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.
Barbara Lee Town Hall Meeting on “State of the African Diaspora” at 2 p.m. at Oakland City Council Chambers, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza. 393-6262.
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. .
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, coffee 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
Peralta Community Gardens Potluck at 4 p.m. at Peralta and Hopkins. Please bring food or drink to share. Rain cancels. 549-2455.
“La Place du Marché” French market stalls with food, wine, and French products and raffle from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ecole Bilingue, 1009 Heinz Ave. at Ninth St. Admission is $7, children under 12 free.
Hands-On Bicycle Clinic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Free. 527-4140.
Memorial Service for Dr. Peter Louis Trier at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way. 527-2279.
Berkeley City Club free tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2315 Durant Ave. For group reservations call 848-7800.
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 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 columnist 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. 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. 548-0425.
Adoption in Interfaith Jewish Families at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $10-$15. 839-2900, ext. 347.
TUESDAY, MAY 24
Morning Bird Walk in Wildcat Canyon Meet at 7 a.m. at the end of Lark Rd. off San Pablo Dam Rd. to look for grasshopper sparrows. 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. 215-7672, 524-9992.
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. Meets at 10 a.m. For information and to register call 525-2233.
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.
“Mount Rainier, the Alaska Range and Rescues” with Mike Gauthier, lead climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Free. 527-4140.
“Modern History of Tibet: From 1905 to 1959” with Topden Tsering, formerly the editor of Tibetan Bulletin, 6 p.m. at Cornie Barbara Room, adjacent to Fellowship Unitarian Universalists Hall, 1924 Cedar.
“It’s Payback Time: Strategies for Real Estate Investors” with Adam Weiss at 7 p.m. at Red Oak Realty, 2099 Pleasant Valley Ave., Oakland. Cost is $10, reservations required. 292-2009.
Berkeley PC Users Group meets at 7 p.m. at 1145 Walnut St. corner of Eunice. All welcome, no charge. 527-2177.
Small Business Class “Opening a Restaurant” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, Community Room, 2090 Kittredge St. Sponsored by the Small Businees Network. Free but registration required. 981-6148.
Kensington Library Renewal Project meeting to discuss the future of the Kensington Library at 7 p.m. at Kendington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.
Sing-Along every Tues. from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic. All ages welcome. 524-9122.
Family Storytime at 7 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.
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
Brainstormer Weekly Pub Quiz at 7:30 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
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. 845-6830.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
Walking Tour of Old Oakland “New Era/New Politics” highlights African-American leaders who have made their mark on Oakland. Meet at 10 a.m. at the African American Museum and Library at 659 14th St. 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com/wallkingtours
Community Discussion on Diversity at 7 p.m. in the Albany High School Library, 603 Key Route Blvd. Sponsored by Embracing Diversity Films and the Albany High School PTA. 527-1328.
“Universal Health Care for California: The Next Steps” with Don Bechler on Senate Bill 840, at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 548-9696.
“Drug Policies” a panel discussion with Dale Gieringer of NORML, Sgt. Robert Eastmand of the SF Police Dept. and Allen Hopper, ACLU Drug Law Reform Project at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Main Library Community Room, 325 Civic Center Drive. Sponsored by the ACLU. 558-0377.
“The Oath” A film on the Kenyan Mau Mau Rebellion at 7:30 p.m., followed by discussion at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, donations accepted.
“20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know” with Irene Marcos at 7 p.m. at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, 5741 Telegraph Ave. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Study Skills and Organization Workshop for Teens at 7 p.m. at Classroom Matters, 2607 7th Street, suite E. Free. 540-8646. www.classroommatters.com
“Prevention of ADHD” with Bette Lamont at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. Donation $10.
Balinese Music & Dance Workshops Wed. evenings through June 8 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per class. Registration required. Gamelan Sekar Jaya, 6485 Conlon Ave., El Cerrito. 237-6849. www.gsj.org
Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Breeze Market, just west of the I-80 overpass. 548-9840.
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.
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.geocities.
THURSDAY, MAY 26
Morning Bird Walk in Briones Meet at 7 a.m. at the Bear Creek Rd. entrance to Briones to look for Lazuli Buntings. 525-2233.
“Our Synthetic Sea” a documentary on the pollution of the Pacific Ocean by plastics at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220.
Public Hearing on Cleanup of Lawrence Berkeley Lab, sponsored by the State Dept. of Toxic Substances Control at 6 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7461.
“Iraq and the Anti-War Movement” with Medea Benjamin, of Code Pink and Global Exchange and Lincoln Malik, who was born in Iraq, worked with the resistance against Saddam, but opposed the US invasion at 7:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, donations accepted. Sponsored by Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club of the East Bay and others.
League of Women Voters Annual Meeting with Kathay Seng on “Rogue Redistricting: A National Redistricting Crisis?” at 4:30 p.m. at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. http://lwvbae.org
Lag B’Omer Picnic with Kosher barbeque, archery, astrobounce, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by Chabad of the East Bay. 540-5824.
Older People United for elders over 75 meets at 1:30 p.m. at Berkeley Gray Panthers, 1403 Addison St. 548-9696.
“Are Your Children Afraid to Go to the Doctor?” A workshop for parents at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. Oakland. To register call 658-7353.
“Downsizing California: Should We Split Up the State?” with Tim Holt at 2 p.m. in the Community room, Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge. 981-6109.
City Council meets Tues., May 24, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.
Citizens Budget Review Commission meets Wed., May 25, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7041. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., May 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Disaster Council meets Wed., May 25 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., May 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/energy
Planning Commission meets Wed., May 25 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., May 25, 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., May 26 at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/