FRIDAY, MAY 7
“So How’d You Become an Activist?” with Utah Phillips, singer/songwriter and Karen Pickett, Earth First! organizer, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., at Bonita. Suggested donation $5. 528-5403.
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Tim Holt, environmental writer on “Should California Be Split in Two?” Luncheon 11:45 a.m. for $12.50. Speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For reservations call 526-2925.
Womansong Circle Singing for the mothers and the mother of us all at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way. Donation $8. 525-7082.
Nabalom Bakery Collective Benefit with live music, silent auction and refreshments at 7 p.m. at Transparent/Ashby Theater, across from the Ashby BART. Tickets are $20 at the door. 845-BAKE.
All-Oakland Talent Show at 7 p.m. at Oakland Box Theater, Telegraph Ave. between 19th and 20th. Tickets are $10. Sponsored by Oakland Leaf, which brings afterschool programs to school children.
Tibetan Aid Project Spring Benefit Dinner A vegetarian culinary experience in support the continuation of Tibetan Buddhist culture, at 6 p.m. at The Brazilian Room, Tilden Park. For tickets call 800-338-4238.
“Anarchist Cookbook” a comedy about living on an anarchist commune in Dallas, Texas at 8 p.m. at The Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave. 540-0751. www.longhaul.org
“The Personal Grail and the Public Wasteland” with Jeremey Taylor in a workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Naropa Oakland University, 2141 Broadway. Cost is $50-$80. 835-4827, ext. 19. www.creationspirituality.org
Hawaiian Cultural Practices and The Struggle for Independence Workshop and “talk story” about the Akaka-Stevens bill, Hawaiian soveriegnty, and the Hawaiian cultural renaissance, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Language Studies International, 2015 Center St. Cost is $75 for both days, $20 for Fri. only. Registration recommended. 525-7257.
Berkeley Chess Club meets at 7:15 p.m. at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. 652-5324.
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 548-6310.
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. 655-6169. www.bpf.org
Overeaters Anonymous meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Northbrae Church at Solano and The Alameda. 525-5231.
Herbal Tea at Three Learn tea lore, medicinal properties, and taste familiar and exotic varieties from 3 to 4 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy. 549-9200. www.elephantpharmacy.com
SATURDAY, MAY 8
Town Hall Meeting on the California Budget Crisis with Assemblywoman Loni Hancock from 10 a.m. to noon at Rosa Parks School, Multipurpose Room, 920 Allston Way.
Bike Day at Berkeley Farmers’ Market in Civic Center Park from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with presentations on locking your bike, bike repair, and safe commuting. Sponsored by Bicycle Friendly Berkeley Coalition. www.BFBC.org
Green Home Expo and Energy Symposium in Civic Center Park. From noon to 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley. www.greenhomeexpo.org
Remember the Meaning Behind Mother’s Day and honor all mothers who have lost children in Iraq, Israel and Palestine from noon to 1 p.m. at 51st St. and Broadway in Oakland. Sponsored by Bay Area Women in Black. www.BayAreaWomenInBlack.org
Celebrate Mother’s Day Canoeing with Save The Bay A scenic canoe tour of Goodyear Slough. We will wind through the native tule reeds and discuss the importance of this arm of the Bay to migrating wildlife. All equipment and instruction included. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mothers and Save The Bay Members $30, Non-members $40. To register or for more information call 452-9261. www.savesfbay.org
“California Butterflies, Host and Nectar Plants” A class and garden tour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Park. Cost is $30-$40. Advance registration encouraged. 845-4116. www.nativeplants.org
Kids Garden Club Discover non-native plants and help remove these invasives, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. For ages 7-12. Cost is $3, registration required. 525-2233.
Junior Skywatchers We’ll learn about the mysterious forces of gravity. We’ll do experiments and then do some moonless stargazing, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. For ages 8-11. Cost is $4. 525-2233.
A Walk Through the Garden of Old Roses with UCBG horticulturist and rose expert, Peter Klement. Discover the rich historical background of the collection, including how Chinese, Persian and European cultures created the parents of the roses we grow today. From 10 a.m. to noon at the Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr. Cost is $12-$17. To register call 643-2755. http://
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour “The Finnish Community in Berkeley” led by Harry Siitonen from 10 a.m. to noon. 848-0181. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc/
East Bay Connection College Fair from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Saint Mary’s College, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga. More than 170 schools will be represented. 925-631-4224. www.stmarys-ca.edu/ebcc
Oakland Day of Percussion with world-class drummers and persussionists presented by the Percussive Arts Society from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Alice Arts Center, 1428 Alice St. Oakland. Cost is $7-$10. 415-296-0454. www.pas.org/chapters/california/oak.html
Wheat Weaving Craft Day from noon to 2 p.m. at the Albany Library. Create simple beauty and celebrate a history that goes back to early human’s appreciation of wheat. Free and open to all ages. 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext 20.
