Pumpkin Carving Contest & Trick or Treats!

The East Bay Village Shops in El Cerrito would like to invite the entire family to a day of fun and fright!  We will be hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest (please bring your carved and completed pumpkin).

There will be hundreds of dollar in prizes as well for age groups of 12 and under, 12-20, as well as 21 and over.  The deadline for registration will be Wednesday, October 27, 2010.  Please ask us about our registration form for all of the contest details.

When:  Saturday, October 30th, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Children  12 and under are welcome to visit each of our shops for safe trick or treating when accompanied by an adult.

Get your FREE professional photo of your ghosts and goblins by “Y Studio”
We hope to see you this Halloween, for more information call 510.525.5661 or email info@eastbayvillageshops.com

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It takes a Village!

Here I  am gathering my thoughts and words to blog for the Village this morning and while talking with my dear friend Juli, and she spurts out “it takes a Village!”  This saying just totally summed it up for me and here I am, sharing and blogging about how this community is on fire and ready to take El Cerrito by storm!

I remember one day checking out Craigslist and looking for photography equipment for sale, when I came across an ad offering Artists Space Rentals right here in El Cerrito!  I could not believe this and as a photographer and artist look for a space myself I thought, how appropriate!  I have not lived here too long, as a matter of fact we bought our home in 2006, and our home is split right down the middle with 50% percent in El Cerrito and the other 50% in Richmond! Anyways to make a long story short, I love this city but always thought it needs something a lot of THING, and here is this ad offering space!

When I met Mark Canepa, (an eco-friendly and green artist who utilizes materials for local recycling sources), and his assistant at the time, Dyana, I got so excited because not only is there  history in the building there is history in Mark Canepa!  I immediately expressed my interest in being a part of this fabulous team and village, and well here we are!  I am happy and proud to be among many of the artists here who are bring the ART scene to life in El Cerrito.

It really does take a village, and we are committed to reach out to the community as well as surrounding communities to offer an exciting and NEW look and feel and service to this city.  We have a great team and with further support from friends, family, loved ones and the city, we can do this….but, IT TAKES A VILLAGE!

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And visit us online on our  Facebook Fan Page, we could use more friends like YOU!


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El Cerrito has an ARTbeat afterall!

El Cerrito’s Village Shops have opened their doors!  We are an art thriving, no jiving community of artists who offer our passion, our cultures and our work with the world.  We have recently opened the doors and we are OPEN for business to share the experience and the works of art with El Cerrito and beyond.

The Village Shops features Mark Canepa, who has been a successful and artist in demand for over 35 years.   Also at the  shop is gifted and talented Jewelry Designer, Kate Peterson.   Adding to the mix with flair, style and elegance  is Russell Jacade of Russell Jacade Event Designs , also on the bill is young talented painter, Hayley Ferreira, and we can’t forget Wayne & Barbara Yasuhara of YStudio Photography who are acclaimed Destination Wedding/Portrait &  Lifestyle Photographers.

The shop (formerly El Cerrito Lighting), has been made over with beautifully decorated walls, eccentric lighting, gallery displays and an ample space which can easily accomodate a private event.

The East Bay Village Shops welcomes you if you are an artist and wish to inquire about space rental, or if you need a venue where you can host your friends and guest for a reception, conference, meetings or any other reasonable gathering.  Please call the EBVS  or come on down during our Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

We are excited to bring  the art scene back to El Cerritans and to folks from here, there and everywhere.  See you soon!!

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