FRIDAY, JAN. 14
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Robert Ashmore on “The Unspoken and Unsayable in Chinese Poetry and Philosophy.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $13, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For information and reservations call 526-2925 or 665-9020.
The Owl Told Me Join us for an evening of owl exploration. Listen and learn to call for the Great Horned Owl as they woo their mates. At 6 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center. Fee is $5-$7, reservations required. 525-2233.
“Visual History of the Albany Shoreline” Photographs and maps of cattle ranching, dynamite factories, horseracing, military operations, dumps, art, and wildlife on display at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin.
“Torture: the CIA and the White House” with Jennifer Harbury, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Stop Torture Campaign and Bob Kearney, Associate Director, ACLU of Northern California, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, One Lawson Road, Kensington. Donation $5. 525-0302.
Inspiration Point Hike with Solo Sierrans Meet at 4 p.m. in the parking lot off Wild Cat Canyon Rd. Optional dinner in Orinda after the hike. Please call Phyllis at 525-2299 to confirm time. Rain cancels.
Radio Camp Build an FM trasmitter and learn the fundamentals of micropower broadcasting in this 4-day workshop in Oakland. Class runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $150-$200 sliding scale. For information and to register call 625-0314. www.freeradio.org
“Three Beats for Nothing” meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center to sing for fun and practice, mostly 16th century harmony. 655-8863, 843-7610.
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 East Bay Chess Club, 1940 Virginia St. Players at all levels are welcome. 845-1041.
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 548-6310.
SATURDAY, JAN. 15
“Winter Blooms!” Free garden tours at Regional Parks Botanic Garden. Sat. and Sun. at 2 pm. Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Park. 845-4116. www.nativeplants.org
Help Bring Back the Wild Join the Bayshore Stewards as we 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 install native plants along the marsh edge and help create habitat for endangered species. We provide tools, gloves, rain gear and refreshments, and instruction on planting. Heavy rain will cancel the event. For more information call Elizabeth 231-9566.
Green Design for Everyday People We will discuss the process of green design and how we all can have beautiful living and working spaces that are not toxic to ourselves or our environment. Topics will include cleaners, paints, sealers, furnishings, flooring, energy efficient systems and products. Bring a rough plan of your space if possible. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $10-$15. 548-2220, ext. 233.
Junior Rangers of Tilden meets Sat. mornings at Tilden Nature Center. For more information call 525-2233.
Junior Ranger Aide Training in the afternoon at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. For more information call 525-2233.
Berkeley Alliance of Neighborhood Associations meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Sproul Conference Room, 2727 College Ave.
California Writers Club, Berkeley Branch meets from 10 a.m. to noon at Barnes and Noble, Jack London Square, Oakland. The speaker will be literary agent Ted Weinstein talking about the business of writing. www.berkeleywritersclub.org
Winter Color in the Garden at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. www.magicgardens.com
Historical and Botanical Tour of Chapel of the Chimes, a Julia Morgan landmark, every third Sunday at 10 a.m. at 4499 Piedmont Ave. at Pleasant Valley. Reservations required. 228-3207. www.chapelofthechimes.com
“Women on the Move” a three day workshop commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and exploring his message for women of faith. Sat. - Mon. at the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2024 Ashby Ave. Cost is $20. 658-0817.
Pre-School Storytime for ages 3-5 at 11 a.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext.17.
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, JAN. 16
Winter Flowers on the Ridge Explore a fragile ecosystem on this 3 mile hike. Meet at 10 a.m. at the staging area at the end of Coach Drive, El Sobrante. For ages 10 and up. 525-2233.
Our Neighbors, The Mountain Lions Is it a puma, panther, cougar or mountain lion? Learn how to make hiking safe and fun if you are lucky enough to see a big cat. At 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Labyrinth Peace Walk at 3 p.m. at Willard Community Peace Labyrinth, on blacktop next to the gardens at Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave. Enter by the dirt road on Derby. Free. Wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by the East Bay Labyrinth Project. 526-7377.
Adult CPR Certification and Standard First Aid Class from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Training Room, Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, 2700 Ninth St., entrance on Carleton St. Cost is $70 per person, $10 will benefit the homeless animals at BEBHS, $60 will go to ER PLUS for the instruction. 845-7735, ext. 19.
Interfaith Celebration of Martin Luther King with Congregation Beth El and McGee Avenue Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McGee Avenue Baptist Church, 1640 Stuart St., at McGee. Please bring food to share along with a card explaining what your dish is, where it is from and its cultural or historical significance. 848-3988, ext. 15.
