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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and Tuesday Tilden Walkers meet for a joint hike 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 -.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.
Organic Produce at low prices sold at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon St. from 3 to 7 p.m. 843-1307.
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. Share your slides and prints and learn what other photographers are doing. Monthly field trips. 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 Halloween 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, pholosopher 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.
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 BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 524-3034.
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station. Vigil at 6:30 p.m., Peace Walk at 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 21
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
Tilden Explorers A nature ad-
venture program for 5-7 year olds who may be accompanied by an adult, no younger siblings, please. From 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 525-2233. www.ebparks.org
Candidate Night for City Council District 3 at at 7:30 in the cafeteria, LeConte School, 2241 Russell St. 843-2602.
Berkeley Marina Volunteer Training from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave. Also on Fridays. 981-6720. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/marina/
“Survival by Deception: Butterfly Mimicry” with Dr. Nipam Patel at 12:30 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
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
“The State of the State of California” with Loni Hancock, Assemblymember at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. To register call 848-0237, ext. 110.
“Perspectives on Immigration” A panel discussion with Gilbert Cedillo, CA State Sen. Maria Echaveste, Boalt Hall, Philip Martin, Prof. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UCD, Harley Shaiken, Prof. of Education and Geography, UCB and Lucas Guttentag, Director, ACLU National Immigrants’ Rights Project at 4 p.m. in the Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Campus. 642-2088. www.clas.berkeley.edu
“After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy and a New Reconstruction” Panel discussions through Sun. at Boalt Hall, UC Campus. All are free and open to the public. For details see www.law.berkeley.edu/socialjustice
Backpack Safety Evaluations for school-age children at 6:30 p.m. at Creating Harmony Institute, 828 San Pablo Ave., Albany. 526-1559.
Simplicity Forum “Proceeding on the Path Toward a Simpler Life, Even in the Presence of Fear and Political Uncertainty” at 6:30 p.m. at the Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave. 526-6596.
“The Silent Cross” a film on the human toll of the militarization of the US-Mexico Border at 7:30 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center. Cost is $8. 849-2568. www.lapena.org
“Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary” a documentary at 6:30 p.m. at Havens School Multi-Use Room 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont. Discussion follows. 763-9301. mosesc@diversity works.org
FRIDAY, OCT. 22
Job Fair from 3 to 5 p.m. at Berkeley Youth Alternatives, 1255 Allston Way. 647-0719.
“So How’d You Become an Activist?” with Annie Pflager, Phil Pflager, George Johnson & Diane Rejman at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. Donation $5. 528-5403.
“Misery” The Stephen King film for teens only at 7 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room, Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St. 981-6121. www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org
“Many Faiths, Many Forms: Dancing the Sacred Together” Workshops on Fri. and Sat. by the Sacred Dance Guild at the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. 849-0788. www.sacreddanceguild.org
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Xuerang Sherry Zhang on “The Story of Falun Gong: Is Anyone Listening?” 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.
A Day of Remembrance for victims of domestic violence at 11:30 a.m. at the Alameda County Administration Building Plaza, 1221 Oak St. 272-6693.
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. email@example.com 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. 655-6169. www.bpf.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 23
Gill Tract Harvest Festival Food, music, games, speakers, demonstrations. Tour one of last urban farmlands and research areas. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SW corner of Marin and San Pablo Aves, in Albany. Wheelchair accessible. Free. Sponsored by Urban Roots. 235-5519. www.gilltract.com
Mini Farmers A farm exploration program for children accompanied by an adult. Wear boots and prepare to get dirty. From 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. Cost is $3-$5, registration required. 525-2233. www.ebparks.org
Tail Tales Explore the hind ends of animals to see what tales they tell. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour “The New and Old Berkeley High School Campus, at 10 a.m. Cost is $8-$10. For information call 848-0181. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc/
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. For reservations call 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com/
Fall Fruit Tasting Discover the many varieties of apples and pears at the Farmers’ Market, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Center St. at MLK, Jr. Way. Cooking demonstrations at 11 a.m. 548-3333. www.ecologycenter.org
Plants for Small Spaces at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. www.magicgardens.com
Día de los Muertos Celebration at 12:30 to 2 p.m. at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $10-$23. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Fees include Garden admission. 643-2755. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
Project Censored Book Release Celebration, highlighting this year’s censored news and to honor the investigative reporters who brought it forward, at 6:30 p.m. at King Middle School, 1781 Rose St. Catherine Austin Fitts, whistleblowing former Assistant Secretary of HUD, will keynote the event. Cost is $15 sliding scale. 707-664-2500.
Nature Drawing with John Muir Laws using techniques from his book “Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide” at 10 a.m. at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. For admission prices and information, call 632-9525.
Branched Drain Greywater System Demonstration Learn how to recycle household waste water at 10 a.m. at Oakland Permaculture Institute, 2135 E. 28th St. Cost is $10-$15, no one turned away. 548-2220. www.ecologycenter.org
Transgender Health Workshop from noon to 5 p.m. at the Pacific Center, 2712 Telegraph Ave. Registration required. 420-7900, ext. 111.
“Many Faiths, Many Forms, Dancing the Sacred Together” a workshop in dance and movement inspired by religious traditions, at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., through Sun. 849-0788. http://www.sacreddanceguild.org
Sprited Woman Workshop A self-inspiration workshop for women from 1 to 4 p.m. at Studio Rasa, 933 Parker St. Cost is $85, partial scholarships available. 888-428-1234. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 24
Days of the Dead Community Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
Los Días de los Muertos Family Day at 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Art Studio, 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond. 620-6770. www.therichmondartcenter.org
Feast of St. Demetrios Celebration at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, 2311 Hearst Ave. 649-3450.
Botanic Garden Gambol Tour California’s great variety of native plants at the Botanic Garden at the center of Tilden Park, from 10 a.m. to noon. 525-2233.
“Botanizing California” A Workshop/Field Trip to Montara Mountain to see maritime chaparral, north coastal scrub, riparian woodland, and more with Dr. Glenn Keator, Field Botanist Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Park. Cost is $80-$95. To register call 845-4116. www.nativeplants.org
Sneaky Snakes and Timid Turtles Learn about these creatures on the front lawn of the Nature Center at 11 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Poison Oak and Others You’ll learn about bad plants and their good relatives, and get tips on how to avoid “the itch” at 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Soap Making Explore the science of soap and learn to make olive oil soap in this hands-on workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $10-$12, registration required. 525-2233.
The Austrian Bank Project with Gerald Feldman, head of the commission to examine the role of the Austrian banks in expropriation of Jewish property, at 2 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237, ext.110.
East Bay School for Girls Raffle and Auction at 2 p.m. at 2727 College Ave. 849-9444. www.ebsg.org
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. 848-7800.
Artists for Change Fundraiser for John Kerry and MoveOn Pac Food, refreshments, entertainment and affordable art for sale, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 449 49th St. in the Temescal District of Oakland. Cost is $25. 524-5923.
Improvisational Play Techniques with Masankho Banda of Interplay in a workshop for teens in 7th through 12th grades, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Arlington Community Church in Kensington. Free but registration required. 526-9146.
“Religions and Politics: A Discussion with George Lakoff” at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. Suggested donation $10, no one turned away. www.spiritedaction.org
“Theology in the Making: Our Responsibility for Action” with Bill Hamilton Holway at 9:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302.
Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek on “Healing through Mantra” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
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/
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/