Cragmont Elementary School Spring Carnival and Auction Performances, crafts, food and games. Help us in this partnership with local merchants for an easy and rewarding way to raise money for a Berkeley public school. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 644-8811.
Healthy Street Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby, with food, prizes, health screenings and entertainment. 883-6504.
LeConte Elementary School’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration with food, dancing, music and games, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 2241 Russell St. Admission is $1-$10. 644-6290.
Friends of Kensington Library Annual Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Blvd.
Crowden Music School Gala, honoring Gordon Getty, at 6 p.m. at the Rotunda, 1501 Broadway, Oakland. Tickets are $150. 559-6910.
A Celebration of Traditional Asian Arts and Culture from noon to 4 p.m. at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St. 637-0455.
Oakland Museum of California Gala After Hours at 9 p.m. with food and dancing. Tickets are $75. 238-6711. www.galaafterhours.com
Pro Arts 30th Anniversay Gala from 5 to 9 p.m. at 550 Second St. Oakland. Tickets available at www.proartsgallery.org
Festival of Body-Mind Movement celebrating the 100th birthday of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 830 Bancroft Way at 6th St. Cost is $5-$20. 594-4048. www.SpringIntoMotion.org
Shamanic Journey Class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anam Cara House, 6035 Majestic Ave., Oakland. 415-333-1434.
SUNDAY, MAY 9
Berkeley Architectural Hertitage House Tour “Berkeley 1890 - At Home” from 1 to 5 p.m. featuring ten Victorian-era houses along Berkeley’s Fulton St. Tour information and ticket order form are at www.berkeleyheritage.com/housetours/2004_spring_house_tour.html
Mother’s Day Celebration at the Judah L. Magnes Museum at 2911 Russell St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family treasure hunt, docent tours of exhibit “Brought to Light,” gift shop sale, and free admission. 549-6950. www.magnes.org
“Designing Your Garden with Natives” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Park. Field trip to Pt. Reyes on May 16. Cost is $75-$85. Registration recommended. 845-4116. www.nativeplants.org
Shear Fun Where did your wool clothing come from? Join Judd Redden who has been shearing sheep for ten years to learn about this remarkable, renewable resource. From 10 a.m. to noon at The Little Farm in Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Dreaming in Nature An 8-week class meeting Sundays, from 10 a.m. to noon at Tilden Park. Cost is $160. 636-1684. www.ebparks.org
John Kerry for President Party with Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and author of “Why Liberals Will Win in America.” Sponsored by The Berkeley Democratic Club. From 5 to 7 p.m. at 21 Tanglewood Rd. Donation $50 to the Kerry campaign. Please RSVP to BerkeleyDemocraticClub@comcast.net
Maganda Magazine Celebration with spoken work and readings celebrating this Pillipino literary arts publication. At 8 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Cost is $5-$10. 849-2568.
Friends of Kensington Library Annual Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Blvd.
”A Transylvanian Unitarian Minister Comes to Berkeley” with Maria Pap at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302.
Favorite Hymn Sing-A-Long at 7 p.m. at St. Cuthbert’s, 7900 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. 367-9145. StCuddy@aol.com
Tibetan Buddhism, with Sylvia Gretchen on “Wisdom of Buddha: The Samdhinirmocana Sutra” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, MAY 10
Tea at Four Enjoy some of the best teas from the other side of the Pacific Rim and learn their cultural and natural history, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area. Registration required. Cost is $5-$7. Wheelchair accessible. 525-2233.
Berkeley Community Gardening Collective with Babak Tondre speaking about EcoHouse at 6 p.m. at the Peralta Community Garden, Peralta and Hopkins St. Potluck. 883-9096.
Non Profit Organization Orientation How to get your group publicized on B-TV Channel 28 using the media facilities at 6 p.m. at Berkeley Community Media. 848-2288 ext. 12. www.betv.org
Women’s Cancer Resource Center, volunteer training, every second Monday of the month, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 5741 Telegraph Ave. To sign up call Emily at 601-4040, ext. 109. email@example.com
Baby Yoga at 11 a.m. and Yoga and Meditation for Children at 2:45 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. 883-0600. www.belladonna.ws
Fitness for 55+ A total body workout including aerobics, stretching and strengthening at 1:15 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5170.
Berkeley CopWatch organizational meeting at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. 548-0425.
TUESDAY, MAY 11
Morning Birdwalk Meet at 7 a.m. at the pull-out on Wildcat Canyon Rd., east of Grizzly Peak Blvd. 525-2233.
Public Hearing on UCB’s Long Range Development Plan at 5:30 p.m. at the Krutch Theater, CLark Kerr Campus. Copies of the plan and the draft Environmental Impact Report are available at http://lrdp.berkeley.edu
Organic Produce at low prices sold at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon Sts from 3 to 7 p.m. 843-1307.
