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Berkeley This Week

Tuesday November 09, 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. 

“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. 

Berkeley Business Plan Competition Workshop: Opportunity Recognition at 6 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Room, Haas School of Business, UC Campus. For more information see 

“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. 548-3991. 

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. 845-6830. 


Kathy Kelly, Founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Iraqi Solidarity Activist at 7:30 p.m. at First 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. 

“Dance Me Outside” a documentary of life on an Indian Reserve in Canada at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, donations accepted. 452-1235. 

“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. 



Reduced City Services Today Call ahead to ensure programs or services you desire will be available. 981-CITY. 

“Race and Public Policy: A Proactive Agenda for 2005 and Beyond” Workshops and panels through Nov. 13 at the MLK Student Union, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Applied Research Center. To register go to  

Grizzly Peak Flyfishers monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. Long-time member and author Seth Norman will speak. Expert, beginning and “wannabe” fly fishers are all welcome. For further information, call Richard Orlando at 547-8629. 

Biodiesel 101 An introduction to this clean, homegrown alternative fuel, including what you need to get started, where to buy it, collectives and events. From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

Family Literacy Night from 5 to 7 p.m. with storytelling by Ayodele, at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. 647-1111.  

East Bay Mac User Group meets the 2nd Thursday of every month, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Expression Center for New Media, 6601 Shellmound St., 


Reduced City Services Today Call ahead to ensure programs or services you desire will be available. 981-CITY. 

City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Marcella Adamski on “What is Happening to Tibet?” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $12.50, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For information and reservations call 526-2925 or 665-9020. 

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  

“Writing About Race” with Victor Merina, former Los Angeles Times reporter, at 7 p.m. at North Gate Hall, Room 105, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism. 

“So How’d You Become an Activist?” with Bob Bloom, Dennis Cunningham, Bill Simpich of Earth First, attorneys representing Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney, who were victorious in a $4.5 million lawsuit against the FBI and Oakland Police, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., at Bonita. Suggested donation $5. 528-5403. 

Literary Friends meets at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center for a Haiku poetry workshop with Connie Andersen. 549-1879. 

Peace Corps Send Off Party and Social Mixer at 6 p.m. Triple Rock, 1920 Shattuck Ave. Come meet and speak with returned Peace Corps volunteers, applicants, nominees, invitees, and others interested in the Peace Corps. Please RSVP to John Ruiz at 415-977-8798. 

Berkeley Critical Mass Bike Ride meets at the Berkeley BART the second Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m. 

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” a group that meets to sing, mostly 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. 

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. 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. 


A Weekend Campaign to Weatherize with the California Youth Energy Services. Free energy audits and materials installations to help you reduce your energy bills. To schedule an appointment call 428-2357.  

Seed Saving Workshop Covering seed saving in detail, including botany and pollination, and types of seeds. From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $10-$15. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

Junior Rangers Aides Training for youth at Tilden Nature Area. Held in the afternoon. Call Dave Zuckermann for information, 525-2233. 

The Biofuel Oasis Grand Opening of the only operating public biodiesel fueling station in the Bay Area, from noon to 4 p.m. at 4th and Dwight. 

Let Worms Eat Your Garbage Small on space and big on benefits, worm composting is a great way to recycle kitchen scraps. From 10 a.m. to noon at Regan’s Nursery and 4268 Decoto Rd. in Fremont. Part of Bay-Friendly Gardening. 444-SOIL. 

Help Restore Cerrito Creek Join Friends of Five Creeks volunteers 10 am to noon to plant natives and remove weeds at Cerrito Creek at El Cerrito Plaza, at the south edge of Plaza parking lot, north end of Cornell Street. 848-9358. 

Help Restore San Pablo Creek at the El Sobrante Library at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments, tools, and gloves provided. Heavy rain cancels event. Sponsored by San Pablo Watershed Neighbors Education and Restoration Society. 231-9566. 

Save California Least Terns at the Alameda Wildlife Refuge at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Golden Gate Audobon Society. 843-2222. 

“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. Emphasis on Native Californian plants. Sign up by calling the Building Education Center at 525-7610.  

