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Albany and El Cerrito were dancing and having fun in the street Sunday at the first “Al Berrito”

By Chris Treadway
Sunday, August 28th, 2011 at 10:26 pm in Albany, El Cerrito.

A young chess player makes his move.

Several hundred Albanians and El Cerritans got together Sunday for the first-ever outdoor recreational gathering shared by the two neighboring cities.
For three hours the blocks on Ashbury Avenue (El Cerrito) and Key Route Boulevard (Albany) between A Street and Thousand Oaks Boulevard were “closed to traffic, for fun,” as residents took to the wide street and median for games, music, live entertainment, picnicking, dancing and other activities.
Even the weather cooperated, providing clear and sunny skies.
The line between the two cities was marked by a chalk drawing on the street depicting Cerrito Creek.

A slackline from Bridges Rock Gym in El Cerrito was set up for demonstrations and attempts by the adventurous.

A lower slackline was there for those who were curious but less adventurous.

A teacher leads Zumba dancers of all ages.

A rapt audience watches an afternoon magic show on the median lawn.

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