TUESDAY, MAY 17
Morning Bird Walk in Wildcat Canyon Meet at 7 a.m. at the end of Rifle Range Rd. for a stroll to see the birds of wood and creekside. 525-2233.
Tuesday Tilden Walkers Join a few slowpoke seniors at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot near the Little Farm for an hour or two walk. In case of questionable weather, call around 8 a.m. 215-7672, 524-9992.
Bird Walk along the Martin Luther King Shoreline to see the Clapper Rails and the elusive Burrowing Owl at 3:30 p.m. 525-2233.
Mini-Rangers at Tilden Park Join us for an afternoon of nature study, conservation and rambling through the woods and water. Dress to get dirty, and bring a healthy snack to share. For children age 8-12, unaccompanied by their partents. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684.
Berkeley Garden Club “Container Gardening Through the Year” with Patricia St. John, landscape designer, at 1 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. 524-4374.
Strawberry Tasting at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market, from 2 to 7 p.m., Derby St. at MLK Jr. Way. 548-3333. www.ecologycenter.org
“A Bicycle Journey Around the World” Dave Stamboulis introduces his new new book on his seven year journey at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
Take Back Our Schools Day On the 51st Anniversary of Brown vs. Board, noon rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza, at City Hall, Oakland. 289-3318.
Small Business Class “The Financial Plan” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, Community Room, 2090 Kittredge St. Free but registration required. 981-6148.
“Healing Therapies for Pain and Energy” with Lori-Ann Gertonson, DC , from noon to 2 p.m. in the Maffly Auditorium, Alta Bates Herrick Campus. 644-3273.
“The Happiness Makeover: How to Teach Yourself to Be Happy and Enjoy Every Day” with Mary Jane Ryan at 7 p.m. at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. 526-7512.
Berkeley Salon Discussion Group meets to discuss “Bring Back the Good Old Days” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 601-6690.
Introductory Buddhist Meditation Class at 7 p.m. at Dzalandhara Buddhist Center, in Berkeley. Donation $7-$10. For directions call 559-8183.
Local Ledgends: Charlene Spretnak of the Women’s Spirituality Movement at 7 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. 883-0600.
American Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Orientation at 6 p.m. at 6230 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Advance sign-up needed. 594-5165.
Brainstormer Weekly Pub Quiz at 7:30 p.m. at Pyramid Alehouse, 901 Gilman St. 528-9880.
Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 548-3991.
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. 845-6830.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
Walking Tour of Old Oakland uptown to the Lake to discover Art Deco landmarks. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Paramount Theater at 2025 Broadway. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234.
Founder of Critical Mass, Chris Carlsson, on the success of this monthly convergence of cyclists at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. 527-0450.
“Can Cultural and Environmental Destruction be Reversed?” A Perspective from Little Tibet with Helena Norberg-Hodge at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220.
“The Cradle Will Rock!” a video of the WPA Theater in the 1930s at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Gray Panthers, 1403 Addison St. Light supper will be served. 548-9696.
Balinese Music and Dance Workshop at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $60 for all five classes, $15 per class. Registration required. Gamelan Sekar Jaya, 6485 Conlon Ave., El Cerrito. 237-6849.
The Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club provides free instruction every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at 2270 Action St. 841-2174.
Walk Berkeley for Seniors meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Breeze Market, just west of the I-80 overpass. 548-9840.
North East Berkeley Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, for a Q&A with Mayor Tom Bates and City Council Members Betty Olds and Laurie Capitelli and Officer John Nuddlefield of the Berkeley Police Department. NEBA will hold elections at this meeting. Dues are $35 family, $25 for individuals. Only members are eligible to vote. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkeley BART Station, corner of Shattuck and Center. www.geocities.
THURSDAY, MAY 19
Bike to Work Day Register online to help the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition better calculate participation and to be included in a grand prize drawing. 486-0698. www.511.org
“Seeing the Red Owl: A Naturalist’s Journey Into Madagascar” with Luke Cole at 7:30 p.m. at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. Sponsored by Golden Gate Audobon. 843-2222. www.goldengateaudobon.org
“Berkeley Alternative High School: A Struggle for Social Justice” a documentary at 6 p.m. at Berkeley Alternative High School auditorium, 2701 MLK Jr. Way, followed by panel discussion. 610-3998.
Mozart for Mutts & Meows with George Cleve at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. A benefit for Berkeley East Bay Humane Society. Tickets are $75. For information and reservations call 845-7735, ext. 19. www.berkeleyhumane.org
Washington Elementary After School Open House at 7 p.m. After school activities include circus art, music and dance, earth awareness and reading. Sliding scale fees. 644-6939.
