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Berkeley This Week

Tuesday September 27, 2005


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 discover the Miller/Knox Shoreline. For information and to register call 525-2233.  

Tilden Explorers An after-school nature adventure program from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. for 5-7 year olds, who may be accompanied by an adult. No younger siblings please. We will learn about birds and bird migration. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684. 

The Berkeley High School Site Council meets at 4:30 p.m. in the school library. 

“Issues in Dying: Learning from Terry Schaivo” An evening with Anne Wall, Ryan Lesh and Kathleen Kelly at 7:30 p.m. in the Tuscan Common Room, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Rd. To register call 204-0720. 

Mountain Biking Basics for Women at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

“Why We Need Black Power” with Omali Yeshitela, chair of the African People’s Socialist Party, at 6 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donations accepted. 625-1106. 

Workshop on the Individual Education Program for parents of children with special needs at St. Paul’s AME Church, 2024 Ashby Ave. Free, but registration required. To register call the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, 644-2555. 

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 PC Users Group Problem solving and beginners meeting to answer, in simple English, users questions about Windows computers. At 7 p.m. at 1145 Walnut St. corner of Eunice. All welcome, no charge. 527-2 177.  

Family Story Time at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Branch Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. Free, all ages welcome. 524-3043. 

Brainstormer Weekly Pub Quiz every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Pyramid Alehouse Brewery, 901 Gilman St. 528-9880. 

Be rkeley 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. Monthly field trips. 548-3991. 

“Estate Plannin g” at 4 p.m. at Center for Older Adult Services, 828 San Pablo Ave. To register call 558-7800. 

St. John’s Prime Timers Annual Picnic at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Temescal. We offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members ove r 50. 845-6830. 


Green Business Tour of the Teleosis Institute to learn about ecologically sustainable medicine at 7 p.m. at 1521B 5th St. 558-7285. 

Berkeley Gray Panthers celebrates the 100th Birthday of Maggie Kuhn at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 548-9696. 

WriterCoach Connection Training Sessions Wed. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Help students improve their writing and critical thinking skills; become a mentor to students at Berkeley High, Willar d, King or Longfellow Middle Schools. Commit to 1-2 hours per week during the school day. To register call 524-2319.  

An Evening for Educators at the Magnes at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required. 549-6950 ext. 333.  

Writers of t he Storm: “Fake News and Public Decency in the Age of Terror” a writers panel moderated by Clinton Fein of the First Amendment Project, at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $10-$15. 848-0237. 

Bayswater Book Cl ub meets to discuss “The Long Emergency” by James Kuntsler at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, El Cerrito Plaza. 433-2911. 

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 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 and a warm hat. 548-9840. 

Fresh Produce Stand at San Pablo Park from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the Frances Albrier Community Center. Sponsored by the Ecology Center’s Farm Fresh Choice. 848-1704. 

Prose Writer’s Workshop An ongoing group made up of friendly writers who are serious about our craft. All levels welcome. At 7 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237. 

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. 

Stitch ‘n Bitch Bring your knitting, crocheting and other handcrafts from 6 to 9 p.m. at Caffe Trieste, 2500 San Pablo Ave. 548-5198. 

Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station. Sing for Peace at 6:30 p.m. Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www. 


“Impacts of the Proposed Rezoning of Ashby and Gilman” Comm unity Workshop on the potential displacement of industries, artisans, and artists; and impacts on traffic, jobs; neighborhood character and quality of life, at 7 p.m. at the West Berkeley Senior Center, 1900 Sixth St. 841-7283, ext. 304. 

WAGES: Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security celebrates ten years of work with women’s cooperatives, at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1255 First Ave., Oakland. Donations welcome. RSVP to 532-5465. 

Funkytown Trunk Show by East Bay fashion designers at 6 p.m. at 510 17th St., Oakland. Salvation Army trucks will be on site to accept clothing for Katrina victims. Tickets are $10. 879-3724. 

Protest Rally at Berkeley Honda, Shattuck and Parker every Thursday 4:30 to 6 p.m.  

World Affairs/P olitics Group for people 60 years and older at 3:30 p.m. at Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. Cost is $2.50. 524-9122. 

Science of Breath Seminar, for stress management, at 7:30 p.m. in the Home Room, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. For inform ation call 894-2920. 

Communication for Caregivers An ongoing free Berkeley Adult School class meets Thurs. at 1 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5170. 

“Using Medications Safely” at 7 p.m. at Center for Older Adult Services, 828 San Pablo Ave. To register call 558-7800. 

World of Plants Tours Thurs., Sat. and Sun. at 1:30 p.m. at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $5. 643-2755. 


City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Ted Miles, Curator, San Francisco Maritime Museum, on “Historic Ships.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $13.50, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For information and reservations call 526-2925 or 665-9020.  

Community Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. To make an appointment call 1-800-448-3543. 

“The Future of Food” A film about our corporate-controlled food system opens at the Landmark Shattuck Cinem a, 2230 Shattuck Ave. For show times see 

Kitka Vechirka Ukranian-style party to raise funds for Kitka’s “The Rusalka Cycle” and Musicares Hurricane Relief Fund at 8 p.m. at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Donation $50. RSVP to 4 44-0323. 

Movement: Chi Gung to improve energy and health, at 1 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. at Cedar. 549-9200. 

Three Beats for Nothing sings early music for fun and practice at 10 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 655-8863. 

Berke ley 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. 

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

M editation, Peace Vigil and 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. 


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.  

Hawk Migration with Hans and Pam Peeters on their new book, “Raptors of California” at 10:30 a.m. at University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way. Field trip with authors before the talk, meet at Claremont Ave. and Grizzly Peak at 9 a.m. to watch some raptors in action. 


