Repaving work begins at El Cerrito Plaza BART
Repaving work was set to start this week for the bus and taxi areas at the El Cerrito Plaza BART station.
The first phase, for the lanes on the east side of the station, is expected to last two weeks. The west side lanes will then be paved and take the same amount of time.
"During each phase, buses that normally use the closed section will be relocated to the opposite side of the station," the transit district said in an announcement. "All parking rules will be enforced. There will be temporary taxi parking in three stalls in the lot."
Commuters are advised to pay attention to signs that will be in place during the work.
A bulletin about the project, including a map, is online at http://bit.ly/RHwDLm.
Be a part of upcoming shows at CCCT
Contra Costa Civic Theatre has a busy weekend ahead. The company welcomes volunteers for the set-building day for its next production, "Lost in Yonkers," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The show opens Sept. 21 and runs through Oct. 14 at the theater, Moeser Lane at Pomona Avenue.
Meanwhile, auditions for the CCCT production of the farce "No Sex Please, We're British" will be held at noon Sunday and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15.
Prospective actors should prepare a "contemporary comedic" monologue of one to two minutes. "Dialect is a plus for audition piece but not
Details: 510-524-9012 or www.ccct.org.
Butterfly outing at Hillside Natural Area
Butterfly expert and artist Liam O'Brien will lead a butterfly discovery walk in the Hillside Natural Area in El Cerrito from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Friends of Five Creeks is hosting the outing, which starts at the Schmidt Lane entrance to the natural area, west of the Recycling Center. Details: www.fivecreeks.org.
Sign-ups underway for St. Mary's golf tourney
Registration is open and filling quickly for the 28th Invitational Golf Tournament benefiting Saint Mary's High School on Oct. 15 at Mira Vista Golf and Country Club in El Cerrito.
The tourney, a benefit for the school's tuition assistance fund, again honors the late Berkeley Police Capt. Phil Doran, a 1963 graduate of SMHS.
Doran, who died in 2010, was a Berkeley native who attended School of the Madeleine, Saint Mary's High, Saint Mary's College, and UC Berkeley.
Along with a 32-year career withe the Berkeley Police Department, Doran also coached the Saint Mary's golf squad from 1988 to 2007.
Mira Vista, known for its Bay vistas, has completed a $2.5 million full restoration of its golf course, including rebuilding the 18th hole bunkers removed during World War II.
This year's tournament is co-chaired by Frank Brady '52, Wally English, Karel Gray '79, and Matthew Kelleher.
For more details or to register contact Joanne Marchetti Howe at 510-559-6227 or email@example.com.
Free music series continues in Albany
The ninth season of Music in the Park this week features music by Venezuela native Jimmy Kansau at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave. in Albany.
The month of weekly music continues with "heavy, heavy Afrobeat" by Albino on Sept. 19 and Irish, bluegrass, Cajun, old time tunes and originals by The Shots on Sept. 26.
"Ghostbusters" at Cerrito Vista Park
The Stay Puft marshmallow man will be at Cerrito Vista Park, Pomona Avenue and Moeser Lane in El Cerrito, at dusk on Friday as the city's free Cinema in the Park presents the 1984 favorite "Ghostbusters."
The snack bar will be open and families are invited to bring their own blanket, low chairs and coolers to the park, which is scheduled for several days of turf maintenance before the screening.
Safety advice, family fun at annual event
Meet your first responders (the folks who will come in an emergency) and let the children see and explore safety equipment at the annual Tri-City Safety Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the Lucky store in El Cerrito Plaza.
Personnel from the Albany and El Cerrito/ Kensington fire departments will have information, answer questions and conduct demonstrations.
Keep an eye out as well for McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog.
Presentation set on artist Chiura Obata
The life and work of noted artist Chiura Obata will be the program at the next El Cerrito Art Association meeting, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.
Kim Kodani Hill, the artist's granddaughter and the author of "Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata's Art of the Internment," will give a presentation and slideshow in the Garden Room.
The meeting is open to the public.
-- Chris Treadway