TUESDAY, NOV. 16
Morning Bird Walk at the Albany Bulb Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the end of Buchanan St. 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. in Redwood Park at the Canyon Meadow staging area to visit this historic grove of second-growth redwoods. Registration required. 525-2233.
Berkeley Garden Club “Don’t Plant a Pest,” a talk by Doug Johnson, Executive Director California Invasive Plant Council. Meeting at 1 p.m., program at 2 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. Cost is $2 for guests. 524-4374.
“Until When...” screening of film of four Palestinian refugee families set in the current Intifada, at 7 p.m., followed by discussion, at Grand Lake Neighborhood Center, 530 Lake Park Ave. Suggested donation $1. Sponsored by East Bay Community against the War. www.ebcaw.org
“The American Jewish Quest for Peace” with Susannah Heschel, Chair, Jewish Studies Program, Dartmouth, at 7 p.m. in the Dinner Boardroom at the GTU, 2400 Ridge Rd. 649-2482.
Berkeley Salon Discussion Group meets to discuss “How you can be poor and live with style” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Please bring snacks and soft drinks to share. No peanuts please. 601-6690.
Life Line Screening for Stroke at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-697-9721.
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. 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, NOV. 17
Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:15 a.m. at Au Cocolait, 200 University Ave. at Milvia. For information call Robert Flammia 524-3765.
“Getting Our Message Heard or Not Just Preaching to the Choir” with Pam Morgan of George Lakoff’s Rockridge Institute at 7 p.m. at the Gray Panthers, 1403 Addison St. 548-9696.
“Remembering the Vietman Era” with Country Joe McDonald, Aurora Levins-Morales, Rafael Jesús González at 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School Auditorium, Rose and Grant Sts. 981-2582.
“Global Warming: The Effects and Preventative Measures” A panel discussion on the scientific, economic and societal aspects of this important environmental issue at 6 p.m. at the Free Speech Movement Café, 212 Doe Memorial Library, UC Campus.
Bay Trail History Markers in Richmond The City of Richmond will dedicate eight new sculptural markers tracing WWII history along the path of the Richmond Bay Trail at 11 a.m. at Lucretia Edwards Park, at the foot of Marina Way South. In case of rain, ceremony will be in the Marina Harbormaster’s Bldg, 1340 Marina Way South. 307-8150.
Venture Crew for Teens Outdoor adventure program including scuba diving, backpacking, orienteering, hiking. Open House at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. For more information call 525-6058.
“Naturally Native” a documentary on Native American women at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, donations accepted. 452-1235.
“Off the Bench and Into the Game: Democracy Isn’t a Spectator Sport” lecture by Rebecca W. Rimel, President & CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts, at 2 p.m. in the Seaborg Room, Faculty Club, UC Campus. 642-1474. www.igs.berkeley.edu
Ohlone Dog Park Association meets at 7 p.m. at Unity of Berkeley, 2075 Eunice St.
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. email@example.com
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.geocities.com/
THURSDAY, NOV. 18
“Paths and Public Safety” Bill Greulich, Emergency Service Manager for the City of Berkeley, will speak on the importance of paths in emergencies such as fire or earthquake at Berkeley Path Wanderers’ meeting at 7 p.m. at Live Oak Recreation Center, 1301 Shattuck Ave. All are welcome. 524-4715. www.berkeleypaths.org
“Harmony, Diversity, and Enclosedness: Small Scale Biodynamic Gardening” with John Ryan of the East Bay Waldorf School at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Garden meeting, at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Potluck dinner. 883-9096.
“What is going on in Darfur, West Sudan?” Film screening and talk on the current crisis in Darfur, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St. at 27th. 527-3917.
Rigoberta Menchú, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her work on indigenous people’s rights will speak on “The Legacy of War in Guatemala: Continuous Human Rights Abuses” at 2 p.m. in the Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, UC Campus. 642-2088. www.clas.berkeley.edu
“Migration and the Politics of Identity: Asian American Art” at 6 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $5-$15. In conjunction with the exhibition “What’s Going On? California and the Vietnam Era” 238-2200. www.museumca.org
“Images of Devotion in Colonial Mexico” with Prof. William Taylor, UCB, at noon at the Phoebe Hearst Museum, Bancroft at College. 643-7648.
Simplicity Forum Cecile Andrews, author of “Circle of Simplicity, Return to the Good Life,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave. 526-6596. www.simpleliving.net
Embracing Diversity Films presents “You Don’t Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men” a documentary, at 7 p.m. at Albany High School, 603 Key Route Blvd. Admission is free, donations welcome. 527-1328.
“Up Front Talk: Arrangements for Death & Dying” with Betty Goren at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5190.
LeConte Neighborhood Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at LeConte School, 2243 Russell St. Agenda includes a progress report on landscaping of traffic circles, detrimental impact of illegal lawn parking and annual Board election. 843-2602. KarlReeh@aol.com
FRIDAY, NOV. 19
Junior Rangers of Tilden Camping trip. For more information call 525-2233.
Berkeley Community Media Ten Year Anniversary with a Media Martini celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lucre Lounge in downtown Berkeley. Tickets are $10-$15. 848-2288, ext. 11. www.betv.org
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Dr. Robert Schoen on “What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew About Judaism” 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.
“Migrants’ Tales: Life in China’s Boomtowns” with Peter Hessler, China Correspondent, The New Yorker, at noon in the Journalism Library, North Gate Hall, UC Campus. http://ieas.berkeley.edu
“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.