Autumn Arachnids We will see slides first then explore the area to look for orb weavers, jumping spiders, wolf spiders and more from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour of the Berk eley View Terrace Neighborhood, led by Phila Rogers, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8-$10. For information call 848-0181. 

Walking Tour of Jack London Waterfront Meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Broadway and Embarcadero. Tou r lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. 

Field of Dreams A family day at the Oakland Museum of California in conjunction with the exhibition “Baseball As America” with pitching and fielding demonstr ations, fast-pitch radar machines, memorabilia appraisals and historic film clips. From noon to 4 p.m. at 1000 Oak St. Free with museum admission. 238-2200. 

Inspiring School Gardens A tour of successful school gardens in Berkeley and Oakl and, sponsored by the Watershed Project. Meet at 9 a.m. at Hillcrest Elementary, 30 Marguerite Dr., Oakland. COst is $25. For information call 665-3689. 

National Solar Homes Tour in Oakland and Berkeley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are self-guided. Cost is $15 for two adults. Register online at 

Native Plant Sale of shrubs, perennials, succulants, grasses and bulbs, plus books and horticultural information. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sun., at Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. 925-376-4095. 

Plants with Fall Blooms with garden designer Hank Jenkins at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

Swim a Mile for Women with Cancer to benefit the Women’s Cancer Resource Center. Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Trefethan Aquatic Center, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland. 601-4040 ext. 180. 

Benefit Yoga Workshop for the Woman’s Cancer Resource Center, in memory of Katie Allen from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Yoga Room, 2640 College Ave. Taught by Bonnie Maeda and Gay White. Donation $20-$40. 848-0993. 

Progressive Democrats of the East Bay meets at 1 p.m. at the Temescal Library, 5205 Telegraph, Oakland. The agenda includes a discussion of the organizing for the get-out-the-vote campaign, in coalition with Alliance for a Better California, labor groups, and other progressives. 526-4632. 

Rally to Fight Government Repression with Lynne Stewart and others at 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge St. 839-0852. 

Caldecott Tunnel 4th Bore Project will be the topic at Oakland Councilmember Jane Brunner’s Community Advisory Meeting at 10 a.m. at Peralta Elementary School, 460 63rd St. 2 38-7013. 

Sankofa Health Fair on Afrocentric roots of heath and healing, Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4550 San Pablo Avenue, Suite E, Second Floor, Emeryville. 839-6127. 

“Know Your Rights” A free training on what your rights are when dealing wi th the police from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Copwatch, 2022 Blake St. 548-0425. 

Protest Rally at Berkeley Honda at 1 p.m. at Shattuck and Parker.  

Blessing of the Bunnies for St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day at 3 p.m. at 303 Arlington Ave., Kensington. Please bring bunnies in carriers. 525-6155. 

Spirit Walking Aqua Chi (TM) A gentle water exercise class at 10 a.m. at the Berkeley High Warm Pool. Cost is $3.50 per session. 526-0312. 

Car Wash Benefit for Options Recovery Services of Berkeley, held every Sat. fr om 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church, 1744 University Ave. 666-9552 


Morning Bird Walk to welcome back the Northern Flicker, Kinglets and others, at 9:30 a.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Spice Of Life Festival in Nort h Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto with demonstrations, tastings and live music from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Shattuck Ave. from Virginia to Rose Sts. 

Halloween Animals Learn the facts and myths about snakes and spiders from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at T ilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 525-2233. 

Retirement Party for Alan Kaplan, for 33 years a naturalist with East Bay Regional Parks District, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indian Camp picnic area near the entrance to t he Tilden Nature Area parking lot. 444-0355. 

African Diaspora Film Society presents “Bay Area Independent Filmmakers Mini-Festival” at 2 p.m. at Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland. Cost is $5. 

Johan Galtung, Norwegian Peace and Conflict Mediator will speak at 4 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. 526-2900. 

Free Garden Tours at Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Call to confirm. 841-8732. 

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. 


Find a Loving Animal Companion at the Berkeley-East Bay Hum ane Society Adoption Center (open from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday). 2700 Ninth St. 845-7735.  


Medical Care for Your Pet at the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society low-cost veterinary clinic. 2700 Ninth St. For appointmen ts call 845-3633.  


National Organization for Women Oakland/East Bay Chapter meets at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the Oakland YWCA, 1515 Webster St. The speaker will be from Narika an organization which addresses the unmet needs of abused South Asian women. 287-8948. 

“Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living” with Berkeley architect Charles Durrett, at 7:30 p.m. at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. 315-0431. 

“An Emerging Church” An evening with Tony Jones and friends at 7:30 p.m. in the Tuscan Common Room, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Rd. To register call 204-0720. 

Critical Viewing An ongoing group to examine the art/craft(iness) of short films and television product ions and its effects on our daily lives, at 1 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Free. 848-0237. 

Berkeley CopWatch organizational meeting at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Join us to work on current issues around police misconduct. V olunteers needed. For information call 548-0425. 

Kol Hadash Humanistic Rosh Hashanah Celebration at 7:30 p.m. at Albany Community Centre, 1249 Marin Ave. Please bring non-perishable food for the needy. To RSVP email 


City Council meets Tues., Sept. 27 at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. 

Citizens Budget Review Commission meets Wed., Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7041.  

Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. 


Disaster Council meets Wed., Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. William Greulich, 981-5 502. us/commissions/disaster 

Energy Commission meets Wed., Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. 

Planning Commission meets Wed., Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Janet Homrighausen, 981-7484. 

Police Review Commission meets Wed. Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-4950. olicereview9