Phone Banking to ReDefeat Bush from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cafe de la Paz, 1600 Shattuck Ave. Bring your cell phones. Please RSVP if you can join us. 233-2144. firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Evolution of California Water Policy” with David Kennedy, former director of the California Dept. of Water Resources at 5:30 p.m. in 105 North Gate Hall, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Water Resources Center Archives. 642-2666.
“Evolution’s Rainbow” Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People, with Dr. Joan Roughgarden at 7:30 p.m., 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Campus. 643-7008. email@example.com
Writer’s Workshop: Crossing Genres with Melita Schaum at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck Ave. 644-0861.
Goddess Grace Moving Meditation at 10 a.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. Cost is $7-10, bring a yoga mat or blanket. 883-0600. www.belladonna.ws
Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 548-3991. www.berkeleycameraclub.org
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Joan Sinon will speak on Home Instead Senior Care 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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
Fresh Produce Stand Grand opening from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Frances Albrier Community Center, with home-cooked food and festivities. Sponsored by Ecology Center’s Farm Fresh Choice. 848-1704. www.ecologycenter.org
“Free to Fly: The US-Cuba Link” a documentary on the efforts of people to maintain links after 16 years of no direct travel, at 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St. 981-6260.
“Miel de Oshun” a film about a Cuban American who goes back to Cuba to search for his mother, at 7 p.m. at Fellowship of Humanity, 390 7th St., Oakland. Donations accepted. 393-5685.
East Bay Genealogical Society meets at 10 a.m. with speaker Diane Rooney on research on Eastern European families. Library Conference Room, Family History Center, 4770 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 635-6692.
The Knitting Hour at the West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, 1125 University Ave., at 7 p.m. Come and learn to knit, regain old skills, and get inspiration for new projects. Limited supplies are available. Please feel free to donate. For beginners, we recommend a pair of size 8 needles and one skein of yarn. All ages welcome. 981-6270.
Poetry Writing Workshop, led by Danna Zeller, at 7 p.m. at the Albany Public Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 20.
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station. Vigil at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.
THURSDAY, MAY 13
“There’s No Place Like Home” a fundraising event for First Place Fund for Youth, for youth who “age out” of the foster care system, at 5:30 p.m. at Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Tickets are $50. 272-0979. www.firstplacefund.org
Berkeley Adult School Career Fair from 9 a.m. to noon at 1222 University Ave. Free admission. 644-8968.
“Election” the political comedy will be shown in a benefit for the John Kerry campaign at sundown at the outdoor cinema, Pyramid Alehouse, 8th and Gilman. Bring your own seating: blankets, lawn chairs, etc. Suggested donation is $20 or whatever you can afford. All donations go Kerry's campaign. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embracing Diversity Films and Albany High School PTA present “Bums’ Paradise” at 7 p.m. in the Albany High School Library, 603 Key Route Blvd., Albany. 527-1328.
Grizzly Peak Flyfishers monthly meeting at 7 p.m at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. 547-8629.
East Bay Mac User Group meets to discuss MacWireless at 6 p.m. at Expression Center for New Media, 6601 Shellmound St. www.expression.edu
Free Community Yoga Workshops with David Korman, every Wed. on the grounds of Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., North Berkeley. Next session starts May 19th. 649-1664.
Vista College Study Abroad in Mexico Live with a family and learn language skills in a two-week session in July in Guadalajara. 981-2917. www.peralta.cc.
Berkeley Video and Film Festival is calling for entries. The deadline is July 10. 843-3699. www.berkeleyvideofilmfest.org
Radio Summer Camp, four day sessions from June 4 through Sept. 6. Learn how to build and operate a community radio station. Sponsored by Radio Free Berkeley. 625-0314. www.freeradio.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
Council Agenda Committee meets Mon., May 10, at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St., Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil/agenda-committee
Four by Four Joint Task Force on Housing Members of City Council and the Rent Board meet Mon. May 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Stephen Barton, 981-5400. http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/4x4/default.htm
Landmarks Preservation Commission meets Mon. May 10, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Gisele Sorensen, 981-7419. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/landmarks
Public Housing Resident Advisory Board meets on Mon. May 10, at 4 p.m. at Berkeley Housing Authority, 1901 Fairview St. Angellique DeCoud. 981-5475. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/publichousing
Commission on Disability meets Wed. May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Paul Church, 981-6342. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/disability
Homeless Commission meets Wed., May 12, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jane Micallef, 981-5426. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/homeless
Planning Commission meets Wed., May 12, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruth Grimes, 981-7481. www.ci.berkeley. ca.us/commissions/planning
Police Review Commission meets May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, Barbara Attard, 981-4950. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/policereview
Waterfront Commission meets Wed., May 12, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. Cliff Marchetti. 644-6376 ext. 224. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/waterfront