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Berkeley This Week

Friday June 25, 2004


City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Joseph Lifschutz, M.D. on “A Psychoanalyst’s Career.” 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. 

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center with refreshements and entertainment. 981-5190. 

Remembering Homeless Youth at the Grove Street Park on the corner of Oregon and Martin Luther King Street from noon to 4 p.m. with food, games and entertainment.  

Tilden Sunset Hike through southern Tilden Park with panoramic evening views from the Seaview trail. Meet at Inspiration Point at 6 p.m. with very warm, layered clothing, flashlight, snack to share. Sponsored by Solo Sierrans. 601-1211.  

Send Off for Cuba Caravan, a dinner and program hosted by Pastors for Peace at 6 p.m., 1606 Bonita. 527-2522. 

“A Night of Ferocious Joy,” a film of the first concert against the war with Ozomatli, Blackalicious, Dilated Peoples, Mystic, Saul Williams, Jerry Quickley, Hassan Hakmoun, Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra. At 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall in Oakland at 390 27th St. Cost is $5-$15, and helps send youth and activists to the Republican National Convention Protest in NYC. 601-8000. 

“The End of Suburbia” a film exploring our way of life as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. At 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. at Bonita. Donation sliding scale $5-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds. 547-8313. 

“Evoking the Divine” A look at the kolams of South India with Dianne E. Jenett at 7 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. Cost is $5. 650-483-1179. 

Queerosity Celebrating LGBTQ youth with spoken word and open mic, from 6 to 10 p.m. at SMAAC Youth Center, 1608 Webster St. at 16th, Oakland. Sponsored by Youth Speaks and the Sexual Minority Alliance of Alameda County. 834-9578. 

Shabbat Potluck Share the joy of Shabbat at a festive Shabbat potluck for singles, ages 30 through 40, at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center. Please RSVP to 839-2900, ext. 208.  

Kol Hadash the Bay Area’s only Jewish Humanistic Congregation meets at 7:30 p.m. for Shabbat at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. 428-1492. 


Berkeley Fire Station Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. at Station 1, 2442 8th St. Tour the station, see a safety presentation, and historical display and enjoy hot dogs and cake. Families and children especially welcome. 981-5506. 

Meet the Locals at the Little Farm in Tilden Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about these helpful animals while helping out by mucking out the pens, collecting eggs, and even grooming a goat. Wear boots and prepare to get dirty. For ages 6 and up. 525-2233. 

Floral Foray at Tilden Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for all ages. Come on down to relax and smell the flowers. We’ll go on a short walk around the nature center and Little Farm to discover flower anatomy, names and their role in nature. 525-2233. 

Introduction to Permaculture Energy Flow, Pattern Observation and Design. A workshop with Bear Kaufman and Salvador Velasco from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $10-$15. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

San Pablo Creek Watershed Plan Workshop Participate in a community plan to protect, en- 

hance, and restore San Pablo Creek, its tributaries, and natural resources. Includes children’s environmental education. From 10 a.m. to noon in San Pablo. 231-9566. 

The Water Garden Learn how to design and maintain a water garden at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

Latin American Cuisine at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Center St. at MLK, Jr. Way. Chef demonstrations and presentations starting at 11 a.m. 548-3333. 

Walking Tour of Old Oakland around the restored 1870s business district. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of G.B. Ratto’s at 827 Washington St. Tour lasts 90 minutes. For reservations call 238-3234. 

Vocal Jazz Workshop with Richard Kalman from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by jam session, at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. 524-9283. 

“Jews of the Sephardic Eastern World” with Rabbi Sherwin Wine, founder of Humanistic Judaism, on Sat. and Sun. at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. Cost is $100 plus $8 for lunch. To register call 415-543-4595.  

“You can be a Woman Moviemaker” with Maureen Gosling at 7 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. 883-0600. 


Guided Trails Hiking Challenge at Tilden Park’s Inspiration Point from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wonderful views to the east and west will reward you as we hike along the ridge. Pack your lunch; we will eat at the half-way point. Registration required. 525-2233. 

Wet and Wild Water for all ages. Join us for a morning of water discovery, as we tour the watershed, conduct water experiments, and maybe even play in it, if the weather’s hot. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Tilden Nature Center. 525-2233. 

“Kick-off” Event for Ride the Revolution 2004 A cycling adventure benefiting disabled athletes, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berkeley Ironworks, 800 Potter St. at 7th St. Featuring disabled and non-disabled cyclists, and other disabled athletes including the winners of the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championship. 

Spiral Gardens Celebrates Its Grand Opening from 2 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon Sts. Activities will include food, music, words from George Galvis, Latino and native community activist and leader, garden center tours, and creative ways to get involved with Spiral Gardens. 843-1307. 

Berkeley Music Ensemble on Mt. Tamalpais and Walk Join Solo Sierrans for a jaunt to the Alpine Club on Mount Tam for a concert, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $12. For reservations and to arrange carpools call 524-1090. 

Bay Area Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers Day Spirituals heritage and some of its contemporary keepers will be honored from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline Street, Oakland. 

Campaign to Ban Electro- 

shock Treatments with Lee Coleman, MD, and Ted Chbasinski, JD at 2 p.m. at Berkeley Main Library, 3rd flr. meeting room. Part of a series on Critical Perspective in Psychiatry. 

