FRIDAY, MAY 14
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Nelson H. Greyburn, Prof. of Anthropology, on “Recent Generational Changes in Japan.” Luncheon at 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.
Literary Friends meets at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center to discuss Creative Poetry in Action 232-1351.
Berkeley Critical Mass Bike Ride meets at the Berkeley BART the second Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m.
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.
Herbal Tea at Three Learn tea lore, medicinal properties, and taste familiar and exotic varieties. Every Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy. 549-9200. www.elephantpharmacy.com
SATURDAY, MAY 15
Berkeley Health Carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St. Free medical screenings and enrollment opportunities. Sponsored by the LifeLong Medical Group.
City of Berkeley Budget Forum at 9:15 a.m. in the Sproul Room, St. John’s Presbyterian, 2727 College Ave. Sponsored by BANA/
Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade and Celebration with indigenous and Earth-based traditions celebrating the “Divine Feminine” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Civic Center Park. www.paganparade.org
Strawberry Tastings at Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Civic Center Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with cooking demonstrations at 11 a.m.
Berkeley Fire Station Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. at Station 2, 2029 Berkeley Way. Tour the station, see a safety presentation, and historical display and enjoy hot dogs and cake. Families and children especially welcome. 981-5506.
Slitherin’ Snakes Visit the friendly snakes at Tilden Nature Center from 10:30 a.m. to noon and learn about reptiles. 525-2233.
Bugs-R-Us If you love insects, come on down to search out some creepy crawlies. You’ll learn all about our many legged friends and then search for them in the soil, under logs and even in our compost! From 2 to 3 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center. 525-2233.
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour “Piedmont Way” led by Paul Grunland from 10 a.m. to noon. 848-0181. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc/
Bike Rodeo at San Pablo Park with obstacle courses and other activities from 10 a.m. to noon.
Labyrinth Peace Walk at 3 p.m. at the Willard Community Peace Labyrinth, on blacktop next to the gardens at Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave. between Derby and Stuart. Enter by the dirt road on Derby. Free and wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by the East Bay Labyrinth Project. 526-7377.
Mindfulness in Education Join with educators, parents, students, and all those concerned with education in a mindfulness day of meditation, reflection, sharing, and inquiry about creating peaceful schools with heart. From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave.
Spring Faire at Washington School from 10 to 2 p.m. at 2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Join us for a community celebration co-sponsored by Healthy Start. Lots of fun activities for kids, health and education booths, food, music, and raffle. 486-1742.
Walden Spring Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walden School, 2446 McKinley Ave., corner of Dwight. Live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and children’s games. 841-7248.
Russian Festival hosted by The Berkeley Russian School from 1 to 5 p.m. at 1821 Catalina at Colusa. Concert featuring Sergey Podobedov on the piano, Yulia Ronskaya, soprano, Elena Stepanova, soprano, and art exhibition, dancing, drama performances and lots of Russian piroshkis & blintzes. Admission $5. 526-8892.
Berkwood Hedge School Music & Art Festival from 1 to 5 p.m, 1809 Bancroft Way. Join us for an afternoon of musical performances, art exhibits, crafts, games and fine food and drink. Admission $3-$7. All proceeds benefit the Berkwood Hedge scholarship program.
Community Block Party at 1 p.m. at 2824 Haven’s Court, between McArthur and Bancroft. Sponsored by Cultural Designs. 205-9331.
Gardening with East Bay Native Plants from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration required Class is held off-site. Cost is $15-$25, low-income spots by arrangement. 548-2220, ext. 233. email@example.com
The Friends of the Albany Library Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, or to volunteer for the sale, please call the Albany Library at 526-3720, ext. 5.
The Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club Open House from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The public is invited come try lawn bowling at the greens, which are located at 2270 Acton, intersecting with Bancroft. For more information, please call Ray Francis at 234-6646. Berkeleylawnbowl@aol.com
Satsuki Arts Festival & Bazaar with kotoist June Kuramoto and keyboardist Kimo Cornwell, taiko drummer Kenny Endo,and a variety of Japanese food, Asian arts and crafts, a silent auction and children's carnival games. From 4 to 9 p.m. and Sun. noon to 7 p.m. at Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing Way. 841-1356. http://home.pacbell.net/bsangha/
“Running for Office 101” a workshop to strengthen skills in political leadership and campaing management from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Peralta Community College District Boardroom, 333 East 8th St., Oakland, across from Laney Football Field. Cost is $75. 763-9523. www.bwopa.org
Sweet Inspirations Auction and Dessert Reception to benefit Elizabeth House, a transitional residential house for women, at 7 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Rd, Oakland. Tickets are $25. 601-1213.
