FRIDAY, MAY 16
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 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. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 496-6000, ext. 135. www.bpf.org
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon Series
“How Stars Are Made,” with Steven Stahler, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Astronomy, 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 information and reservations call 526-2925, 665-9020.
SATURDAY, MAY 17
20th Annual Himalayan Fair
Authentic Himalayan crafts, arts, music, dance, foods, antiques to benefit grassroots projects in Tibet, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mongolia, at Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave., starting at 10 a.m. $5 donation. 869-3995. www.himalayanfair.net
Berkeley Association of Neighborhood Associations meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Fireside Room, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. 587-3257. www.berkeleycna.com
Walk Across America
Peace-by-Peace, a talk by four of the seven Berkeley women who walked across America for peace last year, at 7 p.m. at Redwood Gardens, 2951 Derby St. Donation sliding scale $5-$10, no one will be refused. Call Laura 925-828-8184 for more information. Benefit for Wo-
men’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
The 43rd Annual Walden Center and School Spring Fair, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2446 McKinley Ave., corner of Dwight and McKinley.
Proceeds will support the scholarship and building funds.
Disaster First Aid Class offered by the City of Ber-
keley’s Emergency Operations Center, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 997 Cedar St. For more information call 981-5605.
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour, “The Westbrae Commons,” led by John Dennis and Karl Linn. 10 a.m. $5 members, $10 non-members. For reservations call 848-0181. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc
Strawberry Tastings at the Berkeley Farmers Market from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Center St. at MLK, Jr. Way, sponsored by the Ecology Center. 548-3333. www.ecologycenter.org
Dominos Tournament in San Pablo Park on the new tables installed by Friends of San Pablo Park, at noon. Call 649-9874 for information.
Know Your Rights Training, a free workshop presented by CopWatch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. For information call 548-0425.
California Spring Wildflower Walk, with Nathan Smith, horticulturist and California natives expert, for a stroll through the Garden’s collection of native wildflowers, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10, members free. Registration recommended. UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. 643-2755.
Do-it-yourself, Save Water
A class covering the benefits and limitations of drip irrigation and basic tools and supplies needed to install your own drip irrigation system. Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave., near Dwight Way, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost is $10 for Ecology Center members, $15 others, no one turned away for lack of funds. 548-2220 ext. 233.
Cordonices Creek Water Quality Monitoring Day, sponsored by Friends of Five Creeks. Call 848-9358 for more information.
Asian Pacific Islander Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park. Enjoy community booths, cultural food and entertainment. asianfestival@hotmailcom. 289-4452.
Child Safety Day at Habitot Children’s Museum. Free car seat checks, $5 toddler tricycle helmets. 10 a.m. to noon at 2065 Kittredge St. 647-1111, ext. 11.
The American Cancer
Society 24-hour “Relay for Life” from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17 until Sunday, May 18 at the El Cerrito High School track. All El Cerrito, Kensington, Albany and Berkeley residents are invited to take part in this community event that raises money to fight cancer. To get involved contact Joann Steck-Bayat at 524-9464. www.cancer.org or 1-800-ACS-2345.
Palestine: Between Iraq’s Occupation and the Roadmap to Peace, with speakers Marc Ellis, Professor of American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University, Texas and Dr. Mustafa Abu Swai, General Director of the Islamic Research Center, Al-Quds University, at 7 p.m. in 110 Barrows Hall, UC Campus.
Society’s Annual Plant Sale
Preview Sale and Party, 6 to 9 p.m. $5 Members only; memberships available at the door, $40 includes a free plant. General Sale on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. County Fair Bldg, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park at 9th & Lincoln Ave. For in-
formation call 800-884-0009.
Spring Cleaning Help from Berkeley High School
Donate twice-read books or slightly worn blue jeans to our huge May Garage Sale to benefit the CAS program’s trip to Mexico this summer. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1639 Ashby, between King & California, 2 1/2 blocks be-
low the Ashby BART Station, near Malcolm X School.
SUNDAY, MAY 18
20th Annual Himalayan Fair
See listing Sat. May 17
Auditions for Oliver! with Berkeley Musical Theater, at 1 p.m. and May 19 at 7 p.m. at Grace North Church at Cedar and Oxford. Children ages 7 to 13, and adults of all ages. Bring sheet music with a Broadway song. For more information call 524-1224.
