Albany prepares for new school year
Albany students will return to school on Aug. 27, with teachers reporting for duty on Aug. 24. The 180-day school year ends June 13, 2014.
Electronic "Back to School" packets are available online at www.ausdk12.org and can be accessed by Aug. 16. Using the electronic option allows parents to print, sign and turn in only one form to their child's school. Printed copies of the packets are available at each school's office.
Superintendent Marla Stephenson, entering her final year with the AUSD said the district appears to be on target for receiving forms from parents, including those verifying addresses. "We anticipate a smooth opening," she said.
Parents can verify their address with several documents. Required is either a homeowner's insurance policy, a property tax statement, a property deed, a rental property contract, a rental property lease or a rent receipt no more than 45 days old. In addition, parents need a driver's license, state-issued ID card, valid passport or consulate ID. Finally, parents need to supply two of the following: most recent pay stub, voter registration, automobile insurance and registration, letter from a social service or government agency no more than 45 days old, bank statement no more than 45 days old and a utility bill no more than 45 days old.
Celebration will honor Beth Pollard
To honor retiring City Manager Beth Pollard, the Albany City Council has proclaimed a day in her name on Aug. 29, when a celebration in honor of her years of service will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave.
"I am obviously deeply-honored and touched that the city would recognize me," Pollard said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Pollard, the city's chief administrator since 2001, is officially stepping down on Aug. 23.
The community is invited to the celebration, but space is limited and an RSVP should be made by Aug. 22 to KDenton@albanyca.org.
The cost to attend is $20, payable to Kim Denton, 1000 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706. Part of the cost will go toward a gift for Pollard.
Browse Adult Education classes at open house
Learn what courses will be available in the new West Contra Costa Unified School District Adult Education session at an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Serra Campus, 6028 Ralston Ave. in Richmond.
There are classes for a variety of interests and needs, whether you want to learn new vocational skills, get in shape, enhance computer skills or enhancing your culinary abilities.
The full list of classes for the fall semester will also be online at www.wccae.info starting Aug. 19.
Free talk about health and pioneers
The next El Cerrito Historical Society program will look at history in a broader context with "The Search for Health on the Overland Trail" at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Open House Senior Center, 6500 Stockton Ave.
The speaker at the free program will be El Cerrito resident Sarah Keyes, a new faculty fellow in the Department of History at UC Berkeley.
During the mass migration West in the 19th century, "These travelers talked about how the journey allowed them to access the perceived better health of Indians of the Plains such as the Sioux," reads a release from the society. "The story of California and health in the 19th century may be as much about the journey to the Pacific as it was about California itself."
Keyes has researched the American West of the 19th century, "with a focus on cultural, environmental, and Native American history," according to the society, and is writing a book, "Beyond the Plains: Migration to the Pacific and the Reconfiguration of America, 1820s-1900s."
Details: Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contra Costa Chorale to begin rehearsals
The Contra Costa Chorale and Orchestra are holding a first rehearsal on Aug. 26 for their fall 2013 concert, Masters of the Baroque. The nonprofit chorus is "open to singers of various ages, backgrounds, and musical experience."
The rehearsal at Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier St. in El Cerrito, starts with registration at 6:30 p.m. and rehearsal at 7 p.m.
Rehearsals, led by Cindy Beitman, will continue from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, with special rehearsals such as sectionals from 9:30 to 10 p.m.
-- Chris Treadway
El Cerrito holding bicycle tour workshop
A mobile workshop biking tour to generate ideas to "make El Cerrito a more bikable, walkable, greener city" will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Participants are asked to bring bicycles and helmets for the tour, which starts in front of El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave.
The tour will look at ways to improve safety and attractiveness as the city prepares to update its 2007 Circulation Plan for Bicyclists and Pedestrians.
Details: 510-215-4350 or www.ElCerritoUrbanGreening.org.
-- Chris Treadway