Sacred Listening A workshop led by Leonard Levis and Nora Martos-Perry from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington. Suggested donation $45. 526-8944.
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. For further information and to register, call Karen Ray at 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.
Dream Workshop on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon at 2199 Bancroft Way. Cost is $10. www.practicaldreamwork.com
SUNDAY, MAY 16
“Shattering Myths in Palestine/Israel” a visual reportback from April Middle East Children’s Alliance delegation, at 7 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Cost is $10-$20 sliding scale, benefit Palestinian children. 849-2568. www.mecaforpeace.org
“Working for Justice in a Time of Conflict” with Rabbi Arik Ascherman, director of Rabbis for Human Rights, at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Donations welcome. Co-sponsored by Trees of Hope. 848-0237. www.brjcc.org
“Jews Against Zionism” A new documentary by local film-maker Wendy Campbell, at 3 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland. Free, donations accepted. 814-2400. www.exposingisraeliapartheid.com
International Women’s Writing Guild quarterly meeting at 3 p.m. at Cody’s Books on Fourth St. 559-9500. www.codysbooks.com
“Spirit, Work and Money” a workshop with Tony D’Aguanno, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship, 1606 Bonita. Cost is $45. Please RSVP to 272-9915.
Guided Trails Challenge Hike in the Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Smack-dab in the heart of industry lies a peaceful shoreline. Climb the hills and learn the history of Rancho San Pablo, Ferry Point, and Botts’ Flying Machine. Meet in the first parking lot off Dornan Dr. near Pt. Richmond. Registration required 525-2233.
Free Sailboat Rides between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Cal Sailing Club in the Berkeley Marina. Bring warm waterproof clothes. www.cal-sailing.org
Parking Lot Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spectator Bookstore, 4163 Piedmont Ave. Lots of books at really low prices. 653-7300.
Satsuki Arts Festival & Bazaar with kotoist June Kuramoto and keyboardist Kimo Cornwell, taiko drummer Kenny Endo, and a variety of Japanese food, Asian arts and crafts, a silent auction and children’s carnival games. From noon to 7 p.m. at Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing Way. 841-1356. http://home.
Golden State Model Railroad Museum open from noon to 5 p.m. Also open on Saturdays and Friday evenings from 7 to 10 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
Anxiety A free talk with Stacy Taylor at noon at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave.
Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Amdo on “Entering the Bodhisattva Path” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
“Buddhism: Building Bridges of Understanding” at 7 p.m. a St. Cuthbert’s, 7900 Mountain Blvd. Reading materials available beforehand from StCuddy@aol.com
“The Death of Progressive Education” with Dan Harper at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302.
“Eckhart Tolle Talks on Video” at 6:30 p.m. the Feldenkrais Ctr., 830 Bancroft Way. Donation $3. Potluck afterwards so bring food/drink to share. 415-990-8977.
MONDAY, MAY 17
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.
“Effective Advocacy and Annual Lobby Day Preparation” a workshop from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Peralta Community College District Boardroom. 333 East 8th St., Oakland, across from Laney Football Field. Cost is $40-$60. 763-9523. www.bwopa.org
Great Popular Fiction Book Group meets to discuss “The Birth of Venus” by Sarah Dunant at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck Ave. 644-0861.
Dance Jammies, a multi-generational dance event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Motivity Center, 2525 8th St. Cost is $9. 832-3835.
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 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
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, MAY 18
Morning Birdwalk Meet at 7 a.m. at the parking lot on Golf Course Rd., just east of Grizzly Peak Blvd. 525-2233.
Mini-Rangers at Tilden Nature Center Join us for an active afternoon of nature study, conservation and rambling through woods and waters. Dress to get dirty; bring a healthy snack to share. For 8-12 year olds, unaccompanied by their parents. Cost is $6, $8 for non-residents. Registration required. 525-2233.
