TUESDAY, OCT. 12
Morning Bird Walk: Wildcat Canyon meet at 7 a.m. at Alvarado Staging Area, Tilden Park. Call for directions or to reserve binoculars. 525-2233.
Afternoon Bird Walk from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline. Call for directions. 525-2233.
“Berkeley Candidates 2004” A video from the League of Women Voters at 1 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5190.
Candidates for the Berkekey School Board will speak and answer questions at the Rosa Parks School, 930 Allston Way. Starts promptly at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters. 843-8824. http://lwvbae.org
“Bush Science Policy” A forum on the Bush Administration’s uses and abuses of science in policymaking at 7:30 p.m. at Wheeler Auditorium, UC Campus. Tickets are $10, available from 642-9988. http://journalism.berkeley.edu
“Fluids & Faulting: Water & Earthquakes in California” with Mark Zoback, Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University at 5:30 p.m. in 10 Evans Hall, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Water Resources Center Archives. 642-2666.
Blood Drive from noon to 4 p.m.at UCB Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way. 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
“Caring for Others, Caring for Yourself” a six-week program on the spiritual dimension of caregiving on alternate Tues. at 7 p.m. in Berkeley. Suggested donation $75 for whole session. 845-1963. www.spcare.org
“Introduction to Judaism” Explore Jewish spirituality and ethics with David Cooper at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237.
Financial Planning Workshop: College Planning 101 with Jarrett Topel, Certified Financial Planner at 7 p.m. at El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Free. 526-7512.
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.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13
Presidential Debates Meet betterbadnews.tv at 5:30 p.m. at International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. The debates will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a presentation of Better Bad News.tv Sponsored by Berkeley Arts Festival. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com
Measure A Public Hearing for Alameda County Health Care Services, with Supervisor Keith Carson, at 6:30 p.m at Stovall Recreation Center, 1728 Alcatraz Ave., at King St. 272-6695.
Voter Education Workshop Discuss the issues, get the information you need to vote, register to vote in the upcoming election at 6 p.m. at the South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St. 981-6299.
“Baffled by the Ballot?” A discussion of state and local measures at the National Women’s Political Caucus General Meeting at 6 p.m. at Rockridge Library Community Room, 5366 College Ave.
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/walkingtours
Palestinian and Israeli Doctors Speak Out on the health effects of the occupation on civilians at 7 p.m. at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Cost is $10-$20 sliding scale. Benefit for Middle East Children’s Alliance and International Solidarity Movement. 548-0542. www.mecafrpeace.org
“A Modern Rabbi in Search of Historical Jesus” with Rabbi Harry Manhoff at 11:30 a.m. at Berkeley Richmond JCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5, registration at 11 a.m. 848-0237.
“Vanishing Prayer” A documentary on the Dineh resistance in Arizona, plus “The Zapatista’s Mayan Uprising” at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donation $3-$5, no one turned away. Sponsored by the International Council for Humanity. 419-1405.
Lesbians and Cancer Video Night “My Left Breast” at 6:30 p.m. at Women’s Cancer Resource Center, 5741 Telegraph Ave. Space is limited, please RSVP to 420-7900, ext. 111.
Basic Balkan Singing Workshop on four Wed. evenings at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Merritt Church, 1330 Lakeshore Blvd., Oakland. Cost is $75 for the series. Registration required. 444-0323. www.kitka.org
“Corsets to Crampons: Pioneers of Mont Blanc” The film of six women who made the climbing/skiing trip in 1808, at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
Gardening for Wildlife Learn how to turn any small garden space into a refuge for birds, frogs, insects, and other wildlife using California native plants. Class meets Weds. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m at the Self Reliant House on the Merritt College campus. Cost is $41. 434-3840. firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Breeze market, just west of the I-80 overpass. 548-9840.
Prose Writers’ Workshop An ongoing group focused on issues of craft, at 7 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 524-3034. email@example.com
Poetry Writing Workshop, led by Alison Seevak, at 7 p.m. at the Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Ave. Registration required. 526-3700, ext. 20.
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station. Vigil at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.
THURSDAY, OCT. 14
“Lights on After School” Nonprofit organizations, parks and recreational centers, church and school-based programs in Berkeley will be open to the public from 3:30 to 7 p.m. to showcase after school programs. To locate a participating site, call 525-5272 or see www.afterschoolalliance.org
Berkeley Marina Volunteer Training from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave. Topics cover each of the local estuarine environments. 981-6720. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/marina
“Strictly Speaking” Paul Krugman will speak on the bust of the boom economy, the recent run of corporate scandals and the administration’s fiscal policies at 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall, UC Campus. Tickets are $18-$30. 642-9988. www.calperfs.berkeley.edu
Candidates for the Berkekey School Board will speak and answer questions at Longfellow School, Derby at Sacramento St. Starts promptly at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Berkeley PTSA Council and the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville. 843-8824. http://lwvbae.org
Grizzly Peak Flyfishers meets at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave.,Kensington. We will preview the McCloud River outing scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 22-24. 547-8629.
