University Village project hearing set
The Albany Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the UC Village Mixed Use Development for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.
Plans for the 6.3-acre project site in University Village by the Monroe Street/San Pablo Avenue intersection include a 27,000-square-foot grocery, another 17,000 square feet of retail space, and a 175-unit senior housing project. The study session will focus on the project's bike, pedestrian, transit and vehicle circulation aspects.
El Cerrito hosting Halloween events
A triple-header of Halloween events are set in El Cerrito for Oct. 31.
The Trunk-or-Treat tailgate party returns from 4:30 to 7 p.m. that day in the parking lot of the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, when trick-or-treaters can visit decorated cars and collect treats in a safe setting.
Registration of decorated "spookmobiles" is open until Oct. 28 and entries will be part of a drawing for passes to the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito. To register call 510-559-7000 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city is also hosting the annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House at the Community Center. The haunted house has a non-scary lights on version for young children from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and a scary version from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $4 per person.
Also back is the Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contest at 5 p.m. at Cerrito Vista Park at Pomona Avenue and Moeser Lane. Costumes are encouraged for both humans and dogs, with a prize for the best costumes. Registration begins at 4: 30 p.m. and the cost is $5.
Rotary dance event will be groovy
The Albany Rotary Club invites you to step and dance back in time at Groovin' to the '60s, a benefit gala from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Albany YMCA, 921 Kains Ave.
The evening flavored with the classic music of Motown and groups like the Rolling Stones and Beatles will offer contests, auction, dancing, drinks and light fare for $25 per person, with proceeds benefiting Rotary International programs and local initiatives of the Albany chapter such as youth sports sponsorship, the Rotacare health clinic and library books for schools.
Tickets and details are available at www.albanycarotary.org/party.
Release event for new Playland book
Publication of a new book "Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years" is the focus of a launch and signing event on Nov. 2 and 3 in El Cerrito.
Author James R. Smith will give presentations at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, the nonprofit "Museum of Fun" at 10979 San Pablo Ave.
Each presentation by Smith, who also wrote "Playland at the Beach: The Early Years," will be followed by signings of purchased copies.
Signed copies will also be available on Nov. 3, although the author will not attend that day.
Admission of $10 children and seniors, $15 general admission, includes the author event and access to Playland games and exhibits.
Details: www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org or 510-592-3002.
Learn about the secret world of spiders
"Tales from a Recovered Arachnophobe" is the topic of a free talk by Gwen Heistad at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Edith Stone Room of the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave.
The publicity from host group Friends of 5 Creeks is intriguing: "What if you could hear with your ankles, shed your skin to get smaller, squeeze seven kinds of silk from millions of tiny built-in spigots, or release a balloon from your hind end and sail 30,000 feet above the earth? What if you had to carry a hundred or so of your offspring around on your back?"
Heistad is the resident biologist at Audubon Canyon Ranch's Martin Griffin Preserve.
The evening starts with refreshments at 7 p.m., followed by the talk.
The schedule of fall Bay Currents talks presented by Friends of Five Creeks is online at http://www.fivecreeks.org/baycurrents/Fall13Flyer.pdf.
Dinner theater show at St. Mary's High
St. Mary's College High will present the play "You Have the Right to Remain Dead" on Oct. 25 and 26 and Nov. 1 and 2 in the auditorium at the school, 1294 Albina Ave.
The performances will be in true dinner theater fashion, featuring a catered, sit-down pasta dinner or appetizers during the 1950s-era whodunit murder mystery based on the 1958 film "The Long Hot Summer."
The audience will get to actively help solve the murder and the ending changes nightly.
Only 100 tickets will be available for each performance and the Oct. 26 show will include prizes for audience Halloween costumes (must be appropriate).
Ticket prices: Friday shows with served appetizers and dessert are $15 adults 18 and older, $10 students and children. Tickets for the three-course catered dinner show are $25 adults 18 and older; $15 students and children. All tickets are advance sale only.
For tickets and details contact Caiti Kelly at 510-559-6250 or email@example.com.
-- Chris Treadway
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.