Solo Sierrans Sunset Walk at Emeryville Marina at 4 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. Meet behind Chevy’s Restaurant at the small parking lot. 234-8949. 

South Berkeley Community Church Holiday Bazaar and Art Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church, located on the corner of Fairview and Ellis Streets. Gifts, decorations, and collectibles will be available from local artists and craftspeople. 652-1040. 

We the Planet Music and Activism Festival with The Roots, Mickey Hart, Third Eye Blind, at 7 p.m. at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland. Workshops will be held during the day on how to get involved in your community. 

Do-It-Yourself Festival and Skillshare Enjoy free information, food, and music, at 10 a.m. at People’s Park. 

“Reporting Across Cultures, Writing About Race” A free seminar for journalists and the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Gate Library, Graduate School of Journalism. To RSVP, please send an email with your name and affiliation, by Nov. 10, to 

Motivating the Teen Spirit A teen empowerment program at 10 a.m. at Holiday Inn, Top of the Bay, 1800 Powell St., Emeryville. Cost is $25. Presented by Tamika’s Adolescent Group Homes, Inc. 472-8104. 

“Chavez and the Struggle of Democracy in Venezuela” at 7 p.m. at AK Press Warehouse, 674-A 23rd St., Oakland. Cost is $7-$15 sliding scale. Fundraiser for Just Cause Oakland. 208-1700. 

Integrative Health Conference Alternative health conference featuring interactive workshops at 105 North Gate Hall, UC Campus. Presented by Students for Integrative Medicine. www.studentsforintegrative- 

Mudpuppy’s Tub and Scrub and Sit and Stay Cafe opens at Point Isabel, East Bay Regional Park, at 11 a.m. Canine and human refreshments available. 

Images of India A fundraiser with music and film to benefit ASHA at 3 p.m. at International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Cost is $15-$100. 

Kol Hadash Family Brown Bag Shabbat at 11 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic. Bring lunch for yourself and your children, and finger dessert to share. Juice provided. 


Coffee for the Birds Is your morning cup shade grown? Sample some “songbird coffee” and pastries as you learn a little natural history of a billion dollar industry. We’ll go out for a short walk to spot our resident birds if it isn’t raining. Meet at 9 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center. Cost is $5-$7. Registration required. 525-2233. 

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. 

The Women of Color Resource Center will honor five leading women for their spirit of creative resistance at the Sixth Annual Sisters of Fire Awards celebration, at 11 a.m. at the North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. Sliding scale donation starting at $15. 444-2700. 

Green Sunday “The Election Results: Where Do We Go From Here?” at 5 p.m. at the Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in Oakland. Sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County.  

“Older and Wiser: Basic Legal Knowledge for Living Well to the End” with attorney Sara Diamond at 1 p.m. at Berkeley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Cedar and Bonita. 

“No Man Left Behind: Homelessness and Other Veterans Issues” at 2 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. In conjunction with the exhibition “What’s Going On? California and the Vietnam Era.” 238-2200. 

Tibetan Buddhism with Sylvia Gretchen on “Art and Consciousness in Tibetan Buddhism” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. 


City of Berkeley Draft Southside Plan A scoping session on the draft envionmental impact report for the Southside neighborhood, bounded by Bancroft Way, Fulton St., Dwight Way, and Prospect St. At 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. For information contact Janet Homrighausen at 981-7484. 

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. 

“Legacy of a Coup: A Guatemalan Village Perspective” with Beatriz Manz, Prof. of Geography and Ethnic Studies, at noon in the CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch St. 642-2088. 

“Delivering Energy Efficiency and Comfort in Highly Glazed Buildings” with Stephen Selkowitz, Building Technologies Dept., LBNL, at 5:30 p.m, 104 Wurster Hall, UC Campus. 

“From Rabbi to Aryan: Jesus in Modern Theology” with Susannah Heschel, Chair, Jewish Studies Porgram, Dartmouth, at 7 p.m. in the Dinner Boardroom at the GTU, 2400 Ridge Rd. 649-2482. 

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. 

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. 


City Council meets Tues., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 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.