“Faith-Based Activity During the Vietnam War” at 2 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. in conjunction with the exhibit “California and the Vietnam Era.” 238-2200. www.museum.ca.org
Free Sailboat Rides between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Cal Sailing Club in the Berkeley Marina. Bring warm waterproof clothes. www.cal-sailing.org
Finding Yourself in Rhythm A TaKeTiNa Rhythm Workshop from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ashkenaz back dance studio, 1317 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $25-$45 sliding scale. 650-493-8046.
Tibetan Buddhism with Sylvia Gretchen on “The Tibetan World Peace Ceremony at Bodh Gaya, India” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
Personal Theology Seminar with Ron Nakasone on “The Indigenous Religions of Okinawa” at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302.
“Humanistic Judaism 101” with Marcia Grossman at 10 a.m. at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. Donation $5. email@example.com
MONDAY, JAN. 17
New Era, New Politics Walking Tour of African American history in Oakland. Meet at 10 a.m. at the African American Museum, 659 14th St., Oakland. Free. Tour lasts two hours. 238-3234.
Living the Dream Intergenerational Activities at 10 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. at the deFremery Recreation Center, 1651 Adeline St. Free, but reservations requested. 238-7739.
Embracing the Dream of Peace A health, jobs and peace fair at the Calvin Simmons Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center from noon to 6 p.m. 548-4040, ext. 357. www.embracingthedream.org
Multicultural Peace Celebration and Rally from 10 a.m. to noon at the ILWU Warehouse Local #6 Hall, 99 Hegenberger Rd. at Pardee. Celebration includes speakers, youth poets, singers and dancers. 638-0365.
“Unbossed and Unbought” a film on the life of Shirley Chisholm at 1 p.m. at the African American Museum, 659 14th St. 637-0200. www.oaklandlibrary.org
Martin Luther King Day for Children Make a dream collage with African textiles from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. Cost is $5-$6. 647-1111. www.habitot.org
World Affairs/Politics Discussion Group for people 60 years and over meets Mondays at 9:15 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. Join at any time. Cost is $2.50 with refreshments. 524-9122.
Fitness for 55+ A total body workout including aerobics, stretching and strengthening at 2 p.m. 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, JAN. 18
Bird Walk in Wildcat Canyon Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the end of Rifle Range Road to look for birds of the forest and creek-side. 525-2233.
Tilden 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. Girls and boys ages 8-12, unaccompanied by their parents. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area. Cost is $6-$8. Reservations required. 636-1684.
Berkeley Garden Club “Care and Culture of Orchids,” potting demonstration, orchids for show and sale, by Sue Fordyce, grower at Orchids Ranch. Meeting at 1 p.m., program at 2 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. 524-4374.
Great Snowshoe Destinations in California Slide presentation at 7 p.m. with Michael White, author of Wilderness Press guidebooks at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
Marin Avenue Reconfiguration Public Hearing at 7 p.m. at Berkeley City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 981-7062.
Fitness Tests for people 50 and over from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Free. You will receive personalized scores and tips on how to maintain or improve your fitness. 981-5367.
School Age Storytime for ages 5 and up at 7 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext.17.
Brainstormer Weekly Pub Quiz every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Pyramid Alehouse Brewery, 901 Gilman St. 528-9880.
American Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Orientation at 6 p.m. at 6230 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Advance sign-up needed, 594-5165.
Get Organized for the New Year, with Eve Abbott, author and personal productivity consultant, at 7 p.m. at El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., 526-7512.
“Getting Along with Your Adult Children” a participatory workshop at 7:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $35-$40. 848-0327, ext. 110. www.brjcc.org
“Tu B, Shuvat: A Meeting Point between Cyclical and Linear Time” with Avital Plan at 7:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5. 848-0327, ext. 110. www.brjcc.org
Berkeley Salon Discussion Group meets to discuss “O.J., Peterson and The Death Penalty” 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.
Organic Produce at low prices sold at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon Streets every Tuesday from 3 to 6 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. 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
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19
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.
Mini-Farmers in Tilden A farm exploration program, from 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 4-6 years, accompanied by an adult. We will explore the Little Farm, care for animals, do crafts and farm chores. Wear boots and dress to get dirty! Fee is $3-$5. Registration required. 525-2233.