LeConte Neighborhood Association meets with Mayor Bates at 7:30 p.m. at the LeConte School cafeteria. 843-2602.
“From Baghdad to Baseball” Challenges and Rewards of Investigative Reporting with Steve Fainaru of the Washington Post and Mark Fainaru-Wada of the SF Chronicle at 6 p.m. at Youth Radio Cafe, 1801 University Ave. www.youthradio.org
“Spiders: The Wanderings of Weavers” with Rosemary Gillespie, Prof. of Insect Biology, UCB, at 12:30 p.m. at the Oakland Museum, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $4-$8. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
“What Stinks?” A Zooarchae-
ological Puzzle at Oakland’s Peralta Adobe in the 1840s at 6:30 p.m. at the Peralta House, 2465 34th Ave., Oakland. Tickets are $25, free to members. 532-9142.
Celebrate Elephants Silent Auction and Reception at 6 p.m. at the Oakland Zoo. Donations $25, benefits the Amboseli Elephant Research Camp. 632-9525. www.oaklandzoo.org
“Take Back Your Time” a Simplicity Forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave. 549-3509. www.simpleliving.net
FRIDAY, MAY 20
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with John Karam, on “Islam in Latin America” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $13, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. 526-2925.
“Robert F. Williams: Self-Defense, Self-Respect, and Self-Determination” a new audio documentary at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Chuirch, 685 14th St. Donation $5-$25. 208-1700.www.akpress.org
Kirtan, improvisational devotional chanting at 7:30 p.m. at 850 Talbot, at Solano, Albany. Donation $10. 526-9642.
Berkeley Chess Club meets Fridays at 8 p.m. at the East Bay Chess Club, 1940 Virginia St. Players at all levels are welcome. 845-1041.
“Three Beats for Nothing” a small group meeting weekly at 10 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center to sing for fun and practice, mostly 16th century harmony. No charge. 655-8863, 843-7610.
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. email@example.com 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. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 655-6169.
SATURDAY, MAY 21
Native Plant Walk in Strawberry Canyon Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot on the right on Centennial Road above the UC Stadium. Cost is $10-$15. 548-2220, ext. 233.
Pepperweed Pull Join Save the Bay, Friends of Strawberry Creek, and Friends of Five Creeks removing invasive perennial pepperweed, a threat to shorebird habitat, from Eastshore State Park at the mouth of Strawberry Creek, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the cove west of Sea Breeze Deli, University Ave. just west of the I-880/580 Freeway. 848- 9358. www.fivecreeks.org
Bay Friendly Gardening Design at 10 a.m. at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr.. Bring your site plans. Free, but registration required at www.stopwaste.org
Snaking Through the Hills Join us for a hike up the watershed to see where reptiles like to sun. Meet at 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area. 525-2233.
Strawberry Tasting at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Center St. at MLK Jr. Way. Cooking demonstrations at 11 a.m. 548-3333.
Barbara Lee Town Hall Meeting for Veterans to help access benefits and services from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany.
United Nations Association UNICEF Center Open House from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1403-B Addison St., with music, food, and door prizes. 849-1752.
Longfellow Health Fair Health and nuitrition information, free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, food and student performances from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow Family Resource Center, Ward St. between Sacramento and California Sts. 644-6360.
Rosa Parks Kids Carnival with entertainment, food, cake walk and silent auction from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rosa Parks School, 920 Allston Way.
Himalayan Fair in Live Oak Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Himalayan arts, crafts, music and food. Cost is $8-$20. 869-3995. www.himalayanfair.net
Journey to Tibet slide-show with Dorjee Tsewang at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St. in Live Oak Park 644-6893.
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour of the Ashby Station neighborhood, from frog pond to flea market, led by Dale Smith, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8-$10. 848-0181. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc/
Growing Smart in Berkeley A tour of downtown Berkeley with Greenbelt Alliance. Reservations required. 415-255-3233.
Walking Tour of Oakland City Center Meet at 10 a.m. in front Oakland City Hall at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234.
Rockridge Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Claremont Middle School, 5750 College Ave., with performances, rummage sale, silent auction, arts marketplace and food. Benefits the Middle School Arts Program. To donate items call 420-7022.
“Is the AFL-CIO Breaking Up?” join the Democratic Socialists of the East Bay for a discussion from 10 a.m. to noon at the Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., near Alcatraz. 415-789-8497. www.dsausa.org
Family Violence Law Center Fundraiser at 6 p.m. at the Lake Merritt Hotel in Oakland. 208-0220. www.fvlc.org
Community Party and Open House with children’s activities at Vara Healing Arts, at 850 Talbot, at Solano, Albany. Cost is $4-$7. 526-9642.
