Press Releases


Friday June 17, 2005


City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Jaleh Pirnazar on “Iran Struggles for Democracy” 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. 

“Take Back Our Schools” Day On the 51st Anniversary of Brown vs. Board. Rally at noon at Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Followed by activities and teach-in. 289-3318, 593-3956. 

“Hip-Hop Culture, Politics and Social Justice” a discussion with with authors Adam Mansbach, Jeff Chang, Tricia Rose and Bakari Kitwana at 7:30 p.m. at Cody’s Books. 845-7852. 

“Awakening to the Divine in Everyday Life” with art therapist Deborah Purdy at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. 

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. 

Berkeley Critical Mass Bike Ride meets at the Berkeley BART the second Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m. 

Kirtan, im provisational devotional chanting at 7:30 p.m. at 850 Talbot, at Solano, Albany. Donation $10. 526-9642. 

Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 548-6310, 845-1143. 

Meditation, Peace Vigil an d Dialogue, gather at noon on the grass close to the West Entrance to UC Berkeley, on Oxford St. near University Ave. People of all traditions are welcome to join us. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 655-6169. 


Summ er Solstice Celebration and Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Center St. at MLK, Jr. Way. 548-3333. 

Temescal Street Fair from noon to 6 p.m. on Telegraph Ave. between 51st and 48th Sts. Music, performances, craft and community booths, and food. 593-9831. 

Berkeley Alliance of Neighborhood Associations meets at 9:15 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Sproul Conference Room, 1st Floor, 2727 College Ave.  

Berkeley Garden Club Spring Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 547 Grizzly Peak Blvd., top of euclid. 524-7296. 

Building and Planting for the Birds from 9 a.m. to noon at the U.C. Field Station, Richmond. Help is needed to assemble and paint potting tables to help expand our native plant nursery. Tools provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Pre-registration required; youth under 18 will need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Sponsored by the Watershed Project. 231-5783.  

“Recycling, Waste Reduction and the Zero Waste Household” Class includes hands-on activities and a tour of Berkeley recycling facilities. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call for location. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

Project Learning Tree A program on forest ecology and environmental issues, design ed for teachers of grades K-12. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. Cost is $45-$51. Registration required 636-1684. 

Talking with Turtles Meet our resident reptiles and learn about their behaviors at 11 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Butterfly Trading Cards Create your own set of cards to take home, and learn about these insects and the plants they need to survive. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. For ages seven and up. Cost is $3-$5. Registration required. 525-2233. 

Walk in the Wild The 12th annual fundraiser for the Oakland Zoo with gourmet foods and wines. Cost is $75-$85. For reservations call 632-9525. 

Growing Subtropicals in Bay Area Gardens at 10 a.m. at M agic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

“Resistance in Haiti” with Haitian-American activist, Lucie Tondreau at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Community Center, 6500 Gladys Ave., El Cerrito. 483-7481. 

Black Community Forum from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the African Ameri can Museum and Library, 659 14th St., Oakland. Sponsored by the Third Baptist Foundation of SF and the Gibbs Community Foundation of Oakland. 

Create a Spiritual Business Plan with Pat Sullivan from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Unity of Berke ley, 2075 Eunice St. Cost is $125. Registration required. 530-0284. 

Child Car Seat Check with the Berkeley Police Dept. from 10 a.m. to noon at the UC Garage on Addison at Oxford. 647-1111. 

Free Sailboat Rides between 1 and 4 p.m. at the C al Sailing Club in the Berkeley Marina. Bring warm waterproof clothes. 

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. and the African American Museum and Library at 659 14th St. 238-3234. 

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. 

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.  

New TaKeTiNa Intensive with Zorina Wolf, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Wildcat Studio, 2525 8th St. at Dwight. Cost is $95. 650-493-8046. 

Faith and Feminism: “Awakening the Energy for Change: The Black Madonna and the Womb of God” a conference from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at GTU, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. Cost is $95, includes lunch and materials. 849-8268. www. 

“Inner and Outer Peace Though Meditation” at 3 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Emeryville. 547-0905. 

