Roadway to close for Alberrito Streets

That cross-border, hybrid, healthy activity, feel good event known as Alberrito Streets is returning in Albany and El Cerrito on Sept. 29.

The two cities can't agree on a name for the street that will be closed to traffic that day (it's Key Route Boulevard in Albany and Ashbury Avenue in El Cerrito) but they do agree the roadway will be open to recreation and community building into the early afternoon that day between A Street/Lynn Avenue and Brighton Avenue.

The event is co-hosted by Albany and El Cerrito to encourage outdoor recreational activities and interaction.

"Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch, as well as create their own fun (such as bicycle, skates, croquet, basketball, Ping-Pong, etc.)," says the official announcement. "There will be outdoor fun summertime activities including sports games, art activities, chess, live music and more."

Childhood development presentation by author

Early childhood development expert and author Bev Bos will discuss her philosophy of living for the moment when it comes to our children at "Exploring the Real Power of Play" at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 in the auditorium at El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Ave. El Cerrito. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.


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Her Oct. 5 presentation will focus on how children spontaneously engage in play, and it will include images of the Roseville Community Preschool environment. The format for the morning includes music, storytelling and the opportunity for participants to examine the power of real play from their own childhood and families. A short film, "Caine's Arcade," will be shown.

The workshop is sponsored by the El Cerrito Preschool Cooperative, a nonprofit co-op founded in 1940 at 7200 Moeser Lane. Tickets are $12 in advance through brownpapertickets.com, or $15 at the door. College students and West Contra Costa Unified School District employees are $10. Group discounts are available. Adults only, please. For more details send an email to marketing@ecpckids.com.

Albany releases draft Housing Element

Albany has made its draft Housing Element, a section of the city's General Plan, available for download at www.albanyca.org. The city is in the process of updating the element and it will be discussed by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 9 at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.

A public workshop to discuss the Housing Element will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 City Hall.

El Cerrito Library friends holding sale

The annual Friends of the El Cerrito Library book sale will offer thousands of used books, DVDs, CDs and records at low prices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 behind the branch at 6510 Stockton Ave.

The selection is sorted by categories and books include fiction, nonfiction and large collections of children's books, art books, cookbooks and works on home repair, travel and handicrafts.

On Sept. 28 there will also be music, brunch and a children's activity tent. At the Sept. 29 sale day all items will be half price.

Remaining items will be offered at a $3-a-bag sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5.

Gear up for monthly Bike About Town

The next Bike About Town event in Albany is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27, starting out from Wheels of Justice, 1554 Solano Ave. The monthly rides, which conclude for the year on Oct. 25, follow a different route each time.

Registration opens for Albany Triathlon

The Albany Community Triathlon 2013 is less than a month away on Oct. 5, so now is the time to start training if you haven't already. The beginner-friendly event, which starts at 8 a.m. consists of a 400 m swim, a 10 km cycle and a 3 km run on the course at Albany High School and Memorial Park.

The event was first held in 2008, to celebrate Albany's centennial year, promote fitness in Albany and raise funds for Albany High sports.

The entry fee is $45 and course information and registration can be found online AlbanyTri.com.

Historical walking tours return for fall

The Berkeley Historical Society has announced its schedule of fall walking tours, which continues on Sept. 28, when Daniella Thompson of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association will lead Architectural Tour of North-Central Berkeley, covering the neighborhood north of University Avenue between Shattuck Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Tours start at 10 a.m., last about two hours and are limited to 30 paid participants. Prepaid reservations are required and can be made at www.berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org/walks.html.

-- Chris Treadway