Voters must request mail-in ballot by Oct. 30

Alameda County voters have until 5 p.m. Oct. 30 to request a mail-in ballot for the General Election.

Voters who are registered to cast their ballots in the Nov. 6 election can fill out the application on the back of the sample ballot or complete an online vote-by-mail application at www.acgov.org/rov.

They can also mail a written request to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1. Oakland, Calif. 94612.

All requests for mail-in ballots must be in writing and include the voter's signature. Requests by telephone will not be accepted.

Once they complete their ballots, voters must return them to the Registrar of Voters or any polling place within Alameda County no later than the close of polls on Election Day. Postmarks are not accepted.

For more information, contact the Registrar of Voters at 510-272-6973.

Annual art association show in El Cerrito

The El Cerrito Art Association brings its three-day art show back to the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, Friday through Sunday.

The event opens with a reception for participating artists from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

An art show and outdoor artists market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday will feature more than 300 works by 200-plus East Bay artists.

Awards will be presented in each category, including this year's special theme of "Up Close."

Details: www.elcerritoart.org/p/annual-art-show.html.

Citywide garage sale maps available Friday

The annual Citywide Garage Sale in El Cerrito is Saturday and maps of participating locations will be available at www.el-cerrito.org and in self-serve literature stands at the El Cerrito Recycling Center, 7501 Schmidt Lane; and the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

For more details call 510-215-4350.

Among the participants will be a sale at 626 Albemarle St. to benefit the speech and debate program at El Cerrito High School.

Along with furniture, collectibles, vintage items, household goods, art, books, sporting equipment and children's items, the location will have a bake sale.

Flapjacks and fire trucks at open house

As it does annually for Fire Prevention Week, the Albany Fire Department is hosting a pancake breakfast and open house, with the community invited from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the fire house, 1000 San Pablo Ave.

Department staff spend the week making presentations at elementary schools, followed by the open house, attended last year by more than 700 people. Breakfast is $5, or $3 ages 6 and under, with proceeds going to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.

The open house will feature safety information and demonstrations, equipment and vehicles on display, registration for CPR and First Aid classes, prize raffles and a visit by mascots Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey Bear.

El Cerrito schedules e-waste collection

A free collection of e-waste -- electronic devices and peripherals that are illegal to put with the regular trash -- will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21 at the El Cerrito Recycling and Environmental Resource Center, 7501 Schmidt Lane.

The center accepts such dropoffs during its regular operating hours, but at the collection event, contractor Universal Waste Management will unload items for participants.

For details on what items can or cannot be accepted call 888-832-9839.

-- Chris Treadway

Veteran UC officer shoots himself in leg

A veteran UC Berkeley police officer shot himself in the leg Tuesday morning as he was getting ready for work in the department's locker room, police said.

"He was holstering his weapon and shot himself in the leg," said Police Capt. Margo Bennett. "It appears it's a straightforward injury and everything is going to be fine."

The officer was taken from the police station in the basement of Sproul Hall to Highland Hospital in Oakland with "non-life threatening" injuries said UC Berkeley Police spokesman Lt. Eric Tejada.

The officer, a 20-year veteran Tejada did not name, shot himself with a Heckler & Koch semi-automatic pistol, he said.

"There were other people in the room at the time, and I have to say our guys did an amazing job," Tejada said. "They jumped right into action and comforted him and tended to his injuries and waited until the Berkeley fire department paramedics got there."

Tejada said the gun the officer shot himself with does not have a safety mechanism.

"It looks like it might have something to do with the equipment," said Tejada, who declined to be more specific as to the reason why the gun went off.

Tejada said the investigation would be done internally and the department would not call in a team from the Alameda County District Attorney's office as it does with other officer-involved shootings.