Berkeley This Week

Tuesday August 17, 2004


Mini-Rangers An afternoon of nature study for ages 8 to 12. Dress to get dirty, bring a healthy snack to share. At Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Fee is $6-$8. Registration required. 525-2233. 

African Affairs Benefit Brunch with Patrick Hayford, the United Nations’ Director of African Affairs in the office of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, at noon at House of UNITY in Eastmont Town Center, 7200 Bancroft Ave. #209, Oakland. Minimum contribution of $25 requested for the brunch; also there will be a free 7:00 p.m. public event. Sponsored by AFSC’s African Initiative, Aseya Africa and others. www.afsc.org 

Contemporary Political Election Issues, a discussion with Millie Barsh at 1:15 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5190. 

“What is Ahead for Venezuela?” with Lisa Sullivan who hosted the 2004 Marin Interfaith Task Force Delegation to Caracas, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar. 528-5403. 

Organic Produce at low prices sold at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon Sts. from 3 to 7 p.m. This is a project of Spiral Gardens. 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.  

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. 

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. dan@redefeatbush.com 


An Evening with Arundhati Roy, David Barsamian, Amy Goodman and Boots Riley, at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Community Theater, 1930 Allston Way at Milvia. (wheelchair access, ASL provided). Supported by Global Exchange & Mother Jones Magazine. Tickets are $21, available from Cody’s or www.cityboxoffice.com 

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. 

Walking Tour of Oakland Chinatown Meet at 10 a.m. at the courtyard fountain in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza at 388 Ninth St. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com/wallkingtours 

“Dr. Strangelove” a film adaptation of Peter George’s thriller “Red Alert” at 7:30 p.m. at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, donations are welcome. 393-5685. 

Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:15 a.m. at Mediterraneum Caffe, 2475 Telegraph Ave. For information call Robert Flammia 524-3765. 

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. Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.geocities.com/ 



“Who Owns Water?” Protecting the world’s water from corporate takeover. Join us for a discussion with Juliette Beck and John Gibler of Public Citizen’s Water for All Campaign, at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

Safe Boating Class on “Boating Skills and Seamanship” offered by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary begins today and runs for 13 weeks, on Thurs evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the US Coast Guard Air Station, San Francisco International Airport. A $50 fee covers textbook and certificate. For reservations please contact Wayne Wattson at 650-755-9739. 

Circlesinging Workshop with David Worm of SoVoSó from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison, Oakland. Cost is $10-$20 sliding scale, no one turned away. Resevations suggested. 444-8511, ext. 15. www.artsfirstoakland.org 

Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, a group for gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders over the age of 55, catered lunch at 12:30 p.m. at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue, Oakland. 667-9655. 

Mills College Open House for the graduate program in Interdisciplinary Computer Science from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Program open to women and men with a talent and interest in computing, and a bachelor's degree in another field. Financial assistance available. Mills College is located on the MacArthur exit of 580 East. 415-336-4466. http://ics.mills.edu 


“Oscar in the Wild: Camping with Cal Shakes” from 5 p.m. to Sat. 10 a.m. at the Bruns Amphitheater, 100 Gateway Blvd., Orinda. Cost is $28-$35. Performance tickets sold separately. To register call 548-9666. 

Old Oakland Outdoor Cinema on Washington St., between 9th and 10th Sts. Music at 5 p.m., and film, “Tootsie” at 8 p.m. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Sponsored by the City of Oakland and the Old Oakland Historic District. 238-4734. www.filmoakland.com 

“Manhattan” A Woody Allen film at 8:30 p.m. at the Long Haul Infoshop, 3124 Shattuck Ave. 540-0751. www.thelonghaul.org  


Plant Nursery Work Party from 9 a.m. to noon Join the Richmond Bayshore Stewards to restore a tidal marsh and improve wildlife habitat on the south Richmond shoreline along the Bay Trail. We will be working in the native plant nursery on the UC Richmond Field Station building plant tables, and doing nursery work. Tools, gloves and snacks provided. Please pre-register so we can send directions. Youth under 18 years need signed permission from a parent or guardian so please contact us for a waiver in advance. Sponsored by The Watershed Project (formerly Aquatic Outreach Institute). To register or for more information, contact Elizabeth O’Shea, 231-9566 or Elizabeth@thewatershedproject.org 

Berkeley’s Front Row Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Addison St. and Shattuck Ave., with arts acrafts, gourmet foods, children’s activities and entertainment. Sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association.  

Temescal Street Fair from noon to 6 p.m. on Telegraph Ave. between 48th and 51st St., with live music, entertainment for children, food and craft booths. 

