemas Cerrito (aka the Cerrito Theater) will screen the new film version of Les Misérables starting on Christmas. Watch for theater announcements about early ticket sales. Wouldn’t it be something if this great musical played on stage at Contra Costa Civic Theatre some day? That’s something to think about and hope for.

Suzanne Iarla, Community Outreach Specialist for the City of El Cerrito, sent a note calling attention to the Richmond/El Cerrito Firefighters Annual Toy Program for disadvantaged children of west Contra Costa County. You can help by hosting a donation barrel at your business. For more information or to participate, contact Rob Murphy of the ECFD at (510) 215-4450. His e-mail address: rmurphy@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

Free oil change. Each year Marty Kaliski holds a toy drive. Bring in a new, in the package toy, and get a free oil change for your vehicle. Now that’s the holiday spirit! Marty’s Motors is located at 10929 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito. Phone (510) 235-6000.

Crabs in El Cerrito? You betcha! Mark your calendars now for the annual Albany-El Cerrito Exchange Club crab feed to be held Saturday, January 26th, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be obtained from Howard Abelson (510) 223-5910. You can also purchase tickets at Don’s Tire Service, 820 Gilman Street, Berkeley.

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