The dance program at El Cerrito High School will be celebrating the career of longtime director Jacqueline Burgess and is looking for current and former dancers to be a part of the event set for 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Performing Arts Center at the school, 540 Ashbury Ave.
Burgess retired last year after more than three decades as the guiding light of the program and organizers are inviting "anyone whose life was touched by Ms. Burgess and the wonderful world of dance she created at ECHS over the years" to help with putting the tribute together.
Plans for the event include performances by current and former dance students; speakers, music, photos and video; and the unveiling of a tribute mural in the school's new dance studios.
Organizers are hoping for a full house at the tribute and ask that dance program alums share word of the event to others who might be interested.
To get involved or get more details, contract ECHS dance program director Jessy Kronenberg at 510-231-1437, ext. 26580, or click the contact link at elcerritogauchos.net/dance.
OPEN STREETS EVENTS: Albany and El Cerrito will again close a section of Key Route Boulevard/Ashbury Avenue to traffic for an open streets recreation event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29. Alberrito Streets will be held on the two-city thoroughfare between Thousand Oaks Boulevard and A Street, where the public can take part in games and activities, bicycle, roller skate, picnic on the median and watch live entertainment.
The two-mile "block party" in the heart of the Shattuck Avenue business district will be closed to motor traffic so the public can take advantage of the wide roadway for recreation and leisurely strolling.
Unlike other street fairs, there are no outside vendors," says the event announcement. "Instead, merchants along the route and local organizations creatively engage customers through inviting storefronts, outdoor seating, parklets, interactive activities, classes, performers, musicians, dancers, educational experiences, demonstrations, special menus, and more."
Some 43,000 people attended the inaugural event last year. For details about the event and how to participate visit www.sundaystreetsberkeley.com.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Whether you've tested the waters before or are a complete newcomer, you can delve into the world of fly fishing at a free open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept, 11 at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. The free event is hosted by the Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers, a nonprofit, volunteer-based club founded in 1982.
At the event you can "cast with a fly rod, help tie a Wooly Bugger, match the hatch, discover fishing hot spots in Northern California, see how to wrap a custom rod, appreciate the importance of local creeks, enjoy a beautiful movie, and meet new friends."
A hot dog with a soft drink will be offered for $2.50.
The group's mission is "to enhance the fly fishing experience through education, outings, fellowship, skills development, and conservation. GPFF welcomes men, women, and students -- fly fishers of all skill levels."
If you want, a 20-minute casting lesson will be available before the open house, starting at 5 p.m., but space and time are limited and a reserved spot is advised by contacting the club through its website at www.grizzlypeakflyfishers.org.
Coming up are Albany/El Cerrito bluegrass favorites Bangers & Grass on Sept. 18 and the Stompy Jones sextet on Sept. 25.
Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.