FRIDAY, APRIL 8
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Toru Kumimatsu on “The Current Japanese Economy and Culture” 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.
Communities of Color and New Models of Organizing Labor A Symposium, sponsored by the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law & Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall, UC Campus. To register, see http://boalt.org/BJELL/activities.html
Bay Area African-American Health Summit from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Downs Memorial Church, 6026 Idaho St., near 60th & San Pablo, Oakland. Cost is $10. 654 5858 ext. 10.
“So How’d You Become an Activist?” with Matt Gonzalez and Steve Jacobson at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., at Bonita. Suggested donation $5. 528-5403.
“Forces of Nature: Earthquakes in Turkey” a lecture and film screening with Ross Stein, geophysicist, at 7:30 p.m. at Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Cost is $12-$15. 336-7373. www.chabotspace.org
Helmet Safety Day for Toddlers with helmet decorating and fitting at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. Cost is $5-$6. 647-1111. www.habitot.org
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., April 8-11. Cost is $150-$200 sliding scale. For information and to register call 625-0314. www.freeradio.org
“Remaking Economic Strengths in East Asia” a two-day conference at the Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, UC Campus. For details see http://ieas.
Ministry as a Vocation A conference at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Senic Ave. To register call 800-999-0528, ext. 1253.
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. 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. 655-6169. www.bpf.org
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
Spring Ponds We’ll learn about srping life cycles and capture and release naiads and nymphs, at 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Gardening with East Bay Native Plants, with Lyn Talkovsky, landscape gardener, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $15-$25. Registration required. 548-2220, ext. 233.
“Gardening from the Ground Up” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay-Friendly Demonstration Garden, 3589 Pacific Ave., Oakland. To register call 444-7645. www.bayfriendly.org
Rhododendron Flower Show and Plant Sale by American Rhododenron Society. Sat. from nooon to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, Lake Merritt Park, Oakland. Free. www.CalChapterARS.org
Spring Veggies and the Edible Landscape at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. www.magicgardens.com
Transportation and Land Use Summit Strategy and training sessions on a wide range of topics, including promoting transit villages, bicycle and pedestrian issues, and stopping unjust fare hikes and service cuts. From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Laney College Forum, 900 Fallon St. at 9th. Cost is $10, includes breakfast, lunch and materials. Register at www.transcoalition.org
“The Ambassador” A documentary film account of the nefarious career of John Dimitri Negroponte as Ambassador to Honduras, 1981-85. At 7:30 p.m., at King Middle School, 1781 Rose St. Discussion follows with Iain Boal, social historian from the Institute of International Studies, UCB and Mary Jo McConahay, Central American editor for the Pacific News Service. Donations accepted. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com
Eggster Hunt and Learning Festival with arts and crafts, learning booths and entertainment. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Strawberry Creek Lawn in front of Valley Life Sciences Bldg., UC Campus. Free and open to all families and children. www.eggster.org
“Qi, Feng Shui & Life” with Professor Lin-Yun of the Yun-Lin Temple at 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, Community Room, 2090 Kittredge St. 981-6136.
Women of Wisdom Health Walk at 11 a.m. at Cesar Chavez shoreline parking lot, Berkeley Marina. 704-0565.
Philosophers Forum on “Humble Greatness: Neo-Existentialist Zen” with UCB lecturer Americ Azevedo at 2 to 5 p.m. at Cafe de la Paz, 1600 Shattuck Ave. Free. http://philosophersforum.net/
“Hotel/Hospitality Overview” from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Vista Community College. 2020 Milvia St. Cost is $13. RSVP to 981-2931.
Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College Open House from noon to 6 p.m. at 2550 Shattuck Ave. RSVP to 666-8248, ext. 106.
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. www.nativeplants.org
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, APRIL 10
Early Morning Bird Walk Meet at 7 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center to learn about what is new in the science of birdsong. 525-2233.
Life Underground Meet at 1 p.m. at the Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park to learn about what goes on below the soil surface. 525-2233.
Thank You Party for Senator Barbara Boxer for her courageous leadership on the election challenge, ANWR fight and more from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Montclair Women’s Club, 1650 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Hosted by NWPC, Wellstone Club, EB for Democracy. All welcome, $50 benefits Senator Boxer’s PAC. www.nwpcan.org, email@example.com
Green Sunday: The Climate Change Crisis and You with Tom and Jane Kelly from KyotoUSA and Danielle Fugere of Blue Water Network at 5 p.m. at Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th.
