Albany Beach project report now available
Planning for the Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access project is gearing up with the release last week of the environmental report for the project by the East Bay Regional Park District. The report, available for download at www.ebparks.org/planning#albany, is expected to be discussed when the city's Waterfront Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.
The project area, along the shoreline from Gilman Street to the foot of Buchanan Street, is part of the Eastshore State Park, which is managed by the regional park district.
Work calls for restoring the beach, public access improvements and completing a key portion of the Bay Trail.
Cities promote National Night Out gatherings
Neighborhoods in Albany and El Cerrito are being encouraged by police to register and organize a block party for the National Night Out crime prevention event on Aug. 7.
The event provides residents the opportunity to establish links with each other and law enforcement, becoming educated and organized and increasing safety in the process.
Details and registration for El Cerrito's event, which has won awards for several years, can be found online at www.el-cerrito.org/index.aspx?nid=100.
Trail restoration work in El Cerrito
A work party to reestablish a trail in the El Cerrito area known as Motorcycle Hill will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Volunteers are welcome to join El Cerrito Trail Trekkers in removing invasive Scotch broom and restoring footing on rough portions using mattocks and shovels.
"The result will be an improved trail that will make it easier for the public to enjoy this magnificent open space with views of the Bay," the group states.
The area was widely popular in the decades before World War II for the uphill motorcycle races that were held there.
To RSVP and get the location to meet, contact Jenny Hammer at 510-524-1590 or email@example.com.
Future work days are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11 and Aug. 25.
Free compost event for Albany residents
Albany residents can get a load of stuff to help their garden grow at a free event Aug. 4 at Golden Gate Fields. Not horse manure from the racetrack, but two free bags of WM EarthCare Homegrown Compost at the city sponsored event in the north parking lot at GGF, 1100 Eastshore Highway.
Bring proof of residency or Waste Management bill and show up at the lot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or while supplies last of the one-cubic-foot bags of compost made from Bay Area yard trimmings and residential food scraps.
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-528-5710.
Filing period opens for City Council candidates
Petitions to run City Council seats up for election in November in Albany and El Cerrito are now available. Three seats are open in each city.
Nomination papers are available in Albany at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave. and in El Cerrito at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave.
The deadline to file petitions is 5 p.m. Aug. 10 and the election will be held Nov. 6. Candidates may also submit a statement of up to 300 words with the petition. For more details call 510-215-4305.
Albany police holding 'Safety Palooza'
The Albany Police Department is out to prove that safety and fun go hand-in-hand at its open house event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The department's second annual Safety Palooza will have tours of the public safety facilities, a 25-foot-tall rock climbing wall, raffle prizes on the half-hour, remote control police cars, face painting, bean bag toss, observation skills challenge and other activities.
The free family event starts in the parking lot at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.
Magic and acrobatics fun at Albany Library
The Family Summer Program series at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave., will have a double bill at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, featuring Dan Chan the Magic Man and Kat the Acrobat.
The free show is in the Edith Stone Room at the library, 1247 Marin Ave. Space is limited with priority given to children.
-- Chris Treadway