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Friday November 05, 2004


Tilden Tots Join a nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome)! We’ll learn about our fine feathered friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684. 

November is We Give Thanks Month! Join participating restaurants in supporting the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. For a list of participating restaurants please visit  

City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Dr. Saba Mahmood, Prof. Middle Eastern Studies, on “Retooling Democracy and Feminism for Today’s Burden of Empire.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $12.50, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For ireservations call 526-2925.  

Literacy & Beyond Celebrates Dia do los Muertos Family Literacy Night with altar making, and storyteller Olga Loya, at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, 2001 Allston Way. 665-3271. 

“News from Native California” with Frank LaPena, Laura Cunningham, L. Frank, Julian Lang/ 

Xatimniim, and Malcolm Margolin, of Heyday Books, at 7:30 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. 549-3564, ext. 307. 

First Fridays Film Series “Hidden in Plain Sight” on the School of the Americas, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. Free. 482-1062. 

Womansong Circle Community singing with Betsy Rose. Potluck snacks at 6:45 p.m., singing at 7:15 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. 525-7082. 

Asian Business Association Charity Fashion Show at 7 p.m. at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts. Cost is $10-$12. Proceeds benefit A Safe Place domestic violence shelter in Oakland.  

Literary Friends meets at 1:15 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. We will discuss Ayn Randh. 232-1351. 

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. 

“Three Beats for Nothing” meets to sing 16th century harmony for fun and practice at 10 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 655-8863, 843-7610. 

Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 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. People of all traditions are welcome to join us. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 655-6169. 

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. For information call Katherine, 525-5231. 


Potential Water Transit in Berkeley A Joint Workshop of the City of Berkeley Transportation and Waterfront Commissions and the San Francisco Bay Water Transit Authority from 9 a.m. to noon at Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Drive. 981-7010. 

Sick Plant Clinic The first Sat. of every month, UC plant apthologist Dr. Robert Raabe, UC entomologist Dr. Nick Mills, and their team of experts will diagnose what ails your plants from 9 a.m. to noon at the Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr. 643-2755. 

“Fire in Your Backyard - Friend or Foe?” A program on fire history in the East Bay, fire ecology and homeowner safety, with demonstrations of a fire engine, firefighters’ personal protective equipment and wildland firefighting techniques. At 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center. Free. Youth age 14 and up are welcome. 525-2233. 

Kids Garden Club For children 7-12 years old to explore the world of gardening. We plant, harvest, build, make crafts, cook and get dirty! From 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $5-$6, registration required. 525-2233. 

Junior Rangers of Tilden meets Sat. mornings at Tilden Nature Center. For more information call 525-2233. 

“Plant Selection and Installation” A hands-on class in Berkeley from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will visit a local nursery and botanic garden to view and discuss why, and how, to select appropriate plants for a variety of situations. Students will participate in designing and planting a residential garden. Emphasis on Native Californian plants. Sign up by calling the Building Education Center at 525-7610.  

Help Clean up San Pablo Creek and its tributaries. Learn about the Dumping Abatement and Pollution Reduction Program and the trash assessment monitoring tool as we remove harmful trash. Refreshments, tools, and gloves provided. Call for meeting place. Sponsored by The Watershed Project. 231-9566. 

An Afternoon with Ram Dass from 2 to 5 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. Donation $20 at the door. 302-3302. 

Benefit for the Bay Area Search and Rescue Council with music by Built to Spill and Citizen Cope at 8 p.m. at Berkeley Pyramid Alehouse, 901 Gilman St. Cost is $16. 

Moment’s Notice a monthly salon for improvised music, dance and theater at 8 p.m. at Western Sky Studio, 2525 8th St. 415-831-5592. 

Noche Tropical Silent Auction Party to benefit Albany Schools. With food, music and wine at 7 p.m. at Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. Tickets are $35-$40. 528-0848. 

Artisan Marketplace with jewelry, art, readings and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. 883-0600.  

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. 