“Organic Pest Control in the Garden” with Jessica West, Landscape Consultant and U.C. Master Gardener. Learn how to rid your garden of pests without using toxic chemicals. Hosted by the Berkeley Garden Club at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. Guests are welcome. Meeting at 1 p.m. and the free program at 2 p.m. 524-4374.
Friends of Strawberry Creek will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge St. Robert Charbonneau will speak on “Perspective, Past and Future on the Management of the Upper Strawberry Creek Watershed.”
American Red Cross Blood Services volunteer orientation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 6230 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Sign-up needed 594-5165.
Strawberry Tastings at Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Derby at MLK from 2 to 7 p.m. 548-3333. www.ecologycenter.org
Organic Produce at low prices sold at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon Streets every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. This is a project of BOSS Urban Gardening Institute and Spiral Gardens. 843-1307.
“The Order of Genocide: Race, Power and War in Rwanda” with Scott Strauss, Dept. of Political Science, Univ. of Oregon, at 4 p.m., 652 Barrows Hall, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Center for African Studies. 642-8338. www.ias.berkeley.edu/africa
“Disability Benefits and Advocacy,” a talk by Beverly Bergman, Advocate Specialist with Oakland’s Mental Health Advocates from noon to 2 p.m. at Herrick Campus of Alta Bates Medical Center, 2001 Dwight Way. Free. Sponsored by Berkeley’s Fibromyalgia Support Group. 644-3273.
Phone Banking to ReDefeat Bush on Tuesdays 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
“We Interrupt This Empire” video screening and discussion at 7 p.m. at Grand Lake Neighborhood Center, 530 Lake Park Ave, Oakland. Suggested donation $1, no one turned away. www.ebcaw.org
East Bay Theology on Tap meets to discuss “Penance in a Culture of Death” with Fr. Tom Scirghi at 7 p.m. at 4092 Piedmont Ave. Contact Norah at St. Leo the Great 654-6177.
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Cynthia Davis from Alzheimer’s Services will speak at 11 a.m. We offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830.
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
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.
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
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19
UCB’s Long Range Development Plan at the Planning Commission at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Copies of the plan and the draft Environmental Impact Report are available at http://lrdp.berkeley.edu
Gray Panthers at Night with a video of Mordechai Vanunu’s release from Israeli prison, discussion and light dinner, at 7 p.m. at 1403 Addison St. 548-9696.
Street Skills Class for Cyclists A bicycle safety class for experienced and beginning cyclists, for bike commuters, for parents who bike with their kids, and for any cyclist who just wants to get around town safely. The classroom session is held on May 19 or 21 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. followed by an all-day on and off bike practical skills session on May 22. Cost is $20, pre-registration required, 549-RIDE (7433). Funding for these classes is made possible through a generous grant from the City of Berkeley.
Palma-Soriano video presentation, from Berkeley’s sister city in Cuba at 6:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St. 981-6260.
“Hello Hemingway” a film about one of Cuba’s cultural icons, at 7 p.m. at Fellowship of Humanity, 390 7th St., Oakland. Donations accepted. 393-5685.
“Israel’s Secret Weapon,” the US Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu, a video by the BBC, with commentary by Dale Nesbitt, Hal Carlsbad and Cynthia Johnson who welcommed Vanunu when he was freed from prison, at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, enter through left of building. 236-0438.
LUNA Kids Dance Fundraising Gala, with dance performances by LUNA students and alumni, silent auction, book signing by Patricia Reedy, and tour of Clif Bar Inc.’s unique offices hosted by owner and CEO Gary Erickson, at 7 p.m. at Clif Bar Inc., 1610 Fifth St. Cost is $100. 644-3629. email@example.com
Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters meets at 7:15 a.m. at Mediterraneum Caffe, 2475 Telegraph Ave. 524-3765.
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 meets 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut, at Rose. 524-3034.
Fun with Acting Class at 11 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Free, all are welcome, no experience necessary.
Berkeley CopWatch open office hours 7 to 9 p.m. Drop in to file complaints, assistance available. 548-0425.
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. 848-0237. Ä