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The El Cerrito Senior Center and The El Cerrito Historical Society Present:

Big Band Era Tea Dance

Sunday, May 3, 2015
1 P.M - 4 P.M.
El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito 94530

$15 per person
Music & Entertainment:
Huey White Show Band and DJ Chuck
appetizers, raffle prizes and historical display
For more information or to purchase tickets please contact:
the El Cerrito Senior Center at (510) 559-7677

Mailing address:
10890 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

The Chung Mei Home for Boys

The drums began pounding at 2 p.m. A crowd of more than 1,500 people was gathered in front of El Cerrito’s city hall to mark a grand day in the city’s history.

It was opening day for the Chung Mei Home for Chinese Boys, said to be the only such orphanage in the United States.The year was 1935, and the 68 “Chung Mei boys” who were moving into the home, dressed in khaki uniforms ...story continues on The Patch


Featured Story
Home Built in 34 Minutes
by Mervin Belfils

The James Sadler family was proud of their little home at 1849 Lexington Avenue in El Cerrito. This building was constructed in February of 1945 and "Life" magazine ran a story and nine pictures of it in the March 26, 1945 issue. The builder was Hal B. Hayes, and it was constructed and ready for occupancy in 34 minutes. "Life" magazine set up a tower so they could take pictures looking down upon the work as it progressed. The slab had already been poured before work started on the assembly of the building. Spectators had filled the street to watch the progress of this construction, as it was unbelievable.

Besides the builder, Hal B. Hayes, they had a crane operator, carpenter, plumber, and six men to work on this proposed fireproof, waterproof, and earthquake proof building.

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Dorothy & Sundar Shadi History Room

sundarshadiThe El Cerrito Historical Society offers "open hours" at the Dorothy & Sundar Shadi Historical Room (located in City Hall on the 2nd floor) on the third Thursday of every month. You can also contact the Historical Society to arrange an appointment.

You can also call Tom Panas at (510) 526-7507 for more information. (Click here to see the Shadi Room Reference Policy (the rules and policies for the Shadi Room.)

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