Piedmont Avenue library branch hours changing

Beginning Nov. 1, two Oakland Public Library branches -- Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue -- will change to Tuesday through Saturday.

The change is the result of a pilot program that began in September 2013 to offer library hours on Mondays in more areas of Oakland.

The library administration sought public feedback on the new schedules through an online and paper survey, comment cards and community meetings.

Evaluating the community's responses and data on library usage led to the decision to end the trial Monday-through-Friday schedules at the Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue branches.

According to Gerry Garzon, director of library services, the needs and use patterns of each community were considered in the assessment.

-- Sharon McKellar

East Bay Flag Football kicks off fall season

Registration is underway for the fall 2014 season of East Bay Flag Football, a popular growing football league for boys and girls ages 7 to 15 in the East Bay.

The league, which is part of NFL Flag, has four co-ed divisions grouped by age. Teams play 5-on-5, and every player is eligible to receive the ball. Contact and blocking are not allowed. NFL Flag-style games, which are played in more than 1,000 leagues across the United States, are said to be fast-paced and fun to watch.


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At East Bay Flag, the emphasis is on good sportsmanship, skills-building and fun. The season runs from Sept. 14 to Nov. 2. Practices and games will be at the Oakland High School football field, Park and MacArthur boulevards near Oakland's Glenview neighborhood. Free parking is available in the Oakland High parking lot.

For more information, go to: http://goo.gl/maps/sVDxo. Early registration fee is $160 per player. Registration after Sept. 1 is $185. Family discounts apply. East Bay Flag Football's fall season takes place on Sundays. The 7- to 8-year-olds practice and play from 9 to 11 a.m.; 9- to 10-year-olds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 11- to 12-year-olds from 1 to 3 p.m.; and 13- to 15-year-olds from 3 to 5 p.m. To register, go to eastbayflag.com. For information, call league chair Adam McNulty at 510-388-6669.

-- Adam McNulty