Women in Black Vigil, held every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph.
Meditation, Peace Vigil and Dialogue, Fridays at noon in Berkeley. Gather on the grass close to the West Entrance to UC Berkeley, on Oxford St. near University Ave. People of all traditions are welcome. 496-6000, ext.135. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, www.bpf.org.
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon Series: Robert Haas, Former Poet Laureate of the United States. Luncheon 11:45 a.m. $11.50-$12.50, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For information and reservations 526-2925, 665-9020.
John Zerzan will speak on the Pathology of Civilization in the context of the deepening crisis we face. “Surplus,” a new film by Erik Gandini, will be shown first. It is a 52-minute critique of consumer society. At 7 p.m. at The Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave., near Dwight Way. Cost is $5-$10 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Berkeley Earth Day, live music including Wild Mango; Climbing Wall; Kid’s Eco-Art making area with East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse; Vegetarian food and beer, craft and community booths; Berkeley Farmers’ Market Family Farm Day with bike hayrides, baby goats, wool spinning, observational beehive, Bay Area Seed Interchange Library and much more, at Civic Center Park
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Volunteers needed, call 530-2105. For information call 654-6346.
Berkeley Association of Neighborhood Associations (BANA) monthly meeting 3rd Saturday of every month. at 9:15 a.m. in the Fireside Room, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. 587-3257.
Healing Our Community through Positive Change, a conference sponsored by the Parent Resource Center of Berkeley High. Topics include Parent/Teen Communication, Kids and the Law, How to Pay for College, Depression, Understanding Cultural Differences, among others. Held at Berkeley Alternative High School, 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission, all welcome. For more information call the BHS Parent Resource Center at 644-8524.
UC Berkeley Chinese Martial Arts Tournament in the Haas Pavilion on the UC Campus, beginning at 8:45 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Admission $7, children under 5 free. For information call 642-3268 or www.calwushu.com.
California Native Plants Sale
Bring cardboard boxes, if possible, to carry purchases, and an umbrella if it rains. Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Wildcat Canyon Rd. & South Park Dr., in Tilden Park. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 841-8732.
Springtime in Tilden Outing Join the Greenbelt Alliance for a moderately challenging walk to Grizzly and Vollmer peaks in Tilden Park above Berkeley. We will traverse high ridges with panoramic vistas and explore human impacts on native plant systems. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Meet at the parking lot on the south side of Golf Course Drive just east of Grizzly Peak Blvd. 415-255-3233.
Free real estate seminar, hosted by Charles Patton and Eric Jackson, from 10 a.m. - noon. Held third Saturday of every month. 3362 Adeline. RSVP at 472-0197.
Community Labyrinth Peace Walk, facilitated by Berkeley Singer/Songwriter/Activist Margie Adam, begins at 2 p.m. at the Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club, 1650 Mountain Blvd. Free and open to all. Sponsored by the Avalon Project. 528-8193.
The Center on Politics Presents: Bush at War: The Annual Review of the Presidency, from 7-9 p.m., 155 Dwinelle Hall, UC Campus. Panelists include: Eleanor Clift, Newsweek; Richard Berke, The New York Times; Nelson Polsby, UC Berkeley; and Dean Michael Nacht, The Goldman School of Public Policy. Co-sponsored by The Institute of Governmental Studies and UC Extension. 642-4608.
Meeting of those injured at the Port of Oakland April 7 demonstration, at 499 14th St., Suite 220, Oakland, CA. (Offices of Siegel & Yee), in Oakland City Center Square; near 12th St. BART station. We will discuss a legal response to police violence of that day, and collect information from the injured and witnesses. Also, we need photographs and video of injuries and police behavior from that day. Whether or not you can make the meeting, if you were injured or witnessed specific inappropriate police behavior, please call or write.
