FRIDAY, APRIL 2
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with David Hooson, Prof. Emeritus, Geography, UCB on “Inner Asia.” Luncheon 11:45 a.m. for $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.
“A Lot in Common” a documentary on the growth of community in a North Berkeley neighborhood as residents, artists, and other volunteers build and use the Peralta and Northside Community Art Gardens, at 7:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at the corner of Cedar and Bonita.
“EarthDance“ Environmental Film Festival, showing ten short films on urban, rural and wild environments, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, Oak and 10th Sts. Admission is $5-$8. 238-2022. www.museumca.org
“From Frybread to Fueltank: Bringing Biodiesel to Native America” Join us in a benefit to support a biodiesel bus tour led by Zachary Running-Wolf that will leave from Oakland and cover the Southwest. At 7:30 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way. $5 donation requested. 548-2220, ext. 233.
“State of California Environmental Issues” with Terry Tamminen, Secretary of the Califormia EPA at 6 p.m. in the Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, UC Campus. Co-Sponsored by the Class of 1935 and the Energy Foundation. 642-1760.
Kite Fly from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina. Part of National Kite Month celebration. www.NationalKiteMonth.org
Womansong Circle: Songs of Rebirth and a Greening Earth with Betsy Rose at 6:45 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way. Suggested donation $8. Bring a snack to share. 525-7082.
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. 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. People of all traditions are welcome to join us. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship 655-6169. www.bpf.org
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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 3
Behind the Scenes Tour of the Orchid Greenhouse Exotic, rare, fragrant and extensive. Tour with orchid expert Jerry Parsons and hear about the Garden’s global collection of hundreds of orchids and epiphytes. At 1 and 3 p.m. Registration required. UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. 643-2755. http://botanicalgarden.
Sick Plant Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon, the first Sat. of every month, a team of experts will diagnose what ails your plants. Free. At the Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. 643-2755.
Color and Art in the Garden with Keeyla Meadow, garden designer and artist at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. www.magicgardens.com
California Wildflower Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Admission is $5-$8. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
Free Emergency Preparedness Class in Shelter Operations from 9 a.m. to noon at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. To sign up call 981-5605. www.ci.
Northern California Socialist Conference 2004 “Resisting US Empire, Fighting for a Better World” from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Dwinelle Hall, UC Campus. Cost is $10-$50 sliding scale. For information call 333-4604 or email ISObayarea@aol.com
“News from Haiti: Eyewitness Accounts” with missionaries Sandra and Daniel Gourdet at 10 a.m. at South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview, at Ellis. 652-1040.
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 per class. 848-7800.
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, APRIL 4
“What’s Up Down Under?” Explore the fascinating subterranean hemisphere of the hidden half of plants by attending the annual Unselt Lecture delivered this year by UCB Professor of Plant Biology, Dr. Lewis Feldman. Lecture concludes with a walk through the Garden to observe root diversity. From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Registration required 643-2755. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
Soda Bottle Ecosystem Build a take-home eco-system that sits in the palm of your hand. Bring two 2-liter bottles. At 10:30 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center. Registration required. 525-2233.
Protist April Toss the plankton net, tow it in, and see what members of the Kingdom Protista you can find in the 14-power Discovery scope. From 2 to 4 p.m. at the Tilden Nature Area. 525-2233.
Full Moon Walk Meet at 7 p.m. at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park. Learn about the origin and history of the moon, and see where the astronauts walked. 525-2233.
“Ratcatcher” a film set in Scotland during the national garbage strike in the 1970s. At 8 p.m. at the Long Haul Info Shop, 3124 Shattuck Ave. 540-0751.
Golden State Model Railroad Museum opens from noon to 5 p.m. Located in the Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline Park at 900-A Dornan Drive in Pt. Richmond. Admission is $2-$3. 234-4884 or www.gsmrm.org
Berkeley Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, with Cathy Luchetti on ”Women of the West,” from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Berkeley History Center, Veterans’ Memorial Bldg, 1931 Center St. 848-0181. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc/
Free Sailboat Rides at the Cal Sailing Club, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the foot of University in the Berkeley Marina. Bring warm, waterproof clothes. For more information, visit our website at www.cal-sailing.org
Zonta Club “Day at the Races” A benefit for the Writers’ Room Project in the Berkeley Schools. Tickets are available from 644-4480.
“Meditation for Healing and Renewal” with Robin Canton at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
“The Journey of a UU Christian and Pagan Mystic” with Cathleen Cox Burneo at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd. Kensington. 525-0302, ext. 306.
“Eckhart Tolle Talks on Video” at 6:30 p.m. at the Feldenkrais Ctr., 830 Bancroft Way. First and third Sunday of each month. $3 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Maitri at 415-990-8977.
MONDAY, APRIL 5
The Oakland/East Bay Chapter of the National Organization for Women has cancelled its April meeting because of the Jewish holiday. We usually meet the first Monday of each month at the Oakland YWCA. Hope to see you next month. 841-1672.
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 nesting birds and flowering shrubs, 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.
Fitness for 55+ A total body workout including aerobics, stretching and strengthening at 1:15 p.m. every Monday at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5170.
Baby Yoga Learn how to soothe your infant. Bring a pillow, blanket, mat and olive oil. At 11 a.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. Admission by donation. 883-0600.
Yoga and Meditation for Children from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. at at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. Admission by donation. 883-0600.
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, APRIL 6
American Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Orientation from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 6230 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Advance sign-up needed. 594-5165.
Berkeley Ecological and Safe Transportation hosts a public discussion of car-free housing at 6 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge, 3rd floor meeting room. 652-9462.