Bay Area Story Telling Festival Sat. and Sun. from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area. Tickets are $7-$11 for individual events, $31-$55 for the weekend. 869-4969. www.bayareastroytelling.org
Loose Leash Dog Walking, a training session on city manners from 11 a.m. to noon at RabbitEars, 303 Arlington Ave., Kensington. Cost is $35. Reservations required. 525-6155.
Walking for Prader-Willi Syndrome A fundraiser at 10:30 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina. Cost is $20 individual, $50 family. 800-400-9994.
California Writers Club “Harnessing Your Dragons” to improve productivity and creativity with Jane Porter at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, Jack London Square. 482-0265. www.berkeleywritersclub.org
Girlstock with music, art and stories from 2 to 10 p.m. at at 7 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. 883-0600.
Free Emergency Preparedness Class in Disaster First Aid from 9 a.m. to noon at 997 Cedar St., between 8th and 9th. To sign up call 981-5605. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/fire/oes
Historical and Botanical Tour of Chapel of the Chimes, a Julia Morgan landmark, at 10 a.m. at 4499 Piedmont Ave. at Pleasant Valley. Reservations required 228-3207.
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, MAY 22
Himalayan Fair in Live Oak Park from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Himalayan arts, crafts, music and food. Cost is $8-$20. 869-3995. www.himalayanfair.net
Albany Festival of the Arts from noon to 8 p.m. at Memorial Park, 1331 Portland Ave., with music, theater, dance and poetry. Free.
First Annual Taste of El Cerrito with food, wine, coofee and tea tasting at 5 p.m. at the El Cerrito Community Center, Moeser Lane at Asbury Ave. Cost is $10-$20.
Dynamite History Walk in Point Pinole at 10 a.m. to discover the park preserved by dynamite. 525-2233.
World Social Forum Report Back by representatives of the National Lawyers’ Guild, WILPF, ReclaimDemocracy, and others at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship, 1924 Cedar St. Donation $5-$15.
Music for People and Tingamajigs Concert An outdoor labyrinth of interactive instuments for the whole family from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $4-$8. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
Hands-On Bicycle Clinic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Free. 527-4140.
Berkeley City Club free tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are sponsored by the Berkeley City Club and the Landmark Heritage Foundation. Donations welcome. The Berkeley City Club is located at 2315 Durant Ave. For group reservations or more information, call 848-7800 or 883-9710.
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
“Insights Received While Producing a Multimedia Experience: Reflections on the Tao” with Mike Bukay, nature photographer, at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302.
Tibetan Buddhism with Pema Gellek and Lama Palzang on “The Buddha’s Enlightenment” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, MAY 23
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.
An Evening with Jon Carroll, SF Chronicle columnsit at 7 p.m. at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave. Cost is $18, benefits Heart’s Leap School. 925-798-1300.
Berkeley High School Site Council meets at 4:30 p.m. in the school library. firstname.lastname@example.org
Adaptive Reuse in Los Angeles: A Model for Recycling Oakland’s Heritage? with Hamid Behdad, Director of the Adaptive Reuse Program, City of Los Angeles, at 6 p.m. in the Oakland City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Free and open to the public. 763-9218. www.oaklandheritage.org
“Got Stress?” A seminar on how to reduce it at 6:30 p.m. at Piedmont Ave. Branch Library, 160 41st St., Oakland. 597-5011.
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. Cost is $2.50 with refreshments. 524-9122.
Philip Roth Book Club facilitated by Laura Bernell at 7:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $10. 848-0237. www.brjcc.org
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.
Adoption in Interfaith Jewish Families at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $10-$15. 839-2900, ext. 347.
City Council meets Tues., May 17, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.
Citizens Humane Commission meets Wed., May 18, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Katherine O’Connor, 981-6601. www.ci.berkeley.ca. us/commissions/humane
Commission on Aging meets Wed., May 18, at 1:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. William Rogers, 981-5344. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/aging
Commission on Labor meets Wed., May 18, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Delfina M. Geiken, 981-7550. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/labor
Commission on Labor meets Wed., May 18, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Delfina M. Geiken, 981-7550. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/labor
Fair Campaign Practices Commission meets Thurs., May 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Prasanna Rasaih, 981-6950. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Transportation Commission meets Thurs., May 19, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Peter Hillier, 981-7000. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/transportation3