Berkeley City Club free tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Berkeley City Club and the Landmark Heritage Foundation. Donations welcome. 2315 Durant Ave. For group reservations call 848-7800. 

“Venezuela,” a film presentation at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington. 525-0302.  

Tibetan Buddhism with Robin Caton on “Meditation for Ease and Clarity” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. 


“Why You Should Give a Damn about Gay Rights and Marriage” at 7 p.m. at the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library, 5366 College Ave. Sponsored by the ACLU, Paul Robeson Chapter. 846-4195. 

Baby Yoga at 11 a.m. and Yoga and Meditation for Children at 2:45 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. 883-0600. 

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. Join us to work on current issues around police misconduct. 548-0425. 


Return of the Over-the-Hills Gang explore Wildcat Canyon. 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. Meet at 10 a.m. at the staging area off of Park Ave. in Richmond. Registration required. 525-2233. 

Birding by Bicycle at 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 at 4 p.m. in the last parking lot, by the observation deck at the end of the driveway off Swan Way. Phone 525-2233 for information or to reserve binoculars. 

“Stop the War on the Black Community” at 7 p.m. at The Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St. 393-5685. 


“Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948” with dissident Israeli author Tanya Reinhart at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph The Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. Tickets are $20. Benefit for Jewish Voice for Peace and International Solidarity Movement. 465-1777. or  

“Report from Israel” An evening with Marcia Freedman, former Knesset member and national president of Brit Tzedek V'Shalom, Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Co-sponsored with Brit Tzedek V’Shalom. Cost is $5. 

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. 

Yosemite Day Hikes and Backpacking A slide presentation with Ann Marie Brown at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

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. 

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. 

St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Mary Ellen Taylor from the FDA will speak on food safety. 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 for information or check our web page, or email 

Families Dealing with Dementia A workshop offered by Mercy Retirement & Care Center at 5:30 p.m. at 3431 Foothill Boulevard in Oakland. 534-8547, ext. 660. 


Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets every Wednesday, rain or shine, at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Breeze market, just west of the I-80 overpass. Everyone is welcome, wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat. 548-9840. 

Downtown Oakland Walking Tours every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Discover the changing skyline, landmarks and churches. For details on the different itineraries call 238-3234. 

“Local Futures” films on golablization and theories of development, at 7 p.m. at the Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakland. 393-5685. 

Bayswater Book Club Monthly dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Liu’s Kitchen, 1593 Solano Ave. We will discuss “The Jesus Mysteries” and “Jesus and the Lost Goddess.” 433-2911. 

Fresh Produce Stand at San Pablo Park from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Frances Albrier Community Center. Sponsored by the Ecology Center’s Farm Fresh Choice. 848-1704. 

Fun with Acting Class every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Free, all are welcome, no experience necessary.  

Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station, corner of Shattuck and Center. Vigil at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. 


Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Restoration Program at 5:30 p.m. at the Planning Dept., 2118 Milvia St. 1st floor conference room. Dr. Iraj Javandel will present an update on the Lab’s soil and groundwater cleanup activities being done with the oversight of the California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control. For more information see 

“Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory” with Maureen Musdock at 7 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. 883-0600. 

Berkeley Farmer’s Market with all organic produce at Elephant Pharmacy parking lot, 1607 Shattuck Ave., at Cedar from 3 to 7 p.m. 548-3333. 

Tea Dancing and Dance Lessons with Barbara and Jerry August from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Cost is $5, includes refreshments. 925-376-6345. 


West Coast Contact Improvisation Dance Festival, with five days of classes, discussions and jams at 8th St. Studios. Cost is $350 for a 5-day pass, or $75 per day. For information call 415-789-7677. 

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. 


Vista College Study Abroad in Mexico Live with a family and learn language skill in a two-week session in July in Guadalajara. For information please call 981-2917 or visit 

Berkeley Video and Film Festival is calling for entries. The deadline for last call is July 10. For information please call 843-3699. 

Luna Kids Dance Summer Camp for ages 9 - 13, from July 12 - 16. For information call 644-3629. 

Interesting Backyards Do you have a really cool backyard project or unusual sustainable living practice that you’d like to share with others in the East Bay? Consider becoming a stop on the 5th annual Urban Sustainability Bike Tour on Saturday, July 31. Past sites have included features such as graywater systems, chicken coops, bee hives, solar installations and permaculture gardens. For information call Beck at 548-2220, ext. 233. 

Summer Reading Games at the Albany Public Library, through August 14th. For information call 526-3700. 

Medical Care for Your Pet at the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society low-cost veterinary clinic. 2700 Ninth St. For appointments call 845-3633.  

Radio Summer Camp, four day sessions through Sept. 6. Learn how to build and operate a community radio station. Sponsored by Radio Free Berkeley. 625-0314. 


Parks and Recreation Commission meets Mon., June 28, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Deborah Chernin, 981-6715. 

Solid Waste Management Commission Mon., June 28, at 7 p.m., at 1201 Second St. Becky Dowdakin, 981-6357. 

Community Environmental Advisory Commission meets Thurs., July 1, at 7 p.m., at 2118 Milvia St. Nabil Al-Hadithy, 981-7461. 

Housing Advisory Commission meets Thurs., July 1, at 7:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Oscar Sung, 981-5400. 

Public Works Commission meets Thurs., July 1, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jeff Egeberg, 981-6406.