Ribbon cutting set for today at Monkey Bars

Monkey Bars, the business at 1339 Park St., will celebrate its new facade with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Mayor Marie Gilmore will join owner Heather Rider for the event.

The new facade reflects the owner's "green" commitment and is made up entirely of locally-sourced reclaimed wood and recycled aluminum. It's also illuminated with LED lighting.

The city provided a Facade Improvement Grant to help pay for the facade.

The store sells clothing and other environmentally-friendly items for children.

Monday events to benefit Alameda High girls golf

The regular "Mojito Monday" at Angela's Bistro & Bar, 2301 Central Ave., will benefit the girl's golf program at Alameda High School when it takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The restaurant's "Friday Night Flights," or wine tastings, also will benefit the program on Oct. 5. Like the first event, it will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Famed La Russa to visit Park Street's Books Inc.

Tony La Russa, the third most winningest manager in baseball history, will talk and sign copies of his memoir "One Last Strike" at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Books Inc., 1344 Park St.


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La Russa reviews his career in the book, including his championship years with the Oakland A's, as well as his long career as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, which won the 2012 World Series.

Tickets are $30 and include a copy of "One Last Strike" and the opportunity to have it autographed. Tickets may be purchased at www.booksinc.net/event/tony-la-russa-books-inc-alameda. They can also be purchased at the store or by calling Books Inc. at 510-522-2226. Advance purchases are recommended.

A portion of the sales will benefit the Alameda Education Foundation, which will host a "pregame" party at the store at 6 p.m. with food and beverages.

Workers set to repairs potholes, other damage

Workers will begin installing asphalt patches beginning Wednesday on streets where significant pavement deterioration and potholes have been identified, according to city officials.

The streets are Harbor Bay Parkway from Doolittle Drive to Maitland Drive; Clement Avenue from Grand Street to Broadway; Santa Clara Avenue from Park Street to Everett Street; and Sherman Street in front of Wind River Drive.

The work is expected to take two weeks and construction hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. During construction, motorists may experience minor traffic disruptions, temporary loss of parking spaces, temporary restricted street access and an increase in noise and dust levels.

On-street parking along Clement Avenue may be removed for up to one week during construction hours.

The work will also result in short-term lane closures on Sherman Street from Eagle Avenue to Wind River Drive; and on Santa Clara Avenue from Park to Everett streets. Measure B, the Alameda County half-cent sales tax for transportation projects, is partly funding the work.

For information, call Trung Nguyen, the project engineer, at 510-747-7943.

Work to fix sidewalks planned for October

The annual sidewalk repair program will begin in early October and is expected to be completed in six months, city officials have announced.

The project will remove and replace sidewalks that have been damaged by trees.

During construction, motorists will likely experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of parking spaces and an increase in noise and dust levels. Bus stop access will be maintained throughout the work, however.

Construction hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Measure B, the Alameda County half-cent sales tax, is paying for the work. No General Fund monies will be used.

For information, including for a tentative work schedule, call Shilpa Patel at 510747-7945.