Saturday, April 15
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
UC Berkeley campus
A host of tours, events, activities and programs will be held around the university campus as part of the annual “open house” for the community. A full list of events may be found on the university’s web site (www.berkeley.edu/calday), or information may be obtained by calling 510-642-5215.
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s College High School, Peralta Park
Young people can learn how to get involved in the causes that matter to them most, through the “Shaking the Tree” conference on youth activism and involvement. Participants need to bring a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian, and either a lunch or $2 for pizza.
Native plant sale
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden
Bring cardboard boxes to carry your purchases.
Restore Cerrito Creek
Help Friends of Five Creeks and Sustainable El Cerrito clear invasive ivy and blackberries as part of restoring Cerrito Creek at the Ohlone Greenway. Meet at the southeast corner of El Cerrito Plaza parking lot, north of Brighton and south of El Cerrito BART on the BART right of way. Bring work gloves and loppers if you have them.
Berkeley Farmers’ Market
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Center Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Street
Saturday Morning Children’s Programs
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave.
Jackeline Rago will perform Venezuelan music. Tickets are $4 general; $3 children.
International House Spring Fest 2000
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
International House, Piedmont and Bancroft
This celebration of unity will feature more than 50 cultural groups, including over 20 performing troupes or individuals, consular tables, food booths and children’s activities in the Discoverarium. Cost is $5 general; $3 seniors and students; free children under age 18.
Tilden Regional Park
Get your hands in the dirt and learn about these wonderful creatures.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Berkeley Multi-Agency Service Center, 1931 Center St. (Veterans Memorial Building)
BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency) will present its Volunteer Leadership Award to Glenn Clark, an attorney with the local law firm Miller, Clark, Calvert, and Obenour. Other BOSS volunteers will be honored at this luncheon.
Bay Area Children’s Theatre: “Vaudeville for Kids”
John Muir Elementary School Auditorium, 2955 Claremont Ave.
This performance will include host Johnny Cassino, “The Lounge Lizard for Kids,” plus “The Dangerous Dinos Show.” Tickets are $7.50 general; $5 children age 12 and under.
Free meditation program
Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus
This performance will feature works by Brown, Zollar and Ailey. Tickets are $18 to $42.
The Berkshire Retirement Community, 2235 Sacramento St.
Residents of The Berkshire will honor the more than 40 volunteers who donate their and services to the retirement center.
“Shakespeare at the Opera”
Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave.
This will be an evening of readings from Shakespeare’s plays and excerpts from the operas based on the plays by directors and actors of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, African American Shakespeare Company, and Woman’s Will along with Berkeley Opera singers. There will also be champagne and sweets, a balloon raffle, and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Berkeley Opera. Tickets are $40 general; $32 seniors.
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley campus
The University Chorus, under the direction of Marika Kuzma, will perform this Mozart classic.
Sunday, April 16
Berkeley Hiking Club
8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
The club will be leading two hikes today: a mini-hike of four to five miles at Bruno Mountain (leaves at 8:30) and a hike or 8 to 9 miles at Shell Ridge (leaves at 9). Both groups meet at their respective times at the corner of Shattuck Avenue and Berkeley Way.
510-523-4631 (Bruno Mountain); 925-944-9068 (Shell Ridge)
“Science Camp Sampler”
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tilden Regional Park, Canon Drive off Grizzly Peak Boulevard
Come sample activities such as thermolizards and dino puzzles. For age 9 and older.
The Buddy Club
Albany Community Center Theater, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany
Circus Soozie and her dog Popcorn will perform amazing dog tricks, juggling, magic and comedy. Tickets are $7 general; free children under age 2.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
This performance will feature works by Jamison, Jones and Butler. Tickets are $18 to $42.
Adoption poems and stories
Boadecia’s Books, 398 Colusa Ave., Kensington
Editors Susan Ito and Tina Cervin, along with local contributors, will discuss and read from “A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption.” This event is free.
Cody’s Books, 2454 Telegraph Ave.
Glenn Ingersoll and Tim Donnelly will be the featured poets.
Monday, April 17
“Spring Break Science Week”
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tilden Regional Park
This is a weeklong program of activities for children ages 9 to 12. Registration is required, and the program costs between $125 and $139 per child,
Baby Bounce and Toddler Tales
Central Branch Berkeley Public Library, 2121 Allston Way
“Butterflies, Bees, and Bugs”
Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive, UC Berkeley campus
This is part of a series of family events being held through April 28. “Celebrate Spring” events are included with admission to the science center.
Positive Political Theory Seminar
119 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley campus
Daron Acemoglu from MIT will speak on “The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation.”
Rotary Club luncheon
H’s Lordship’s Restaurant, 199 Seawall Drive
Dr. Daniel C. Peterson, director of the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts at Brigham Young University, will be the featured speaker for this week’s North Oakland-Emeryville Rotary Club luncheon.
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.
Learn about preventative health care from Japan with Terry Kekaha.
The Affordable Housing Advocacy Project
South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St.
The Berkeley Housing Authority is sponsoring a series of meetings aimed at improving authority operations.
Rent Stabilization Board
Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
The board will hold a public hearing on its 2000-20001 budget. The meeting is broadcast on KPFB, 89.3-FM and B-TV, Cable Channel 25.
Relaxation and stress management
135E Haas Pavilion, UC Berkeley
This is a practicum to acquaint people with a broad repertory of relaxation and stress management techniques, life skills, information, and resources. Students $68, faculty and staff $77, community $85.
510-849-2231 for information; 510-643-5151 to enroll
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
Organist John Butt will perform Bach’s Toccata and fugue in D minor, BWV 565, Sonata No 3 in D minor, BWV 527 & Prelude and fugue in G, BWV 550; Elgar’s Sonata in G; and Messiaen’s La Nativité (excerpts). Admission is $12 general, $6 students and seniors.