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    Albany will hold a citywide garage sale in May

    April 9th, 2009

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    The City of Albany will hold a citywide garage sale on Saturday, May 23, from 9am-3pm. It is an opportunity for the community to reduce, reuse, recycle and bargain hunt. Garage sales will be held throughout the city, and a listing of all sales will be publicized in the week of May 18th. Click here to register for a garage sale. Contact Nicole Almaguer, Environmental Specialist, at (510) 528-5754 for further information.


    Free weatherization services available to Albany residents

    April 6th, 2009

    Albany residents may be able to get free weatherization services as a new program funded by the federal stimulus money came into effect recently.

    Thanks to federal funding, Albany households with relatively lower incomes could get services such as door weatherstripping and window repairs for free. Click here to see a flyer with more information, and call 510-981-7770 Weatherization Program Office for details.


    Let the games begin!

    March 30th, 2009
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    Youth soccer games could be seen on just about every open field in the region Saturday as the Alameda-Contra Costa Youth Soccer League launched its spring season.  Above, the Albany Berkeley Soccer Club’s Bubbles team (in yellow and blue) faces off against the El Cerrito Mersey Club’s Hotshots (in red).  Below, Albany-Berkeley’s United team (in blue) takes on Richmond’s Manchesters (in red).  Photos by Barbara Grady. Read the rest of this entry »


    The dragon, lions, and martial artists on Solano

    February 10th, 2009

    Albany had its own Chinese New Year parade and stage performance on Solano Avenue Saturday. Although it didn’t have splendid floats like the ones in San Francisco, local residents, including dozens of school children, put on a rich combination of Chinese arts and dances at the celebration. The gorgeous dragon that waved down Solano was hand-made by resident Zion Lee, out of recycled material.


    Click here to review some beautiful moments at Albany’s Lunar New Year Celebration a year ago.


    An opportunity for Albany teenagers to learn about police

    February 10th, 2009

    The Albany Police Department is offering a free program for local teenagers to experience police life and to gain first-hand knowledge of the justice system.

    The program, called Youth Academy, consists of several field trips to justice facilities as well as eight weekly meetings at the police department. A dozen Albany teenagers participated in the first session of the program and enjoyed it a lot. Click here to read an earlier story about their experience and here for the details on how to enroll in the upcoming session, which starts on Feb. 21st.


    Albany remembers Fred Oyle, “the man of a million smiles”

    February 2nd, 2009

    Hundreds of people gathered in Albany Sunday to remember Fred Oyle, a well-loved member of the community who passed away recently from a sudden heart attack.

    50-year-old Oyle had lived on Key Route Boulevard with his family for more than a decade. He was a block captain, a popular house painter, and a devoted coach for the Albany Little League. Neighbors, friends and family members shared stories about Oyle’s cheerfulness and generosity at a packed hall at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Read the rest of this entry »


    A festival for Albany families to explore and enjoy math

    January 30th, 2009

    The Albany YMCA will host a Math Festival Family Night to provide a fun way for children as well as adults to explore the wonderful world of mathematics. The event will be held at 921 Kains Avenue on Friday, February 6th, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. It’s co-sponsored by the California Mathematics Council. All families in Albany are invited to attend. For more information, please call the Albany YCMA at (510) 525-1130.


    Albany Councilmembers host seminar to help small businesses

    January 27th, 2009

    The City Council of Albany will host a seminar with small business owners to help them deal with the current economic recession. The free event will take place at the Albany Senior Center, Wednesday February 11th, 6 pm to 8 pm. It’s sponsored by the Solano Avenue Association and the Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more information.


    Albany holds dance performance to celebrate Chinese New Year

    January 25th, 2009

    A group of Albany dancers will perform a variety of ethnic dances to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the community center Monday, Jan. 26. Most of the performers are amateurs taking dance classes with Ah-lan Min, a former professional dancer in China. Below is a slideshow of photos taken during their rehearsal Sunday. The performance will start at 3:30 pm Monday at the hall of the Albany Community Center. Admission is free to all.


    If you can’t make it to tomorrow’s show, you could still see them at another upcoming event: they will perform for the community again on Saturday, Feb. 7, 11:00 am-12:00 noon at an event hosted by the Solano Avenue Association.


    Albany school district holds meeting on pool project

    January 4th, 2009

    The Albany Unified School District will be holding a meeting  to discuss and receive community input on the upcoming Albany High School Pool Construction Project. The meeting will be held in the Albany High School Little Theatre located at 603 Key Route on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. Read the rest of this entry »


    Albany city officials show support to local shops

    December 19th, 2008

    Newly-elected Mayor Marge Atkinson and outgoing Mayor Robert Lieber of Albany showed up at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a local cafe Thursday, to welcome the newly-opened business and express support for local shops. Photos by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

     



    A farewell party for the Albany Pool

    December 17th, 2008

    After serving the community for 58 years, the Albany Pool is closing its doors on December 21, Sunday to await demolition and future construction of a new pool facility.To commemorate the occasion, the AHS Swim Club and Swim Team are throwing a pool party. All members of the community are invited to join the Cougar for a final dip in the pool– have some good fun, great food, show appreciation, and say a bittersweet farewell: Sunday, Dec. 21, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Read the rest of this entry »


    Reception to honor Boardmember Charlie Blanchard

    December 15th, 2008

    A reception to honor Charlie Blanchard, retiring President of the Board of Education, will be held at the Community Center, Tuesday 7:00-7:30 pm.  Newly-elected member of the board Pat Low will also be welcomed at the event.  The school board will review a budget report and interdistrict transfer policies at the meeting following the reception.


    Video: Wonderful Choral Concert at Albany High School

    December 12th, 2008

    If you’ve missed this wonderful performance, you can still catch it by watching the video clips recorded at the concert by Albany Today. Watch first Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars. You might be amazed at how beautifully the young vocalists could sing.  

    And click to watch a few more wonderful songs by the chorus: Read the rest of this entry »


    Slideshow: Albany newly-elected officials swear into office

    December 10th, 2008

    Photos by Linda (Linjun) Fan. Click here to watch the video of the event online.


    Albany elected officials take oath of office

    December 4th, 2008

    The City of Albany will hold a special meeting Monday, Dec. 8 to formally announce the results of the recent election. Farid Javandel, Robert Lieber and Peggy Thomsen will take oath of office to the City Council. Patricia Low and Ron Rosenbaum will take oath to serve on the Board of Education. A resolution will also be passed to honor Jewel Okawachi for her eight years of service on the Council and decades of service for the community. Location:  Main Hall, Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany. Click here for the agenda.


    Albany Community Art Show

    December 2nd, 2008

    The Albany Arts Committee will sponsor an art show at the Community Center Saturday, Dec. 6th, 11am – 5 pm.  Artwork on exhibition will include oil and acrylic paintings, giclee prints, photography, jewelry, etc. There will also be cards and other gift items on sale.  Location: 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany.


    Superintendent talks to parents at community forum

    November 25th, 2008


    Albany boys graduate from police academy

    November 23rd, 2008

    Nine young men graduated from Albany Police Youth Academy as its first class Saturday, after learning closely from police officers on various law enforcement issues for two months. Read the rest of this entry »


    A chance to talk to the Superintendent

    November 21st, 2008

    Superintendent Marla Stephenson of the Albany Unified School District will host a quarterly forum Monday, 2 pm – 3 pm, Nov. 24 to listen to ideas and concerns on school issues from members of the community. Location: Daniel Winkler and Associates, 1302 Solano Ave. For more information please contact Darlene Mock at 510-558-3766.