FRIDAY, NOV. 14
“Ecuador and the Price of Oil,” a film screening and panel discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Free Speech Movement Café at Moffitt Library, UC Campus. email@example.com
“Rekindling the Spirit of Brown v. Board of Education,” a conference on the journey from the vision of Brown to today’s debates over “minimum education” standards, beginning at 9 a.m. at Boalt Hall’s Booth Auditorium, UC Campus. 642-6969.
“Life and Debt in Jamaica” a discussion of the price paid by Jamaica for seeking help from the IMF during the 1970s, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Vista College Annex, Room 120, 2075 Allston Way.
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. 496-6000, ext. 135. www.bpf.org
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Rita Maran, Lecturer, Peace and Conflict Studies, UCB, “Take Another Look: The United Nations Today.” Luncheon 11:45 a.m. $11.50 - $12.50. Speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For reservations call 526-2925.
Berkeley Critical Mass Bike Ride meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Berkeley BART.
Overeaters Anonymous meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Northbrae Church at Solano and The Alameda. 525-5231.
SATURDAY, NOV. 15
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. www.berkeleycna.com
Pond and Creek Restoration A 2-mile hike and work party in the San Pablo Creek Watershed, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We will visit various restoration sites to see what has worked and what hasn’t. Then we’ll plant natives and do our own erosion control experiments. Cost is $25 and pre-registration required. 231-9430.
Seed Saving Workshop Learn the importance and methods of saving seeds from the garden. Heavy rain cancels. From noon to 3:30 p.m. at Wildheart Gardens, 463 61st St., at Telegraph. Suggested donation $10. 658-9178.
Alternative Building Materials: Cob and Strawbale workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two natural building methods are currently undergoing renewed popularity. Cost is $75. Held at the Building Education Center, 812 Page St. 525-7610.
Green Living Series: Non-Toxic Pest Control Find ways to deal with common pest problems without harmful pesticides, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $10-$15. 548-2220, ext. 233.
Worm Vericomposting, with Gige Coba, Alameda County Waste Management. Composting with worms is an exciting way to turn your kitchen scraps into a fast-release rich soil amendment. You and your children will love this class, held at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351.
“How the Federal No Child Left Behind Act Impacts Local Schools and Children” with Assemblywoman Loni Hancock from 10 a.m. to noon at Stanley Middle School 3455 School St., Layfayette. 559-1406.
“Hope Rises from the Ashes” A Vietnam Veteran describes the rebuilding of Mai Lai, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2151 Vine St. Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee and Veterans for Peace.
Argentine Tango Fundamentals Four class series on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Berkeley Tango Studio. Call Stella at 655-3585 for directions or more information.
Natural Approach to Pain Management from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Pharmaca Integrative, 1744 Solano Ave.
“Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House,” dinner, Havdalah and movie at 6 p.m. Congregation Beth El, 2301 Vine St. Cost is $5.
Free Emergency Preparedness Class on Shelter Operations 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 www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/fire/oes or by calling 981-5506.
California Writers’ Club meets to discuss the art of storytelling and reading out loud, with Diane Kuzdry Bunnell at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck Ave. 644-0861.
Yoga for Seniors from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. 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.
SUNDAY, NOV. 16
Seed Games and Art Projects for Children Play seed guessing games and make seed mosaics, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Play Area in the east end of People’s Park, Haste St. above Telegraph. Free. 658-9178.
Bird Walk, sponsored by Citizens for the Eastshore State Park and the Golden Gate Audubon Society. Meet at 9 a.m. at the large bird sculpture at the end of Buchanan. Bring binoculars, snacks and plenty of water. Wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat and sunblock. For more information call Tina, 848 - 0800, ext. 313.
“Libraries: Knowledge Providers or Censors?” a panel discussion with Daniel Greenstein, President, California Digital Libraries Initiative; Anne Lipow, Director, Library Solutions Institute; and Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Achive, at 6 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Sponsored by Berkeley Cybersalon. www.berkeleycybersalon.com
Tibetan Buddhism, Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. Erika Rosenberg on “Healing through Compassion,” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, NOV. 17
Public Scoping Session for Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s 2004 Long Range Development Plan at 6:30 p.m. at North Berkeley Senior Center. The Notice of Preparation of the Draft Enviromental Impact Report is available at the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St., 2nd Floor Reference Desk, and at www.lbnl.gov.Community/env-rev-docs.html
“How to Build and Repair GREEN” with Ed Gulick of the Green Resource Center at 3 p.m. at Berkeley Gray Panthers, 1403 Addison St. 548-9696.