Kol Hadash Interfaith/ 

Intercultural Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Terrace Park, Albany. Bring picnic and BBQ items. Sodas, paper goods and grills provided. RSVP to 


Juneteenth on Adeline from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Alcatraz and Ashby with live music, arts, crafts, food and cultural activities. 

Year of the Estuary: San Pablo Bay Hike Meet at 2 p.m. in the public parking area at Pacific Ave. and San Pablo Ave. in Rodeo to explore the natural history of Lone Tree Point. 525-2233. 

Berkeley CyberSalon “Citizen Journalism” with Dan Gillmor, Becky O’Malley, and Peter Merholz at 6 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St.  

“The Impact of the War on Iraq’s Workers” with two members of the General Union of Oil Workers in Basrah at 6:45 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. Sponsored by US Labor Against the War. Donation $5, no one turned away. 

Hands-On Bicycle Clinic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Free. 527-4140. 

Father’s Day Campfire and Sing A Long Bring your hot dogs, buns, marshmallows and long sticks at 5:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. Dress for fog. We will walk uphill to the campfire circle. Call for disabled assistance. 525-2233. 

Family Violence Prevention Fund 5K Run with the Oakland A’s an d Macy’s at McAfee Coliseum Creekside Parking Lot, north end of D Lot. Registration at 7:30 a.m., run starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $25-$35. 

“Darwinism and Religion” with Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist C hurch of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302. 

“Mahatma’s Experiments with Christ: Gandhi and Christ” a discussion with Bharathi Nuthalapati, a doctoral student at the Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena at noon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 310 0 Telegraph Ave. 848-8821. 

Berkeley Oakland Lesbians Diners Dinner at a Berkeley restaurant. For more information and to join BOLD, please go to 


Introduction to the Alexander Technique from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200. 

Free Sailboat Rides between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Cal Sailing Club in the Berkeley Marina. Bring warm waterproof clothes. 

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. 

Tibetan Buddhism with Sylvia Gretchen on “Healing Pain” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. 

Multicultur al Shavuot Festival with food, crafts, workshops, music and dancing at 1 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237. 


Arthur Blaustein and Kris Novoselic talk about citizen action and civic engagement in the age of Bush at 7:30 p.m. at Black O ak Books. 486-0698. 

Summer Solstice Gathering at 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Interim Solar Calendar Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina, including a brief astronomy workshop led by Tory Brady, Exploratorium Teacher Institute. 

Summer Scie nce Week “Insects and Plants” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $160 Berkeley residents, $176 non-residents. Registration required. 636-1684. 

Cancelled: “RFID: What's It All About?” a Community Informational Forum at 6:30 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library. 981-6195. 

“Citizen Action and Civic Engagement in the Age of Bush” with Arthur Blaustein and Kris Novoselic at 7:30 p.m. at Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave. 486-0698. 

Tenant’s Rights Workshop at 6 p.m. at the Long Haul Info 

shop 3124 Shattuck Ave. 

Conflict Resolution Skills Class at 7 p.m. at Oscar Wilde Co-op, 2410 Warring St. Learn about different appr oaches to conflict, your conflict style, active listening, effective communication, and the basic philosophies that aid in transforming interpersonal conflict. 

“Story Tells” A story swap with storytellers and story listeners a t 7 p.m., special guest Mary Ellen Hill, local professional storyteller at 8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Jack London Square, 98 Broadway, Oakland. 527-1141.  

“Honoring Our Parents: Two Jewish Sons Remember” with journalists and authors Ari Goldm an and Samuel Freedman, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave. 549-9447. 

Summer Reading Game “Search for Dragonfire” open to children of all ages at Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. The reading game continues through August 20. 5 26-3720. 

Philip Roth Book Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $10. Registration required. 848-0237, ext. 110. 


Tuesday Tilden Walkers Join a few slowpoke seniors at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot near the Little Far m for an hour or two walk. 215-7672, 524-9992. 

Summer Solstice Words and Music Bring your guitars, drums and poetry from 11 a.m. to noon at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

“Cuba: 45 Years of Struggle against U.S. Imperialism” at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship, 1924 Cedar St. at Bonita. Donation $3-$10 benefits the ongoing work of the Committee to Free the Cuban Five. To reserve free childcare call 415-821-6545.  

