TUESDAY, FEB. 22
Early Morning Bird Walk Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Inspiration Point to look for birds of the grassland and chaparral. 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. at Briones. Registration required. 525-2233.
Bird Walk on the Martin Luther King Shoreline from 3 to 5 p.m. Dress for rain and wind. 525-2233.
“Sea Kayaking in the Bay Area and Baja” a slide presentation with Mitch Powers, at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
El Cerrito Democratic Club “The Social Security Debate” with Prof. J. Bradford DeLong, Economics Dept., UCB, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito.
The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day, in recognition of the 11th Annual Spay Day. Spay/neuter costs are $5-$10. 845-7735. www.berkeleyhumane.org
“Christianity, Islam and Ecology” Forum with Rosemary Radford Ruether and Ibrahim Farajaje at 7 p.m. at the Richard S. Dinner Boardroom, Graduate Theological Union, Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd. Part of The Graduate Theological Union’s Theological Roundtable on Ecological Ethics and Spirituality. 649-2560.
Black History Celebration with a showing of “Roots” at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center.
Black History Celebration with Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, entertainment and refreshments, at noon at the County Admin. Bldg, 1221 Oak St. Oakland.
Reverse Annuity Mortgages with Cherisse Baptiste from ECHO Housing at 1:15 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center.
School Age Storytime for ages 5 and up at 7 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext.17.
Organic Produce at low prices sold at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon Streets from 3 to 6 p.m. 843-1307.
Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 548-3991. www.berkeleycameraclub.org
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23
Tilden Tots A nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome)! We’ll search for amphibians from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684.
Wildlife Careers for Teens with information on zoo keeping, wildlife biology and wildlife education, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Oakland Zoo. Free, but reservations required. 632-9525, ext. 202. www.oaklandzoo.org
The Oakland Bird Club “Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide” with author Jack Laws at 7:30 p.m. at Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, Upstairs Meeting Room, 5366 College Ave. Free and open to the public. 444-0355, 654-4830.
Great Decisions 2005: “Russia” with Jordan Gans-Morse, Grad student, Political Science, UCB, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. Cost is $5, $40 for the series. For information and reservations call 526-2925.
“South Berkeley Expo” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Staff from Public Works, Police, Fire, Parks, and Health and Human Services will present information on community services and opportunities for residents to work together. 981-7071.
“Indictment: Bush and Company’s Violations of the Constitution” with Doris Walker, attorney with the National Lawyers Guild at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Sponsored by the Gray Panthers. 548-9696.
“American Dictators” A documentary of Alex Jones and the staged “election” of 2004, at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., midtown Oakland. Free, $5 donation requested. 910-0696.
Bayswater Book Club meets to discuss “The Templar Revelation by Picknett and Prince at 6:30 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble Coffee Shop, El Cerrito Plaza. 433-2911.
AARP Free Tax Assistance for taxpayers with middle and low incomes, with special attention to those 60 years and older. From 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Appointments must be made in advance. 526-3720, ext. 5.
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.
Artify Ashby Muralist Group meets every Wed. from 5 to 8 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center, to plan a new mural. New artists are welcome. Call Bonnie at 704-0803.
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station. Sing for Peace at 6:30 p.m. Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.geocities.com/vigil4peace/vigil
THURSDAY, FEB. 24
Early Morning Bird Walk Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Golf Course Road turnout, Tilden Park, to look for nuthatches. 525-2233.
Tilden Tots Join a nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome)! We’ll search for amphibians from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684.
Tilden Explorers An after school nature adventure for 5-7 year olds who may be accompanied by an adult. No younger siblings please. We’ll search for amphibians. From 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684.
District 2 Town Hall Meeting with Councilmember Darryl Moore at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Youth Alternatives, 1255 Allston Way. Come discuss current neighborhood issues and concerns. 981-7120.
Black History Celebration with dance, poetry, skits and light refreshments, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Parker St. 981-6640.
Community Forum on Soft Story Builings and Reducing Risk, with presentations by local and national experts, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7406. TDD 981-7474.
“Devastation for Democracy” The Future of the Iraqi People, Culture and Politics, with Dahr Jamail and Medea Benjamin at 7 p.m. at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland. Donation $10, no one turned away. www.vituous.com
“Confronting Empire: Hope, Fear & U.S. Intervention in El Salvador’s Presidential Elections” A documentary screening followed by discussion, at 7 p.m. at Changemakers, 6536 Telegraph Ave. 415-648-8222.
