FRIDAY, MAY 21
Community Protest Against the Mass Destruction of Rafah, Gaza Strip at 5 p.m. at the Downtown Berkeley Bart Station at Shattuck and Center. Sponsored by the Middle East Children Alliance (MECA), American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco (ADC-SF), and more. For more information contact Uda Walker at 548-0542.
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Kaiping Peng, Prof. of Psychology, on “Cultural Ways of Thinking.” 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.
California Higher Education Budget Cuts A public hearing with The California Assembly Committee on Higher Education and Assemblymembers Wilma Chan, Loni Hancock, Ellen Corbett, Mark Leno, Carol Liu & Darrell Steinberg from 10 a.m. to noon at International House, University of California, 2299 Piedmont Avenue at Bancroft Way. www.democrats.assembly.ca.gov/keepthepromise
Evening with George Lakoff, Prof. Linguistics, UC Berkeley, author of “Moral Politics: What Conservatives Know that Liberals Don’t,” at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way. Sponsored by Wellstone Democratic Club. 418-2760. www.democraticrenewal.us
“We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anticapitalism” with Andrew Stern and Jennifer Whitney who recently returned from Iraq, at 8:30 p.m. at the Long Haul Infoshop, 3124 Shattuck Ave.
Street Skills Class for Cyclists Street Skills is a bicycle safety class for experienced and beginning cyclists 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.
Nature Sound Recording Workshop, presented by the Oakland Museum of California and the National Park Service. Workshop runs through Sunday. Cost is $185-$210. 238-7482. www.naturesounds.org
Tilden Sunset Hike A hike down Laurel Canyon, up Wildcat Peak for sunset, and back along the ridge. Meet at 6 p.m. at Inspiration Point on Wildcat Canyon Road with warm layered clothing, flashlight and snack to share. Sponsored by Solo Sierrans, you need not be a member to attend an activity. 601-1211.
Spanish Literacy Night at the Berkeley YMCA, 2001 Allston Way, from 7 to 9 p.m. with a special Latin American music performance with Grupo Colibri at 7:45 p.m. 665-3271.
Berkeley Opera Fundraiser to support the premiere of Suprynowicz’s “Caliban Dreams” at 8 p.m. at Le Theatre, 1919 Addison St. Dinner and performances by tenor John Duykers, soprano/librettist Amanda Moody, and Ancora, of the Piedmont Childrens Choir. Cost is $90. Please RSVP to 444-6232. email@example.com
Benefit for Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride with a screening of “The Gatekeeper” at 7 p.m. at AK Press Warehouse, 674A 23rd St., Oakland. Donation $8-$20. 208-1700.
“Icons of the Matrix” a slide presentation by Max Dashú in a benefit for Suppressed Histories, at 6:30 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. 883-0600. www.belladonna.ws
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 at 1:30 p.m. at the Northbrae Church at Solano and The Alameda. 525-5231.
SATURDAY, MAY 22
Himalayan Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave. Authentic Himalayan arts, antiques and modern crafts, live music and dance performances and exotic foods. Donation of $8 benefits humanitarian grassroots pro-
jects in the Himalayas.
Same-Sex Marriage: Essential Legal Information About Property, Parentage, and Taxes A free seminar from 10 a.m. to noon at the James Irvine Foundation Conference Center, Oakland. Please RSVP to Our Family Coalition at 415-981-1960.
19th Bay Area Storytelling Festival from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. at Kennedy Grove Regional Rec. Area. A weekend of lively, entertaining and captivating storytelling. Cost for the whole weekend is $52 adults, $40 senior, $29 children under 15; tickets for individual events are also available. 869-4969, 650-952-3397. www.bayareastorytelling.org
Lost Waterfall in Spring Join a seasonal 3.5 mile trek to Lake Anza as we explore the riparian flora and fauna. Bring a snack to enjoy as you hear the story of the waterfall that isn’t here. Meet at 1 p.m. at Tiden Nature Center. 525-2233.
Kids Garden Club We will design and carry out our own scientific experiments and learn by doing, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. For ages 7-12. Cost is $3, registration required. 525-2233.
