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Berkeley This Week

Friday June 20, 2003



Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berke- 

ley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 

548-6310, 845-1143. 


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. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 496-6000, ext. 135. 


Butterfly Count Come help with the annual butterfly count. Meet at North Oxford Tract driveway off Walnut St. just north of Delaware St. Call for details. 642-3207. 


“Suppressed Histories: Ancient Iraq” Max Dashu presents her slideshow, focusing on Iraqi women, from farming villages 7,000 years ago, to the empires of Sumeria, Babylonia, and Assyria, to the Muslim era, at 7:30 p.m. at Redwood Gardens, 2951 Derby St. Cost is $10-15. Wheelchair accessible. 654-9298. 


Farmers’ Market at Bay Street Emeryville, fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, and specialty food items, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 655-4002. www.baystreetemery 




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. 


Summer Solstice Celebration at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market Center St. at MLK, Jr. Way. Live music by Clan Dyken and Wake the Dead. 548-3333. 


Solar Electricity For Your Home Learn how to design your own solar electrical generator. A short field trip to a functioning house/system and current catalog of available equipment are included. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Building Education Center, 812 Page St. Cost is $75. 525-7610.  


Friends of Five Creeks work party to remove (thornless) blackberries at Cerrito Creek on the south edge of Pacific East Mall, 3288 Pierce. Meet at 10 a.m., bring work gloves, shovels, loppers if you can. 848-9358. 


Forces That Shape the Bay  

A weekend of family-oriented activities and events to celebrate the opening of LHS's permanent science park. Ride earthquake simulators, set erosion in motion, and see the Bay with powerful telescopes. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive. 




Youth Institute -- Rise Up: Tools to Resist Militarism in Our Schools Join with others who are working on counter-recruitment and other anti-militarism work. Youth especially encouraged to attend. Workshops include Know Your Rights; Poverty Draft (or Military Myths); Peer Resources and Organizing in the Schools; Alternatives to the Military; Combating JROTC. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Campus. We are looking for 50 high school students and 20 parents and/or school workers to carry on activities in fall 2003. Registration required. For details, or to register, contact Ron Wooden, 415-565-0201 ext. 27, or email or 


Our Bankrupt Schools 

Assemblywoman Loni Hancock holds a public hearing on the fiscal crisis in public schools, examining why schools go bankrupt, what current mechanisms are in place to avoid bankruptcies, what happens in a bankruptcy and ideas on improving our school system. At 10 a.m. Richmond City Hall North, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 2600 Barrett Ave., Richmond. Free. For more information call 559-1478. 


Vegetable Oil Diesel Conversion Workshop, on Sat. June 21 and Sun. June 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free workshop on converting diesels to run on vegetable oil using the Elsbet conversion kit. Leading the workshop will be a mechanic from the Elsbet company in Germany. Multiple Mercedes diesels will be converted. Held at 611 Hearst. 841-3607.  


Livermore Action Group Reunion, 20th Anniversary of the International Day of Nuclear Disarmament and book-release party for “Direct Action,” from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellow- 

ship, at Cedar and Bonita. Free, open to the public. For information contact George Franklin, 415-255-7623 or,  


Plastics, Health, and the Environment: A Bay Area Roundtable Share the latest information on plastics, including scientific findings, recycling updates, activist campaigns, and strategies for reducing and preventing packaging waste. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch not included. At the Berkeley Public Library, Central Community Room, 2090 Kittredge. Please RSVP to Carrie Teiken, 527-5555.  


Canoe Outing with Save The Bay Celebrate the first day of summer with a paddle at Goodyear Slough, in Suisun Bay. Explore the tule marsh, 

observe wildlife and discuss wetland ecology and conservation. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., $25 for Save The Bay members, $30 for non-members. To register or for more information call 542-9261. 


Volunteers for Kucinich meets for committee formation and team-tabling training at 10 a.m. at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. 636-4149. 


Kol Hadash, Family Shabbat with Rabbi Kai Eckstein,  

“Celebrating Our Jewish- 

ness,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. Please bring lunch for your family, and dessert to share. We also collect non-perishable food for the needy. 233-6880. 




Native Plants and Insects  

Take a walk to identify native plants and learn about their insect companions and native plant gardening. For children and adults 8 and over, 2 p.m. in Tilden Nature Area. 525-2233. tnarea@ 


Creating An Ecological House A class with Skip Wenz, author of “Adding To A House and Ecotecture: Designing a Sustainable Future,” on modeling houses on ecosystems, with natural building materials, solar design and alternative construction methods, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Building Education Center, 812 Page St. Cost is $75. 525-7610.  


“What’s Going On at the Livermore Labs?” a teach-in by Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, from 3 to 5 p.m, at 2550 Dana St. Free, but seating is limited. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Register by calling 524-7989. 


“Healing through Compas- 

sion,” with Erika Rosenberg, at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Place. 843-6812.  




Community Orchard Project Public Hearing will be held by the The City of Berkeley’s Parks and Recreation Commission regarding the proposed Community Orchard Project on two blocks of the Santa Fe right-of-way be- 

tween Ward and Carleton, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-6715. 


Berkeley CopWatch meets at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Vol- 

unteers needed. For information call 548-0425. 




Meet Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and acknowledge the commissioners and non-profit organizations that help make a difference in District 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the African American Museum and Library, 659 14th St., Oakland. 272-6695. 