“Gaza Strip” A free film screening at 6:30 p.m. at the 3rd flr. Community Meeting Room, Berkeley Public Library Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St.
“Rhetorics of Holy War” a conference covering contemporary Islam, the crusades, contemporary evangelicalism, Buddhism, medieval Byzantium, and more. Thurs. and Fri. at 9:30 a.m. at the Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Rd. 415-451-2876. firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy Does It Disability Assistance Board of Directors Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, Classrooms A/B. Meeting is accessible and open to the public, with time for public comment. 967-4003.
Older People United, a discussion group for elders over 75 at 1:30 p.m. at the Gray Panthers, 1403 Addison St. 548-9696.
Berkeley School Volunteers Training workshop for volunteers interested in helping in Berkeley Public Schools at 1:30 p.m. at 1835 Allston Way. 644-8833.
Caleb and Ting Tango Classes Thurs.-Sun. at 8 p.m. at the Berkeley Tango Studio. Cost is $20 for one class or $60 for four. To register call 655-3585. stellatango.com.
FRIDAY, FEB. 25
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Ludmilla Kutsak on “The Fabergé Egg.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $13, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For reservations call 526-2925 or 665-9020.
“So How’d You Become an Activist?” with Carolyn Scarr and Dr. Marc Sapir at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., at Bonita. Suggested donation $5. 528-5403.
“The 9/11 Omission Report: What the Commission Didn’t Answer” with John Judge at 7 p.m. at Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donations requested. 625-1106.
“Constitutional Actions in Mexico” with Justice José Ramón Cossío Díaz of the Mexican Supreme Court at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, Boalt Hall, UC Campus. 642-2088.
Special Character Storytime for children with Arthur the Aardvark, at 10:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 2352 Shattuck Ave. 644-0861.
Berkeley Youth Alternatives Crab Feed at 7 p.m. at 1255 Allston Way. Cost is $35. Reservations required. 845-9010. www.byaonline.org
“Three Beats for Nothing” meets at 10 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center to sing for fun and practice. No charge. 655-8863, 843-7610.
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.
Humanistic Shabbat with Kol Hadash at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. 428-1492. email@example.com
SATURDAY, FEB. 26
Wet & Wild Come walk in the rain or shine and see who is out in Tilden Park. Meet at 11 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center. 525-2233.
Giddy for Goats Come meet Lola and Princess and the kids and learn how to care for goats, at 3 p.m. at the Little Farm, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Let Worms Eat Your Garbage Learn about the benefits of composting at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351.
Free Garden Tours at Regional Parks Botanic Garden Sat. and Sun. at 2 pm. Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Park. Call to confirm. 841-8732.
“Serving the People - Body and Soul” A Black Panther Party history lecture and video screening with Billy X. Jennings, Richard Aoki, Sister Sheba and James Buford at 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Library Community Room, 2090 Kittredge St. 981-6100.
“Election Rigging 101” A teach-in on the 2004 election and what we must do to restore democracy, with Bob Fitrakis, Editor, Columbus Free Press and others, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland. Donation $10. Please bring lunch. www.democraticrenewal.us
“Harriet Jacobs: A Black Woman’s Fight to Smash Slavery” with Carla Wilson, Spartacist League at 3 p.m. at the YWCA, 1515 Webster St., Oakland. 839-0851.
“Bringing the Hip Hop Youth into the Struggle for Reparations” a conference with Fred Hampton, Jr. and Pedro Noguera, held in the Valley Life Science Building, UC Campus. struggle4reparations.com
Emergency Response Training Class on “Basic Personal Preparedness” from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Fire Dept. Training Center, 997 Cedar St. To register call 981-5606. www.ci.berkeley.ca.
Friends of the Albany Library Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most items are priced at just 50 cents and include fiction, mysteries, children’s books, magazines, records, and a special “white elephant” table. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave, Albany. 536-3720, ext. 5.
From Tsunami Relief to Creative Rebuilding Performance, silent auction, bake sale at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St. Tickets are $15-$50. Proceeds benefit Sarvodaya. 444-8511, ext. 15. www.artsfirstoakland.org
UC Berkeley Asia Business Conference on “Asia’s Global Leadership” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Haas School of Business, at UC Campus. Cost is $50, $20 students. firstname.lastname@example.org
California College of the Arts Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5212 Broadway. Prospective students can tour studios, meet faculty and current students and view student work. 415-703-9523.