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour “Thousand Oaks” led by Susan Cerny from 10 a.m. to noon. 848-0181. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc/
Berkeley Bicycle Boulevard Tour Meet at Constitution Plaza above the downtown Berkeley BART at 1 p.m. Wear a helmet and bring water. 827-7483.
Edible Landscaping with Karen Talbott from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $10-$15. 548-2220, ext. 233. www.ecologycenter.org
Agricultural Roots Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Laney College Channel Park, between 10th and 7th Sts. With food, music, children’s activities and information about healthy eating, school gardens, local farms and more. 550-4945. www.sagecenter.org
Relay for Life Runners, walkers, volunteers and cancer survivors are invited to the fifth annual El Cerrito/Berkeley/Richmond/Albany/Ken-sington Relay For Life at 9 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sun. at El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito. To participate call 524-9464. email@example.com
“Writers: Ready for Progress?” A free session with Elizabeth Stark and Nanou Matteson, at 5 p.m. at Boadecia's Books, 398 Colusa Avenue at Colusa Circle, Kensington. www.bookpride.com
Saturday Night Sing-Along for all ages. Bring your family, neighbors and friends for an evening of campfire classics, silly and serious songs, rounds and movement activities. At 7 p.m. at 1216 Solano Ave. at Talbot, Albany. Sponsored by the Albany YMCA. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for children. 525-1130.
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.
“Your Child’s Ayurvedic Constitution” Learn how your child’s body type determines their disposition, behavior and health, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Yoga Mandela, 2807 Telegraph Ave. Cost is $55-$60. 486-1989.
“The Dark Side of the Moon” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Ave. Cost is $85, includes lunch. 845-1767.
SUNDAY, MAY 23
Himalayan Fair from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave. Authentic Himalayan arts, antiques and modern crafts, live music and dance performances and exotic foods. Donation of $8 benefits humanitarian grassroots projects in the Himalayas.
Friends of Albany Seniors Annual Pancake Breakfast, a fund raiser, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. It will be cooked by volunteers from the Albany Firefighters. The meal will consist of pancakes, sausages, eggs, orange juice and coffee.
Berkeley Boating Safety Day at the Berkeley Marina, from 10 a.m. on with free tours of a Coast Guard rescue boat and demonstrations of flares, fire extinguishers, life jackets and life rafts. Overboard recovery demonstrations will begin at 1 p.m., and the helicopter demonstration at about 2:15 p.m. A free hot dog and chili feast will be hosted by the OCSC Sailing School at 4 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Yacht Club, the City of Berkeley Marina, and the OCSC Sailing School.
La Place du Marché, a traditional French marketplace, fundraiser for East Bay French-American School, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1009 Heinz Avenue and 9th St. Admission is $7, children 12 and under are free. www.ebfas.org
Haitian Flag Day Celebration with video documentaries and a poetry reading at 7 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Cost is $7-$12 sliding scale. 849-2568.
On the Bluebird Trail Climb briskly up and over Wildcat Peak to hike a portion of our bluebird nestbox trail. Help with our nesting bird survey, and enjoy great views on this hilly, 3-mile hike. Bring water and snack. Meet at Tilden Nature Center at 10 a.m. For ages 10 and up. 525-2233.
Mini-Gardeners A garden exploration program for ages 4-6 accompanied by an adult, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center. Fee is $3. 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
“Voices Against Violence” short videos by survivors and witnesses of violence, at 3 p.m. at Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd. Oakland. Sponsored by the Center for Digital Storytelling. 653-2580. www.storycenter.org
Learn Sufi Dances of universal peace at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. Donations accepted. 526-8944.
“The Bionic Woman: How Far Can We Go with Biotech?” is the topic for experts in biotechnology and ethics at the Berkeley Cybersalon, at 6 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. $10 donation at door. 527-0450. www.berkeleycybersalon.com
Maya Music Festival in support of children and adults with disabilities at 2 p.m. at the Richmond Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. Admission is $5. 620-6788.
“The Teaching of Sri Eknath Easwaran” with Michael Nagler at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensginton. 525-0302.
“One with the Tree of Life” painting workshop for women from 1 to 5 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. Cost is $65 plus $35 for materials. 883-0600. www.belladonna.ws
“Psyche and Spirit” presented by The East Bay Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists at 7 p.m. at Chochmet Ha'Lev, 2215 Prince St. Cost is $15. 526-0711.
