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Berkeley This Week

Friday August 06, 2004


Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Drop-In Day Activities include seed collection, plant propagation and transplanting, watering, and other maintenance associated with growing native wetland plants. From 1 to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. 452-9261, ext. 109. 

Habitat Management for Pest Control in Organic Systems This workshop will be an introduction to biological control -- an essential element of organic agriculture and gardening. From 4 to 6 p.m. at UC Berkeley Student Organic Garden, Walnut and Virginia. Donations for the garden are accepted, no one turned away for lack of funds and work trade is great. 

Melt and Pour Soap Crafting In this fun, hands-on class, learn how to melt, mix, color, scent and mold a pre-made vegetable glycerin soap base. Take home 5 awesome soaps wrapped and ready to use For ages 8 and up. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Nova Studio, 24 W. Richmond Ave, Pt. Richmond. Cost is $35 and $15 materials fee. Please register 234-5700. 

Introduction to Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation A survey of innovative irrigation solutions that save water and money. A full range of irrigation products will be explained. At 11 a.m. at the Urba n Farmer Store, 2121C San Joaqin St, half mile from Central Ave, Richmond. Reservations requested. 524-1604. 

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. 

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. 525-5231. 


Peace Lantern Ceremony from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the north end of Acquatic Park at the base of Addison Street, near University Ave and I-80. Japanese-style floating lantern ceremony remembering the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all wars. Shade decoration and paper crane making begins at 6:30, lanterns to be floated at sunset. All a ges welcome. Free. Wheelchair accessible. Volunteers needed. 

Shorebird Park and Bay Trail Extension Walk Meet at the foot of University Ave. at the Shorebird Park Nature Center at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Berkeley Path Wande rers Assoc. 644-8623. 

Progressive Voter Mobilization and Job Fair from Sat. through Mon. at Cal State Hayward. For information see 

Sick Plant Clinic The first Sat. of every month, UC plant experts will diagnos e what ails your plants. From 9 a.m. to noon at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr. Free. 643-2755. 

Soul Food Cooking Demonstrations at 11 a.m. at the Saturday Farmers Market, Center St. and MLK, Jr. Way. 548-3333. 

Jessica Jo nes Workshop on Getting to Know Your Own Sound in Improvisation, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Jazzhouse, 3129 Adeline. For ages 9 - 15. Cost is $5. 

Walking Tour of Old Oakland around Preservation Park to see Victorian architecture. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of Preservation Park at 13th St. and MLK, Jr. Way. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. 

Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour of Lake Merritt Modern from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Lakeview branch Library, 550 El Embarcadero. Cost is $5 for OHA members, $10 for nonmembers. 763-9218. 

Water Gardening for Various Environments with Karen Norman Boudeau at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursey, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

“Torah and Jesus” with Daniel Matt at 2 p.m. at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Senic Ave. Part of the Dovetail Institute Conference “Rejoice in Your Choices: Finding Common Ground in Interfaith Families” 800-530-1596. 

Max Dashu Slide Show on goddesses and Women’s herstory at 7:30 p.m. at Changemakers, 6536 Telegraph Ave. Cost is $10-$15. 655-2405. 


Rally and March to Lawrence Livermore Lab on the 59th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Meet at Jackson Elementary School at 1 p.m. Free shuttle from Dublin-Pleasanton BART. 925-443-7148.  

Breakfast with the Birds in Tilden Nature Area from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Bring your beverage, w e’ll supply pastries. Cost is $2. Registration required. 525-2233. 

Dog Days Hike, with your canine on a leash, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lone Oak Picnic site at the end of Lone Oak Rd., Tilden. 525-2233. 

Green Sunday Learn more about important state proposition s and local measures that will be on your ballot in November. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland. Sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. 

Neighborhood Disaster Training for Grant and All ston Sts. from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley. For information call 981-5506. 

Annual Transbay Skronka- 

thon BBQ, experimental music, bring your own food to grill, from noon to 10 p.m. at The Jazz House, 3192 Adeline St. Donations to the Transbay calendar. 649-8744. 

Auditions for Actors Ensemble of Berkeley’s production of Noel Coward’s comedy, “Present Laughter” at 7 p.m. at Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Ave. No appointment necessary. Also on Sunday. For information call 525-1620. 

Unjust Drug Laws Wage War on Women of Color fundraiser to support efforts to free Danielle Metz, a first time offender sentenced to three life sentences, at 3 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center. Cost is $25. 849-2568. 

“The Story of Meena” with Melody Chavez, author, on the woman who founded the Revolutionary Association of Afghani Women, at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington. 525-0302.  

“Crossing the Lines: Kashmir, Pakistan, India” A film by Pervez Hoodbhoy and Zia Mian, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers at 4 p.m. at 2040 Valley Life Sciences Bldg., UC Campus. Sponsored by the ASUC and the International Socialist Organization. Free. Arrive early, seating is limited. Wheelchair accessible. 

Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour of African American Oakland from 10 a.m. to noon. Tour is limited to 20 persons. Meet on the steps of the African American Museum, 14th and MLK, Jr. Way. Cost is $5 for OHA members, $10 for nonmembers. 763-9218. 

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 

Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Palzang Pema Gellek on “Yeshe Tsogyal: Liberated Woman of Tibet” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.n 


“Native vs Non-Native Plants” a discussion with Glenn Keator at 7:30 p.m. at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Rd, Oakland. Donation $5. There will be a follow-up field trip on Sat. 655-6658. www.close-to-h  

Great Popular Fiction Bookgroup meets to discuss “The Bourne Legacy” at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck Ave. 644-3635. 

Sisters of Song A workshop for emerging female poets from 9 a.m. to noon through Aug. 15 at the Berkeley Richmond Jew ish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $50. To register call 848-0237, ext. 112. 

World Affairs/Politics Discussion Group for people 60 years and over meets Mondays at 10:15 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. Join at any time. 524-9122. 

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. 

Iyengar Yoga on Mondays from from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. Cost is $12. 528-9909. 

Berkeley CopWatch organizational meeting at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Join us to work on current issues around police misconduct. 548-0425. 


“Wilderness Canoeing: An Expedition i n Northern Canada” a slide show and talk with Peter Kazaks 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 every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. This is a project of Spiral Gardens. 843-1307. 

Writers Workshop on Writing True Crime with Aphrodite Jones at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck Ave. 644-0861. 

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. 415-336 8736. 

Tales of Your Amazing Body at 2 p.m. at the Hall of Health, 2230 Shatuck Ave., lower level. For ages 3-10. Suggested donation $3. 549-1564. 

”The Etiquette of Illness: What to Say When You Can’t Find the Words” with Susan Halpern, social worker, psychotherapist at 7 p.m. at El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Free. 526-7512.  

Locate Hidden Causes of Pain with Dr. Jay Bunker, chiropractor, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 1744 Solano Ave. Please call ahead to sign up. 442-2304. 

St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Blood pressure checks at 10:30 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. 548-3991. 

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.  


Update on Brazil with Amanda Aparecida Matheus, a visiting leader of Brazil’s Landless Workers, at 7:30 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center. Cost is $5. 849-2568. 

Twilight Tour “Glorious Grasses” Tour will cover cultural requirements and design uses of grasses from all over the world. Wear comfortable walking shoes. At 5:30 p.m. at the Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $12-$17. Registration required. 643-2755. 

Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets every Wed. 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 sh oes, sunscreen and a hat. 548-9840. 

Walking Tour of Oakland City Center Meet at 10 a.m. in front Oakland City Hall at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. 

“Catch-22” a film by Mike Nichols based on Joseph Heller’s novel, at 7:30 p.m. at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, donations are welcome. 393-5685. 

Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Sta- 

tion, corner of Shattuck and Center. Vigil at 6:30 p.m. Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.geoc 


Poetry Writing Workshop, led by Alison Seevak, an Albany poet and teacher, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edith Stone Room, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720. 

Berkeley CopWatch open office hours 7 to 9 p.m. Drop in to file com plaints, assistance available. For information call 548-0425. 


UC Botanical Garden Volunteer Information Session Learn about the Garden and the world of plants. Please join us if you like meeting people and sharing your knowledge and en thusiasm with others. An eighteen-week, fee-based training course is required. From 4 to 5 p.m. at at the Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. For more information, call Candice Schott at 643-1924. 

Twilight Tour “Habitats and Humanity in California” Le arn about the fascinating and ingenious ways the California Indians use native plants to obtain the necessities of life, including food, clothing, and shelter, medicine, and tools, at 5:30 p.m. at the Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $12-$1 7. Registration required. 643-2755. http:// 

WomenFirst Youth Extravaganza Come get to know the organizations serving young people here in East Oakland. Meet over 20 agencies in our neighborhood that provide teen services and enjoy music, free food, free raffle prizes, and a drop-in health clinic! From 3 to 5 p.m. at the Eastmont Mall, inside the mall near the Planned Parenthood health center, 2nd floor, suite 201, 7200 Bancroft Ave., Oakland. Sponsored by Planned Parenthood’s WomenFirst program. 729-6236.  

Tales of Your Amazing Body at 2 p.m. at the Hall of Health, 2230 Shatuck Ave., lower level. For ages 3-10. Suggested donation $3. 549-1564. 

East Bay Mac User Group meets the 2nd Thursday of every month, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Expression Center for New Media, 6601 Shellmound St., 


Free Summer Lunch Programs are offered to youth age 18 and under at various sites in Berkeley, including James Kenny Rec. Center, Frances Albrier Center, Strawberry Creek, Longfellow School, Rosa Parks School and Washington School, Mon. - Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 20. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley Health Dept. 981-5351.  

This Land is Your Land Day Camp Weekly sessions to Aug. 27 for children ages 5-12, at Roberts Regional Park in Oakland and at Tilden Park in Berkeley. Science and Nature studies with art, music, hiking, swimming, and outdoor games. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $245 per week. 581-3739. 

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.