Kol Hadash Chai (18th) Anniversary with a dinner and entertainment at 6:30 p.m. at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. For reservations call 428-1492. info@KolHadash.org
SUNDAY, FEB. 27
All Things Fungal Considered from 10 a.m. to noon at Tilden Nature Center. We’ll seach for mushrooms and lichens and learn the science of fungi. Bring your lunch. 525-2233.
Laurel Canyon Cryptogram Slog We’ll look for plants without flowers and learn about their life cycles. Be prepared for lots of mud. Meet at 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center. 525-2233.
“Casinos in your Neighborhood-Good, Bad or What?” A panel discission to hear all sides from 4 to 6 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Sponsored by Berkeley Citizens Action.
Benefit for the Oakland GI Rights Hotline/CCCO, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. The program will present three decades of anti-war activism, from Vietnam to Iraq. Donations requested, $5 and up. 465-1607. www.girights.org
Yonatan Shapira, Israeli refuser pilot at 3 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Donation $5. 524-1993 www.refusersolidarity.net
Songs for the Hard Times The 67th Annual Reunion of the Veterans and Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade with Utah Phillips at 1 p.m. at the Calvin Simmons Theater, 10 Tenth St., Oakland. Tickets are $40. 548-3088.
Celebrate Black History Month with African stamp art at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. Cost is $5-$6. 647-111. www.habitot.org
Analysis of “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” with Terry Wilson at 6 p.m. at Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. A lasagna and salad supper will be served at 5 p.m. for a $4.00 donation. 526-3805.
Celebrate KerBlooms 52nd Issue at a benefit dinner for the Anarchy Magazine Collective. Vegan dinner at 7:30 p.m. and readings at 8:30 p.m. at the Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave. 540-8705. www.thelonghaul.org
Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace Peace walk around the lake every Sun. Meet at 3 p.m. at the colonnade at the NE end of the lake. 763-8712. lmno4p.org
The TaKeTiNa Rhythm Process A workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Interplayce, 2273 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Cost is $85-$110. 650-493-8046. www.villageheartbeat.com/registration.php
“Ashenazic Jews: History and Culture,” a conference sponsored by Kol Hadash, with visiting Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Sherwin Wine. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sat. and to 12:30 p.m. on Sun. at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. For registration information 428-1492. info@KolHadash.org
“Mysticism and the Inner Path to Enlightenment” Tea and discussion with Mother Clare Watts, a nondemoninational priest, at 1 p.m. at the Rose Garden Inn. Cost is $15. RSVP to 635-4286.
“The Rise of the Jewish Doctor” with John Efron at 3 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 845-6420.
Tibetan Buddhism with Abbe Blum on “The Tibetan Wheel of Life” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, FEB. 28
Tea and Hike 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
Berkeley High School Site Council meets at 4:30 p.m. to discuss WASC process and the role of the School Site Council, South of Bancroft facilities plan report, and Freshman Seminar report. email@example.com, bhs.berkeleypta.org/ssc
BUSD East Campus Planning Meeting at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Alternative High School Multipurpose Room, 2701 MLK Jr. WAy. 644-6066.
“Critical Viewing” an ongoing group that examines the craft(iness) of short film, TV drama, and commercials. Free. co-sponsored by the Berkeley Adult School and BRJCC. New members always welcome. Mon. from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237. firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Jewish-American World of Philip Roth” at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $10. 845-6420.
Nature Journal Writing with fieldtrips offered at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center, Vets Memorial Building at Grand Ave and Harrison, next to Lake Merritt. Meets Mon., 10 a.m. to noon and Thurs. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. To register call 238-3284.
Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Seeks Host Gardens The tour, which will be held in the spring of 2005, will showcase Alameda and Contra Costa County gardens that contain at least 30% native plants, don’t use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and provide habitat for wildlife. To receive a host application, contact Kathy Kramer at Kathy@KathyKramerConsulting.net or 236-9558.
City Council meets Tues., Feb. 22, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.
Citizens Budget Review Commission meets Wed., Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7041. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. www.ci.berkeley.ca.
Disaster Council meets Wed., Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. William Greulich, 981-5502. www.ci.berkeley.ca. us/commissions/disaster
Energy Commission meets Wed., Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/energy
Human Welfare and Community Action Commission meets Wed. Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Kristen Lee, 981-5427. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/welfare
Planning Commission meets Wed. Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Janet Homrighausen, 981-7484. www.ci.berkeley. ca.us/commissions/planning
Police Review Commission meets Wed. Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-4950. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/policereview
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs. Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.ber