FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Mayor’s Task Force on Permitting at 8:30 a.m. on the 6th floor of City Hall, 2180
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph.
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. www.bpf.org
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Free Emergency Preparedness Class on Light Search and Rescue, for anyone who lives or works in Berkeley, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 997 Cedar St., between 8th and 9th Sts. Register on-line at www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/fire/oes or by calling 981-5506.
Native Plant Restoration sponsored by the Citizens for the Eastshore State Park and California Native Plant Society. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the large bird sculpture at the west end of Buchanan St., Albany (west of I-580 and immediately north of Golden Gate Fields parking lot). Bring work clothes, boots, and gloves as well as sunblock and water. For more information, call Sarah Ginskey, 558-8139 or Tina Gerhardt, 848- 0800, ext. 313.
Tomato Tasting at the Farmers’ Market, Center St. at MLK, Jr. Way, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free samples of a range of tomato varieties, cooking demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. 548-3333. www.ecologycenter.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.edu/garden
Summer Maintenance for Year-Round Garden Beauty
A free lecture demonstration at 10 a.m. Discover how simple garden-maintenance techniques during the summer can help your garden to be healthy and beautiful all year long, including mulching, watering, fertilizing, and deadheading. At Magic Gardens 729 Heinz Ave.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
KPFA Free Speech Radio Benefit for KPFA's New World Center, and welcoming Gus Newport, our new General Man-
ager, and former Mayor of the City of Berkeley. Film screening of “Straight Outta Hunter’s Point” and performances by Emmit Powell and the Gospel Elites, Gregory Joe Bledsoe and the Source of Light. From 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Roundtree’s, 2618 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $12 adults, $10 seniors and children. For tickets and information call 848-4300 or 848-6767, ext. 634.
Tibetan Buddhism, Barr Rosen-
berg on “Path of Heroes,” at 6 p.m. at Tibetan Nyingma Institu-
te, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
Eckhart Tolle Talks on Video Free gathering at 7:30 p.m. to hear the words of the author of “The Power of Now” at the Feldenkrais Ctr., 830 Bancroft Way. 547-2024.
MONDAY, AUGUST 4
Art is Peace presents “The Inkwell Communiques” Based on a true story of one artist taking on several agencies of the government over the course of three presidential reigns. August 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. on Berkeley Rep's Thrust Stage. A benefit for Amnesty International's peace action campaign. A $20 donation is suggested. Reservations required, visit www.Frantix.net or call 415-621-1216. www.upontheseboards.org/forthcoming/inkwell
Berkeley Biodiesel Cooperative Orientation at 7:30 p.m. for those interested in making biodiesel welcome. Call for location. 594-4000 ext. 777. firstname.lastname@example.org
National Organization for Women, Oakland/East Bay Chapter meets at 6 p.m. in
the Boardroom of the Oakland YWCA, 1515 Webster St. Assemblywoman Loni Hancock will speak on how the California GOP budget proposals affect women. 287-3948.
Berkeley CopWatch meets at 6 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Volun-
teers needed. For information call 548-0425.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5
Tomato Tasting at the Farmers’ Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free samples of a range of tomato varieties, cooking demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. 548-3333. www.ecologycenter.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. www.berkeleycameraclub.org
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6
MeetUp for Howard Dean, at 7 p.m. at two Berkeley locations, Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. and Au Coquelet, 2000 University Ave. at Milvia. 843-8724.
Botanical Garden Twilight Tour: Seasonal Highlights at 5:30 p.m. at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Admission is $5. Registration required. 643-2755. www.mip.
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station, corner of Shattuck and Center. Vigil at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.geocities.
Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Hide-A-Way Café, 6430 Telegraph Ave. For information call Fred Garvey, 925-682-1111, ext. 164.
Amnesty International Berkeley Community Group meets at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1606 Bonita Ave., at Cedar St. 872-0768.
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. Meet at 7 p.m. at Epic Arts Studios at 1923 Ashby Ave. For further information call 644-2204.
Introduction to Reiki Energy Healing, a free lecture by Tarra Christoff, MA, Reiki Master/
Teacher, at 6:30 p.m. at Phar-
maca Integrative, 1744 Solano Ave. 527-8929.
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.
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. www.bacds.org
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7
Grizzly Peak Flyfishers meets at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. A fly tying demonstration for beginners will be held at 6:30 p.m.; a light dinner will be available for a modest price at 7 p.m.; meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Grizzly Peak Flyfishers is a non-profit, dedicated to conservation, education and fishing. For information contact rorlando@uclink4.
Rock Climbing 101, an introduction, at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
Lawyers in the Library at
6 p.m. at the North Branch, 1170 The Alameda 981-6250.
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 is also being accepted. For information call 981-2864 or 981-2800 or email Marilyn Clausen at email@example.com
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 Aug. 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 www.accfb.org
Summer Science Weeks at Tilden, for ages 9 - 12, Aug. 4 - 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Tilden Park. Different topics daily, including pond and stream, reptiles and amphibians, dinos, astronomy, rainforests. Cost is $150 for Berkeley residents, $166 for non-residents. Financial assistance available. Registration required, call 636-1684.
Institutes for Educators: Gold Rush to the Golden Gate, Aug. 4 - 9. Join us on a journey through the SF Bay watershed, from the foothills of the Sierra to the Bay. Along the way discover how you can integrate watershed concepts and Bay curriculum into your teaching. Each day will have on-the-water experiences, expert speakers, and hands-on activities. The program will also introduce educators to habitat restoration and ways to incorporate service learning projects into their work. Network with other Bay Area educators and receive a wealth of resource materials. Cost is $195. Contact Save the Bay for more information, 452-9261. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.savesfbay.org
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.
Free Energy Bill Payment Assistance The City of Berkeley has money 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. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/energy
Landmarks Preservation Commission meets Monday, August 4, 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Gisele Sorensen, 981-7419. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/landmarks
Fire Safety Commission meets Wednesday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. David Orth, 981-5502. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/firesafety
Community Environmental Advisory Commission meets Thursday, August 7, at 7 p.m., at 2118 Milvia St. Nabil Al-Hadithy, 981-7461. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/environmentaladvisory