Big weekend sale at Albany Library

Friends of the Albany Library will hold their biggest sale of the year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 and 18 at the branch, 1247 Marin Ave. Books will include volumes in languages other than English and there will also be LP records, CDs, and DVDs available.

The Edith Stone Room will feature vintage, collectible, old, unusual and large items available until noon on Sunday and not included in the Bag Sale.

Fifty-cent items will be outside, along with over 1,000 library discard books priced at 5 for $1.

Fill a large bag for only $5 from 3 to 4 p.m. May 18.

For details or to volunteer, contact the Friends at 510-526-3720 or friendsalbany@yahoo.com.

Chorale will present spring program

Cindy Beitmen directs the Contra Costa Chorale in performances of its program "New York, New York" at 8 p.m. May 16 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 225 28th St. in Richmond, and 5 p.m. May 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington. The program features choral music by 20th century composers who were born or lived in New York City, including Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson, George Gershwin, Astor Piazzolla, Marvin Hamlisch, and Cy Coleman.

The community chorus will be accompanied by Cara Bradbury and Skye Atman on piano.

Tickets at the door are $20 general, $15 students/seniors/disabled, free under age 12.


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Details: www.ccchorale.org, ccchorale@att.net, or 510-255-0703.

Celebrate heritage roses in El Cerrito

The annual Celebration of Old Roses will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 18 at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

The free event features 100 linear feet of rare and heritage cut roses on display, a bouquet design contest, guest display tables (bring your own roses) and a vendor area with rose-related and themed items for sale. Experts will also help identify specimens and lineage for those who bring in roses. Children will receive a free rose plant, while supplies last.

New exhibit opens at City Hall gallery

Paintings and prints by award-winning Berkeley artist Robbin Légère Henderson make up the newest exhibit in the upstairs gallery at El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave., on display through June 30.

The exhibit includes eight recent prints, four paintings, and one scratchboard drawing by Henderson executive director for the Berkeley Arts Center from 1991-2006.

Gallery exhibits are presented by the city's Arts and Culture Commission.

Toast Older Americans Month at high tea

The Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave., is hosting a high tea for Older Americans Month from noon to 2 p.m. May 22.

Admission is $5 per person, which includes tea and lunch. Tables should be reserved by May 16. Details: 510-524-9122.

Participants welcome at Albany Relay for Life

Albany Relay for Life, a 24-hour walking benefit for the American Cancer Society, will be held from 9 a.m. May 17 to 9 a.m. May 18 at Cougar Field, behind Albany Middle School.

This year's relay is dedicated to former Mayor Jewel Okawachi, assistant City Manager Judy Lieberman and police officer Steve Foss, who were all claimed by cancer in the past year.

Teams and donations are welcome. Visit www.relayforlife.org and enter "Albany, CA" in the "sign up for an event" window.

APAL Bike Rodeo set at Cornell School

The Albany Police Activities League is hosting a Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at Cornell Elementary School, 920 Talbot Ave.

Children should bring their bicycles to the free event, which will feature bike inspections, safety information, and a bicycle safety course. There will also be free bicycle helmets for young participants.

APAL says the event will "encourage riders to wear helmets on every ride, give young cyclists basic skills for on-road riding, and teach cyclists the rules of the road to help keep everyone safe."

Albany general plan EIR comment deadline

Albany is requesting comments from responsible agencies regarding the scope and content of the draft environmental impact report for its 2035 general plan and has extended the deadline for public comment to May 23. Details about the general plan are online at www.albany2035.org. Responses should be directed to Anne Hersch, City Planner, City of Albany, 1000 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706 or ahersch@albanyca.org

-- Chris Treadway