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 www.bfhp.org
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. www.bpf.org
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.
SATURDAY, NOV. 20
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
Junior Rangers of Tilden meets Sat. mornings at Tilden Nature Center. For more information call 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.
Worm Composting Workshop Learn about a good way to compost kitchen scraps, even in apartments. From 10 a.m. to noon at 2530 San Pablo Ave. Free workshop sponsored by The Ecology Center. 548-2220, ext. 233. www.ecologycenter.org
Discover a Wildlife in Your Own Backyard with LeAnn Downing of Wild Birds Unlimited at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. www.magicgardens.com
Help Restore a Rare Tidal Marsh on the UC Richmond Field Station, near the Bay Trail in Richmond, from 9 a.m. to noon. We will provide tools, gloves, rain gear and refreshments. Heavy rain will cancel the event. For more information call Elizabeth at 231-9566.
Bay Area Socialist Conference with workshops during the day beginning at 9:30 a.m. at North Gate Hall, UC Campus. Cost is $10-$50, sliding scale. Evening panel with Peter Camejo, Alexander Cockburn and Ahmed Shawki at 6:30 p.m. at the Valley Life Science Building, room 2050, UC Campus. 415-861-3103. email@example.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, NOV. 21
Turkey Trudge and Tramp Bring the family and your guest to hike in preparation for the upcoming holiday. Learn the big, fat difference between farm fowl and their wild relatives. We’ll see our tame turkeys, and maybe catch a glimpse of wild gobblers running free in the park. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
“Seeds and Seed Treatment” A workshop on seed propogation and related plant biology. Learn how to collect, store, treat and sow a wide range of seeds and care for seedlings. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Visitors Center, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Park. Cost is $40-$45. 845-4166. www.nativeplants.org
Sweet History: Chocolate! Delve into the delicious natural history of chocolate, from trees to your table as you sample many varieties of the “food of the gods.” Learn an easy way to make truffles and take some home just in time for the holidays. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $10-$12, registration required. 525-2233.
Southside Cleanup After the Big Game Join neighbors and city staff to clean up our neighborhood. For information call 981-2493.
“Tellabration” a storytelling concert presented by Stagebridge senior theater, featuring Diane Ferlatte, Steven Heneger, Patricia Bulitt at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison, downtown Oakland. Tickets are $12-$15. 444-4755. www.stagebridge.org
Going Bat Crazy! A family exploration day to learn about bats at 1 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
Artsy Afternoon for Families with storytime, family painting projects and advent art projects from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Arlington Community Church. For reservations call 526-9146. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek on “The Six Perfections as a Transformative Practice” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, NOV. 22
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
“Saving the Sun: How Wall St. Mavaricks Shook up Japan’s Financial World and Made Billions” with Gillian Tett, Former Tokyo Bureau Chief, Financial Times, at noon in the IEAS Conference Room, 2233 Fulton St., 6th Flr. http://ieas.berkeley.edu
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.
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.
TUESDAY, NOV. 23
Morning Bird Walk Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Tilden’s Inspiration Point for a hike on EBMUD trails. It could be muddy. 525-2233.
“Update from Israel and Palestine” A panel discussion with Salim Tamari, Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies, Birzeit University; Dr. Eyad Sarraj, chairman of the Gaza Community Mental Health program; Neve Gordon, professor at Ben Gurion University, former director of Physicians for Human Rights, Israel; Walid Deeb, founding President, Arab- American University, Jenin, at 5:30 p.m. in 159 Mulford Hall, near Westgate, UC Campus. Sponsored by Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
“Anthropology and Architecture: The Making of Public Space in Kinshasa, RD Congo” with Filip De Boeck, Univ. of Leuven, Belgium, at 4 p.m. at 652 Barrows Hall, UC Campus. 642-8338. www.ias.berkeley.edu/africa
Berkeley PC Users Group Problem solving and beginners meeting to answer, in simple English, users questions about Windows computers. At 7 p.m. at 1145 Walnut St., near corner of Eunice St. All welcome, no charge. 527-2177.
El Cerrrito Library Book Club meets to discuss “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini at 7 p.m. at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. 526-7512. www.ccclib.org
Family Story Time at the Kensington Branch Library, Tues. evenings at 7 p.m. at 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.
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.
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. Charles Fitch will show travel slides at 11 a.m. We offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members over 50. 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
City Council meets Tues., Nov. 16 at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.
Citizens Humane Commission meets Wed., Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Katherine O’Connor, 981-6601. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/humane
Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/civicarts
Commission on Aging meets Wed., Nov. 17, 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., Nov. 17, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Delfina M. Geiken, 644-6085. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/labor
Human Welfare and Community Action Commission meets Wed., Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Marianne Graham, 981-5416. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/welfare
Mental Health Commission meets Wed., Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at 2640 MLK Jr. Way, at Derby. Harvey Turek, 981-5213. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Community Health Commission meets Thurs, Nov. 18, at 6:45 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. William Rogers, 981-5344. www.ci.berkeley.
Design Review Committee meets Thurs., Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Anne Burns, 981-7415. www.ci.berkeley.ca.
Library Board of Trustees meets Thurs. Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at 1901 Russell St., Jackie Y. Griffin, 981-6195. www.ci.ber-
Transportation Commission meets Thurs., Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Peter Hillier, 981-7000. www.