TUESDAY, AUGUST 2
“National Night Out” Public safety awareness forum focusing on alcohol and drug fueled crime and violence in Berkeley from a faith-based perspective. From 6 to 9 p.m. at McGee Avenue Baptist Church, 1640 Stuart St. at McGee Ave. 658-2467. www.berkeleyboca.org
“At Knit’s End : Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much” with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee at 2 p.m. at Stash Yarns on 1820 Solano Ave. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. RSVP to 558- YARN.
Exploring Baja California Hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and more with Trudi Angell at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
Family Story Time at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Branch Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. Free, all ages welcome. 524-3043.
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.
Berkeley Salon Discussion Group meets to discuss “The Coarseness of Culture” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Please bring snacks and soft drinks to share. No peanuts please. 601-6690.
Healthy Eating Habits and Hypnosis A free seminar at 6:30 p.m. in Oakland. Registration required. 465-2524.
Brainstormer Weekly Pub Quiz 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
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. We offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
Berkeley Path Wanderers’ Tour of WWII Ship Building History Explore the Exhibits of the Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park on a level three-mile walk on the Bay Trail. Meet at 10 a.m. at Shimada Park, Richmond. 235-2835. For a map see www.ci.richmond.ca.us/trac/
“Falluja April 2004” a documentary of the invasion by Toshikuni Doi, at 7:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, but $5 donations accepted.
Walking Tour of Old Oakland around Preservation Park to see Victorian architecture. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of Preservation Park at 13th St. and MLK, Jr. Way. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours
Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters welcomes curious guests & new members. Meets at 7:15 a.m. at Au Coquelet Cafe, 2000 University Ave. at Milvia. 435-5863.
Bicycle Maintenance 101 Learn how to identify and fix your bike’s simple mechanical problems at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
The Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club provides free instruction every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at 2270 Action St. 841-2174.
Sing your Way Home A free sing-a-long at 4:30 p.m. every Wed. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720.
Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Orientation at 10 a.m. at 6230 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Advance sign-up needed 594-5165.
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.
Entrepreneurs Networking at 8 a.m. at A’Cuppa Tea, 3202 College Ave. at Alcatraz. Cost is $5. For more information contact JB, 562-9431.
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkeley BART Station. www.geocities.com/vigil4peace/vigil
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
Baby Massage for new and expecting parents at 10 a.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland. To register 658-7353.
“Statue of Liberty: Enlightening the World” A History Channel video at 1:30 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720.
“Globalization, Natural Resource Protection, and the Effects of War” with Silas Siakor, recipient of the Whitley: Sting & Trudie Styler Award for Human Rights & the Environment, at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220, ext. 233.
Nepalese Culture Shekwa Night at 5 p.m. at Taste of the Himalayas, 1700 Shattuck Ave., Suite # A. Free. 849-4983. www.tasteofthehimalayas.com
Home Buyer Assistance Information Session at 6 p.m. at 1504 Franklin St., Oakland. Sponsored by the Home Buyer Assistance Center. Free, but reservations required. 832-6925, ext. 100. www.hbac.org
World of Plants Tours Thurs.-Sun. at 1:30 p.m. at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $1-$5. 643-2755. http://botanicalgarden.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
Migrant Trail Walk for Life A video and reports on the trail taken by undocumented workers crossing the border in Arizona, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. 342-2519, ext. 6215.
Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2480 Bancroft Way. Sponsored by the Community of South Berkeley. to make an appointment call 1-800-448-3543. www.BeADonor.com
Berkeley Chess Club at 8 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 655-6169. www.bpf.org
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Peace Lantern Ceremony August 6th is the 60th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing. Gather to float lanterns in remembrance of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and all victims of war. Decorate lantern shades, hear Japanese flute and drum performances, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Aquatic Park, at the west end of Addison Street, two blocks west of Sixth St. and a block south of University Ave. 595-4626. Lanterns2005@progressiveportal.org
Richmond Centennial Festival from 11 a.m. at Marina Bay Park, Richmond. Vendors, live music, children’s activities and fireworks in the evening.
Fruitvale Transit Village Family Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Transit Village Plaza, with live music and performances, human scale chess game, and other activities. www.bayennale.com
Sick Plant Clinic UC plant pathologist Dr. Robert Raabe, UC entomologist Dr. Nick Mills, and their team of experts will diagnose what ails your plants from 9 a.m. to noon at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr. 643-2755.
Summer Bird Walk with Dennis Wolff and Chris Carmichael at 9 a.m. at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr. Cost is $8-$12. Registration required. 643-2755.
Kids Garden Club For children 7-12 years old to explore the world of gardening. We plant, harvest, build, make crafts, cook and get dirty! From 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $5-$7, registration required. 525-2233.
The Bat Detective Learn about the only mammal that flies, on a hike into the evening. Meet at 7 p.m. at the Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $5-$7, registration required. 636-1684.
“A Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System” A lecture by William K. Hartmann, winner of the first Carl Sagan medal at 7 p.m. at Chabot Space and Science Center. Cost is $6-$7. 336-7373. www.chabotspace.org
Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tour of Uptown Art Deco. Cost is $5-$10. For details call 763-9218. www.oaklandheritage.org
Progressive Democrats of the East Bay Potluck picnic and general meeting on the special election, at 12:30 p.m. at Cordonices Park, Euclid and Eunice across from the Rose Garden. We'll bring the drinks and charcoal. 526-4632.
Walking Tour of Jack London Waterfront Meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Broadway and Embarcadero. Tour lasts 90 minutes. For reservations call 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com
Free Help with Computers at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito. Registration required. 526-7512.
“Spiritual Forces of the Universe” with Vovo Anomalia at 3 p.m. at Studio Rasa, 933 Parker St. at 8th. Cost is $15. 415-435-2255.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
Social Action Forum with Eric Mills, coordinator for Action for Animals, at 9:30 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302, ext. 306.
Strawberry Creek Work Party to help weed himalayan blackberry, cape ivy and other non-natives from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison St. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Richmond Centennial Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Point Richmond with an old fashioned parade and picnic. Party at 5 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Convention Center to celebrate “Richmond Through the Decades,” a media production. Party tickets are $50. For reservations call 234-3514.
Stay Cool on the Trail enjoy a hike through a riparian canyon and learn about the lives of dragon flies, snakes and secretive packrats. Meet at 1 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Music in the Park at Arroyo Viejo Park with Lenny Williams at 3 p.m. at 7701 Krause St., Oakland. Sponsored by Councilperson Desley Brooks.
Senior Shoreline Hike along the Martin Luther King Shoreline from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bring a hat, jacket and binoculars. 636-1684.
Campfire and Singalong from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. uphill from Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Bring your hot dogs, buns, marshmallows and long sticks. Dress for fog. Call for disabled assistance. 525-2233.
Hands-on Bike Maintenance Learn how to prevent and repair flats on your bike at 10 a.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Bring your bike and tools. 527-4140.
Free Garden Tours at Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Call to confirm. 841-8732. www.nativeplants.org
Chimpanzee Discovery Day at 10 a.m. at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. 632-9525. www.oaklandzoo.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
MONDAY, AUGUST 8
Spanish Book Club, led by Ricardo Antonio Navarette meets at 7:30 p.m. at Cody’s Books, Telegraph Ave. For title of book to be discussed see www.codysbooks.com
Jewish Community Federation’s Young Leadership Division meets at 7 p.m. at Cuvae, 5299 College Ave., Oakland. Cost is $10. 839-2900 ext. 208. www.jfed.org/yld
Commission on the Status of Women meets Wed., Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Tasha Tervelon, 981-5190. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/