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Berkeley This Week

Friday July 25, 2003


Mayan Calendar New Year Celebration from noon to 9 p.m. at the MLK, Jr. Civic Center Park. Sponsored by the New Times Peace Movement. 763-6069. 

“Interviews in the Canyons” Film interviews with civilian Zapatista leaders at 7:30 p.m. at the Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., at Bonita. 841-4824. 

Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. wibber-, 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. 

“Humanistic Kaddish - A Text of Life?” Shabbat with Rabbi Kai Eckstein at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. Please bring (finger) dessert to share. We also collect non-perishable food for the needy. For more information email or call 428-1492. 


18th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival, at Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

“The Palestinian Crisis: Another Nakba in the Making,” with Anne Gwynne, special correspondent for KPFA’s Flashpoints and volunteer with the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, joined by Hatem Bazian of UC Berkeley, and KPFA’s “Flashpoints” host Dennis Bernstein, at 7 p.m. at 155 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley. Donations welcome. For more information call 465-4092. 

Berkeley Youth Alternatives Parent Group is sponsoring a bus trip to River Rock Casino as a fundraiser for fieldtrips and activities for Berkeley youth in the BYA program. The bus will leave 1255 Allston Way at 7:45 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and you will receive $15 cash back. For additonal information please call 845-0155.  

Free Emergency Preparedness Class on Basic Personal Preparedness, for anyone who lives or works in Berkeley, from 9 a.m. to noon at 997 Cedar St., between 8th and 9th Sts. Register on-line at or by calling 981-5506. 

Tour de Fat: Bike & Beer Community Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Civic Center Park. Sponsored by the Ridge Trail Council and the new Bel- 

dium Brewing Company, maker of Fat Tire Ale. Morning ride from 9 to 11 a.m., bike rodeo, activities for children and beer tastings, festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  


18th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival, at Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

“Global Environmental Issues and Solutions” with David Seaborg at 10:30 a.m. at the Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., at Bonita. 841-4824. 

“Iraqi Freedom from Debt Act,” a discussion with Marie Clark, national coordinator for Jubilee USA Network, on current legislation before Congress to cancel the international debts of Iraq, at 5 p.m. at Berkeley Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento St. at Cedar. 528-0105. 

The 2nd Annual Summer Swim Fest at Willard Pool from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The United Pool Council and Willard Swimmers Association sponsor this community celebration and swimfest, in support of year-round aquatic programs at Berkeley's pools. We will supply BBQs and a selection of vegetarian and non-vegatarian grilled goodies. Bring additional food for the grill, plus a salad, casserole or dessert to share. We will have demonstrations of water aerobics, diving, and other fun participatory public events, plus lap swim, public swim, and a parent/tots area. For more information call Krista at 540-5342. 

Art Installations in the Peralta Community Garden Tour of the garden’s art work from 2 to 5 p.m. Karl Linn will speak on the concept of the garden. Also tour the Ohlone Greenway mural, EcoHouse and the Karl Linn Community Garden. Wheelchair accessible. Peralta Community Garden, Hopkins and Peralta. 

ReGENERATION - A New Alternative to School Community Learning Service will hold information sessions for this independent study program for learners age 12-17, at 3 p.m. at Cafe Eclectica, 1309 Solano Ave., Albany. For more information call 524-0245. 

“Cultivating the Perfection of Generosity” with Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812.  

Berkeley City Club free tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are sponsored by the Berkeley City Club and the Landmark Heritage Foundation. Donations welcome. The Berkeley City Club is located at 2315 Durant Ave. For group reservations or more information, call 848-7800 or 883-9710. 

Argentine Tango Lessons with Oscar Mandagaran. Beginners at 11 a.m., intermediate at 2 p.m. Benefit Milonga and class at 8 p.m. Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Rd. 655-3585. 


Berkeley CopWatch meets at 6 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Volunteers needed. For information call 548-0425. 


Wellstone Domocratic Club “Progressive Democrats and the Gubernatorial Recall” at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 27th and Harrison Sts., Oakland. Speakers include Margaret Hanon Grady, California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO; Tim Wohlforth, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, Coordinating Committee; and Jerry Fillingim, Political Dir- 

ector, SEIU 535. For more information call 733- 0996 or e-mail 

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. Monthly field trips. 525-3565. 


