All-day bike race to close city streets

An all-day bicycle racing event on Sunday will close several streets along the Albany and El Cerrito border.

The 30th annual Berkeley Bicycle Club Criterium will bring some 400 to 450 entrants who will race in various brackets starting at 7 a.m. of up to 60 riders at a time.

The event, held in Albany for the past 10 years, has a different course than in the past, extending into El Cerrito for the first time in order to avoid a section of Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Albany made unsafe due to utility work.

The race will be on a loop of about .8 of a mile formed by Portland Avenue, northbound Key Route Boulevard, Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Ramona Avenue, Ward Avenue and Carmel Avenue. Those streets will be closed to motor traffic from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Vehicles will also have to be removed from curbside parking spaces by 5 a.m.

Personnel will be stationed at intersections to direct traffic around the closures.

Races will be held throughout the day, said Steve Rosefield, one of the event organizers, and presentations will be held in Albany's Memorial Park near the finish line on Portland Avenue.

The event is hosted by the Berkeley Bicycle Club, the East Bay Velo Club of Oakland and Albany High School mountain bike club, which is the beneficiary of event proceeds.


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"It's a nice venue because there's a park in the middle," Rosefield said. "People can come any time during the day and watch. These guys move pretty fast, they can get up to 40 mph."

For those who want to participate, registration is open through the morning of the event. For more details, look under the "events" section at berkeleybike.org.

Opening date set for Whole Foods location

A Whole Foods store will open on Gilman Street Nov. 4, the company said this week.

Whole Foods was previously planning to open in nearby Albany but decided on Berkeley after Albany residents protested a development plan on UC Berkeley land a few blocks away on San Pablo Avenue.

The new 47,800 square-foot store will be the second in Berkeley, adding to the brand's Telegraph Avenue location. The new store is currently under construction at the corner of 10th and Gilman streets.

Shooting suspect arrested in Oakland

A Berkeley man suspected of shooting and wounding a man last month has been arrested, police announced.

Oakland police collared 50-year-old Arthur Palmer on suspicion of attempted murder after locating him around 5:15 p.m. July 17 at 14th Street and Broadway, Berkeley police said.

Detectives in Berkeley identified Palmer as a suspect in a shooting in the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue on June 26.

The shooting occurred around 9:55 p.m. and wounded a 38-year-old unidentified man who has since recovered, police said.

Police were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Palmer after identifying him as the suspect. He surrendered without incident and was taken to Berkeley City Jail.

Peace Lantern Ceremony is Aug. 9

The annual Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony, held in remembrance of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the north end of Aquatic Park. Those attending can begin arriving at 6:30 p.m. to make lanterns and socialize.

The ceremony will include music and cultural performances, messages from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and remarks by a survivor of the bombing. A symbolic floating of lanterns on the park water at 8 p.m.will "reaffirm our commitment to building a better future."

Details: www.ProgressivePortal.org/lanterns.

West Edge Opera offers its Summer Festival

West Edge Opera opens its 35th season with its new Summer Festival at 8 p.m. July 26, featuring an "immersive" production of Puccini's "La Bohème" in the atrium of the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St. at the Ashby BART Station. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 3 p.m. Aug. 10. All performances are preceded by a lecture beginning 45 minutes prior to curtain.

The festival continues with Philip Glass's "Hydrogen Jukebox" at 5 p.m. July 27, and 8 p.m. Aug. 2 and 8; and the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie's "The End of the Affair" at 3 p.m. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 p.m. Aug. 9.

Tickets and details: www.westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903.

Post office birthday celebration

Acivists working to save the historic downtown post office from being sold will hold a birthday gathering celebrating the building and the establishment of the U.S. Postal Service from 1 to 2 p.m. July 26 on the steps of the landmark at 2000 Allston Way. The day has been declared National Postal Heritage Day and the public is invited for music, birthday cake and a group photo. Similar events are planned at other post office buildings around the United States.

-- Doug Oakley, Jeremy Thomas and Chris Treadway