Saturday, April 1
School garage sale
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Skytown Parent Cooperative Preschool, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington
The school will hold this garage sale to benefit its programs. All donations are tax-deductible.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Pacific Center, 2712 Telegraph Ave.
Learn about current ideas in the field of child development: how your child learns, developmental ages and milestones, and how you can best support the growth and development of your child. Donations are requested, but not required. This is part of the LGBTQ Parent and Prospective Parent Groups series.
April Fools Day celebration
Central Library temporary location, 2121 Allston Way
Pam Brown, storyteller and magician, will entertain with stories of tricksters and fools from around the world. She will perform a series of magic tricks and will teach the audience how to do some of the tricks. This free program is designed for children ages 5 to 10, and their parents.
510-649-3943; TDD 510-548-1240
Saturday Morning Children’s Programs
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave.
Jane Timberlake will present a performance of original songs. Tickets are $4 general, $3 for children.
Small Press Distribution Open House
1341 Seventh St.
This free event will feature readings by Brenda Hillman, Marci Blackman, Mary Burger, Truong Tran and Elizabeth Willis, and guests will have an opportunity to browse through open stacks of books.
Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Live Oak Park
Mel Adamson, painting, and Lucy Snow, installation, will be featured in this salon. Admission is free.
Tilden Regional Park
Participants can look for blooming poppies, lupines and Indian paintbrush. For ages 8 and older. Meet at Tilden’s Big Springs Canyon if South Park Drive is open. If it is closed, meet at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden parking lot.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus
Juan de Marcos’ Afro-Cuban All Stars will perform. Tickets are $18 to $32.
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave.
Hopkinson Smith is featured in this baroque lute performance of works by J.S. Bach. Tickets are $19 to $22.
Sunday, April 2
“Post-April Fools Day Hike”
Tilden Regional Park, Canon Drive off Grizzly Peak Boulevard
On this hike, look for examples of deception in nature and talk about the history of April Fools Day.
The Buddy Club
Albany Community Center Theater, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany
This performance will feature juggling and comedy with Hearty and Lissen, and singer Robbie Dunbar. Tickets $7 general admission, free for children under 2.
Kurt Vonnegut Writer’s Day
Trinity United Methodist Church, 2362 Bancroft Way
Celebrating and sharing concerns for writers, this event features local authors reading from their works. Donation for admission.
“Meadows Canyon Loop”
Tilden Regional Park
Take a 2.85-mile loop hike up sunny Meadows canyon and down shady Wildcat Gorge. Meet at the bulletin board at Lone Oak picnic site.
San Francisco City Chorus
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way
Larry H. Marietta conducts the chorus in a performance of Haydn’s “The Creation” with the Chamber Symphony of the West. Tickets are $15 general; $10 students and seniors.
Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Place
The open house will be followed by Tibetan chanting at 5 p.m. and a lecture entitled “Inner Compassion” by Sylvia Gretchen, dean of Nyingma Studies, from 6 to 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Home of Elise Cappella and Elisha Cooper, at 77A Tamalpais
Musicians for a Better World is sponsoring a benefit classical guitar concert for the victims of the floods in Mozambique. Leonardo García and Martha Masters will perform works by Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Johannes Brahms, and others. All proceeds go directly to Direct Relief International to help aid the victims of the floods in Mozambique. Suggested donation $10. Children welcome.
For more information email Leonardo Garcia at email@example.com
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St.
Native American political activist Jean Day will discuss the ongoing, nationwide campaign to gain freedom for Leonard Peltier, a Native American leader who has been declared a political prisoner by Amnesty International.
Monday, April 3
Institute for Governmental Studies Library, 109 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley campus
David Broder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist with the Washington Post, will discuss his book “Democracy Derailed: The Initiative Movement and the Power of Money.”
“New Moon Hike”
Tilden Regional Park
Hike Big Springs, view sunset city, stars and planets. Meet at Big Springs Canyon pullout off South Park Drive. If closed meet at the Botanic Garden parking lot.
Landscape architecture and environmental planning
145 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley campus
Robert B. Riley, emeritus professor of landscape architecture and architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will speak on “Vernacular-Narrative-Garden: Musings, Maxims, and ... ?”
Rent Stabilization Board
Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Among other issues the board will discuss funding for the Tenant Action Project and a proposal to add an office assistant and a community services assistant.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St.
“Page to Stage: A Conversation with Tony Taccone, Joan Holden and Geoff Hoyle” is a free event sponsored by the Berkeley Rep’s Hilde Mosse Programs for Education. Taccone is artistic director of the Rep, Holden is the principal playwright for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Hoyle is a comic actor who has appeared in a number of shows at the Rep. This event will focus on the legacy of comic theater in the Bay Area.
New Century Plan workshop
UC Alumni House (enter campus at Bancroft Way and Dana Street; located across from Haas Pavilion)
Community members are invited to Workshop No. 4, which will feature a panel of representatives from Downtown Berkeley business, arts, and civic organizations. The discussion will explore ways to utilize town and gown connections to further the revitalization of Downtown Berkeley. The New Century Plan, currently being developed, will guide UC Berkeley decisions and set priorities for the future use of its facilities and properties in Berkeley and the surrounding region.