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, 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
MONDAY, OCT. 18
Tea at Four Taste some of the finest teas from the Pacific Rim and South Asia and learn their natural and cultural history, followed by a short nature walk. At 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. Cost is $5-$7, registration required. 525-2233. www.ebparks.org
Livable Berkeley Candidates Forum to discuss development and environmental issues in Berkeley, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 587-3390.
“Potent Presidential Politics: Inequality, Race and Welfare Reform” a roundtable discussion with NYT reporter, Jason DeParle, KQED host Michael Krassney, Christopher Edley, Dean, Boalt Hall, at 7:30 p.m. at Wheeler Auditorium, UC Campus. 642-4143.
“Campus Life: Is It Good for the Jews?” with Adam Weisberg, Berkeley Hillel’s Executive Director, on the reality of Jewish life on the UC Berkeley campus, as well as a perspective on how and when the media get it right when reporting on campus anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and other issues of concern to the local Jewish community. At 7:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237, ext. 110.
Soli Deo Gloria Auditions for experienced singers at 6:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alameda, 1323 Central & Morton. All voice parts are encouraged to audition. 650-424-1242. www.sdgloria.org
East Bay Private School Fair from 7 to 9 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. Cost is $5-$10. 877-648-KIDS ext. 86.
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.
Copwatch Class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 2022 Blake St., near Shattuck. Free and open to the public. 548-0425.
TUESDAY, OCT. 19
School Board Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. at Berkeley High School, Florence Schwimley Little Theater on Allston Way. Co-sponsored by Berkeley High School PTSA and League of Women Voters. Questions for candidates will be collected during the forum or may be emailed in advance to email@example.com
Morning Bird Walk: Inspiration Point Meet at 7 a.m. at Inspiration Point to see the resident birds of the grassland and chaparral. Call for directions or to reserve binoculars. 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. Meet at 10 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Registration required. 525-2233.
Mini-Rangers Join us for an active afternoon of nature study, conservation and rambling through woods and waters. Dress to get dirty, bring a healthy snack to share, for 8-12 year old girls and boys, unaccompanied by their parents. Fee is $6-$8. 525-2233.
Fall Fruit Tasting Discover the many varieties of apples and pears at the Tuesday Farmers’ Market, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Derby at MLK, Jr. Way. 548-3333. www.ecologycenter.org
Berkeley Garden Club “The Gardens at Filoli,” a talk by Grover Cleveland, Filoli docent. Meeting at 1 p.m., program at 2 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. Guests $2. 524-4374.
Friends of Strawberry Creek with Kirstin Miller on “Daylighting Strawberry Creek as a Centerpiece for the University’s Plan” at 5:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library Community Room. 419-0850.
Get Ready for Winter Cycling with bike specialist James Lanham at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
“End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream” a film at 6:30 p.m. at The Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave.
“Slavery in Early Modern West Africa” with Ugo Nwokeji of the Dept. of African Studies at 4 p.m. at 652 Barrows Hall. 642-8338. www.ias.berkeley.edu/africa
“Time to Learn About Children: Parenting Through the Ages” with Dr. Mike Riera, at 7 p.m. at Redwood Day School, 3245 Sheffield Ave., Oakland. For reservations call 534-0804.
Financial Planning Workshop: Investing 101 with Jarrett Topel, Certified Financial Planner at 7 p.m. at El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Free. 526-7512.
“Introduction to Judaism” Explore Jewish spirituality and ethics with David Cooper at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237.
Family Story Time at the Kensington Branch Library, at 7 p.m. at 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.
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.
Acting and Storytelling Classes for Seniors offered by Stagebridge, at Arts First Oakland, 2501 Harrison St. Classes are held at 10 a.m. Tues.-Fri. For more information call 444-4755. www.stagebridge.org
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20
Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters meets at 7:15 a.m. at Au Cocolait, 200 University Ave. 524-3765.
Lawrence Berkeley Lab Public Hearing on the renewal of the Lab’s Hazardous Waste Handling Facility Permit for storage of hazardous and mixed waste in their Strawberry Canyon facility, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 1-866-495-5651.
Tilden Tots A Holloween treasure hunt for 3 and 4 year olds each accompanied by an adult. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 525-2233. www.ebparks.org
Jimmy Rutledge Award for Service to the Community The Berkeley Police Assoc. will honor Bay Area Outreach Recreational Program with the annual Award at 2:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Way. 981-5900, ext. 4084.
Walking Tour of Jack London Waterfront Meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Broadway and Embarcadero. For reservations call 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours
“A World Without the United Nations?” Discussion and Q/A with UCB Professors Nezar Al Sayyad, Richard Buxbaum and Urs Cipolat at 7 p.m. at 22 Warren Hall, Oxford and Berkeley Way. Sponsored by UCB Model UN, United Nations Association-USA East Bay and others. 540-8017.
“Matías” a documentary about people trying to cross the US-Mexican border at 4 p.m. at Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall. 642-2088. www.clas.berkeley.edu
“The Framing of Mumia” a documentary at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donation $3-$5. Sponsored by the International Council for Humanity. 419-1405.
“The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future” with Dr. Elizabeth Economy at 5 p.m. at the IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton St. http://ieas.berkeley.edu
Will Durst will speak on why so many young people look to television comedians for their political news at 3 p.m. at 109 Moses Hall, UC Campus. http://politics.berkeley.edu
Gray Panthers Wednesday Night Gathering A teach-in on Leo Strauss, philosopher behind the neo-conservative movement at 7 p.m. at 1403 Addison St. 548-9696.
Tradition and Change: Conservative Judaism 101 at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237, ext. 110.
Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Breeze Market, just west of the I-80 overpass. 548-9840.
Fresh Produce Stand at San Pablo Park from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the Frances Albrier Community Center. 848-1704. www.ecologycenter.org
Writing Project with special guest Jane Juska at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2352 Shattuck Ave. 644-0861.
Prose Writers’ Workshop An ongoing group focused on issues of craft at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. 524-3034. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. www.geocities.com/vigil4peace/vigil
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Mon. Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Pam Wyche. 644-6128 ext. 113. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/rent
Public Housing Resident Advisory Board meets on Mon., Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. at Berkeley Housing Authority, 1901 Fairview St. Angellique DeCoud. 981-5475. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/publichousing
Berkeley Housing Authority meets Tues., Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. ww.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
City Council meets Tues., Oct. 19 at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil
Citizens Humane Commission meets Wed., Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Katherine O’Connor, 981-6601. www.ci.berkeley.ca. us/commissions/humane
Commission on Aging meets Wed., Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Lisa Ploss, 981-5200. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/aging
Commission on Labor meets Wed.,Oct. 20, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Delfina M. Geiken, 644-6085. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Human Welfare and Community Action Commission meets Wed., Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Marianne Graham, 981-5416. www.ci.berkeley.ca.
Design Review Committee meets Thurs., Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Anne Burns, 981-7415. www.ci.berkeley.
Fair Campaign Practices Commission meets Thurs., Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Prasanna Rasaih, 981-6950. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/faircampaign
Transportation Commission meets Thurs., Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Peter Hillier, 981-7000. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/