FRIDAY, MAY 2
Support the Artists of West Berkeley. The historic Sawtooth Building, on 8th St. between Dwight and Parker, with 50 artist studios is holding an open house from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., also on Sat. May 3.
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 548-6310, 845-1143. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meditation, Peace Vigil and Dialogue, gather at noon on the grass close to the West Entrance to UC Berkeley, on Oxford St. near University Ave. People of all traditions are welcome to join us. 496-6000, ext.135. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship www.bpf.org
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon Series, “Syria,” with Beshara Doumani, PhD, Professor of History, UC Berkeley. Luncheon 11:45 a.m. $11.50 - $12.50, Speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For reservations call 526-2925, 665-9020.
The Rachel Corrie Banner Project fundraiser with
Jessica Rice, at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Hall at 1924 Cedar St. at Bonita. For more information on Rachel Corrie's tragic death by being bulldozed by an Israeli soldier while protecting a Palestinian home from demolition, please go to www.electonicintifada.net $20 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Sex, Lies & International Economics a film on alternative economics for women’s equality at 8 p.m. at the Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave. Wheelchair accessible. All events are free. 540-0751. ww.thelonghaul.org
SATURDAY, MAY 3
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tours, “Stage Craft Studios and the Bay Architects,” led by James Novosel. 10 a.m. $5 members, $10 non-members. For reservations call 848-0181. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc
Low-Income Cohousing informational meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, South Branch, 1901 Russell St.
African Spring Festival, at 6:30 p.m. at 155 Dwinelle Hall, UC Campus. Featuring authentic African cuisine, dances, plays, music, fashion show and more. Tickets are $7 in advance, $ 10 general admission and $5 for children under 12. 286-7976.
Studies from Nature, drawing workshop for ages 10-14 taught by artist Olga Segal, noon to 2 p.m. at the Ber-
keley Art Center. Cost is $5-$10 sliding scale; scholarships available on request. 644-6893. www.berkeleyartcenter.org
Light Search and Rescue Class offered by the City of Berkeley’s Emergency Operations Center, from 1 to 5 p.m. at 997 Cedar St. For more information call 981-5605. TDD: 981-5799.
Pet Adopt-A-Thon! The Milo Foundation will be showing pets for adoption on Fourth St., from noon on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday until 6 p.m. both days. Volunteers and foster homes are highly encouraged for this event. Contact The Milo Foundation by email, email@example.com or call 707-459-4900.
Northcoast Timber Wars Movie Night featuring “Matole Resistance” and “Fire in the Eyes” at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave. Wheelchair accessible. All events are free. 540-0751.
Introductory Day Long Meditation Retreat at the
Berkeley Buddhist Priory, 1358 Marin Ave. Albany. Advance registration is necessary. 528-1876. www.berkeleybuddhistpriory.org
Sick Plant Clinic, UC Botanical Garden experts diagnose your plant woes the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr. 643-2755. www.mip.berkeley.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at LeConte Elementary School, 2241 Russell St. from noon to 3:30 p.m. Music by Colibrí, mariachi music, baile folklorico performed by LeConte students, DJ music by DJ FUZE, and a special appearance by KMEL's Chuy Gomez. Also Latin American food and a silent auction. Benefit for LeConte's Dual Immersion Program and the LeConte PTA. Tickets are $3 for children and $7 for adults. 644-6290.
Walking Tour to Explore Creek Mouths on the Bay Trail, sponsored by Friends of Five Creeks with Berkeley Path Wanderers and Friends of Albany Beach. Meet at 10 a.m. at Seabreeze Market, University Ave. just west of freeway. Bring water and dress in layers. 848-9358. www.fivecreeks.org.
Birding Breakfast and Quarterly Bird Walk, with Chris Carmichael, Manager of Collections and Horticulture, and expert birder Dennis Wolff on a morning walk to discover the Garden's bird life. 8 to 11 a.m. UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Fee $35, Members $25. 643-2755 to register.
