Albany Local Week challenge returns

Albany residents are being challenged "to see how much they can do, shop, eat and play within Albany's square mile the week of Sept. 22-28," which is the annual Albany Local Week promotion of the city's Recreation and Community Services Department.

Residents can log their activities on the Albany Local Week scorecard, earning points in categories such as: Food/Drink, Shopping, Services, Health & Beauty, Recreation & Entertainment, Special Events and Good Neighbor.

The resident with the top score will be commemorated in the Uber Albany Local Cup and be recognized at the Oct. 7 City Council meeting. Everyone who submits a scorecard will receive a limited edition prize.

Events are being held around town and businesses are offering special promotions all week. For a scorecard and a list of events visit: www.albanyca.org/albanylocalweek

Traffic lane shift on I-80 for Caltrans work

Traffic lanes are being shifted on Interstate 80 in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to accommodate initial construction for the Integrated Corridor Mobility project.

Lanes have been re-striped and mobile information signs put in place to warn drivers of the shift to the right at several locations on the Eastshore Freeway between Powell Street in Emeryville and Potrero Avenue in El Cerrito, Caltrans announced last week.

The realignment is needed to create space for foundation work along the median that will allow installation next year of electronic information signs that are a cornerstone of the project.

Upcoming work will include closure of the Ashby and University Avenue onramps from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sept. 24.

The Integrated Corridor Mobility project is intended to improve safety and vehicle flow on the congested I-80 corridor using automated, integrated technology to manage traffic and provide motorists with real-time information.

Learn more about the project at www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects/80icm/.

El Cerrito Library friends holding sale

The annual Friends of the El Cerrito Library book sale will offer thousands of used books, DVDs, CDs and records at low prices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 behind the branch at 6510 Stockton Ave.

The selection is sorted by categories and books include fiction, non-fiction and large collections of children's books, art books, cookbooks and works on home repair, travel and handicrafts.

On Sept. 28 there will also be music, brunch and a children's activity tent. At the Sept. 29 sale day all items will be half price.

Remaining items will be offered at a $3-a-bag sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5.

Gear up for monthly Bike About Town

The next Bike About Town event in Albany is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27, starting out from Wheels of Justice, 1554 Solano Ave. The monthly rides, which conclude for the year on Oct. 25, follow a different route each time.

Registration opens for 2014 at St. Mary's

St. Mary's College High School has opened online applications for the 2014-15 school year. The school is hosting an information night for seventh- and eighth-graders and parents from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 23 on the school campus, 1294 Albina Ave.

The school also has opportunities for fall campus visits and informational morning coffees, as well as the annual open house on Nov. 24.

For details visit www.saintmaryschs.org or contact Linda Yaris at 510-559-6240 or lyaris@stmchs.org

Registration opens for Albany Triathlon

The Albany Community Triathlon 2013 is less than a month away on Oct. 5, so now is the time to start training if you haven't already. The beginner-friendly event, which starts at 8 a.m. consists of a 400 m swim, a 10 km cycle and a 3 km run on the course at Albany High School and Memorial Park.

The event was first held in 2008, to celebrate Albany's centennial year, promote fitness in Albany and raise funds for Albany High sports.

The entry fee is $45 and course information and registration can be found online AlbanyTri.com.

-- Chris Treadway