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Berkeley This Week

Tuesday January 13, 2004


Death Penalty Vigil, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the North Berkeley BART station. Sponsored by Berkeley Friends Meeting. 528-7784. 

East Bay Improv Comedy classes begin at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. For information call 964-0571. 

Writers’ Workshop Jack Foley, author, poet, and KPFA radio host will discuss oral presentation of your written work, at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck Ave. 644-3635. 

St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Blood pressure checks at 10:30 a.m., and lecture on plants with Dr. Robert Raabi, botanist, at 11 a.m. 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.  

Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 234-4783. 


Community Forum on Police Canine Unit at 7 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. The Berkeley Police Review Commission is planning a series of Community Meetings to provide information and a forum to discuss the proposed Berkeley Police Department (BPD) canine program. Additional forums will be held Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center and Feb. 11 at the West Berkeley Senior Center. 

Teens and Drugs a discussion for parents, guardians, caregivers and community members from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at Berkeley High School. Sponsored by the BHS Parent Resource Center, Parents of Children of African Descent (PCAD), and the BHS Health Center.  

“Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: The Evolution of the Jewish Community” with Ted Feldman, Executive Director, JFCs. Bring your own lunch; coffee and tea provided. From noon to 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5. 848-0237, ext. 112. 

Writers’ Room Coach Training is offered from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for volunteers who would like to help students improve their writing and critical thinking skills. To attend please call Terry Bloomburgh at 849-4134 or email 

Fun with Acting class meets at 11 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Free, all are welcome. 985-0373. 

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. 


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 Novices welcome. Experienced facilitator. Community sponsored, no fee. 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.  


“So How’d You Become an Activist?” with Daniel Ellsberg and Sherry Glasser at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., at Bonita. Suggested donation $5. For more information call 528-5403. 

LeConte Neighborhood Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. at LeConte School, 2241 Russell. Agenda includes the city budget, traffic circles, and new mixed use developments. For more information call 843-2602. 

East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus, led by Achi ben Shalom, meets on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Audition required. Cost is $120. For more information or to arrange an audition, email or call 528-8872. 

Desert Hiking in All Seasons at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

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.  


City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Otto J. M. Smith, Prof. Emeritus, Electrical Engineering, UCB, on “There is Still Hope.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $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. 

End the Nightmare; Bring Back the Dream! Participate in continuous readings of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,” in front of the Oakland Federal Building, 1302 Clay St. near the 12th St. BART station.  

Applying Earth Charter Principles in Daily Life An interactive workshop with Ellis Jones, co-author of “The Better World Handbook,” at 6 p.m. at the Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St. Suggested donation $15. 655-8252. 

Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 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. 655-6169. 

Overeaters Anonymous meets every Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Northbrae Church at Solano and The Alameda. Parking is free and is handicapped accessible. For information call Katherine, 525-5231. 


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

Free Emergency Preparedness Class on Basic Personal Preparedness for anyone who lives or works in Berkeley, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Fire Department Training Center, 997 Cedar St. Register on-line at or by calling 981-5506. 

Pruning and Winter Care for Healthier Roses, 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

First Annual Crab Feed and Auction presented by Communication, Arts and Sciences Program of Berkeley High School, from 5 to 9 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Cost is $35. Service graciously provided by CAS Students. For ticket reservations and/or Auction donations, please e-mail your request to  

African-American/African Dialog If you consider yourself of African descent and would like to participate in a dialogue between African-American and African immigrants, please join us from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Downs Memorial United Methodist Church, 6026 Idaho St . near San Pablo and 60th, Oakland. Please RSVP to 527-4099. 

California Writers’ Club Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pamada discus how to find an agent at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck Ave. 644-3635. 

Yoga for Seniors at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St., on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Open to non-members of the club for $8 per class. For further information and to register, call 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. 


In the Name of Love, a tribute and 75th birthday celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7:30 p.m. at the Calvin Simmons Theater, 10 Tenth St. Oakland. Tickets are $12-$20 available from or 866-468-3399. 

“Unraveling the Lying Liars of the Great American Dynasty” with Paul Krugman, Al Franken, Kevin Phillips and Amy Goodman at 7 p.m. in the Berkeley Community Theater, 1930 Allston Way at Milvia. Tickets are available at Global exchange or by calling 415-392-4400. 

Tibetan Buddhism, Erika Rosenberg and Paul Brumbaum on “Engaging the Challenges of Life and Work” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. 

Eckhart Tolle Talks on Video, free gatherings 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.  


City Office Closed - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

Martin Luther King Jr. Rally Join in a multi-cultural Peace Celebration in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Dr. King’s birth, with Danny Glover, Barbara Lee, and local performers, at 10:30 a.m. at the ILWU Warehouse Union Hall-Local 6, 99 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland. 638-0365. 

Berkeley CopWatch organizational meeting at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Join us to work on current issues around police misconduct. Volunteers needed. For information call 548-0425. 


Freedom From Tobacco A free quit-smoking class offered by the City of Berkeley Tobacco Prevention Program on six Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 22 to Feb. 26, at the Central Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. To enroll please call 981-5330 or e-mail at  You will receive a confirmation of your registration.   

Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League offers an exciting opportunity for East Bay girls in grades 1-8 to learn softball, make friends and have fun! Registration starts in January; the season runs March 6 through June 5. For information call 869-4277. 

Vista Community College Classes in Computer Software begins Jan. 15. Enrollment is open through Jan. 24. Register on-line at or at 2020 Milvia St., or call 981-2863. 

Creating Economic Opportunities for Women offers training programs for immigrant and refugee women. Orientations held during January, at 655 International Blvd., 2nd flr. Call 879-2949. 

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. 

Acting and Improv Classes for Adults begin Sun. Jan. 25. Cost is $125 for 8 wks. On- 

going classes for children and teens. Verna Winter Studio, 1312 Bonita Ave. 524-1601. 

Tae-Bo, a cardiovascular workout composed of kick punches and stretches will be offered at Frances Albrier Recreation Center, 2800 Park St., on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 13. Cost is $20 per month or $4 drop-in. For information call 981-6640.  

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. 


City Council meets Tues., Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers, Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. 

Commission on Disability meets Wed., Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Paul Church, 981-6342. 

Homeless Commission meets Wed., Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jane Micallef, 981-5426. 

Library Board of Trustees meets Wed., Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at 2090 Kittredge. Jackie Y. Griffin, 981-6195. 

Planning Commission meets Wed., Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruth Grimes, 981-7481. 

Police Review Commission meets Wed, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Public Forum on proposed Plice Canine Unit. Barbara Attard, 981-4950. 

Waterfront Commission meets Wed., Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. Cliff Marchetti, 644-6376 ext. 224. 

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Thurs. Jan. 15,  

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

Design Review Committee meets Thurs. Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Anne Burns, 981-7415.  

Fair Campaign Practices Commission meets Thurs., Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Prasanna Rasaih, 981-6950. 

Housing Advisory Commission meets Thurs., Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Oscar Sung, 981-5400. 


Transportation Commission meets Thurs., Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Peter Hillier, 981-7000. 

Two-by-Two Meeting of elected City and School officials to dicuss common concerns, Thurs., Jan. 15, at 8:30 a.m., in the Redwood Room, 6th floor, 2180 Milvia St. 644-6147, 981-7000.