“Political and Religious Dissent in a Dumbed-Down Society” with Prof. Frank Haiman, Northwestern Univ. at 7:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237.
“Science and the Future of the California Coast” with Anthony Michaels, director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, at 11:30 a.m. at The Claremont, 41 Tunnel Road. Cost is $35. 213- 821-2478. www.usc.edu/events
Foods of the Americas An exhibit of the abundance of the fall harvest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 27 at the Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. 643-2755. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. To arrange an audition email Mail@achibenshalom.com
“In Exchange for a Homeland” with poet Yosefa Raz at 7:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237.
“Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible” a film of a talk by Bob Avakian of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA at ACT 1&2 Theater, 2128 Center St. Tickets are $10. 848-1196.
East Bay Mac User Group meets from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Expression Center for New Media, 6601 Shellmound St. http://ebmug.org
Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Death and Dying with Venerable Tsokni Rinpoche III at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center, 2288 Fulton St. Sponsored by Northern California Shambhala & Pundarika Foundation http://norcal.shambhala.org
FRIDAY, OCT. 15
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Betty Olds, Berkeley City Council on “Berkeley.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $12.50, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. 526-2925.
Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now” at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. Sponsored by the ACLU Berkeley Chapter. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hills Emergy Forum Annual Meeting with representatives from Berkeley, Oakland, El Cerrito, EBMUD, UC Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley Lab at 10 a.m. in the California Room, 4th floor, Double Tree Hotel, Berkeley Marina. www.lbl.gov/ehs/hef/
“Making Sustainable Forestry Work: Trees, Land, People and Business” with Paul Harlan, Vice President of The Collins Companies, a leader in sustainable forestry, at 4 p.m. at Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall. UC Campus. www.cnr.berkeley.edu/
“Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision” at 7 p.m. at 2060 Valley Life Science Building, UC Campus. Sponsored by Partners for Peace, Cal Muslim Students Assoc., Students for Justice in Palestine-UCB. 644-3650.
SWOP’s Sexy Circus to celebrate the rebirth of the prostitutes rights movement at 7 p.m. at Third and Jones warehouse on the RR tracks. 877-776-2004. www.swop-usa.org
Bad Subjects Book Release Celebration at 7 p.m. at AK Press Warehouse, 674 23rd St., Oakland. 208-1700. www.akpress.org
Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Transforming Stress with Tsokni Rinpoche III at 7:30 p.m. Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center, 2288 Fulton St. http://norcal.shambhala.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 16
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour of Dharma Publishing and Scharffenberger Chocolate Makers at 10 a.m. Cost is $8-$10. 848-0181. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc/
Walking Tour of Historic Oakland Churches and Temples Meet at 10 a.m. at the front of the First Prebyterian Church at 2619 Broadway. For reservations call 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours
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
Dance for the Swing States with Country Joe McDonald and Kevin Griffin’s Rough Draft from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Thousand Oaks School, 840 Colusa. All proceeds go to A.C.T. Suggested donation $25.
Albany YMCA Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will be used to help support Albany YMCA Youth and Adult Financial Assistance programs. 921 Kains Ave. 525-1130.
“Side By Side: A Journey With Depression” with Brian Wetzel at 7:30 p.m. at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. Tickets are $10-$15. 707-829-1872. www.frontporchspirit.com
Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1045 Leneve Place, El Cerrito. Sponsored by the Berkeley Garden Club. 843-9457.
Creating Your Own Garden Paradise at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. www.magicgardens.com
Constructing the School Garden A workshop for teachers to learn how to build school garden beds using recycled or low cost products, and how to incorporate students into the process. Cost is $25. Pre-registration required. Held in Berkeley, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 231-9430. www.thewatershedproject.org
Toddler Nature Walk for 2-3 year olds and their grown-up friends from 2 to 3 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
“Foods of the Andes: Potato Festival” Learn how potatoes are traditionally prepared, with children’s activities and Bolivian music from noon to 1:30 p.m. at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $10-$23. Registration required. 643-2755. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
Free Emergency Preparedness Class on Light Search and Rescue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 997 Cedar St. To sign up call 981-5605. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/fire/oes.html
Los Días de los Muertos Workshop Shrine and Altar Making at the Richmond Art Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2540 Barrett Ave., at 25th St., Richmond. Cost is $30-$35. 620-6772. www.therichmondartcenter.org
Gadabout Film Festival of independent filmmakers at 7 p.m. at AK Press Warehouse, 674 23rd St., Oakland. 208-1700. www.akpress.org
“Healing Through Buddhist Art” with Arnaud Maitland at 3 p.m. at Dharma Publishing, 2910 San Pablo Ave. donation $10. 548-5407.
