FRIDAY, AUGUST 29
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. email@example.com 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. People of all traditions are welcome to join us. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 496-6000, ext. 135. www.bpf.org
Tibetan Yungdrun Bon Institute Healing Retreat from Fri. through Sun. at the Dzogchen Community West Center, 2748#D Adeline St. For information call 526-2343.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
Kids’ Summer Jam at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, with great entertainment for the whole family. Free. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Center St. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. 848-1704. www.ecologycenter.org
Black August International Benefit for Haiti at 6 p.m. in the Berkeley Community Theater, Allston Way and MLK, Jr. Way. Speakers and performers include Amandia Poets, Avotcja and Modupue, Dr. Hatim Bazian, Chrystos, E. W. Wainwright and the African Roots of Jazz, Wanda Sabir, Sundiate Tate, and many, many others. Please bring a package of school supplies to support Haiti’s literacy campaign. 415-391-3844.
Backyard Graywater Treatment Wetlands The Guerrilla Graywater People present a day-long, hands on workshop on designing and building small-scale graywater treatment wetlands. These systems use recycled materials and simple tools to create small wetlands that treat the water from a sink or shower for use in your garden. You will learn basic plumbing skills, methods of wastewater treatment, what plants to use in different situations, and how to design a graywater treatment wetlands for your home. We will be constructing a small treatment wetlands at a house in North Oakland. Cost is $15-$25, no one turned away for lack of funds. Call for location and more information
Alternative Materials: Cob and Strawbale Two natural building methods are currently undergoing renewed popularity. Cob is an ancient technique using a mixture of earth, sand and straw; it requires only simple handtools and can easily be shaped into imaginative structures. Strawbales are highly insulative and create an Old World character of thick walls and deepset windows. Workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Building Education Center, 812 Page St. Cost is $75. 525-7610.
Planting for the Shade, a free workshop with Aerin Moore, at 10 a.m. An introduction to a variety of perennials and shrubs that are suitable for varying amounts of shade and those that will extend your shade-garden color through summer and fall. Held at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 520-6927, 654-2484. www.magicgardens.com
Ernest Callenbach and the Wild Buffalo of Yellowstone. Join author Ernest Callenbach and folks from the Buffalo Field Campaign as they talk about their efforts to protect America's last wild, free-ranging buffalo located in Yellowstone National Park, at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave., near Dwight Way. Free. 548-2220 x233.
Bay Trail Bike Ride Join CESP, Friends of Albany Beach, Friends of 5 Creeks and the Bay Trail in celebrating the recreational opportunities that the newly established Eastshore State Park and the Bay Trail affords. Meet at 10 a.m. at Rydin Rd. near Central Ave. west of I-580, to ride from Albany through Berkeley to Emeryville, stopping to lunch at Dorothy’s Sea Breeze Café. Bring helmets, sunblock and plenty of water. Prepare for variable weather as winds tend to pick up along the shore. For more information, contact Susan Schwartz, 848-9358, or Tina Gerhardt, 848-0800, ext. 313.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31
Dignity Day at the Berkeley Bowl, a rally in support of workers who are seeking union recognition at 5 p.m. at 2020 Oregon St. For information call Kevin at 499-4694.
Herb Walk Learn to identify and use many edible and medicinal plants that grow wild in the Bay Area. Meet at noon at the Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail head, below the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens on Centennial Drive. Call for directions. Cost is $6-$25 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsored by the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine. 845-4028. www.pshm.org
Tibetan Buddhism, Abbe Blum on “The Tibetan Wheel of Life” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Labor Day - Berkeley City Offices Are Closed
Rainbow Berkeley 5th Annual Brunch, celebrating Berkeley's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-
gender, Queer, Intersex, and Questioning (LGBTQI) community. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hs Lordships Restaurant at the Berkeley Marina. Sponsorship is available at several different levels, call 548-9235 or email RB@tksvc.com. Individual reservations for the brunch are available online at www.eastbayvoice.org/tickets and in person at Boadecia's Books, 398 Colusa Ave., Kensington, 559-9184. Tickets will also be available at the door. Suggested donation is $10-$20.
Back 2 School Youth Jam
presented by South Berkeley Community Action Team from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Malcolm X School Playground.
Berkeley Biodiesel Cooper-
ative Orientation at 7:30 p.m. for those interested in biodiesel. Call for location. 594-4000 ext. 777. firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkeley CopWatch organizational meeting at 6 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Join us to work on current issues around police misconduct. Volunteers needed. For information call 548-0425.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Tuesday Tilden Walkers We are a few slowpoke Seniors who walk between a mile or two each Tuesday meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Little Farm parking lot. To join us, call 215-7672 for information or check our web page, http://home.comcast.net/~teachme99/tildenwalkers.html or email email@example.com
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.
Morris Dancing Workshop Learn the basics of an English ritual dance form that predates Shakespeare. Free and open to all. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St. at Oxford. www.talamasca.com/berkmorris
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3
“Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story,”
a documentary, with Fred Korematsu in person, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 2060 of the Valley Life Sciences Building on the UC Campus. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Berkeley Chapter of the ACLU. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.com/vigil4peace/vigil
Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:15 a.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 the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1606 Bonita Ave., at Cedar St. Join fellow human rights activists to help promote social justice one individual at a time. 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. Meetings are held every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Epic Arts Studios at 1923 Ashby Ave. For further information on ways to get involved please call 644-2204.
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.
Berkeley CopWatch open office hours 7 to 9 p.m. Drop
in to file complaints, assistance available. For information call 548-0425.
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, SEPTEMBER 4
Organic Farmers’ Market from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Elephant Pharmacy parking lot, 1607 Shattuck Ave., at Cedar. 548-3333. www.ecologycenter.org
Café Literario, a free bilingual reading and discussion series focusing on Latin American and Latino literature, at 7:00 pm at the West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, 1125 University Ave, will discuss “El jardín de Neruda: una antología de odas.” Copies of the book may be borrowed from the West Branch. For more information call 981-6270 or 981-6140.
Lawyers in the Library at
6 p.m. at the North Branch,
1170 The Alameda. 981-6250.
Berkeley Liberation Radio 104.1 FM holds public meetings for all interested people first and third Thursdays, 7 p.m. at the Long Haul Info Shop, 3124 Shattuck Ave. 595-0190.
Vista Community College Program for Adult Education (PACE) Enrollment through Sept. 6. PACE is a college alternative for adults with job and family responsibilities.For information call 981-2864 or 981-2800 or email email@example.com
Free Smoke Detectors UC Berkeley and First Alert, Inc. have donated smoke detectors to be made available to City residents and UC Berkeley students who live off-campus. Applications for smoke detectors are available from the Environment, Health & Safety office of UC Berkeley, at any Berkeley Fire Station, or at the Fire Administration Office located at 2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. 981-5585.
Free Energy Bill Payment Assistance The City of Berkeley has money to help low-income households pay their gas and electric bills. For applications contact the Energy Office at 644-8544. TDD: 981-6903. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/energy