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Berkeley This Week

Friday September 30, 2005


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. www.BeADonor.com 

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

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 444-0323. 

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. 

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. 

Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. wibberkeley@yahoo.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. People of all traditions are welcome to join us. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 655-6169. www.bpf.org 


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 Berkeley View Terrace Neighborhood, led by Phila Rogers, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8-$10. For information call 848-0181. www.cityofberkeley.info/histsoc 

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

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

Field of Dreams A family day at the Oakland Museum of California in conjunction with the exhibition “Baseball As America” with pitching and fielding demonstrations, 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. www.museumca.org 

Inspiring School Gardens A tour of successful school gardens in Berkeley and Oakland, 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. www.thewatershedproject.org 

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 www.norcalsolar.org 

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. www.ebcnps.org 

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. www.wcrc.org/swim/index.htm 

Benefit Yoga Workshop for the Women’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. www.pdeastbay.org 

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. 

East Bay Atheists Annual Picnic at noon at the Big Leaf Picnic Area, Tilden Park. Please bring a salad or dessert. Donation $5. 222-7580. 

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. 238-7013. 

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 with the police from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Copwatch, 2022 Blake St. 548-0425. 

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. 

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

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 


Berkeley Animal Care Run Walk and Bike Fundraiser at 9 a.m. at Berkeley Aquatic Park, west of 2nd St. Cost is $25 for adults, $5 for children ages 2-12. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Music at noon. For information call 877-472-9243. 

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 North 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. www.northshattuck.org 

Halloween Animals Learn the facts and myths about snakes and spiders from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Tilden 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 the Tilden Nature Area parking lot. 444-0355. 

Bay Area Woman In Black Report Back from Gaza from 2 to 4 p.m. at Oakland Main Library, West Auditorium, 125 14th St., Oakland. www.BayArea 


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. www.picturepubpizza.com/special-events/diaspora 

Johan Galtung, Norwegian Peace and Conflict Mediator will speak at 5 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. 526-2900. 

“Marxism and the Call of the Future” Bill Martin discusses the book he coauthored with Bob Avakian, at 6 p.m. at Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way at Telegraph.  

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 

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 


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. 

Citizens Soldiers at War: The National Guard in Iraq screening of a new documentary at 7 p.m. at Room 105, North Gate Hall, Grad. School of Journalism, UC Campus. 

“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. www.cdsp.edu 

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

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. 

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 Lmgutner@aol.com 


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

Healthy Eating Habits Seminar at 6:30 p.m. in Oakland. Free, registration required. 465-2524. 

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. 524-9992. 


Cindy Sheehan speaks at 7 p.m. at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland. Donation of $20 benefits Global Exchange, CodePink, and Gold Star Families for Peace. 415-255-7296, ext. 253. 

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. 

Albany Waterfront Development meeting at 1 p.m. at Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic. Matt Middlebrook from Caruso Affiliated will speak, discussion follows. All welcome. 524-9122. 

Sustainable Farming on the Gill Tract, 1050 San Pablo Ave., Albany, at 3:30 p.m. www.agroeco.org 

American Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Orientation at 10 a.m. at 6230 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Volunteers are needed to support the more than 40 blood drives held each month all over the East Bay.  Advance sign-up needed. 594-5165. 

Living Mercury Free How mercury affects your health and what you can do about it at 7 p.m. at the Teleosis Institute, 1512B Fifth St. Free, but please RSVP to 558-7285. 

Book Signing with Mary Lee Bendolph of the Gees Bend Quilters at 5 p.m. at Paulson Press Gallery, 1318 Tenth St. 559-2088. www.paulsonpress.com  

Friends of the Oakland Library Book Sale from 10:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 721 Washington St., through Oct. 8. 444-0473. 

Lab Live Hip Hop Ensemble Workshop for musicians, emcees, spoken word artists and singers at 4:30 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center. Free. 849-2568. www.lapena.org 


East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation 30th Anniversary Celebration from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. 287-5353, ext. 344. 

Legacy And Practice Of Democratic Psychiatry at 4 p.m. at the Men’s Faculty Club, UC Campus. Conference continues on Thurs. from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For conference agenda and information see http://trieste-in-california.berkeley.edu/ 

Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College Open House at 6 p.m. at 2550 Shattuck Ave. Tours of classrooms and clinics and information for prospective students. To RSVP call 666-8248, ext. 106.  

Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters welcomes curious guests and new members at 7:15 a.m. at Au Coquelet Cafe, 2000 University Ave. at Milvia. 435-5863.  

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.  

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. 548-9840. 

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. georgeporter@earthlink.net 

“A History of God” by Karen Armstrong discussion group at 6:30 p.m. at Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington St., Oakland. 

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, corner of Shattuck and Center. Sing for Peace at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.geocities.com/ 



Oakland Bird Club with Hans and Pam Peeters, authors and illustrators of “Raptors of California” at 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch, Upstairs Meeting Room, 5366 College Ave. 444-0355.  

Songs and Stories for Working with Children in the Garden with songwriter, storyteller Nancy Schimmel at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

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. 

Café Philo, French discussion group, at 7 p.m. at The Alliance Française, 2004 Woolsey St. Cost is $5. 548-7481.  


“Beyond Chutzpah” On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and Abuse of History with Norman Finkelstein at 7:30 p.m. at St. Jopseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. 548-0542. 

Design/Build Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pella Showroom, 1717 B Fourth St. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To register call 559-1333. www.mcbuild.com 

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

East Bay Mac User Group Mark Altenberg of Apple presents Quicktime Streaming Server from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Expression College for Digital Arts, 6601 Shellmound St., Emeryville. Free. ebmug.org 

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. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu 


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

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


Creeks Task Force meets Mon. Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Erin Dando, 981-7410. www.ci. 


Community Environmental Advisory Commission meets Tues. Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., at 2118 Milvia St. Nabil Al-Hadithy, 981-7461. www.ci.berkeley.ca. 


Fire Safety Commission meets Wed., Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at 997 Cedar St. David Orth, 981-5502. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/firesafety 

Commission on the Status of Women meets Wed., Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Tasha Tervelon, 981-5190. www.ci. 


Housing Advisory Commission meets Thurs., Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Oscar Sung, 981-5400. www.ci.berkeley. 


Public Works Commission meets Thurs., Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jeff Egeberg, 981-6406. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/publicworks 

Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/zoning