TUESDAY, NOV. 25
“The Face of Occupation” a presentation by Penny Rosenwasser, of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 3rd floor, 2090 Kittredge. Sponsored by Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil and Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace.
Berkeley Special Education Parents Network meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ala Costa Center, 1300 Rose St., at Cedar-Rose Park. Guest speakers will be Lisa Noshay Petro and Nina Ghiselli of the East Bay Learning Disabilities Association. For information call 525-9262 or email BSPED@mcads.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. Charles Fitch will show travel slides, and we will have a Thanksgiving lunch at noon. We offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830.
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 or email email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26
“The World Community and International Human Rights: Are Things Getting Any Better?” with Maurice Copithorne, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, at 7:30 p.m. at International House, Home Room, Piedmont at Bancroft. 642-9460.
Youth Radio “Give Thanks and Party!” Come dance and donate a can of food to feed the hungry this holiday season, at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. You must bring a can of food to enter. Youth Radio Cafe, 1801 University Ave. 841-5123.
Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service led by Berkeley clergy of all faiths with choir members of the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley and Beth El Junior Choir, at 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Congregation Beth El, 2301 Vine St. 848-3988.
THURSDAY, NOV. 27
Thanksgiving Day - City Offices are Closed
Food Not Bombs Thanksgiving Vegetarian Feast, community potluck, with music, food and games at 6 p.m. at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Call Terri for more information, 658-9178. www.ebfnb.org
FRIDAY, NOV. 28
Thanksgiving Holiday - City Offices are Closed
Bay Area Women in Black will hold a silent walking vigil to support the new Palestine-Israel Geneva Peace Initiative and to protest US occupation of Iraq. Assemble at 11:50 a.m. at the Bank of America across from the Powell Street BART. Please wear black. Everyone welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bead Artistry: An Exploration of Creativity Nov 28 to 30. Off-loom beading art objects including jewelry sale by featured artists. Berkeley Art Center. 644-6893 www.berkeleyartcenter.org
Oakland Glass Artists Holiday Exhibit and Sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2680 Union St. Oakland. Also on Sat. and Sun. 832-8380.
Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show to encourage patronage of black businesses at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center, 550-10th Street, Oakland, Fri. - Sun. 1 to 8 p.m. Admission $5, children free.
SATURDAY, NOV. 29
Women of Color Arts and Crafts Fair, featuring paintings, clay sculptures, textiles, jewelry, quilts, decorative functional furniture and wearable art. From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. 849-2568. www.lapena.org
Berkeley Artisans Open Studios every weekend through Dec. 21. 100 professional artists and craftspeople at studio buildings in Berkeley open their doors to the public. Crafts include blown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, ornaments, Menorahs, clocks, lamps and lighting, painted and custom furniture, garden art, bird houses, egg dioramas, floor cloths, clothing, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints, and other works on paper. All work is handcrafted, many pieces are one-of-a-kind. A self-guided tour presents opportunities to meet the artists and see working craft studios. For a map of participating studios call 845-2612. www.berkeleyartisans.com
Soapmaking Do you know where soap comes from? Learn how to make all natural soap from olive, coconut, and palm oils. For ages 12 and older, registration required. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. Cost $10, $12 for non-residents. 525-2233.
Strawberry Creek Work Party We'll be planting and putting down erosion control material on the creek bank. We also have a small shady spot that needs the ivy removed and the soil prepared for a small native garden that we'll plant in December. Meet at the Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison at 10 a.m. Please bring sturdy shoes and water, and gloves, if you have them. Everything else will be supplied.
Shamanic Journeying Meditation, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. For information and directions call 525-1272.
SUNDAY, NOV. 30
Berkeley Artisans Open Studios For a map of participating studios call 845-2612. www.berkeleyartisans.com
She Made Holiday Arts Bazaar, with a silent auction to benefit the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pro Arts Gallery, 461 Ninth St. Oakland. www.she-made.com
Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters 10th Anniversary, with food refreshments, music and more. From 4 to 8 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Cost is $5. 849-2568. www.lapena.org
Prisoner Visitation and Support, an introduction to the interfaith independent visitation program at 12:30 p.m. at Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2152 Vine St. at the corner of Walnut. For more information call Arden Pierce at 650-494-1631.
“The Witness,” a one-woman play which follows the journey of a young woman onto the streets, followed by a discussion of Faithful Fools Ministry, at 2 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship, 1924 Cedar at Bonita. Donations suggested to benefit Fools Street Ministry. 528-5403.
“Pills Profits and Protest: Voices of Global AIDS Activists” a documentary, followed by discussion at 3 p.m. at Parkway Theater, 1834 Park St. A World AIDS Day benefit for Health GAP, ACT UP East bay and Action=Life Film Collective. Donation $8. For information call 841-4339. www.pillsprofitsprotest.org
Tibetan Buddhism, Abbe Blum on “Personal Transitions as New Beginnings” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, DEC. 1
Tea at Four Enjoy some of the best teas from the other side of the Pacific Rim and learn their cultural and natural history. Then take a walk to see wintering birds and dormant ladybeetles, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. Registration required. Cost is $5 for residents, $7 for non-residents. Wheelchair accessible. 525-2233.
“Rally for Africa's Right to Health” at the Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay Street, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Demand that President Bush and Congress allocate the $15 billion for AIDS services in Africa that the president promised in his January 2003 State of the Union Address. The event will feature speakers, including Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and the display of 300 pairs of shoes to symbolize the Africans who will die of AIDS-related causes in the hour that the rally takes place. For more information, call 527-4099.
ACCI Gallery, Holiday Arts and Crafts Show Gallery hours are Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1652 Shattuck Ave. 843-2527.
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.
Berkeley Biodiesel Cooperative Orientation at 7:30 p.m. Call for location 594-4000, ext. 777. email@example.com
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.
The Online Civilian Conservation Corps Museum is seeking the stories about the CCCs, CCC Enrollees, Staff, or Technical Advisors for publication to this online historical resource. If you would like to participate please send your stories, with name company number and location if known, to CCC Collection, PO Box 5, Woodbury NJ 08096 or email to JFJmuseum@aol.com
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.
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.
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
Planning Commission meets Wed., Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruth Grimes, 981-7481. www.ci.berkeley. ca.us/commissions/planning
Council Agenda Committee meets Mon., Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St., Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil/agenda-committee
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Mon., Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers, Pam Wyche 644-6128 ext. 113. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/rent
Parks and Recreation Commission meets Mon., Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Deborah Chernin, 981-6715. ww.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Peace and Justice Commission meets Mon., Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Manuel Hector, 981-5510. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Youth Commission meets Mon., Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m., at 1730 Oregon St. Philip Harper-Cotton, 981-6670. www.ci.ber
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Mon., Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.,
in City Council Chambers.
Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/zoning