“The Case for Affirmative Action in University Admissions” with Bob Laird, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UCB, at 7:30 p.m. at Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave. 486-0698. 

“History of the Tele Times” a screening and discussion of the underground magazine with BN Duncan, Claire Burch and Ace Backw ards at 7 p.m. at Book Zoo, 2556 Telegraph Ave. 883-1332. 

Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Orientation at 10 a.m. at 6230 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Advance sign-up needed 594-5165. 

Poetry as a Spiritual Practice with Roy Doughty at 7 p.m. at Unity of Ber keley, 2075 Eunice St. Free. 271-8318. 

“Pacing Yourself for Optimum Functioning” at noon in the Mafly Auditorium, Alta Bates, Herrick Campus, 2001 Dwight Way. Sponsored by Arthritis Foundation/Fibromyalgia. 644-3273. 

Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 548-3991. 


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. To register call 525-2233.  

Insects for Kids A free class for children ages 5-10, at 9 a.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 

Walking Tour of Historic Oakland Churches and Temples Meet at 10 a.m. at the front of the First Prebyterian Church at 2619 Broadway. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. www. 

“Wildly Successful Plants of Northern California,” a slide show with Pam Peirce at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220. 

Jefferson Elementary School Proposed Name Change Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m. at at Old City Hall Council Chambers, 2134 MLK Jr. Way. www.berk 

Berkeley Unified School District Public Hearing on the 2005-6 Budget at 7:30 p.m. at Old City Hall Council Chambers, 2134 MLK Jr. Way. 

Dine Out and Silent Auction for African AIDS Orphans at Unicorn, 2533 Telegraph Av e. Co-sponsored by Priority Africa Network, ACT UP East Bay and others. For reservations call 841-4339. 

“Zar-Reet!” a documentary of two Moroccan woman, by Albany resident Khadijah Chadly, at 7 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 16. 

“Lethal Medicine” a documentary on the myths of animal experimentation, at 7:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, but $5 donations accepted. 925-487-4419. 

“Planning Ahead: Sparing Your Heirs with a Living Trust” at 1:30 p.m. at North B erkeley Senior Center. Sponsored by Berkeley Gray Panthers. 548-9696. 

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. 548-9840. 

The Berkele y Lawn Bowling Club provides free instruction every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at 2270 Action St. 841-2174.  


Wellstone Democratic Club at 6:45 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Social hour at 6 p.m. Don Hazen from w ill speak about a national progressive strategy. 

Beginning and Intermediate Computer Workshop for all ages, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave. Free, but registration required. call after 6 p.m. 540-0751. 

Local Legends Series with Judy G rahn on women’s spirituality and lesbian feminism at 7 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. 883-0600. 

Easy Does It Disability Assistance Board of Directors’ Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 1744A University Ave. Open to the public. 845-5513. 

St eps to Buying Your Own Home at 7 p.m. at Shaw Properties, 400 45th St., Oakland. Includes the process of pre-approval for financing, including income requirements and credit issues, and finding a realtor. 

American Red Cross Mobile Blood Drive, 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen, 2005 Berryman St. To make an appointment call 1-800-448-3543. 


Summer Camps for Children offered by the City of Berkeley, including swimming, sports and twilight basketball, from June 20 to August 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 981-5150, 981-5153. 

Free Lunches for Berkeley Children beginning June 20, Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Frances Albrier Center, James Kenney Center, MLK, Jr. Youth Services Center, Strawberry Creek, Washingt on School and Rosa Parks School. 981-5146. 


Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Mon. June 20 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Pam Wyche, 644-6128 ext. 113. 

Creeks Task Force meets Mon. June 20 at 7 p.m. at t he North Berkeley Senior Center. Erin Dando, 981-7410. 

Council Agenda Committee meets Mon., June 20 at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St. 981-6900. 


City Council meets Tues., June 21, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. 

Citizens Budget Review Commission meets Wed., June 22, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7041. 

Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., June 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. 

Disaster Council meets Wed., June 22 at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. William Greulich, 981-5502. us/commissions/disaster 

Energy Commission meets Wed., June 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. 

Planni ng Commission meets Wed., June 22, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Janet Homrighausen, 981-7484. 

Police Review Commission meets Wed. June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-4950. 

Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., June 23, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410.