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Berkeley This Week

Friday January 23, 2004


City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Chi-an Hu, Visi- 

ting Professor, International Law, UCB, on “China’s Role in the United Nations.” 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. 

Docent Training for Berkeley Historical Society, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1931 Center St. 848-0181. 

Literary Friends meets from 1:15 to 3 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. We will discuss the Women’s Movement during the past century. For information call 232-1351. 

Berkeley Chess Club meets Fridays at 7:15 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. Players at all levels are welcome. 652-5324. 

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. 


Free Emergency Preparedness Class on Fire Supression for anyone who lives or works in Berkeley, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fire Department Training Center, 997 Cedar St. Register on-line at 

us/fire/oes or call 981-5506. 

Winter Bird Walk Join Chris Carmichael, Associate Director of Collections and Horticulture, and expert birder Dennis Wolff on a morning walk from 9 to 10 a.m. to discover the Botanical Garden’s bird life. Heavy rain cancels. Cost is $10, members free. Registration required. 643-2937. Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. http:// 

Winter Color in the Garden 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

Cerrito Creek Work Party Help remove blackberries and plant trees on Cerrito Creek north of Albany Hill. Meet at Pacific East Mall, 3288 Pierce St, El Cerrito at 10 a.m. For information email  

Kids Garden Club Experience the water cycle through our watershed model and see how water effects our garden and you. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park Cost is $3. Wheelchair accessible. 525-2233.   

Salamander Saunter We’ll look for wet weather animals, learn the difference between newts and salamanders, and see what they are doing at this time of the year. From 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Berkeley Copwatch Orientation: Know Your Rights! Join us for this hands-on workshop including: What rights we have when we are stopped, what to look for when someone else is getting stopped, keeping safe while observing police and more. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. This event is free and open to the public. 548-0425. 

Share Your Gear Party Your recycled sports equipment can help keep children playing. Donations accepted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sports4Kids Swap Shop, 2095 Rose St., between Shattuck and Henry. 868-1591. 

Bauman College Open House Visit the new Berkeley campus and learn about classes in holistic nutrition and culinary arts, 3 to 6 p.m. at 901 Grayson St., at 7th. 800-987-7530.  

Veg 101: Compassionate Living Workshop A one-day workshop introducing the many reasons why vegetarianism is a healthy, environmental, and compassionate diet. From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Berkeley Public Library Main Meeting Room, 3rd floor, 2090 Kittredge St. 925-487-4419.  

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. 


Introduction to Homebrewing Biodiesel Learn the basics of making biodiesel, and see the whole process from testing the veggie oil, brewing the bio- 

diesel, washing it, filtering it, and putting it in your vehicle. Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10-$20 sliding scale. RSVP by email to for directions and more details.  

Berkeley City Club free tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are sponsored by the Berkeley City Club and the Landmark Heritage Foundation. Donations welcome. The Berkeley City Club is located at 2315 Durant Ave. For group reservations or more information, call 848-7800 or 883-9710. 

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


Fitness for 55+ A total body workout including aerobics, stretching and strengthing at 1:15 p.m. every Monday at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5170. 

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 lady- 

beetles, 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. 

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. 


Tuesday Morning Birdwalk at Tilden’s Inspiration Point from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Call if you need to borrow binoculars. 525-2233. 

“Fly the Friendly Skies under Ashcroft” Refuse and Resist’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave. 704-5293. 

“How to Save for Your Children and/or Grandchildren’s Education: College Planning 101” at 7:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5. 848-0327, ext. 112. 

“We Are Called: Vocation in a Swiftly Changing World” a three-day conference at Pacific School of Religion, with lectures, workshops, creative worship and conversations with scholars, pastors, community organizers and artists on issues of faith and vocation. For a complete schedule please see or call 849-8239.  

“Tu B’shvat: An Awakening” Explore passages that shed light on the development of rituals and meanings related to Tu B’shvat, with Avital Plan, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Richmond Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5. 848-0327, ext. 112. 

“Judaism, What is it all About?” an interactive lecture series with Rabbi Judah Dardik, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Beth Jacob Congregation, 3778 Park Blvd., Oakland. 482-1147. 

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. 234-4783. 

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. 

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.  


Forum on Land Use in Berkeley, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fireside Room, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. We will have the opportunity to speak with Dan Marks, Director of Planning, Steve Barton, Director of Housing, and various commissioners to discuss current land use issues and Berkeley’s future as it relates to land use. Sponsored by BANA/CNA and the Berkeley Party., 

“Shelter From The Storm: A Benefit for the Homeless” with Country Joe McDonald, Carol Denney, Buzzy Linhart & the Big Few, Will Scarlet with Mark Silber & Steve Mann. Mayor Tom Bates will give awards to homeless activists. At 8 p.m. at Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison St. Cost is $15.50. 548-1761. 

“Wesley Clark and Environmetal Sustainability” with Susan Andres, Executive Director for the Farallones Marine Sanctuary at 7 p.m. at the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave. Sponsored by East Bay for Clark.  

Gray Panthers General Meeting, “Think Globally, Act Locally” with Peace and Justice Commissioner Elliot Cohen on how local actions can affect national policy, at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 548-9696. 

“Perspective on 9/11: Exposing the Lies of the Official Story” a free multimedia presentation by Ken Jenkins at the Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakland. 415-721-2844. 

“Jews of the Bay Area,” with Fred Rosenbaum, author and historian, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Bring your own lunch; coffee and tea provided. Cost is $5. 848-0327, ext. 112.  

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 We're a serious but lively bunch whose focus is on issues of craft. 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.  


Travel 2004: A Panel Discussion Learn how to travel the world with ease at 7:30 p.m. at Easy Going Travel Shop & Bookstore, 1385 Shattuck Ave. 843-3533. 

Going to Extremes: From El Capitan to Everest with Jonathan Chester, at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 


Young People’s Symphony Orchestra misses its alums! As our nation's second oldest youth orchestra, based in Berkeley, YPSO is in possession of a treasure trove of memorabilia dating as far back as 1936. To preserve and share these photographs, letters, programs and other interesting materials YPSO is creating a Digital Online Museum. If you participated in the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra please contact David Davis at or 543-4054. 

Support the Berkeley Public Library On-line Auction Visit and bid to name a character in a work by Michael Chabon, have dinner with Elizabeth Farnsworth and Khaled Hosseini, let Bill Schechner tell your story, work with Adair Lara on a memoir, hear Maxine Hong Kingston at your book club, and much more. 981-6115. 

Learn About Howard Dean and see why he is our best bet against George Bush. Alameda County for Dean is sponsoring a series of informational gatherings at private homes throughout the county. Experienced campaign volunteers will present Dean’s positions and achievements, and can answer your questions. Call 548-8414 or go to www.eb4dean/houseparties for the time and place best for you! 

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. 

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 $290 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.  


Parks and Recreation Commission meets Mon., Jan. 26, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Deborah Chernin, 981-6715. 


Solid Waste Management Commission meets Mon., Jan. 26, at 7 p.m., at 1201 Second St. Becky Dowdakin, 981-6357. 

City Council meets Tues., Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers, Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900.