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Solar Car Wash
10511 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Solar Car Wash is a chain of self-service Bay Area car washes. Customers park their cars in one of the open drive-inMore spaces, insert coins and choose a range of options, including a wash with suds and waxing. Solar provides vacuums at each station.
Mel-o-dee
240 El Cerrito Plz, El Cerrito, CA 94530
One of the unique characteristics of this local nightclub is its red walls, which date back to 1969. Mel-o-dee has beenMore an El Cerrito staple as long as the velvet red wallpaper has been on the walls. It originally opened in Albany after World War II. Mel-o-dee has karaoke three nights a week in the back of the club, where plush leather booths are available and space is cleared for dancing. You can also find Wii tournaments on Tuesdays and football games blaring on the bar's TVs during the season.
Ifshin Violins
6420 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Owned by Jay Ifshin, a professional violin maker by trade, this is a mecca for violinists. Ifshin designed thisMore location himself when the shop moved over from its previous 27-year-old Berkeley location in 2008. 

A hush of admiration seems to fall over many who walk into this location, which features regal entryways, polished hardwood floors, Persian rugs and large open spaces decorated with handmade violins of the highest quality materials. Tiny rooms throughout the store are dedicated to violin repair and restoration.

Ifshin's own Jay Haide range of violins, violas, cellos and basses is for sale. The store offers violin rentals, and violin teachers available for classes. 

Harding Elementary School
7230 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Harding Elementary School opened in 1943 and was extensively renovated in 2005, adding more classroom space, aMore library, a media center and a kindergarten play yard. Part of the cash-strapped West Contra Costa Unified School District, the school says it compensates for financial limitations in part with active parent involvement and a rich after-school program that in the past has included classes in tennis, Chinese dance, basketball and many other activities. Music and a garden project are among the school's special offerings.

 

MC Art Works
10344 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
MC Art Works was expanded as of 2010 from 1200 to 12,000 square feet. The space is set up to accomodate a large numberMore of works by 10 or more artists at a time. Tentatively named "The Village Shops" and often called "the store" by owner Mark Canepa and his coworkers, this added-on venue is a great place to check out local artists or exhibit your own work. Canepa, an El Cerrito native and an artist, has often been commissioned by public agencies and private businesses to create art works. During his time in Southern California, he opened a gallery in North Hollywood and has done work for Hollywood sets and corporations as well as creating pieces for sale to the public.
Benchmark Pizzeria
1568 Oak View Ave, Kensington, CA 94706
Benchmark Pizzeria on Colusa Circle in Kensington had its official opening on JulyMore 20, 2012 and drew a crowd of diners. Owned by Peter and Melissa Swanson of El Cerrito, the restaurant features several varieties of pizza, along with salads, locally brewed beer and Northern California wines. The owners say ingredients come chiefly from sustainable sources, with exclusively local produce from organic or "biodynamic" farms. The name "Benchmark" grew out of Peter Swanson being inspired by "benchmarks," a name for the survey markers used in geodetic surveys. The space was formerly occupied by the French-style Post Meridian restaurant.
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