EL CERRITO — The Eagles Hall at Carlson and Central — once known as the Wagon Wheel, one of the more storied venues in El Cerrito and featuring a full bar — is hosting a comedy show on April 28 and the public is invited. Here’s the flier for the event:
Opponents of the planned expansion of the West County Detention Facility have announced a rally for April 15:
‘Services Not Cells’ Campaign to Stop West County Jail Expansion Kicks Off
The front page of the Richmond Independent announces the death of
President Franklin Roosevelt. Courtesy Richmond Museum of History.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt,
At the March 9 centennial talk on El Cerrito's history of gambling and vice -- held at the former Wagon Wheel gambling house and nightclub -- a woman brought in the
The historic Rodini house on Elm Street in El Cerrito.
The El Cerrito Historical Society and the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers will host “Architecture in the Flatlands,” a free walking tour of historical homes in El Cerrito, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 18.
“Let’s walk past and perhaps visit some of the more interesting historical homes in the city’s flatlands ranging from the early 20th through the mid 20th century.”
Meet by the historic Rodini house at 1715 Elm St. for the tour led by Dave Weinstein.
Korematsu Middle School, 7125 Donal Ave. in El Cerrito, is holding a special tour of the new campus from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 15 as part of events celebrating the city's centennial.
The It Club at San Pablo and Central avenues in the heart of El Cerrito lives on in the memories of longtime residents. The club opened in 1938 and was the longest lasting of the city’s many celebrated nightspots, not closing until 1977. It was regionally famed as a stripper joint, but that ended in 1970, and the club carried on featuring musical acts.
If you’ve heard about it but never been there, or if you went there and want to remember what it was like, we recommend a visit to this website , created about a year ago by Tim Gatto, grandson of It Club founders Walt and Eda Gatto. The collection of photos taken inside and outside the club are priceless.
Tim posted this on his Facebook page: A little over a year ago I put together a brief website to honor the “It Club”, an El Cerrito night club owned by my late grandfather, Walt Gatto. The “It Club” operated from 1939 – 1977, and was an East Bay staple for live music and various nightlife activity. I am hoping to build it out with a more complete history including articles, but so far it’s mainly a photo archive. I consider the site a work in progress, but hoping to make it a home to a unique bit of bay area and family history. Open to any recommendations to better the site, as well as any stories from the “It Club” era. Thanks for looking! http://www.elcerritoitclub.com
We will post more about the It Club here and hope you will share memories of the nightspot here and on the family’s tribute site. And we want to thank Diane Schoenstein Gatto, Tim’s mother, for contacting and letting us know about it.
The City of San Pablo passes along this advisory for motorists on El Portal Drive related to work on the Interstate 80-San Pablo Dam Road interchange project:
TRAFFIC ALERT: Prepare for delays from
The 75th anniversary of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II is today, Feb. 19.
The initial coverage of the upcoming removal plans from the Richmond Independent on Feb. 2, 1942, noted that the federal order would impact the substantial and long-established Japanese American flower-growing industry in Richmond and El Cerrito.
The story of the Japanese American nursery families is Richmond and El Cerrito and their experiences during and after the war is told in the documentary “Blossoms and Thorns,” which is shown at 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.
Richmond was consumed with national defense responsibilities during World War II, but even with restrictions and rationing of consumer goods, new businesses were opening