Winter Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Breeze Market, just west of the I-80 overpass. Everyone is welcome, wear comfortable shoes and a warm hat. Heavy rain cancels. 548-9840.
Grizzly Peak Cyclists at 8 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2268 Cedar St. David Milne Smith, Ph.D., adventurer, author, and leadership trainer, will speak about “The Aging Athlete: How To Turn Each Moment into an Adventure.” 527-0450.
“The Doors” Oliver Stone film of Jim Morrison’s self destruction at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, $5 donations accepted. 393-5685.
Health and Sexuality for the Mature Woman A lecturesponsored by the Alexander Foundation at 6:15 p.m. at the Claremont Resort, 41 Tunnel Rd. Cost is $10-$15. 527-3010. www.afwh.org/about/claremontlectures.htm
Tap Into It Jazz and Rhythm Tap classes at Montclair Recreation Center, 6300 Moraga Ave., Oakland. Experienced at 6:30 p.m., beginners at 7:30 p.m. 482-7812.
Fresh Produce Stand at San Pablo Park from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the Frances Albrier Community Center. Sponsored by the Ecology Center’s Farm Fresh Choice. 848-1704. www.ecologycenter.org
Stitch ‘n Bitch Bring your knitting, crocheting and other handcrafts from 6 to 9 p.m. at Caffe Trieste, 2500 San Pablo Ave. 548-5198.
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. Sing for Peace at 6:30 p.m. Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.
THURSDAY, JAN. 20
Inauguration Protest “Let America Be America Again” at 9 a.m. at the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. The rally to read the Langston Hughes poem “Let America Be America Again” will start at the very moment the oath of office is being administered in Washington D.C. Everyone will have an opportunity to join in. www.artistsandwritersforpeace.org
“Stop the War: Fight the Right” on GW’s inaguration at 5 p.m. at Civic Center, San Francisco. 415-821-6545. www.internationalanswer.org, www.actionsf.org
“The Future of Energy: Transitioning from Fossil Fuels to Renewables” A panel discussion moderated by former PUC Commissioner Loretta Lynch at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $5-$15, sliding scale. 548-2220, ext. 233. www.ecologycenter.org
Berkeley City Club Anniversary Events from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. including tours of the historic Julia Morgan building and dinner. Cost is $15-$25. For reservations call 848-7800.
Simplicity Forum on “Removing Anxiety to Simplify Your Life” at 6:30 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave. 526-6596. www.simpleliving.net
Berkeley School Volunteers Training workshop for volunteers interested in helping in Berkeley Public schools at 3 p.m. at 1835 Allston Way. 644-8833.
WriterCoach Connection Volunteer Training Help students improve their writing and critical thinking skills. Training session from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. To register call 524-2319. Other Trainings on Feb. 9, 16, Mar. 8, 15. www.writercoachconnection.org
Montclair Safety & Improvement Council Public Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Montera Middle School, 5555 Ascot Dr. Presentations include Emergency Preparedness, Crime Prevention, Pedestrian & Traffic Safety, and Beautification. www.montclairsic.org
“Krill: Constant Currency in the Fluctuating Oceanic Economy” with Dr. Baldo Marinovic at 12:30 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. 238-2200. www.museum.ca.org
Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League is looking for girls in grades 1-8 to play girls softball. Season runs March 5-June 4. Scholarships available. To register call 869-4277. www.abgsl.org
Youth Speaks Winter Workshops in writing and spoken word begin Jan. 24 in Berkeley and Oakland. For more information call 415-255-9035. www.youthspeaks.org
“Half Pint Library” Book Drive Donate children’s books to benefit Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. Donations accepted at 1849 Solano Ave. through March 31.
City Council meets Tues., Jan. 18, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.
Berkeley Housing Authority meets Tues., Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. ww.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/housingauthority
Citizens Humane Commission meets Wed., Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Katherine O’Connor, 981-6601. www.ci.berkeley.ca. us/commissions/humane
Commission on Labor meets Wed., Jan. 19, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Delfina M. Geiken, 981-7550. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/labor
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Thurs. Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Pam Wyche, 644-6128 ext. 113. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/rent
Fair Campaign Practices Commission meets Thurs., Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Prasanna Rasaih, 981-6950. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/faircampaign
Housing Advisory Commission meets Thurs., Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Oscar Sung, 981-5400. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/housing
Transportation Commission meets Thurs., Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Peter Hillier, 981-7000. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/transportation