Priority Africa Network, “Fighting to Live,” a talk by Zackie Achmat, founder of South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) which mobilizes support for access to treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland. Donation $10. No one turned away. Proceeds go to TAC's new treatment campaign. 527-4099. email@example.com
Pastors for Peace Fall Caravan to Chiapas and Central America, send-off celebration at 6 p.m. at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Donation $10-$15 includes dinner. 527-2522.
Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union, UC Campus. Appointments recommended, visit www.beadonor.com (sponsor code = UCB) or call 1-800-GIVE LIFE.
Friends of Strawberry Creek meeting is postponed until Dec. 8 to allow Friends to speak for the Creek at LBNL Long Range Development Plan Public Scoping Meeting at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Berkeley Partners for Parks meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Corporation Yard Meeting Room, 1326 Allston Way. 649-9874.
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, NOV. 18
Public Hearing on Proposed Tax Measure, at the City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900.
Berkeley Garden Club, “Plant Ahead for the Winter Months” Jeff Small and John Hauser, owners of CityLeaf, will speak about indoor gardening, focusing on choosing plants, their placement and care at 1 p.m. at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. 524-4374.
Ed Rosenthal, “The State of Medical Marijuana in California” at 6 p.m. at 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Campus. firstname.lastname@example.org
Identity Theft panel discussion at 1:15 p.m. at North Berkeley Senior Center, with Alameda County Consumer Affairs Comission, Dept. of Justice, District Attorney, Dept. of Motor Vehicle, Social Security, Post Office and VISA offices. 981-5190.
New California Media Awards Ceremony, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Westin St. Francis, SF. For information contact David Park at 323-954-0415.
“Channel Change of the Colorado River: A Mandate for Restoration?” with John C. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Aquatic, Watershed & Earth Resources, Utah State University, at 5:30 p.m. in 105 North Gate Hall, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Water Resources Center Archives. 642-2666.
Safety at Berkeley High, a forum by the PTSA and Safety Committee at 7 p.m. in the Florence Schwimley Little Theatre. Childcare, translation, and special accomodations by reservation, email email@example.com
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Glenn Stevenson will present an “Overview of Mature Driving Techniques.” We offer ongoing classes and always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830.
Tuesday Tilden Walkers We are a few slowpoke seniors who walk a mile or two each Tuesday, meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Little Farm parking lot. 215-7672.
Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. Ernie Braun will speak on “Nature and Creative Slides.” 525-3565. www.berkeleycameraclub.org
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19
“The Gift of Responsibility: Fostering Global Social Contracts,” with Lewis S. Mudge, Robert Leighton Stuart Professor of Systematic Theology (Emeritus) at SFTS, at 7 p.m. in the Hewlett Library, at the Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Rd. The Faculty Publications Fair and reception follows the lecture. 649-2464.
“Teenagers and Drugs in Berkeley” with Meredith Maran, author of “Dirty: A Search for Answers Inside America’s Teenage Drug Epidemic” at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Gym at Berkeley High, followed by discussion groups, including one in Spanish. Sponsored by Downtown Berkeley YMCA, Berkeley High School’s Health Center and Parents of Children of African-American Descent. Free and childcare provided with RSVP. 665-3238.
“Expectations for Next Year: Budget, Politics and Arnold,” with Assemblywoman Loni Hancock at 1:30 p.m. North Berkeley Senior Center. 548-9696.
New California Media Expo of multi-ethnic print, TV, radio and online media, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at San Francisco Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., SF. For information cal David Park at 323-954-0415.
Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters meets at 7:15 a.m. at Hide-A-Way Café, 6430 Telegraph Ave. 925-682-1111, ext. 164.
Fun with Acting class meets at 11 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Free, all are welcome. 985-0373.
Yoga Holiday Festival, with yoga teacher Rodney Yee from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. Free. 549-9200.
“Reverse Annuity Mortage” will be discussed by Cherisse Adams from ECHO Housing at 1:15 p.m. at North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5190.
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Sta-
tion, vigil at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.
Prose Writers Workshop meets 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut, at Rose. 524-3034.
Berkeley CopWatch open office hours 7 to 9 p.m. Drop in to file complaints, assistance available. 548-0425.
