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Berkeley This Week

Friday October 17, 2003


Dance Benefit for Berkeley Liberation Radio 104.1FM at 8 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. With Sokrates the Virgo, Elementactics, Space Vacuum, Jay Jay Johnson, and many others. $10 donation requested.  

Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 548-6310. 

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. 496-6000, ext. 135. 

Charity Fashion Show by the Asian Business Association at 7 p.m. at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave. All proceeds benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Tickets are $10 for ABA members, $12 general. For more information visit  

City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with G. Steven Detlinger, Vice President, Morgan Stanley, on “Today’s Market.” 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 or 665-9020. 


Berkeley Association of Neighborhood Associations meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Sproul Room, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. 587-3257. 

Berkeley High School Independent Studies Garage Sale, Bake Sale and Car Wash from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on Sunday. Held at the Independent Studies Campus at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Derby Sts. Money raised will help Art, French and Spanish students on a trip to Europe.  

Michael Moore, award-winning documentarian and author, on the “American Economic and Political Climate” at the Greek Theater at 1 p.m., Tickets are $15 and $30. 642- 9988. 

Autumn in Asia, walking tour through the Asian Area of the Botanical Garden, with Horticulturalist Elaine Sedlack, from 9 to 11 a.m. Space is limited, registration required. 643-2755. http://  

Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour of the Berkeley Kensington border at 10 a.m. Reservations and a donation of $8 required. Please make check payable to Berkeley Historical Society, and mail to P.O. Box 1190, Berkeley, CA 94701-1190. 848-0181. 

Wilderness First Aid with Steve Donelan, covering subjects ranging from hypothermia to frostbite, stings to injuries, water purification to first-aid kits. From 8:30 a.m. to 5 the Sierra Club, SF Bay Chapter, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight. Cost is $50, plus $15 for Sierra Club membership if you aren’t a member already. Reservations required. For information email or visit 

Free Emergency Preparedness Class on Earthquake Retrofitting for anyone who lives or works in Berkeley, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 812 Page St. Register on-line at or by calling 981-5506. 

Yoga for Seniors at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St., on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. The class is taught by Rosie Linsky, who at age 72, has practiced yoga for over 40 years. Open to non-members of the club for $8.00 per class. For further information and to register, call Karen Ray at 848-7800. 

Pet Adoptions, sponsored by Home at Last, from noon to 5 p.m., Hearst and 4th St. 548-9223. 

Car Wash Benefit for Options Recovery Services of Berkeley, held every Sat. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church, 1744 University Ave. 666-9552. 


Fun Run/Walk Benefit for the Uninsured, sponsored by LifeLong Medical Care. Registration at 8 a.m., run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Berkeley Marina. Donation to enter is $25. 704-6010, ext. 255. 

Spice of Life Food and Arts Festival, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, on Shattuck Ave. between Francisco and Vine Sts. 540-6444.  

Growing Food in the City, from 1 to 4 p.m. with Daniel Miller, Project Director of BOSS Urban Gardening Institute, at the Subsistence Garden Center, 2838 Sacramento St, at Oregon. 

Prehistoric Plants Life cycles and natural history of liverworts, hornworts, mosses and ferns will be our theme as we walk the Pack Rat Trail, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. 525-2233.  

Mewsic and A Howling Good Time, benefit for Hopalong Animal Rescue from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Oakland Zoo. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For reservations call 530-5154, ext. 505. 

“Digital Democracy: The Effect of the Internet in Participatory Politics,” with cofounder Joan Blades; Ask Jeeves founder Garrett Gruener; Lauren Gelman, assistant director, Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society; Zane Vella, executive director, Campaign Video Project; and Tyler Ziemann, CEO, Affinity Engines, at 6 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. $10 donation at the door. 

California Peace Action Network meets at 4 p.m. at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. 525-5054. 

“Is Anti-Zionism Anti-Semitic?” A panel on Counter Punch’s new book, “The Politics of Anti-Semitism,” with Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey Blankfort, Lenni Brenner and Scott Handleman at 7 p.m. at 145 Dwinnelle, UC Campus. A donation of $5-$10 requested. Sponsored by the Middle East Radio Project and Students for Justice in Palestine. 415-255-9182. 

Free Sailboat Rides between 1 and 5 p.m. with the Cal Sailing Club. Bring warm waterproof clothes and come to the Berkeley Marina. For more information see 

Tibetan Buddhism “World Peace Ceremony,” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. 

Free Hands-on Bicycle Repair Clinic from 11 a.m. to noon at REI. 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.  


Friends of Strawberry Creek will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library Public Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge. Please note this is a change of location. For more information email,, 

“Looking at the Middle East Conflict from the Heart and from the Head” with Riva Gambert and Dawn Kepler of Building Jewish Bridges, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. For information on the speakers, call 839-2900 ext. 347. 848-0237. 

Investigative Reporting: Past, Present and Future, with Frank McCulloch, Stephen Engelberg, David Barstow, and Mark Schapiro, in conversation with Lowell Bergman, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Graduate School of Journalism Library, North Gate Hall, UC Campus. 643-9411. 