Late Summer Color with Aerin Moore at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. www.magicgardens.com 

Sushi for the More Adventurous A hands-on opportunity to make and taste exotic varieties of sushi for youth and adults. Parent participation required for childen age 8-12. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center. Cost is $29-$44. Registration required. 525-2233. 

Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour of Richmond Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the pergola, Croxton Ave. and Richmond Blvd. Cost is $5 for OHA members, $10 for nonmembers. 763-9218. www.oaklandheritage.org 

Walking Tour of Historic Oakland Churches and Temples Meet at 10 a.m. at the front of the First Prebyterian Church at 2619 Broadway. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com/ 


Angel Island Kayak Overnight with Save the Bay. We will paddle our kayaks to a secluded beach, cook our meals and sleep in a restored Victorian, learn about the rich history of the island. From 9:30 a.m. Sat. to 4:30 p.m. Sun. Cost is $129-$139. For more information or to register call 452-9261. www.savesfbay.org.  

Neighborhood Coffee at 9 a.m. at Cafe Expresso Roma, 1549 Hopkins St. Sponsored by Berkeley Alliance of Neighborhood Associations. www.berkeleycna.com 

Berkeley Alliance of Neighborhood Associations meets at 9:15 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Sproul Conference Room, 1st Floor, 2727 College Ave. www.berkeleycna.com 

“Attica” a 1975 documentary of the three-day prison uprising at 8:30 p.m. at the Long Haul Infoshop, 3124 Shattuck Ave. 540-0751. www.thelonghaul.org  

“Spirituality in Daily Life” by Arnaud Maitland at 3 p.m. at Dharma Publishing, 1910 San Pablo Ave. Suggested donation for the lecture is $10. 548-5407. 

Tibetan Text Preservation Project A fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dharma Publishing, 1910 San Pablo Ave. 548-5407. 

Berkeley Youth Orchestra Auditions from 10:30 a.m. to noon. To schedule an audition or to find out more about the orchestra see www.byoweb.org 

“The Wisdom of Chakras” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave. 655-2405. 


Friends of Strawberry Creek and Greens at Work Anniversary Celebration at 1 p.m. at Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison St. For information call Jane Kelly at 845-7549, 528-3949. 

Berkeley’s Front Row Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Addison St. and Shattuck Ave., with arts acrafts, gourmet foods, children’s activities and entertainment. Sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association.  

Nature Exploration for Toddlers in the meadows, around the pond and on the trails of Tilden. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center. 525-2233. 

Late Summer Ponds Capture and release nymphs and naiads, backswimmers and boatmen from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center. For youth and families. 525-2233. 

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. 

Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour of Rockridge Arts and Crafts from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the pillars on the corner of Broadway and Rockridge Blvd. Cost is $5 for OHA members, $10 for nonmembers. 763-9218. www.oaklandheritage.org 

“Accomplishments and Future of the UN” with Chris O’Sullivan, UN historian, at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington. 525-0302.  

Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Palzang on “Vairochana: Awakened master of Ancient Tibet” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com 

“Buddha is Here Now” with Prof. Akira Omine, Osaka University, at 9:45 a.m. at Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing Way. Donation $10. 415-776-5600, ext. 24.  


Friends of Strawberry Creek Meeting with City Storm Water Program Engineer Lorin Jensen on creek, culverts, flooding issues from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Central Berkeley Public Library Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge St.  

Restoration and Monitoring of Watercourses A class with Steve Cochrane, a naturalist with Friends of the SF Estuary and the San Francisco Estuary Project. Class meets Mondays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and on 3 Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At Lake Merritt College, Oakland. Cost is $38. To register call 434-3840 or ecomerritt@sbcglobal.net. Enroll online at www.peralta.cc.ca.us with class code M0488 and course #EMART 048NG. 

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. gay@yogagarden.org 

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. 


Free Summer Lunch Programs are offered to youth age 18 and under at various sites in Berkeley, 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. www.sarahscience.com 


Citizens Humane Commission meets Wed., Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Katherine O’Connor, 981-6601. www.ci.berkeley. 


Commission on Labor meets Wed., Aug. 18, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Delfina M. Geiken, 644-6085. www.ci.berkeley.ca. 


Design Review Committee meets Thurs., Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Anne Burns, 981-7415. www.ci.berkeley. 


Transportation Commission meets Thurs., Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Peter Hillier, 981-7000. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ 


Solid Waste Management Commission Mon., Aug. 23, at 7 p.m., at 1201 Second St. Becky Dowdakin, 981-6357. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/solidwasteô