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.
“Transitions: Embracing Menopause” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Yoga Mandala, 2807 Telgraph Ave. Cost is $30-$35. 486-1989.
Commemoration of Cambodian Martyrs and Survivors, a special service at 10 a.m. at St. Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church, 7900 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. The film “The Killing Fields” will be shown at 7 p.m. StCuddy@aol.com
Tibetan Nyingma Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. with prayer wheel and meditation garden tour, yoga demonstration, and information on classes at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek on “Ways of Enlightenment” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, MAY 24
Teaching Credential Program Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward. Learn first hand about university intern programs, credentialing process, testing requirements and more. 670-4163.
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.
“Schwarzenegger on Workers’ Compensation - Reform or Fraud?” A presentation by Steve Zeltzer, labor and community activist at 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Cedar and Bonita Sts. 798-8622.
Benefit Golf Tournament for youth programs at Oakland’s Sequoyah Country Club. To become a sponsor or participant please call 632-2900. www.sequoyahcc.com
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 25
Morning Birdwalk Meet at 7 a.m. just past the kiosk at the Bear Creek Rd. entrance of Briones. 525-2233.
Return of the Over-The-Hills Gang Hikers 55 years and older who are interested in nature study, history, fitness, and fun are invited to join us on a series of monthly excursions exploring our Regional Parks. Today we’ll hike in Morgan Territory, enjoy grand vistas, sandstone mortars, and spring flowers. Meet at 10 a.m. at staging area on Morgan Territory Rd. Registration required 525-2233.
Birding by Bike on the MLK Shoreline, Arrowhead Marsh. Now that the migrants are gone, see who stayed behind to raise their babies. We’ll look for Clapper Rails at the pier, then ride around the marsh to search for elusive owls. Bring your bike and a helmet. Meet at the last parking lot, by the observation deck at the end of the driveway off Swan Way at 4 p.m. For information or to reserve binoculars call 525-2233.
Council Workshop on UCB’s Long Range Development Plan at the Planning Commission at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Copies of the plan and the draft Environmental Impact Report are available at http://lrdp.berkeley.edu
Quit Smoking Class offered by the City of Berkeley for residents and employees on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. To register, call 981-5330.
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot from 6:30 p.m. to dawn. Over 40 Rabbis and Scholars, whose backgrounds range from Orthodox to secular, will be teaching to several hundred participants. All ages welcome. Free. Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. 925-979-1998.
David Harris and others in an evening of politics and entertainment at 8 p.m. at Ashkenaz. Cost is $10. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com
Wilderness Survival and Outdoor Safety with Gene Ward, U.S. Air Force global survivial instructor and wilderness guide, at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
Organic Produce at low prices sold at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon Streets from 3 to 7 p.m. 843-1307.
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.
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
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. 845-6830.
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
East Bay Theology on Tap meets to discuss “The Devil Made Me Do It” with Francis X. Mcaloon at 7 p.m. at 4092 Piedmont Ave. Contact Norah at St. Leo the Great 654-6177.
Volunteer Coaches Needed for Twilight Basketball, for the 13-15 year-old division on Saturdays at 5 p.m. beginning June 26. Please call Ginsi Bryant at 981-6678.
City Council meets Tues., May 25 at 5 p.m. to discuss UC Berkeley’s Long Range Development, and at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers, Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil
Parks and Recreation Commission meets Mon., May 24, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Deborah Chernin, 981-6715. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/parksandrecreation
Solid Waste Management Commission Mon., May 24, at 7 p.m., at 1201 Second St. Becky Dowdakin, 981-6357. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/solidwaste
Citizens Budget Review Commission meets Wed., May 26, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7041. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/budget
Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., May 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/civicarts
Energy Commission meets Wed., May 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/energy
Mental Health Commission meets Wed., May 26, at 6:30 p.m., at 2640 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Harvey Turek, 981-5213. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/mentalhealth
Planning Commission meets Wed., May 26, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruth Grimes, 981-7481. www.
Police Review Commission meets Wed., May 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, Barbara Attard, 981-4950. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/policereview
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., May 27 at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.