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
Hands-on Bicycle Maintenance Class from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $85-$100. 527-4140.
“The World in My Neighborhood: Celebrating the Diversity of Asian Cultures” in a program created for all ages. Activities from 1 to 3 p.m. at Phoebe A. Hearst Museum, Bancroft at College. Cost is $1-$4. 643-7648. http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu
“Thinking of Becoming a Doula?” at 2 p.m. at Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. www.changemakersforwomen.com
“The Children of Chabannes” a film about a village in France that saved the lives of 400 Jewish refugee children, at 2 p.m. at the BRJCC. 848-0237.
“A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?” Learn about Jewish spirituality, Jewish ethics, and Jewish community. Held in Richmond. Free, but registration required. 839-2900, ext. 347.
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
Tibetan Buddhism with Donna Morgan on “Tibetan Yoga Outdoors” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, APRIL 11
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
The 5th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival “Values of Tolerance” with two documentaries “In Rwanda We Say” and “Talk Mogadishu: Media Under Fire.” Reception at 6:30 p.m., films at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft. Tickets are $8-$10 at the door. 849-1752 www.unausaeastbay.org, www.unaff.org
Berkeley School Volunteers Training workshop for volunteers interested in helping in Berkeley Public Schools at 5 p.m. at 1835 Allston Way. 644-8833.
Student Homeownership A forum from 3 to 5 p.m. at Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland. Presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org
West Berkeley Neighborhood Development Corporation “Get Down to Business” an evening of panel discussions and presentations for entrepreneurs and artists, at 6 p.m. at the West Berkeley Senior Center. 845-4106. www.westberkley.com
World Affairs/Politics Discussion Group for people 60 years and over. New session begins today at 9:45 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. Join at any time. Cost is $2.50 with refreshments. 524-9122.
“Neo-Liberal Economic Policies in Latin America” with Prof. Beatriz Magaloni, Stanford Univ., at 1:15 p.m. at CLAS conference room, 2334 Bowditch St. 642-2088. www.clas.berkeley.edu
TUESDAY, APRIL 12
Early Morning Bird Walk Meet at 7 a.m. at the end of Rifle Range Road, in Wildcat Canyon to look for birds of the woods and willows. 525-2233.
Bird Walk along the Martin Luther King Shoreline to see marsh birds at 3:30 p.m. for information call 525-2233.
“Wanderlust of a Sierra Rock Climber” a slide presentation with Heidi Pesterfield of Alpine Skills International at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $85-$100. 527-4140.
“The Art of Music” Berkeley Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Gala at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Tickets are $250. For information call 841-2800.
“The New Americans” Episode 1, at 7 p.m. at Albany High School, 603 Key Route Blvd. in Albany. Sponsored by Embracing Diversity Films and Albany High School PTA.
“Islam, Religious Pluralism, and Interreligious Dialogue” with Imam Warith Deen Mohammad at 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. Free but reservations requested. Reception to follow. 649-2426.
“Good People in an Evil Time” with Dr. Svetlana Borz, granddaughter of the former Yugoslavia’s Marshall Tito at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley Ave. www.ahimsaberkeley.org
Water Resources Center Lecture “The Influence of ENSO Phase on Floods & Sediment Transport in California Coastal Streams” with Edmund Andrews of U.S. Geological Survey at 5:30 p.m. in 105 North Gate Hall, UC Campus. 642-2666.
“Supermarket Savvy: Shopping for a Healthier Planet” at 7 p.m. at Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 828 San Pablo Ave., Suite 104, Albany. To register call 558-7800.
Introductory Buddhist Meditation Class at 7 p.m. at Dzalandhara Buddhist Center, in Berkeley. Suggested donation $7-$10. For directions call 559-8183.www.kadampas.org
An Evening with Rabbi Steven Greenberg at 7 p.m. at Badé Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. 849-8206. www.clgs.org
Brainstormer Weekly Pub Quiz every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Pyramid Alehouse Brewery, 901 Gilman St. 528-9880.
Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. Share your digital images, slides and prints and learn what other photographers are doing. 548-3991. www.berkeleycameraclub.org
Sing-A-Long every Tues. from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic. All ages welcome. 524-9122.