Search for Salamanders Watch carefully for the slippery amphibians, they love the wet weather so hope for rain. Learn the difference between a newt and a salamander on this easy hike. Meet at 9 a.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Military Families Speak Out with Cindy Sheehan whose son was killed in Sadr City in April, at 10:30 a.m. at Berkeley Fellowship, 1924 Cedar at Bonita. 

“Tribute to Veterans” Retired military personnel are offered a complementary lunch or dinner entree at Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto, 1919 Fourth St. Present a VA card, a VFW card, discharge papers or a DD214 to your server when you are seated. Reservations are suggested but not required. 845-7771. 

“The Sound of Success: Fine Tune Your Music Business Skills” A day-long seminar for musicians sponsored by California Lawyers for the Arts. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alice Arts Center in Oakland. To register call 415-775-7200, ext. 111. www.californialawyersfor- 

“The Civil Rights Movement and Activism Across Communities” with Ron Dellums at 2 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $7-$10. In conjunction with the exhibition “What’s Going On? California and the Vietnam Era” 238-2200. 

“Dharma and Democracy: A Global Perspective, Beyond the Elections” a conversation with Joanna Macy and Sulak Sivaraksa at 6 p.m. at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley Ave. 655-6169. 

“End of Life Decisions” with Susan Rubin from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Home, 2361 East 29th St., Oakland. 534-3637. 

Healing Friction a free facilitated open council and speak out for hearing all voices to improve the political process at 2 p.m. at Redwood Gardens, 2951 Derby St. 866-236-0346. 

Autumn in Asia, a walk through the Asian area with Asian plant expert Elaine Sedlak at 10 a.m. at UC Botanical Garden. Cost is $8-$12, registration required. 643-2755. 

Celebrating Native Californian Cultures with music, crafts and storytelling from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Phoebe Hearst Museum, Bancroft at College. 643-7648. 

Free Sailboat Rides between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Cal Sailing Club in the Berkeley Marina. Bring warm waterproof clothes. 

Tibetan Buddhism with with Elizabeth Cook on “The Stupa: Sacred Symbol of Enlightenment” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. 


Safe Driving Class for Seniors from 1 to 5 p.m., and on Nov. 10. Seniors who complete both sessions will get insurance discount. To register send a check for $10, made out to AARP, to Helen, at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2717 Garber St., Berkeley, 95705. For more information call 869-6737. 

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. 

Peace Corps General Information Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Berkeley Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St. 415-977-8798. 

The National Organization of Women Oakland/East Bay Chapter meets to discuss the election at 6 p.m. at The Oakland YWCA at 1515 Webster St. 287-8948.  

“Women in Latin American Politics” with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Senator and first lady of Argentina, at 4 p.m. in the Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Campus. 642-2088. 

“The Medicare Prescription Drug Card” with Susan Haley, Legal Assistance for Seniors at 1:15 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5190. 

East Bay Mobile Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albany YMCA, 921 Kains Ave. 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.  

“Cafe Society in Japan, or Why Starbucks May Not Prevail” with Marry White, Prof. Boston Univ., at 5 p.m. in the IEAS Conference Room, 2233 Fulton St., 6th Flr. 

Financial Planning Workshop: College Planning 101 with Jarrett Topel, Certified Financial Planner at 7 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 524-3043. 

Women’s Cancer Resource Center, volunteer training, every second Monday of the month, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 5741 Telegraph Ave. To sign up call Emily at 601-4040, ext. 109. 

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. 

“Ulysses” Discussion Book Group at 7 p.m. at the Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave. We will meet every Monday night and hopefully finish by Bloomsday 2005. 

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. 

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. 


Tilden Tots Join a nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome)! We’ll learn about our fine feathered friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684. 

“Secrets and Lies from Vietnam to Iraq” with Daniel and Patricia Ellsberg at 7:30 p.m. at College Preparatory School, Buttner Auditorium, 6100 Broadway, Oakland. Cost is $5-$10. 658-5202. 

“The Implications of Eco-Justice for a Theological Anthropology” with Reverend Peter Saltwell, Director of Eco-Justice Ministries at 7 p.m. in the GTU Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd. 649-2560. 