Visit the Cedars, horticulturist Roger Raiche hosts a visit to his property, The Cedars, home to serpentine ecosystems and with the Rhodo-
dendron occidentale in bloom. Fee $50, UC Botanical Garden Members $30. Reservations required, call 643-2755.
Spartacist League West Coast Educational Conference, U.S. Imperialism at 2 p.m., The Kurdish Question and U.S. Invasion of Iraq at 5 p.m., and Sun., May 4 at noon, France 1968, Lessons of the Student Revolt and General Strike at Valley Life Sciences Bldg., Room 2040. 839-0851. firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkeley Potters Guild Annual Sale, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 731 Jones St. 524-7031.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at James Kenney Park, noon to 5 p.m. Health fair, legal clinic, crafts vendors and food booths. Entertainment by LAVA Band, Danza Azteca Cuauhtonal, Mariachi Estrella, and Ballet Folklor-
ico de Sonia Ramirez. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley and the Duran Foundation. 540-1046 x 10.
Exploring Clay, Inventing Creatures, a workshop for ages 5-10, noon to 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Center. Cost is $5 - $10 sliding scale; scholarships available on request. 644-6893. www.berkeleyartcenter.org
Humanizing the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Day of Mutual Recognition, with Moham-
med Alatar and Rabbi Michael Lerner, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the International House. Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, facilitated by the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue group. Free Middle Eastern dinner included. Reservations required, call 301-2777 or email berkleytikkun
Eckhart Tolle's Talks on Video, at 7:30 p.m. to hear the words of the author of "The Power of Now" at the Feldenkrais Ctr., 830 Bancroft Way. Will meet on the first and third Sunday of each month. 547-2024. EdShorelin@aol.com
MONDAY, MAY 5
Community meeting about moving the Berkeley Adult School to the Franklin School site will be the topic of a second community meeting at 7 p.m. at Ala Costa, 1300 Rose St., Cedar Rose Park. School Board Members John Selawsky and Terry Doran, along with Superintendent Michele Lawrence and BAS Principal Margaret Kirkpatrick will be present. For further information contact Principal Margaret Kirkpatrick, Berkeley Adult School, mkirkpat@bas.
berkeley.net 644-6130, or Caleb Dardick, representing the BUSD Superintendent's Office, caleb@cdastrategies.
com 704-0130. Information will be posted to www.berkeleypublicschools.org and http://bas.berkeley.net
Berkeley CopWatch meets
at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St.
Volunteers needed. For information call 548-0425.
Five Star Night, Annual Fundraiser for Alameda County Meals on Wheels at the Greek Orthodox Cathe-
dral of the Ascension. For information call Marci Vastine 567-8056.
Oakland/East Bay National Organization for Women, with Tammy Fitz-Randolph, certified mediator, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Berkeley Library, 1901 Russell St. Meetings are open to all for free. 287-8948.
TUESDAY, MAY 6
Berkeley Camera Club, meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 525-3565.
Disaster First Aid Class offered by the City of Ber-
keley’s Emergency Oper-
ations Center, from 9 a.m. to noon at 997 Cedar St. For more information call 981-5605. TDD: 981-5799.
Household Energy Conservation Made Easy
This class will cover do-it-yourself insulation, weatherization and metering, plus discussion of appliance use, and standby power along with examples of low- and no-cost solutions. This lecture also covers RECO measures required by the City of Berkeley. Speakers are Reuben Deumling, Berkeley Energy Commission; and Alice La Pierre, City of Berkeley Energy Analyst. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley Energy Office. 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5435 or email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
YMCA’s 63rd Annual Com-
munity Prayer Breakfast, with Lyn Fine, Buddhist educator, Rev. Rodney Yee, Chinese Community Church, and music by the McGee Avenue Baptist Choir. From 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park. Tickets are $20 and available by calling 549-4525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Tamalpais Tales,” an evening of anecdotes and reminiscences by Millie Barish, Tamalpais Road historian, in celebration of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s Spring House Tour, at 7:30 pm at the The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street at Arch. Presentation will be followed by cookies and conversation around the fireplace. Tickets, for $7, may be purchased at the door. As space is limited, you may wish to order your tickets by mail: BAHA, P.O. Box 1137, Berkeley, 94701
South Berkeley Mural Project. Community members in South Berkeley are coming together to create a neighborhood mural on the side of the Grove Liquor Store on the corner of Ashby Ave and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Meetings are held every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Epic Arts Studios at 1923 Ashby Ave. For further information on ways to get involved please call 644-2204.