THURSDAY, NOV. 20
The Ecology Center Celebrates 30 years of Curbside Recycling with a reception, dinner and program at 6 p.m. at the Banquet Hall, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave at Bancroft. Tickets are $60. Register online at www.ecologycenter.org/30years/ or call 548-2220 ext. 237.
“Neighborhood in Modern Times” discussionon the neighborhood struggle to Save Ocean View from redevelopment proposed in the 1970s, at 7:30 p.m. at Black Pine Circle School Faculty Arts & Drama Bldg, 2016 7th St. Part of a lecture series commemorating the 150th aniversary Ocean View, Berkeley’s early settlement village. Tickets are $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. 841-8562. firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, “Stories of the Paths,” at 7 p.m. at Live Oak Park Rec Center, 1200 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley High School Information Night at 7 p.m. in the Berkeley Community Theater. This event is primarily for parents of 8th graders in independent/private schools who are unfamiliar with the Berkeley Unified School District.
“San Francisco Bay: Portrait of an Estuary,” a new book with text by John Hart, environmental historian, and photographs by David Sanger, will be introduced with a slide presentation at 7:30 p.m. at Easy Bookstore, 1385 Shattuck Ave at Rose. 843-3533.
Nepal- Woman Sherpa, a KQED-Frontline/World presentation at 7:30 p.m. at International House, Sproul Room, Piedmont and Bancroft Aves. 642-9460. http://ihouse.berkeley.edu
Simplicity Forum, “Financial Transformation as a way out of the Corporate Rat Race,” with Fred Ecks at 7 p.m. at Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave. 549-3509.
Berkeley Liberation Radio public meeting at 7 p.m. at the Long Haul Info Shop, 3124 Shattuck Ave. 595-0190.
Current and Former Department of Energy Employees and Contractor Employees A joint U.S. Dept. of Energy and U.S. Dept. of Labor Traveling Resource Center will be in the Bay Area to assist current and former DOE and DOE contractor employees file claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. The Traveling Resource Center will be at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, on Nov. 18 and 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information or to make an appointment to meet with a counselor please call, toll-free, 866-697-0841.
We Give Thanks Month, Berkeley restaurants, Bar-Ristorante Raphael, Cold Stone Creamery, Downtown, La Note, Semi-Freddi’s, Skates, and Spengers will donate a portion of their proceeds to Berkeley Food and Housing Project during the month of November.
Holiday Food Drive Help the Alameda County Community Food Bank help people in need. Offer to run a food drive, or donate healthy nonperishable food at Safeway stores, Berkeley Bowl and Bay Street Emeryville. For more information call 834-3663. www.accfb.org
City of Berkeley Commissioners Sought If you are interested in serving on a commission, applications can be downloaded from www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
commissions/general.htm#applications or contact the City Clerk, 981-6900.
Personnel Commissioner Sought for Alameda County School Board Responsibilities include administration of the Merit System. Meetings once a month. Applications must be received by Nov. 28. For details please contact Alameda County Office of Education, 670-7703.
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Mon., Nov. 17,
at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers, Pam Wyche 644-6128 ext. 113. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/rent
Council Agenda Committee meets Mon., Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St., Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil/agenda-committee
City Council meets Tues., Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil
Berkeley Housing Authority meets Tues., Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/housingauthority
Citizens Humane Commission meets Wed., Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Katherine O’Connor, 981-6601. www.ci.berkeley.ca. us/commissions/humane
Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/civicarts
Commission on Aging meets Wed., Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Lisa Ploss, 981-5200. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/aging
Commission on Labor meets Wed., Nov. 19, at 6:45 p.m., at Berkeley Work-Source, 1950 Addison St., Suite 105. Delfina M. Geiken, 644-6085. www.ci.-berkeley.ca.us/commissions/labor
Energy Commission meets Wed., Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/energy
Disaster Council meets Wed., Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. Carol Lopes, 981-5514. www.ci.berkeley.ca. us/commissions/disaster
Human Welfare and Community Action Commission meets Wed., Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Marianne Graham, 981-5416. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/welfare
Mental Health Commission meets Wed., Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at 2640 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Harvey Turek, 981-5213. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/mentalhealth
School Board meets Wed., Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers. Queen Graham 644-6147 or Mark Coplan 644-6320.
Design Review Committee meets Thurs., Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Anne Burns, 981-7415. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/designreview
Fair Campaign Practices Commission meets Thurs., Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Prasanna Rasaih, 981-6950. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/faircampaign
Transportation Commission meets Thurs., Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Peter Hillier, 981-7000. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/transportation