Dharma Publishing Open House and demonstration of sacred art craft from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2901 San Pablo Ave. 548-5407.
“What’s Going On? California and the Vietnam Era” a symposium with representatives from the arts, media, academia, politics and veteran services, Sat. and Sun. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $25, $45 for both days. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
Build Green, a free seminar covering building materials and practices that promote sustainability, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Truitt and White, 1817 Second St. Registration required. 649-2674.
Benefit Yard Sale for Shotgun Players from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2139 Curtis St. off of University. 841-6500.
Mahea Uchiyama Center Auction Fundraiser and Tahitian dance performance to raise funds to bring master teachers and performers from Tahiti for the upcoming concert season. At 8 p.m. at 729 Heinz Ave. Cost is $15. www.mahea.com
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.
SUNDAY, OCT. 17
Bike Tour of Historic Oakland A leisurely paced 5.5 mile bike tour sponsored by the Oakland Museum of California. Meet at 10 a.m. at the 10th St. entrance of the museum. For reservations call 238-3514. www.museumca.org
Early Morning Bird Walk We’ll look for birds making their way south and learn why and how they migrate at 8 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Dinosaur Day We’ll learn about them through puzzles, bingo and making tracks from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Mayan and Aztec Medicinal Plants Tour with Horticulturalist Eric Schulz from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UC Botanical garen, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $8-$12. Registration required. 643-2755. http://
Kensington Library Book Sale from noon to 4 p.m. at 61 Arlington Ave., in the parking lot behind the library.
Benefit for MoveOn.org with silent art auction, speakers, and Film screening of “Unprecedented: the 2000 Election” at 5 p.m. at Studio Rasa, 933 Parker St. Cost is $25. 843-2787. www.studiorasa.org
Berkeley Cybersalon “There’s Something About W” at 6 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Donation $10.
Train to End Stroke Movie Marathon Videos and films about people and animals overcoming various challenges at 3 p.m. at Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd. Tickets are $7 at the door. All profits will benefit the American Stroke Association. 301-6822.
Los Días de los Muertos Art and Traditions, and Procession Masks at the Richmond Art Center from 1 to 4:30 p.m. 2540 Barrett Ave., at 25th St., Richmond. Cost is $30-$35. 620-6772. www.therichmondartcenter.org
“Spiritual Citizenship and the Healing of America” with Barbara Hamilton Holway at 9:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302.
Healing Friction Community Circle A free workshop for political engagement from 3 to 6 p.m. at 1428 Alice St., Oakland. Come share your voice, some food, and a way through and out of hopelessness. 866-236-0346. www.healingfriction.org
Tibetan Buddhism with Abbe Blum on “Buddhist Tools for Well-being” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
Council Agenda Committee meets Tues. Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St., Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil/agenda-committee
City Council meets Tues., Oct. 12, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil
Commission on Disability meets Wed., Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Paul Church, 981-6342. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/disability
Homeless Commission meets Wed., Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jane Micallef, 981-5426. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/homeless
Library Board of Trustees meets Wed., Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at 2940 Benvenue Ave. Jackie Y. Griffin, 981-6195.
Planning Commission meets Wed., Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruth Grimes, 981-7481. www.ci.berkeley. ca.us/commissions/planning
Police Review Commission meets Wed. Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Barbara Attard, 981-4950. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/policereview
Waterfront Commission meets Wed., Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. Cliff Marchetti. 644-6376 ext. 224. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/waterfront
Commission on Early Childhood Education meets Thurs., Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Marianne Graham, 981-5416. www.ci.berkeley. ca.us/commissions/earlychildhoodeducation
Community Health Commission meets Thurs, Oct. 14, at 6:45 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. William Rogers, 981-5344. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Two-by-Two Meeting of City and School officials to dicuss common concerns, Thurs., Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m., in the Redwood Room, 6th floor, 2180 Milvia St. 981-7000.
West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thurs., Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., at the West Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7520. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/westberkeley
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.ber-