Open house to discuss San Pablo Avenue plan

El Cerrito encourages the community to attend an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 to learn about and give input on four major planning efforts. The event at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, will discuss the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, the Complete Streets Plan, the Urban Greening Plan and the Active Transportation Plan.

A presentation on the initiatives will be given at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.

The San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan includes regulations for private development in the area, including new building size, density, parking, sustainability and open space requirements.

The Complete Streets Plan includes policies and facilities to better accommodate bus, bicycle and pedestrian travel along San Pablo.

The Active Transportation Plan addresses bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs citywide.

The Urban Greening Plan includes "projects and policies to increase and enhance the city's open space."

For more details on the open house, visit www.el-cerrito.org/commdev or contact Emily Alter at ealter@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or (510) 215-4385.

City seeks input on new library facility

El Cerrito is working to broaden community participation in planning for a new library, putting a survey online and scheduling a workshop for next week.

"We want to hear from the public about what they would like to see in a new library facility in El Cerrito," said Assistant City Manager, Karen Pinkos.

According to an announcement, "Based on community input in support of a new library, the city is in the process of developing a plan for a new library building, including identifying El Cerrito residents' priorities for the facility and pursuing funding options."

A community workshop and discussion led by Kathy Page, the city's consultant for the project, will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at City Hall 10890 San Pablo Ave. Discussion topics will include priorities on existing and possible new library services, as well as design aspects of a new building.

Those who can't attend the workshop or want to provide additional input can take the survey at www.el-cerrito.org/librarysurvey. Printed copies of the survey are also available at the library, 6510 Stockton Ave., at City Hall or by request via the mail. The survey will be open through Oct. 31.

Details: Assistant City Manager, Karen Pinkos, at (510) 215-4302 or kpinkos@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us. For more details on the workshop visit www.el-cerrito.org/index.aspx?nid=829.

Fall Festival at Ocean View Elementary

Admission is free to the Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Ocean View Elementary School, 1000 Jackson St. in Albany. The day will have carnival games and prizes, face painting, pumpkin decorating, jewelry making and a giant slide.

There will also be lots to eat, with food from local vendors, fruit smoothies, Vietnamese sandwiches, popcorn and baked goods. Check out the items available in the live auction, all to raise support for school programs, and cheer students participating in the school walkathon.

National Take Back events scheduled

Residents can dispose of expired or unused medications safely at free National Take Back Initiative events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26.

The Albany Police Department is holding a collection that day at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave.

The service, which helps takes dangerous substances out of circulation and away from misuse, is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Keep medicine in the original container and leave the drug name intact.

Black out personal information, including names, prescription numbers and doctor's name.

Sharps and controlled substances will not be accepted.

The Albany Senior Center now has a pharmaceutical collection bin in the lobby for disposal of prescription drugs during regular business hours.

Another collection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day at the Kensington Public Safety Building, 217 Arlington Ave., will accept all medications including narcotics, as well as sharps that have been safely put in a container.

Prescription drugs can also be accepted during business hours at the El Cerrito Recycling and Environmental Resource Center, 7501 Schmidt Lane.

Safe disposal also helps keep dangerous substances from being misused, and prevents them from reaching waterways and damaging ecosystems.

Presentation on Affordable Care Act

"Get Covered California: Understanding the Affordable Care Act" is a free program that will be presented by Kook Huber at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Details: 510-526-7512.

Free show at library by Magic Nathaniel

Local master of illusion Magical Nathaniel will give a free show for ages 3 and older at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Details: 510-526-7512.

Golden Gate Fields will host 10 K run event

Golden Gate Fields in Albany is holding the first-ever Let's Go 510 10 K run on Oct. 19 to benefits the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

For details or to register, visit letsgo510.com.

-- Chris Treadway