“When Myth Trumps History: The Reclamation Bureau and the Family Farm, 1902-1935” with Donald Pisani, Professor of History, University of Oklahoma, at 5:30 p.m. in 10 Evans Hall, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Water Resources Center Archives. 642-2666. 

“The End of Suburbia” a film about how peak oil production will change our lives, followed by a discussion with Jan Lundberg, founder of the Sustainable Energy Institute, at 6 p.m. at Redwood Gardens main hall, 2561 Derby St. 

ID Theft Workshop Find out how to reduce your chances of becoming an innocent victim, at 7 p.m. at the El Cerrito Senior Citizens Center, 6500 Stockton St. Sponsored by the El Cerrito Crime Prevention Committee, the El Cerrito City Council, and the El Cerrito Police Department. Reservations required. 215-4414, ext. 30.  

“Growing Up in a Bay Area Orphanage for Chinese Youth” A narrated video of historical photos that tells the story of the Chung Mei Home for Chinese boys and Ming Quong Home for Chinese girls. Panel discussion follows featuring former residents. At 7 p.m. at El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. 526-7512.  

Free Quit Smoking Workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a follow-up class on Nov. 23 at the South Berkeley Senior Center. To register call 981-5330. 

Free Depression Screenings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Stephens Lounge, MLK Student Union, UC Campus. 642-7202. 

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. 

Family Story Time at the Kensington Branch Library, Tues. evenings 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. 

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. 

Belly Dancing Lessons at 7:30 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. Cost is $5. 883-0600  

St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Marge Robinson, who has lived in Berkeley for the last 90 years, will speak on “Remembering Berkeley” at 11 a.m. We offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830. 


Kathy Kelly, Founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Iraqi Solidarity Activist at 7:30 p.m. at Firts Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., at 27th. Tickets are $12 in advance, at independent bookstores, $15 at the door. Benefit for KPFA. 848-6767, ext. 609. 

“KPFA/Pacifica: Democracy Deferred?” A panel discussion with speakers Solange Echeveria, Bill Mandel, Susan Stone, and others at 7 p.m. at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. 415-424-8311. 

“Jews Among Muslims and Christians in Late Antiquity” a symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Dinner Boardroom at the GTU, 2400 Ridge Rd. 649-2482. 

“Jewish Families in Context” with Olga Silverstein, MSW, CSW, at 11:30 a.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5. 848-0237.  

“Fruitful Flailings: Reading the Anger of the Prophet Jonah” with Barbara Green, Prof., Biblical Studies, Dominican School, at 7 p.m. in the GTU Chapel, 1798 Senic Ave. 649-2440. 

East Bay Genealogical Society with Margery Bell of the Family History Center at 10 a.m. in the Library Conference Room, Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 635- 6692. 

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. 

Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2550 Shattuck Ave. Learn about how you can become a licensed acupuncturist. RSVP to 666-8248, ext. 106. 

Prose Writers’ Workshop An ongoing group focused on issues of craft. Meets Wed. at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. 524-3034. 

Poetry Writing Workshop, led by Alison Seevak, every second Wed. 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, corner of Shattuck and Center. Sing for Peace at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. 



Council Agenda Committee meets, Mon. Nov. 8, at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St., Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. 

Peace and Justice Commission meets Mon., Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Manuel Hector, 981-5510. 


Public Housing Resident Advisory Board meets on Mon., Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. at Berkeley Housing Authority, 1901 Fairview St. Angellique DeCoud, 981-5475. 


City Council meets Tues., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers, Sherry M. Kelly, city clerk, 981-6900. 

Commission on Disability meets Wed., Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Paul Church, 981-6342. 


Homeless Commission meets Wed., Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jane Micallef, 981-5426. 

Planning Commission meets Wed., Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Ruth Grimes, 981-7481. 

Police Review Commission meets Wed., Nov. 10 at the South Berkeley Senior Center, Barbara Attard, 981-4950. 

Waterfront Commission meets Wed., Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. Cliff Marchetti, 644-6376 ext. 224.