( Chris Treadway )
Berkeley: Books Inc. moves to Shattuck Avenue

Books Inc. operated in the Fourth Street commercial area for 5 years before relocating to the former Black Oak Books location on Shattuck Avenue near Vine Street in early June.  
The Elworthy property, 232 acres of grassy hillsides, oak woodlands and gorgeous views of Mount Diablo and the San Ramon Valley, will officially open July 15. The property provides a key link between Las Trampas and Danville, allowing hikers a new way to reach one of the East Bay Regional Park District's largest and most rugged parks. The property also provides important habitat for native species, including golden eagles.  
 
To quote a lyric from Johnny Cash, Cuba is suddenly "hotter than a pepper sprout" on the world travel stage with U.S. travel to Cuba jumping 39 percent this year.  
 
Fourth of July fun on waterfrontThe daylong Independence Day celebration at the Berkeley Marina at the foot of University Avenue goes from noon to 10 p.  
 
The big news in United States politics 75 years ago in the last week of June 1940 was the Republican National Convention. Gathering in Philadelphia, the GOP delegates adopted a platform calling for "peace and preparedness" and advocating a constitutional ban on a third term for any president.  
 
The festival, sponsored by the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir (PEBCC), is held every three years and spreads performances between Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. Founded in 1991, it holds the dual distinction of being the first international children's choral festival in the United States as well as remaining the only opportunity for children and youth to meet and compete on an international scale.  
 
"The show has all the best songs from the movie and a few new ones written especially for the stage production," said Kathy Kahn, publicist for the summer troupe. "It's a great musical for both girls and boys to enjoy."  
 
Plans to construct a new chapel on the campus at St. Mary's College High School were approved June 24 by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  
 
The City Council has approved naming the softball field at Codornices Park after Jane Hammond, a volunteer with the Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League for more than 25 years.  
 
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. Mercy Brown Bag July 3. At 1:30 p.m. July 7, there will be a movie; $1. Traditional circle dance class for women of all ages, 10:15-11:30 a.  
 
(Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
Five delicious noshes for that picnic basket

Ready to dine al fresco? Picnic cocktails, addictive fried chicken and tasty salads add up to a quintet of delicious treats for your outdoor feast.