Hidden Gems of Berkeley Bike Ride Meet at Halcyon Commons at Prince St., one block west of Telegraph at 10 a.m. for a bike tour of special gardens, fanciful sculptures, a daylighted creek and much more. Bring lunch and water. 549-7433.
King Jr HS Track Clean-up
There is lots of weeding and ivy whacking, so bring your gloves, loppers and clippers, and water to drink. Meet at the Hopkins St. entrance at 10 a.m. This is an opportunity to give back to the Track, to help BUSD. 526-5130.
Eckhart Tolle’s Talks on Video, free gatherings, 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
Society’s Annual Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See listing May 18.
MONDAY, MAY 19
Malcolm X Day
City Offices Are Closed
League of Women Voters Annual Meeting, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Business meeting and light supper at 5 followed by talk at 7 p.m., Rita Maran, Ph.D. on “The Future of the United Na-tions.” At the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. Call 843-8824 for dinner reservations at $15, and further information.
Berkeley Gray Panthers Homeowners Support Group
holds a discussion on How to Keep Your Title Clear and Deal with Liens and Other Problems, at 3 p.m. at 1403 Addison St. 548-9696. email@example.com
Berkeley CopWatch meets at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St.
Volunteers needed. For information call 548-0425.
TUESDAY, MAY 20
Strawberry Tastings at the Berkeley Farmers Market, from 2 - 7 p.m., sponsored by the Ecology Center. 548-3333. www.ecologycenter.
Berkeley Garden Club presents a lecture on Container Gardening with Keeyla Meadows at 1 p.m. at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. 524-4374.
Let’s End Bullying and Name-Calling, a preview of a new film from the Women’s Educational Media and in-formation about the Respect for All Project, at 6:30 p.m. at Willard Middle School, 2425 Stuart St. Pot-luck dinner, door prizes. For information call 547-8080 or BerkeleySafeSchools@hotmail.com
Identity Theft, a presentation by the Berkeley Police De-
partment at 11:15 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5190.
Kathy Kelly, founder of Iraq Peace Teams, speaks about her eyewitnessing the bombing of Baghdad, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. Tickets $20, benefit for Voices in the Wilderness. Wheelchair accessible and ASL-interpreted. 548-0542. www.vitw.org
Azmi Bishara, Palestinian Member of Israeli Knesset, and recipient of the Global Exchange 2003 Human Rights Award, in conversation with Dennis Bernstein at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland. Sponsored by KFPA Radio 94.1 and Global Exchange. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets available at independent bookstores or phone orders at 415-255-7296 ext. 200. For more information call 415-575-5542, or www.globalexchange.org
Berkeley Camera Club, meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. Share your slides and prints and learn what other photographers are doing. Monthly field trips. 525-3565.
Networking as Relationship Building, a brown bag career
talk with Kate Dey, noon to 1 p.m., at YWCA Turning Point Career Center, 2600 Bancroft Way. 848-6370.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
South Berkeley Mural Project. Community members in South Berkeley are coming together to create a mural on the side of the Grove Liquor Store on the corner of Ashby Ave. and MLK, Jr. Way, at 7 p.m. at Epic Arts Studios at 1923 Ashby Ave. For further information 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. 872-0768.
Community Dances in Berkeley, traditional English and American dances, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, $9. 7 p.m. first Sunday, $10. Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St., 233-5065. www.bacds.org
City Council meets Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.
Community Meetings on the City Budget
The public is invited to learn more about the budget de-
ficit and how the city plans to address the issue. May 22 at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-CITY.
Parks and Recreation Commission meets Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center.
Deborah Chernin, 981-6715.
Citizens Humane Commission meets Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center.
Katherine O’Connor, 981-6601. www.ci.berkeley.
Commission on Aging meets
Wednesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m. in the South Berkeley Senior Center. Lisa Ploss, 981-5200. www.ci.berkeley.
Commission on Labor meets
Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Berkeley WorkSource, 1950 Addison St., Suite 105. Delfina M. Geiken, 644-6085. www.ci.
Human Welfare & Community Action Commission meets Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the South Berkeley Senior Center. Marianne Graham, 981-5416. www.ci.-
Rent Stabilization Board meets Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center. Pam Wyche 644-6128 ext. 113. www.ci.-
West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at 1900 Sixth St. Iris Starr, 981-7520.
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.berkeley.
School Board meets Wednesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Queen Graham 644-6147 or Mark Coplan 644-6320.