Artists on Solano Avenue for Art Walk

The Solano Art Walk, an event that in many ways re-creates the origins of the Solano Stroll, will have artist exhibitions at 15 locations on Solano Avenue in Albany and Berkeley from 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 8.

Artists will attend receptions at many of the venues, which will also have refreshments and appetizers.

Participating locations include Payn's Stationary, Thousand Oaks Gallery, Open Fine Art Studio and Doll's House Gallery, Salon 1757, Nature's Express, Anytime Fitness, Cafeina, Gathering Tribes, Nielsen Arts (which will also have music by Night Owl Trio), Art Thou Graphics and Gallery, Sacred Rose Tattoo, Whole Health Apothecary, Albany Arts Gallery,

Solano Bar and Grill, and Casa Oaxaca.

Organizers say they hope to hold the walk seasonally. A map and more details are online at www.solanoartwalk.com.

Solar installation work resumes

El Cerrito this week was scheduled to resume construction on a solar installation at the Community Center after the project encountered delays "due to unforeseen underground conditions."

Initial work involves installation of carport coverings in the parking lot that the solar panels will be mounted on. The work means that most parking in the lot other than disabled and 15-minute spaces will be unavailable.

Center patrons are asked to park along Moeser Lane and Pomona Avenue, or in the lot at the Contra Costa Civic Theater during nonperformance hours.

Solar panels are also being installed on the city Public Safety Building on Manila Avenue as part of a program intended to provide 256 kilowatts of alternative energy. El Cerrito estimates the solar panels on city facilities will offset 28 percent of its energy use and 5 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions.

Planners to discuss UC Village project

The UC Village Mixed Use Development will be the topic of a study session by the Albany Planning and Zoning Commission when it meets at 7 p.m. June 12 at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.

The project site was the center of protests by groups that want to keep the land open for agricultural use.

Plans for the 6.3-acre site northwest and southwest of the Monroe Street/San Pablo Avenue intersection call for a 27,000-square-foot grocery, 17,000 square feet of additional retail space, and a 175-unit senior housing project.

Plans are available for review online at www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=521.

CCCT offers summer drama camp

There are still a few spaces left for Summer Drama Camp at Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito. The camp for young people ages 7 to 12 has grown steadily since its founding in 1989, when a staff of four taught 28 students.

Today more than 250 children participate in the two-week sessions led by a staff of 25 stage professionals and teachers. The camp culminates with students getting performing opportunities via an original one-act musical play and the production of a short video,

"In addition, the students in drama camp play theater games, develop characters, learn clowning and dance skills and enjoy 10 very busy days in the theater," says the stage company. For more information or to register visit ccct.org or call 510 524-9012.

Barbecue to benefit Relay for Life

Teams participating in the fourth annual Relay for Life fundraiser in El Cerrito next month aren't confining their efforts to the main event. The Crazy Daisies team is hosting a barbecue dinner at 2 p.m. June 23 at the Blue Moon Saloon, 9937 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito.

Along with barbecue chicken dinner for $10, the afternoon will feature bra pong, sports theme prizes and a 50/50 raffle, and attendees can learn about how then can make a difference in the fight against cancer.

The 24-hour El Cerrito Relay for Life itself will be at 10 a.m. July 20 and 21 at Cerrito Vista Park. Proceeds benefit research and support programs of the American Cancer Society. For more details go to the barbecue or visit main.acsevents.org and search "El Cerrito."

WCCUSD strategic plan survey available

The West Contra Costa school district invites community members to complete a short survey to provide input into a five-year strategic plan.

The survey, which should take about 10 minutes to complete, is available in English and Spanish on the district's website at www.wccusd.net. Click on "Strategic Planning Process." Hard copies are available by calling 510-231-1000.

The survey will supplement the district's strategic planning community-engagement effort, which has included approximately 900 people in six communitywide town hall meetings, two employee town hall meetings and nearly two dozen focus group meetings.

A draft strategic plan is expected to be completed by next fall, focused on student achievement, curriculum, school-based health centers and community partnerships, according to a news release.

--Theresa Harrington and Chris Treadway

EBMUD releases pipeline project EIR

A draft environmental report for the West of Hills Northern Pipelines Project has been released by the East Bay Municipal Utilities District and is open for public comment. The project will also be discussed at upcoming meetings scheduled by the water district.

In all, the project involves 8.5 miles of 48- and 36-inch pipelines and is intended "to correct existing deficiencies in water transmission and storage operations, meet future water demands, improve system reliability and water quality challenges, and facilitate repair and replacement of other aging infrastructure."

Written comments on the project are due by 4:30 p.m. July 2 and should be submitted to Timothy McGowan, Associate Civil Engineer, M/S #701, 375 11th St., Oakland, CA 94607-4240, or e-mailed to WOHNP@ebmud.com.

Copies of the EIR are available for review at EBMUD offices, 375 11th St. in Oakland; the Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave.; El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave.; San Pablo Library, 2300 El Portal Drive, Suite D; and Richmond Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza. The EIR can also be downloaded at www.ebmud.com by clicking the "Construction Projects" link and selecting "Project Updates," then "West of Hills Northern Pipelines."

Public meetings at 6 p.m. will be held on June 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St. in Berkeley; June 19 at Maple Hall, 13831 San Pablo Ave. in San Pablo; and June 26 at El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Ave.

Albany has opening on Waterfront Committee

Albany is seeking applicants for a vacancy on the city's Waterfront Committee. Residents interested in the post can call 510-528-5710 for an application or download the form at www.albanyca.org. Applications should be submitted to the City Clerk at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.

The appointment can be made as soon as June 6.