Twilight Tour: Godwanaland and Beyond, Jeff Parsons leads a tour of the collections focusing on plants from the Southern Hemisphere at 5:30 p.m. at the UC Botannical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Res- 

ervations required. 643-2755. 

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. 644-2204. 

Community Dances, 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. 

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 call 848-5143. 527-5332. 


The Sustainable Business Alliance will offer a networking event and presentation on The Natural Step at 6 p.m. at the Gaia Building. Cost is $7 for members, $10 for non members. For more information call 282-5151 or visit 

“Coalinga Huron Berkeley House at Berkeley” Nancy Mellor will talk about her work with rural, usually minority, students who come to Berkeley for the summer to study, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2151 Vine St. Almost all of these students are enrolled in, or have completed college, defying the national and state norms. For information contact Sue Friday, 705-7314. 

Open General Meeting of the United Pool Council at 7 p.m. at Redwood Gardens, 2951 Derby St. Berkeley City Council has given us the green light to keep the pools open all year, only if we meet their challenge to raise $60,000 by October in new revenues at the pools. We need your help! Please join us as we launch the Swim Berkeley campaign for year-round aquatic programs. For information call Karen 548-3860. 


Vista Community College Program for Adult Education (PACE) Enrollment through Sept. 6. PACE is a college alternative for adults with job and family responsibilities. Enrollment in American Sign Language classes are also being accepted. For information call 981-2864 or 981-2800 or email Marilyn Clausen at  

Community Food Drive Make a cash or food donation to the Safeway/ABC7 Summer Food Drive, benefiting the Alameda County Community Food Bank and its 300 member agencies. The food drive will help thousands of local low-income children who lose access to school meal programs during summer vacation. Now through August 9, put nutritious, nonperishable food donations in the red food collection barrels in all Alameda County Safeway stores or make a cash donation at Safeway check-out stands. For more information or to sign up to host a barrel, call 834-3663, ext. 318 or visit  

Summer Fun Camps for Children and Teens, from age five and up, are offered at Berkeley recreation centers and include arts and crafts, swimming and tennis lessons, yoga, organized sports and games, and field trips. Program runs through August 22, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee, including lunch and snack, is $77 per week for Berkeley residents. Applications available at the Camps Office, 2016 Center St. 981-5150. 

Echo Lake Youth Camp for ages 6 - 12 at Echo Lake, near South Lake Tahoe. One week sessions are offered through August 22. Cost is $235 per session. For registration information please visit the Camps Office at 2016 Center St., or call 981-5150. 

Marine Biology Classes for ages 5 to 7, Tues. July 29 through Fri. Aug. 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Shorebird Nature Center, 160 University Ave, at the Berkeley Marina. Adults must accompany 5 year olds. Cost is $45 for four days. To register call 644-8623. 

Free Energy Conservation Retrofits for Berkeley Residents CA Youth Energy Services is a nonprofit sponsored by the City of Berkeley that trains and employs high school students to provide conservation retrofits. Work includes weatherstripping, replacing lightbulbs with CFLs, cleaning refrigerator coils, replacing faucet aerators and showerheads with low-flow devices, installing earthquake preparedness measures, and a comprehensive audit. Available to home owners and renters. Call for an appointment, 428-2357. 

National HIV Testing Month The City of Berkeley offers free HIV testing. Drop in Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 6 to 8:30 p.m., during July, at 830 University Ave. at 6th St. For other days and times call the HIV Testing Information Line at 981-5380.  

Free Energy Bill Payment Assistance The City of Berkeley offers funds to help low-income households in Berkeley, Emery- 

ville and Albany pay their gas and electric bills. For applications and more information, contact the Energy Office at 644-8544. TDD: 981-6903. 


Parks and Recreation Commission meets Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Deborah Chernin, 981-6715.  

Solid Waste Management Commission meets Monday July 28, at 7 p.m., at 1201 Second St. Becky Dowdakin, 981-6357.