Contact: Rachel Lederman,
Living Peacefully in a Time of Turmoil. The Center for the Development of Peace and Well-being at UC Berkeley, presents a discussion about uncertainty, resilience and compassion in the face of conflict with James Donahue, President and Professor of Ethics, Graduate Theological Union; Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; and Meg Zweiback, RN, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing, UCSF, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Evans Hall, Room 10, UC Campus. 643-7944 or email@example.com
We’re Getting There: Transportation and the Environment in Berkeley, with Matt Nichols, of the City of Berkeley Transportation Office, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst St. For reservations call 981-5435. firstname.lastname@example.org
“My Life as an Unabashed Liberal,” lecture by Stephanie Salter, columnist and reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, on the role of liberalism in the current climate of American politics, at 7:30 p.m., College Preparatory High School at 6100 Broadway, Oakland. Cost is $10. Call Bruce H. Feingold at 925-945-1315 for information.
Berkeley Camera Club meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. Share slides and prints and learn what other photographers are doing. Monthly field trips. 525-3565.
Lawyers in the Library at 6 p.m. at the West Branch, 1125 University Ave. 981-6270.
Gaia Sculpture Unveiling. Four Architectural Sculptures celebrating Earth Day will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m., at the Gaia building, 2116 Allston Way, by Khalil Bendib, sculptor, and Patrick Kennedy, owner, Panoramic Interests.
Ira Glass, host and founder of the NPR program, This American Life, will speak at
8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall, UC campus. Tickets are $18, $22, $28. 642-9988.
Peace Spirals: Somatic Expressive Dialogs for peace, community and mindful action, with Jamie McHugh, RMT and guests, 7-9 p.m. at Café de la Paz, 1600 Shattuck at Cedar. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Berkeley Poetry Slam, Wednesdays, with host Charles Ellik at 8:30 p.m. at The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave. $90 cash prizes. Cost is $7 at the door, $5 with student i.d. 841-2082.
Community Dances in Berkeley, traditional English & American Dances 8 p.m. every Wednesday, $9. Held also at 7 p.m. first Sunday, $10. Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St., 233-5065.
Take Back the Night March against rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence in our community. Come hear our speakers, enjoy live music, browse the resource fair, and share your thoughts at the open mike. Rally at 4:30 p.m. on the UC Campus at Upper Sproul Plaza rain or shine. Contact information: Danna Yaniv at 204-9139. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Helen Caldicott, founder, Physicians for Social Responsibility and founder, Nuclear Policy Research Institute, will speak on “The New Nuclear Danger - George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex,” at 7 p.m. in the Chevron Auditorium, International House, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Chancellor's Office, co-sponsored by Depts of Public Policy, Public Health and the World Affairs Council. 642-4670.
Bicycle Touring Information at 7:30 p.m., free lecture covering tools, routes, camping, and more, at The Missing Link, 1988 Shattuck Ave., 843-7471.
Job Search 101, an interactive
workshop on strategies to jumpstart your job search. 1:30-5 p.m. Cost is $35 for YWCA members, $45 for non-members. Preregistration required. For information call 848-6370. YWCA Turning Point Career Center, 2600 Bancroft Way.
Activist Skill Class: Practical Skills for Difficult Times. Learn tactics and strategies of activism with Karen Pickett and Phil Klasky. Classes offered through Merritt College, Tuesday evenings and Saturdays, beginning April 29 through May 24. To register call 548-2220 ext. 233.
The Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave.
Cooking and Baking Classes, offered by The Bread Project in conjunction with Berkeley Adult School. Contact Lucie Buchbinder at 644-1713 for more information.
Civic Arts Commission meets Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/civicarts/default.htm
Citizen’s Budget Review Commission meets Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Phil Kamlarz, 981-7006, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/budget/default.htm
Energy Commission meets Wednesday, April 23, from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo 981-5434. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/energy/default.htm
Mental Health Commission meets Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at 2640 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Harvey Turek, 981-5213.
Planning Commission meets Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruth Grimes, 981-7481.
Police Review Commission meets Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Barbara Attard, 981-4950.
Zoning Adjustments Board
meets Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410.
School Board meets Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Queen Graham 644-8764 or Mark Coplan 644-6320.