Amnesty International Berkeley Community Group
meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1606 Bonita Ave., at Cedar St. Come join fellow friendly human rights activists to help promote social justice one individual at a time. 872-0768.
THURSDAY, MAY 8
Public Meeting on the Proposed Molecular Foundry Development by Lawrence Berkeley Nattional Lab in Strawberry Canyon, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strawberry Can-
yon Recreation Center. All invited. For information, contact the Mayor’s office, 981-7100.
Tariq Ali, author, Clash of Fundamentalisms; and Editor, New Left Review speaks on War, Empire, and Resistance at 4 p.m. in the Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Center, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Institute of International Studies. 642-2472. email@example.com
Education Not Incarceration, a coalition of teachers, students, parents and community members need you to join the rally at noon in at the State Capitol, Sacramento. Buses leave the Bay Area at 8:30 a.m. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.may8.org
League of Women Voters Speaker Series program on “Rebuilding Together,” formerly “Christmas in April,” from noon to 2 p.m. in the Edith Stone Room of the Albany Public Library, 1247 Marin ave., at Masonic. 843-8824. email@example.com
Grizzly Peak Flyfishers, invites you to a Fly Tying Extravaganza and Auction at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave., at 6:30 p.m. For information contact rorlando@uclink4.
Alameda County Hazardous Waste Drop-Off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8, 9 and 10 at Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste, 2100 E. 7th St., Oakland.Take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of prosucts such as paint, auto products, household batteries, cleaners and sprays, pesticides and fertilizers. Please do NOT bring asbestos, explosives, most compressed gasses, computer monitors, CRTs and TVs, computers & electronic equipment. Call 1-877-STOPWASTE or visit stopwaste.org/fsrecycle. For information on what to do with other items, call 800-606-6606, email HHW@co.alameda.ca.us, or visit http://householdhazwaste.org/oakland
Cooking and Baking Classes, offered by The Bread Project in conjunction with Berkeley Adult School. Contact Lucie Buchbinder at 644-1713.
Section 8 Resident Advisory Board meets on Friday, May 2 From 3:30 to 5 p.m. at City Hall, 2180 Milvia St., Dog-
wood Conference Room, 2nd Floor. Rick Mattessich, 981-5471. www.ci.berkeley.
Public Works Commission Special Meeting on Friday May 2, on the develpoment of a workplan from 1 to 5 p.m. at 2180 Milvia St., Redwood Room, 6th Floor. Jeff Egeberg, 981-6406. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/publicworks
Council Agenda Committee Meeting meets Monday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Landmarks Preservation Commission meets Monday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center. Gisele Sorensen 981-7419. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Peace and Justice Commission meets Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m.in the North Berkeley Senior Center. Manuel Hector 981-5510.
Rent Stabilization Board meets Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Pam Wyche, 644-6128. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us\rent
Youth Commission meets Monday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
1730 Oregon St. Philip Harper-Cotton, 981-6670. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
City Council meets on Tuesday May 6 for a Public Hearing on Allocation of $4.2 Million in Community Development Block Grant Funds, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil
Commission on the Status of Women meets Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruby Primus, 981-5160. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/women
Fire Safety Commission meets Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. David Orth, 981-5502. www.ci.berkeley.
Transportation Commission Bicycle Subcommittee meets on Friday, May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2120 Milvia St. Third Floor Conference Room. Carolyn Helmke, 981-7062. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Commission on Early Child-
hood Education meets
Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center. Marianne Graham, 981-5416. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Community Health Com-
mission meets Thursday, May 8, from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. William Rogers, 981-5344. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thursday, May 8, at
7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
School Board meets Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Queen Graham 644-6147 or Mark Coplan 644-6320.