New Year’s Eve Work Party

pulling broomJackson St, Albany Hill
event with Friends of Albany Parks

pulling broom on Jackson St

Last Saturday of the month (and the year!) work party, December 31, 9:30am-12:00pmEnjoy nature on the hill as we pull broom and small eucalyptus and plant a few natives grown from seed collected on Albany Hill. Gloves and tools provided. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes recommended. Free t-shirts for participants. Meet at the end of Jackson St. (turnaround). Heavy rain cancels. Call 510-289-5346 the morning of work party if unsure.
Directions: From San Pablo Ave in Albany go west on either Marin/Buchanan, Solano, Washington, or Castro St. After 3 blocks go right (north) on Jackson and follow to end. The trail from the east side of Albany Hill through the oak woodland comes out at the end of Jackson St as well.
For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Albany Hill work party this Saturday

oak forest cleared of ivyE side Albany Hill
ferns coming up

native ferns returning in the oak woodland

Last Saturday of the month work party, October 29, 9:30am-11:30am. Gloves and tools provided but bring a favorite weeding tool if you like. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and long sleeves recommended. We’ll be pulling ivy in the oak forest on the east side and planting a couple of monkeyflowers on the edge of the oak forest. Meet at the NE meadow next to Cerrito Creek.We’ll work in a light rain; heavy rain cancels. Call 510-289-5346 if unsure that morning.

Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.

Evening Planting Work Party

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sticky monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus)

The rains have softened the soil. Join us for an evening planting session, Friday Oct 21, 5:30-6:30 pm. Enjoy nature on the hill as we plant a couple of sticky monkeyflowers propagated from seed collected on Albany Hill. Gloves and tools provided. Free t-shirts. Meet at the NE meadow next to Cerrito Creek.
Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.

Also, mark your calendars for Nov. 10, 7 pm, City of Albany workshop on Albany Hill funding. Measure R, set to expire soon, provides funding for improvements and open space purchase on the hill, as well as for creek restoration. The city will be soliciting public input on how to spend the remaining funds for the hill and creeks. More details soon.

For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Cleanup at Albany Creekside Park

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Join Friends of Albany Parks, Friends of Albany Hill, and Friends of Five Creeks for a cleanup at Creekside Park in Albany, Saturday, Oct 1, 9am-12:30 pm. Gloves and tools provided. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. We’ll be pulling invasive plants and picking up trash. Lunch and t-shirt provided. Meet at El Cerrito’s Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave, next to Cerrito Creek. (3499 Santa Clara on Internet maps).

3 Events this week on the Little Hill

view of Albany Hill from El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

view of Albany Hill from El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area

1) Evening walk, Weds, Sept 21, 5:30pm-6:30pm. We’ll stroll along the north and east sides of the hill, observing plants and animals and picking up trash. Free t-shirts for participants. Afterwards grab a bite to eat at Off the Grid on Fairmount Ave between San Pablo Ave and Carlson Blvd in El Cerrito.  Meet on the NE side of Albany Hill next to Cerrito Creek.

Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of Cerrito Creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.

2) Walkers age 50+: Discover Albany Hill, Thursday, Sept 22, 9am-11am. We’ll ford the creek on stepping stones and gain 300+ ft. elevation, some on narrow trails with nearby poison oak. Wear long pants. long sleeves, and sturdy shoes with good traction. Bring water and sticks if you use them. Meet at El Cerrito’s Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave. (3499 Santa Clara on Internet maps; easy from AC Transit 72 or 25, or El Cerrito Plaza BART).

3) Last Saturday of the month work party, Sept 24, 9:30am-11:30am. Gloves and tools provided but bring a favorite weeding tool if you like. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and long sleeves recommended. We’ll be pulling ivy in the oak forest on the east side. Free t-shirts for participants. Meet on the NE side of Albany Hill next to Cerrito Creek.
Directions:
Walk north down path from the end of Madison Ave in Albany, or walk east along path on south side of Cerrito Creek from Pierce Street in Richmond, or ford the creek from El Cerrito’s Creekside Park at the south end of Santa Clara Ave.

For more info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com, friendsofalbanyhill.org

Friends of Albany Hill Quarterly Meeting

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Edith Stone Room, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave, Albany, CA 94706

Curious about Albany Hill park?
Interested in local geology, archeology, history?
Native plant/bird/butterfly/lover?
Interested in trail/steps repair/maintenance?
Bicycle racks? Cerrito Creek foot bridge?
Other amenities?
Vegetation Management?
Curious about 50 yr history of neighborhood group?

Join us for conversation/preparation for Albany Hill workshop

For more info: friendsofalbanyhill.org
info@friendsofalbanyhill.org

Clean-up on Albany Hill, Aug 27

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view of Albany Hill from N side

Saturday, Aug 27, join Friends of Albany Hill for the last Saturday of the month work party, 9:30-11:30am. Meet at the NE meadow next to Cerrito Creek. Gloves and tools provided but bring a favorite weeding tool if you like. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and long sleeves recommended. We’ll be pulling ivy and picking up trash in the oak forest on the east side. Free t-shirts for participants. More info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Evening Walk Aug. 17, top of Albany Hill

P1020687 - Version 2.jpgJoin Friends of Albany Hill for an evening walk Weds. August 17, 5:30-6:30 pm. We’ll stroll along the crest of the hill, observing plants and animals and picking up trash. Free t-shirts for participants. Afterwards grab a bite to eat at Off the Grid on Fairmount Ave between San Pablo Ave and Carlson Blvd in El Cerrito.

Meet at the end of Taft on Albany Hill (Taft is the top-most road on Albany Hill; Jackson, also a dead-end, is one street below).

More info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

Ivy Pull Saturday July 30

Saturday, July 30, join us for the last Saturday of the month work party, 9:30-11:30am. Meet at the NE meadow. Gloves and tools provided but bring a favorite weeding tool if you like. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and long sleeves recommended. We’ll be pulling ivy in the oak forest. Free t-shirts for participants. For info: friendsalbanyhill@gmail.com

albany hill e side, looking downhillafter removing ivy

Albany Hill E side, after removing ivy