Chamber orchestra in free benefit concert
The El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission is co-sponsoring a free performance by the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra at 3 p.m. April 13 at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.
The LVCO, Marin County's newest chamber orchestra, will play a program featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Haffner symphony No. 35, K385 and Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony no. 83. To program will open with String Symphony No. 3 in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn.
Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the El Cerrito Recreation Department's David Hunter Memorial Youth Scholarship, which helps make recreational programs available to disadvantaged young people in El Cerrito.
The self-directed orchestra (performing without a conductor) was formed in late 2011 by some 30 experienced chamber music players, including retired professional musicians, music teachers, experienced chamber music performers and serious amateur players.
For more details visit www.el-cerrito.org/lvco or call Frank Lahorgue at 415-722-3058.
Library friends group holding book sale
Books and other items will be available for 50 cents each at the Friends Of The El Cerrito Library spring book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at the front entrance of the library, 6510 Stockton Ave.
The sale will feature a large selection of children's books as well as works of fiction and nonfiction adult books, paperbacks, videos and books on crafts, home repair, gardening and cooking.
Proceeds go to the purchase of new library books and other materials, and to activities at the library, particularly children's programs.
For more details visit friendselcerritolibrarywordpress.com.
Albany offering Civics Academy for residents
Albany residents can get a behind-the-scenes look at city government by signing up for this year's Civics Academy, which will meet from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from April 17 to May 29.
"Over the course of the program, participants will learn about how decisions are made, where funds are allocated and have an enhanced understanding of the organizational structure and operations of the various city departments that impact the quality of life in the City of Albany."
Each session will focus on one of the city's seven departments.
The course is limited to 22 Albany residents age 17 or older and there is a $10 fee. Business owners will be accepted if space permits. The "graduation ceremony" will be at the June 2 City Council meeting.
For more information about the Civics Academy and an application visit www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=1090
Deadline coming to register for Citywide Garage Sale
El Cerrito will hold its Spring Citywide Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3. The deadline for participating sale locations to register is 4 p.m. April 10 and there is a nonrefundable $15 fee. Registration forms can be dropped off at the Recycling and Environmental Resource Center, 7510 Schmidt Lane, or the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. For more details call 510-215-4369 or visit www.el-cerrito.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1630
College sets summer and fall registration
Registration for the summer session at Contra Costa College opens April 7. Registration for the fall semester will start April 28.
The college, located at 2600 Mission Bell Drive, advises registering early to assure the best selection of classes.
To learn more about registration, apply online, schedule a counseling appointment and apply for financial aid visit www.contracosta.edu. For more details call 510-215-3836.
Paint Nite Fundraiser set for April 17
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito, is holding a Paint Nite Fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. April 17 to benefit the El Cerrito Relay for Life fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society.
The nonprofit organization invites the public to "Spend two hours with an artist guiding you, step by step, through painting your own unique masterpiece." Admission also includes free play on more than 30 classic pinball machines and arcade games.
For more details look under the calendar section at www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org.
Albany preparing general plan EIR
Albany last week issued a notice of preparation of a draft environmental impact report for its 2035 General Plan, the document that will guide development and other decisions for the next 30 years. The public is also invited to submit comments "regarding the scope of the EIR and issues that should be addressed as the document is prepared."
The city's current General Plan, adopted in 1992, "does not address several issues of importance to city residents, such as climate change and sustainability," according to the announcement.
A 30-day comment period for public agencies ends April 14.
-- Chris Treadway