El Cerrito High student killed on BART tracks

A 16-year-old Richmond boy died on the BART tracks in El Cerrito Tuesday morning, authorities said. The teen was killed on the tracks at the El Cerrito del Norte station, officials said. El Cerrito High School officials confirmed that he was a junior at the school; grief counselors were made available for students after they became aware of the death.

The incident is still under investigation, said BART spokesman Jim Allison.

Bus stops temporarily closed by construction

The AC Transit bus stops at Central and San Pablo avenues are out of service until Nov. 28 for construction. The agency advises riders to board at El Cerrito Plaza BART station or at these regular stops:

  • Line 25 A loop on Central Avenue at Yosemite Avenue and Line 25 B loop on Central Avenue at Carlson Boulevard.

  • Board Line 71 to Richmond Parkway Transit Center on Carlson Boulevard at Central Avenue.

  • Board Line 72 to Hilltop Mall and Line 72M to Point Richmond on San Pablo at Lincoln Avenue. Or lines 72 and 72M to Oakland Amtrak on San Pablo Avenue at El Dorado Street.

    Two-day book sale at Albany Library

    The Friends of the Albany Library book sale is so big it will be in two rooms and on two days at the branch, 1247 Marin Ave. Day One is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and will include large, old sets, vintage magazines, adult books, collectible first editions and the like. There are also 10 boxes of Christmas books priced at $1 and up.

    Day Two is Nov. 17, when vintage and collectible items are available until noon only and the 50-cent room closes at 2:45 p.m. to prepare for the bag sale ($5 per bag) from 3 to 4 p.m.

    Christmas and vintage items priced at $2 and up are not included in the bag sale.

    For details contact the friends at friendsalbany@yahoo.com.

    St. Peter Church celebrating 60 years

    St. Peter CME Church at 5324 Cypress Ave. in El Cerrito, the city's only African American church, will observe its 60th year with a special service themed "Calling from the Past: Move Forward" at 4 p.m. Nov. 17.

    The guest speaker will be the Rev. Lawrence Lakey Lewis of Memorial CME Church in San Jose.

    St. Mary's High holding fall concert Nov. 15

    The community is invited for holiday music at the free fall concert in the auditorium at St. Mary's High School, 1294 Albina Ave. at the Albany-Berkeley border at 7 p.m. Nov. 15. The concert will feature the school's chamber choir, chorus, beginning, intermediate, and advanced bands, string orchestra, and jazz ensemble in a program that includes classical and contemporary chamber music.

    Annual holiday market has a local focus

    A holiday market to benefit the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave., will have gift items, entertainment and food available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

    Organizers promise reasonable prices on a variety of holiday decorations, craft, jewelry, books, art work, cards, and miscellaneous white elephant items. Admission is free. There will also be a bake sale, lunches sold by the Friends of Albany Seniors and entertainment by singers, instrumentalists and a recorder ensemble.

    Donations of items to sell are welcome, but call the center at 510-524-9122 to learn what's acceptable.

    Arts and Crafts Fair at Albany Middle School

    Admission is free to the fifth annual Arts and Crafts Fair at Albany Middle School, 1259 Brighton Ave., from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. There will be works by students and adults for sale, baked goods and musical entertainment and proceed benefit school programs.

    Free showing of open space documentary

    "Rebels With a Cause," an award-winning documentary about the movement that successfully campaigned to preserve what are now Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, will be screened at a free event from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. The film (rebelsdocumentary.org) premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2012 and took the award for best documentary. The showing is hosted by the city's Environmental Quality Committee and will be followed by a brief talk by members of the El Cerrito Open Space Campaign, El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and the Trust for Public Land about fundraising efforts to acquire the eight-acre area known as the Madera Hillside Open Space property to incorporate into the Hillside Natural Area. Doors open at 10:45 a.m.

    Families can tour campus at open house

    An open house for prospective families to visit St. Mary's High School, 1294 Albina Ave. at the Albany-Berkeley border, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 24. For more details call 510-559-6240, or visit the admissions section of the school's website at www.saintmaryschs.org.

    -- Harry Harris, Rick Hurd and Chris Treadway