Death Penalty Vigil, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the North Berkeley BART station. Sponsored by Berkeley Friends Meeting. 528-7784.
Map and Compass 101 An introduction to backcountry navigation at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Leonar Joy will speak on Human Rights at 11 a.m. 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.
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. 548-3991. www.berkeleycameraclub.org
Passover Seder at 6 p.m. at GTU’s Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd. Cost is $10-$25. Reservations required. 649-2482.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7
Return to the Oakland Docks for the one-year anniversary of the 2003 shutdown of SSA and APL, and Oakland police crackdown on the anti-war movement. See www.actagainstwar.org for details.
“Liberation from War: Afghan Women Resist” with Sahar Saba of The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Suggested donation $20, no one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will benefit RAWA and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 433-9928.
“Zapatista: A Big Noise Film” on the first four years of the Zapatista Uprising in Chiapas from 1994-1998 at 7 p.m. at The Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakland. 393-5685.
Bridging Zapatismo, a community study group on local struggles and the Zapatista movement at 7:30 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Cost is $5-$10 sliding scale. 849-2568. www.lapena.org
Tilden Tots, a nature adventure program for 3-4 year olds accompanied by an adutl. We’ll explore and taste the five parts of a plant. Bring a plain T-shirt. Fee is $6, $8 for non-residents. Registration required. 525-2233.
“Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Aboriginal Rights, and a Livable Future for All” A conversation at 7 p.m. at the GTU Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd. Part of the Roundtable on Ecological Ethics and Spirituality. 649-2560.
Collaging Yourself Forward A life coaching workshop with Ryl Brock Wilson at 7 p.m. at Changemakers, 6536 Telegraph Ave. Cost is $25, pre-registration required. 384-4795. ryl@ArtAsAccess.com
“The Jew and the ‘Other’ in Antiquity: Alienation or Integration?” A lecture by Erich S. Gruen, professor of history and classics, UC Berkeley. One of the 91st Faculty Research Lectures. At 5 p.m., Berkeley Art Museum Theater, 2621 Durant Ave.
Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:15 a.m. at Mediterraneum Caffe, 2475 Telegraph Ave. For information call Robert Flammia 524-3765.
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 Sta-
tion, corner of Shattuck and Center. Vigil at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.geocities.com/vigil4peace/vigil
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 Stop the War Coalition meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in 255 Dwinelle, UC Campus. www.berkeleystopthewar.org
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. www.bacds.org
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.
THURSDAY, APRIL 8
Morning Birdwalk Meet at 7 a.m. at Tilden Nature Area to look for early nesters. 525-2233.
Tilden Tots A nature adventure program for 3-4 year olds accompanied by an adult. We’ll explore and taste the five parts of a plant. Bring a plain T-shirt. Fee is $6, $8 for non-residents. Registration required. 525-2233.
Tilden Explorers A nature adventure program for 5-7 year olds to learn about plant parts and pollination. Fee is $6, $8 for non-residents. Registration required. 525-2233.
“Salmon: Farmed and Dangerous” A slideshow presentation by Sophika Kostyniuk from the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220, ext. 233. www.ecologycenter.org
“Our Local Parks” with John Medlock of Albany Parks, Mark Selevenow of Berkeley Parks and Hank VanDyke of Emeryville Public Works, at noon at the Albany Public Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Ave. at Masonic. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
East Bay Mac User Group Special session with Inuit, Inc. We meet the 2nd Thursday of every month, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Expression Center for New Media, 6601 Shellmound St. www.expression.edu
Grizzly Peak Flyfishers, a group dedicated to furthering the noble sport of fly fishing through education and conservation, invites you to its monthly meeting at 7 p.m at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. in Kensington.
Host an International Student Let Europe come to you this summer. SWIFT Student Exchange program is bringing Spanish and French middle and high school students to the Bay Area for 3-4 week stays. Informational evening, from 6-8 p.m. at the SWIFT office in Oakland. Call 433-0414 for directions and more information.
Project Open Hand’s Senior Lunch Program is welcoming new participants in the East Bay. For information, please call 415-447-2300 or email email@example.com.
Free Income Tax Help is available on Tuesday mornings between 10 a.m. and 12 noon at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Ozzie Olson, AARP trained tax preparer is available by appointment. 845-6830.
Find a Loving Animal Companion at the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society Adoption Center, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tue. - Sun. 2700 Ninth St. 845-7735. www.berkeleyhumane.org
Medical Care for Your Pet at the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society low-cost veterinary clinic. 2700 Ninth St. For appointments call 845-3633. www.berkeleyhumane.org
Spring Bulb Bonanza at the Botanical Garden, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,to April 15, 200 Centennial Drive. 643-2755. http://
Youth Commission meets Mon., Apr. 5, at 6:30 p.m., at 1730 Oregon St. Philip Harper-Cotton, 981-6670. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/youth
Commission on the Status of Women meets Wed., Apr. 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruby Primus, 981-5106. www.ci.berkeley.
Fire Safety Commission meets Wed., Apr. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 2nd floor. David Orth, 981-5502. www.ci.berkeley.ca.
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Turs. Apr. 8, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Pam Wyche 644-6128 ext. 113. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/rent
Commission on Early Childhood Education meets Thurs., Apr. 8, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Marianne Graham, 981-5416. www.ci.berkeley. ca.us/commissions/earlychildhoodeducation
Two-by-Two Meeting of elected City and School officials to dicuss common concerns, Thurs., Apr. 8, at 8:30 a.m., in the Redwood Room, 6th floor, 2180 Milvia St. 644-6147, 981-7000.
West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thurs. Apr. 8, at 7 p.m., at the West Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7520. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/westberkeley
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., Apr. 8, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.ber-