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. 


Student Study Skills Strategies for Success, a Berkeley High/PTSA program, featuring Nat Lewis, Eileen Abrams and Rory Bled, at 7 p.m. in the BHS Little Theater.  

“The Case Againt the Chilean Military Death Squad” with Sandra Coliver of the Center for Justice and Accountability and Zita Cabelo, sister of Winston Cabello, an Allende government economist executed by a Chilean military death squad, at 7:30 p.m. at International House, Home Room, Piedmont at Bancroft. 642-9460. 

“The Struggle for Socialism From Below in South Africa” at 4 p.m. at 652 Barrows Hall. Sponsored by the Center for African Studies. 642-8338. 

Berkeley Garden Club hosts Larry Lee, Horticulturist at U. C. Botanical Garden, who will speak on “Strange and Unusual Foliage.” Guests are welcome to attend the meeting at 1 p.m. and the free program at 2 p.m. Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. 524-4374. 

“Success in School: How to Help Your Child Thrive and Still Get into College,” with Denise Pope Clark. Ph.D., Stanford educator and author, at 7 p.m. at The College Preparatory School Auditorium, 6100 Broadway (north), Oakland. Admission is $10 adult, $5 student. 658-5202. 

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

Tuesday Tilden Walkers 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 . 

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. 


Celebrating 20 years of Community Service Gala Annual Dinner to benefit Berkeley Booster Programs at 6:30 p.m. at The Doubletree Hotel, 200 Marina Blvd., Tickets are $65 per person, $500 for a table of 8. For reservations call 843-6542. 

“Africa on the Edge: Fighting Debt, AIDS and War” with Nunu Kidane from Eritrea, member, Priority Africa Network, at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Sponsored by the Berkeley Gray Panthers. 548-9696. 

“The Spirit of the Laws in Mozambique,” with Juan Obarrio, Dept. of Anthropology, Columbia University, at 4 p.m. at 652 Barrows Hall, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Center for African Studies. 642.8338. 

Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Sta- 

tion, corner of Shattuck and Center. Vigil at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. 

Free Marketing Workshops, sponsored by Sisters Headquarters, for women entrepreneurs, every Wed. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 643 17th St. Oakland. For information call 238-1100. 

Prose Writers Workshop meets 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut, at Rose. For information call 524-3034. 

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. 

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 848-0237.  


Green Living Series: Green Building Materials Learn about healthier building materials, and how to lower your utility bills, reduce home maintenance, and minimize remodeling construction waste, with Greg VanMechelen, architect. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave., near Dwight Way. Cost is $10 for Ecology Center members, $15 general, no one turned away. 548-2220 ext. 233. 

“Optics for Birding” Ed Lehman, retired science teacher, will discuss principles of binoculars and telescopes, show how to test yours for common faults, compare models. Free admission. At 7:30 p.m., Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave. 652-0107 or 654-4830. 

“Berkeley Reads” orientation for new volunteer tutors in the Berkeley Public Library’s adult literacy program, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Branch Library, 1125 University Ave. at San Pablo. For more information call 981-6299. 

Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh, recreational free duels, please bring your own cards. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Story Room at the Berkeley Central Library, 2090 Kittredge, 981-6223. 

“Thoughts about Suicide Bombers and their Families,” with Ms. Amira Hass, Haaretz Correspondent in the Palestinian West Bank and the Gaza Strip, at 5 p.m. at 340 Stephens Hall, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. 642-8208. 


Flu Shots will be offered at a number of Berkeley locations during the month of October, by Sutter VNA and Hospice. For a location near you call 1-800-500-2400 or visit 

Acting and Storytelling Classes for Seniors, offered by Stagebridge. Wednesdays and Fridays, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Arts First Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., close to BART and AC Transit. 444-4755. 

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. 

East Bay Center for International Trade Development (EBCITD), part of the Economic Development Program at Vista Community College, offers seminars to assist companies, professionals and entrepreneurs with international trade related issues. Foe details on the seminars, visit or call 540-8901, ext. 23.  

Free Smoke Detectors for City residents and UC Berkeley students who live off-campus. Applications are available from the Environment, Health & Safety office of UC Berkeley, at any Berkeley Fire Station, or at the Fire Admin. Office located at 2100 MLK, Jr. Way. 981-5585.  


Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Mon., Oct. 20,  

at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers, Pam Wyche 644-6128 ext. 113. 

Peace and Justice Commission meets Mon., Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Manuel Hector, 981-5510. 

City Council meets Tues., Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. 

Berkeley Housing Authority meets Tues., Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. 


Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. 


Disaster Council meets Wed., Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. Carol Lopes, 981-5514. us/commissions/disaster 

Energy Commission meets Wed., Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. 

Mental Health Commission meets Wed., Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at 2640 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Harvey Turek, 981-5213.  

Planning Commission meets Wed., Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruth Grimes, 981-7481. 

Police Review Commission meets Wed., Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Barbara Attard, 981-4950. 


West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thurs., Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the West Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7520. 


Zoning Adjustments Board Thurs., Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410.