Lawyers in the Library at 6 p.m. in the West Branch, 1125 University Ave. 981-6270. 


St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. We offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830. 


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. 525-3565. 




Berkeley Partners for Parks Haskell-Mabel Mini-Park Play Area Renovation Meeting, at 7 p.m. at the Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St. at San Pablo Park. Contact Landscape Architect Yi-Liang Kao for more information, 981-6435. 


Cerrito Creek Access Final public meeting on plans for pedestrian and bicycle access along Cerrito Creek from the Ohlone Greenway to the Eastshore State Park, at 7 p.m., Albany City Hall. For information contact Friends of Five Creeks, 848-9358 or 


Free Feldenkrais ATM Classes for adults 55 and older at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut at Rose. 

For information on the classes call 848-5143. 527-5332. 


Berkeley Food Policy Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave., near Dwight Way. The Berkeley Food Policy Council is a coalition of residents, non-profit agencies, community groups, school district and city agencies formed in 1999 to in- 

crease community food access and help build a healthy regional food system. Everyone is welcome. 



“Crisis in the Schools: What Can be Done?” Discussion with Terry Doran, Berkeley School Board member and Teacher Jonah Zern of Edu- 

cation Not Incarceration, at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berke- 

ley Senior Center. All welcome. Sponsored by the Ber- 

keley Gray Panthers. 548-9696.  


“Local Heroes: Changing Sustainability Cultures One Company at a Time” Panel discussion on how individuals can change the sustainability culture in their company, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at Café de la Paz, 1600 Shattuck Ave. Admission is $7 for SBA members, $10 for non-members. Sponsored by the The Sustainable Business Alliance. For information and registration visit or call 282-5151. 


Amnesty International Berkeley Community Group 

meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Uni- 

tarian Universalist Fellow- 

ship, 1606 Bonita Ave., at Cedar St. Join fellow human rights activists to help promote social justice one individual at a time. 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. 




Berkeley NAACP Youth Council Pinning Ceremony and Silent Auction, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Drive. Cost is $20 per person, $150 for a table of eight, and includes light refreshments and deserts. Your support will help send five Berkeley youth to the 94th Annual NAACP Convention in Miami. 330-8577., 


Discussion: Zoot Soot Riots 

A panel discussion on one of the worst race riots in U.S. history, with Jose Montoya and Dr. Jose Cuellar. Film clips will also be shown. At 7:30 p.m. at at La Peña Cul- 

tural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Suggested donation $5. 849-2568. 


Public Hearing on Ursula Sherman Village, Draft Environmental Impact Report, conducted by the Zoning Adjustments Board, at 7:10 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Written comments should be submitted to Wendy Cosin, Planning Dept., 2118 Milvia St., Berkeley 94704, before 5 p.m. Mon. July 7. 981-7402. 


Friends of Strawberry Creek  

Meeting on Water Quality Arleen Feng, an engineer/ 

scientist with the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program, will discuss how we can monitor contaminants, limit storm water pollution and generally improve water quality in Strawberry Creek. Danny Akagi or Lorin Jen- 

sen of the Berkeley Public Works Department will also attend, and Bayla Bower, a creekside resident on Allston Way, will share what she has learned about water quality, at 6:30 p.m. at the Corporation Yard Green Room, 1326 Allston Way. For more information, contact at janet@ or 848-4008. 


Berkeley Friends Meeting with Catherine Hunter to discuss a new Quaker School in San Francisco, at 7 p.m., at 2151 Vine St. 705-7314. 





Educators Academy: Insects and Crawling Creatures Tues., June 24 - Thurs., June 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. Registration is required. Cost is $100 for Berkeley residents, $110 for non-residents. Financial as- 

sistance is available. For information call 636-1684. 


The Bay Area Shakespeare Camp for children 7-13 years of age, in a series of five, 2-week sessions beginning June 16 and ending August 22. John Hinkel Park, South- 

ampton Place at Arlington Ave. The cost is $340 per session. After-care is also provided for a fee. Scholar- 

ships are available; call 981-5150 for details. To register for the camp, or for more information, please call 415-422-2222, or 800-978-PLAY. 


Summer Science Weeks: Insects and Plants Count butterflies, hunt bugs, and meet common plant families. Mondays, June 30 to July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 9 to 12, in Tilden Nature Area in Tilden Park. Cost is $150 for Berkeley residents, $166 for non-residents. Financial assistance available for low-income families. For information call 636-1684.  


Bay Area Technology Education Collaborative, a community non-profit offers low-cost training in Computer Information Technology. For information call 451-7300, ext. 604. 





Parks and Recreation Commission meets Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Deborah Chernin, 981-6715. 



Solid Waste Management Commission meets Monday June 23, at 7 p.m., at 1201 Second St. Becky Dowdakin, 981-6357. 


Civic Arts Commission 

meets Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. 


Disaster Council meets Wednesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. Carol Lopes, 981-5514. 



Energy Commission meets Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. 


Mental Health Commission 

meets Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m., at 2640 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Harvey Turek, 981-5213. 


Planning Commission meets Wednesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruth Grimes, 981-7481. 


Police Review Commission 

meets Wednesday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Barbara Attard, 981-4950. 


West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m., at 1900 Sixth St. Iris Starr, 981-7520.  


Zoning Adjustments Board 

meets Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. 


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