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Blood pressure screening at 10:30 a.m. We offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13
AIDS Town Hall Meeting to discuss the future of care, treatment and prevention, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Oakland Marriott CIty Center, 1001 Broadway. Sponsored by the American Foundation for AIDS Research. www.amfar.org
“From Hot-Boxing to the Slammer: The Blunt Truth About the Drug War and Racial Justice” with the Berkeley ACLU Drug Policy and Racial Justice divisions at 6:15 p.m. at FSM Cafe at Moffitt Library, UC Campus. fsm-info@
“Unprecedented” and “Votergate” two documentaries at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. 393-5685.
ACTransit Public Meeting on proposed expansion and changes to Transbay Bus Service at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkley Senior Center. 891-4854. www.actransit.org
Introduction to Judaism with Sarah Gershman, at 7:30 p.m., April 13, 20 and May 4, at the BRJCC. Cost is $40. 848-0237.
New Jewish Literature with Laura Bernell at 11:30 a.m. at BRJCC. Cost is $5. 848-0237.
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. This service will continue through April. Appointments must be made in advance. 526-3720, ext. 5.
Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters meets at 7:15 a.m. at Au Cocolait, 200 University Ave. at Milvia. For information call Robert Flammia 524-3765.
Poetry Writing Workshop with Alison Seevak at 7 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720.
“Know Thyself…and the World You Live In” a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. at New Acropolis Cultural Center, 1700 Dwight Way. Call to register 665-3740. www.acropolis.org
The Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club provides free instruction every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at 2270 Action St. 841-2174.
Sing-Along every Wed. at 4:30 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17.
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. 548-9840.
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. www.
Camp Gan Israel Information Night at 8 p.m. at Chabad of the East Bay, 2643 College Ave. 540-5824.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14
“Panoramic Hill’s Sierra Club Legacy” at 7:30 p.m. at Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St. Cost is $10, available from Berkeley Architectural Heritage at 841-2241. www.berkeleyheritage.com
No War Tax Day Event A desert potluck at 7 p.m. and granting of resisted tax dollars at 7:30 p.m. at 2220 Sacramento St. 843-9877. www.nowartax.org
Older People United A discussion group for elders over 75 at 1:30 p.m. at Berkeley Gray Panthers, 1403 Addison St. 548-9696.
Ocean View Neighbors Meeting with Mayor Bates and representatives from Pacific Steel and the Air Quality Resources Board at 7 p.m. at James Kenney Park, 1720 Eighth St., between Virginia and Delaware. 981-7100.
Grizzly Peak Flyfishers Skills Fair with demonstrations of casting, fly tying, knots and insect identification at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. in Kensington. 547-8629.
“French Anti-Semitism” with journalist Marie Brenner at 5:30 p.m. with dinner. Cost is $75 plus donation to the Jewish Community Federation. For reservations see www.jfed.org/choices2005
“Driving & Aging” panel discussion at 4 p.m. at Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 828 San Pablo Ave., Suite 104, Albany. 558-7800.
“To Dust You Will Return” Jewish Perspecties on Dying, Death and an Afterlife with Rachel Brodie at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC. Cost is $5-$8. 848-0237.
Council Agenda Committee meets Mon., April 11, at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St. 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
City Council meets Tues., April 12, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.
Commission on Disability meets Wed., April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Don Brown, 981-6346. TDD: 981-6345. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/disability
Homeless Commission meets Wed., April 13, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jane Micallef, 981-5426. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/homeless
Library Board of Trustees meets Wed. April 13, at 7 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center, Jackie Y. Griffin, 981-6195. www.ci.berkeley.
Planning Commission meets Wed., April 13, at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Janet Homrighausen, 981-7484. www.ci.berkeley. ca.us/commissions/planning
Police Review Commission meets Wed., April 13 at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-4950. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/policereview
Waterfront Commission meets Wed., April 13, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. Cliff Marchetti, 644-6376 ext. 224. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/waterfront
Community Health Commission meets Thurs, April 14, at 6:45 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. William Rogers, 981-5344. www.ci.ber
West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thurs., April 14, at 7 p.m., at the West Berkeley Senior Center. Iris Starr, 981-7520. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/westberkeley
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., April 14, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/zoning ?