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Berkeley This Week

Friday October 07, 2005


Berkeley Unicycle and Juggling Festival from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 10 a.m. at King Middle School, 1781 Rose St. 


“Rachel Corrie: An American Conscience” a documentary at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalists Fellowship Hall, Bonita at Cedar.  

“Trafficking of Women and Children” at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church 1640 Addison St. 655-5659, 581-7963. 

“Sisters Break the Silence” Uniting to Heal from Domestic Violence. Panel discussions and workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Health Education Center, Alta Bates Summit, 400 Hawthorne Ave. Oakland. Cost is $40. To register call 869-6210. 

“A Tribute to the Negro Leagues” at 7 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, Tenth and Oak St., in conjunction with the exhibition “Baseball As America.” 238-2200. 

Fair Trade Rice Farming with guest farmers from Thailand at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Rice-tasing and potluck, please bring something to share. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

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

UC Press SIdewalk Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2120 Berkeley Way. All books $5-$10. 

City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Carolyn Merchant, Prof. of Environmental History on “Partnership Ethics.” 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. 

Solo Sierrans: Walk and Wine Tasting in North Berkeley Meet at 4 p.m. at Starbucks at corner of Cedar and Shattuck. RSVP to 841-5493, 724-3005.  

Depression Screening Learn how to manage stress and to recognize depression symptoms. Free and anonymous. Appointments available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alta Bates Herrick Campus, 2001 Dwight Way. to register call 204-4580.  

Hillegass-Parker Co-op Open House at 5 p.m. at 2545 Hillegass Ave. 848-1936, ext. 316. 

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. 548-6310, 845-1143. 


Berkeley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow & Indian Market Enjoy Native American foods, traditional dancing, and arts and crafts, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grand Entry at noon. 595-5520.  

Planting Under Oaks with Judy Thomas, Merritt College Hort. Dept., at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

Mini-Farmers in Tilden A farm exploration program, from 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 4-6 years, accompanied by an adult. We will explore the Little Farm, care for animals, do crafts and farm chores. Wear boots and dress to get dirty! Fee is $6-$8. Registration required. 525-2233. 

Take Flight with Aquatic Park EGRET Enjoy seasonal treats from 4 to 6 p.m. in the historic Cabin at the southeast corner of Aquatic Park’s Main Lagoon and watch egrets gather for the night. Donation of $15 supports EGRET's bayshore habitat and trail maintenance work. 549-0818. 

Walking Tour of Old Oakland uptown to the Lake to discover Art Deco landmarks. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Paramount Theater at 2025 Broadway. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. 

Vegetarian Cooking Class “Comfort Foods Galore” at 10 a.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St. at Castro. Cost is $40. To register visit 

“What is the Human Capacity for Peace?” An examination from several religious traditions from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bade Museum, GTU, 1798 Scenic Ave. 848-9788.  

Free Emergency Preparedness Class on Disaster Mental Health from 9 a.m. to noon at 997 Cedar St., between 8th and 9th. To sign up call 981-5605. 


Berkeley Unicycle and Juggling Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. at King Middle School, 1781 Rose St. Cost is $12. 

Fundraiser for Animal Victims of Katrina from 5 to 10 p.m. at Pyramid Brewery, 901 Gilman St. Cost is $10. Proceeds go to the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society to rescue pets as part of the relief efforts in the Gulf. 

Italian Chalk Art Festival Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bay Street, Emeryville. Activities for children and awards for chalk art. 

Behind the Scenes at Pixar Benefit for the Emery Ed Fund, at 11 a.m. at Pixar Studios. Cost is $100. For tickets see 

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

“Foods of the Americas” A market of native corn, tomatoes, peppers, chocolate, quinoa and more, through Oct. 26 at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. 643-2755. 

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. 

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. 

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. 


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. 

Fall Bird Walk with birder Dennis Wolff at 9 a.m. at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $8-$12. 643-2755. 

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

Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. Pets in carriers or on leashes requested. 524-2921. 

Green Sunday: “The War at Home” the corporate offensive from Reagan to Bush with Jack Rasmus, author, at 5 p.m. at the Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. 

People’s Park Beautification Work Party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SW corner of the park. 658-9178. 

Breakfast Aboard the Red Oak Victory Ship from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1337 Canal Blvd, Berth #6, Richmond. Cost is $6, children under 5 free. Includes tour of the ship. 237-2933. 

“Savor the Season” from 1 to 4 p.m. at Alameda County Community Food Bank, with Food Network’s Iron Chef America Cat Cora, live and silent auctions. Tickets are $50 and include lunch and wine. This fundraiser provides low-income children and families with nutritional help during the holiday season and year round. 635-3663, ext. 328. 

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center Open Studio and scholarship fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. at 2704 Alcatraz Ave., with performances, refreshments and raffle. 654-5921 

Spenger’s Fifth Annual Crabby Chef Competition at 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 1919 Fourth Street. Enjoy live music and seafood delights while watching top East Bay chefs compete to create the best crab dish. Cooking booths open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 pm. 845-7771. 

“The Culture of Chocolate” presentations, discussions and tastings from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Phoebe Hearst Museum. Cost is $15-$15. Reservations required. 643-7649. 

“The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” family film series at 11 a.m. at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave. Cost is $5. 

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. 


Freedom From Tobacco Class Mon. Oct. 10 and 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Free acupuncture option. 981-5330. 

“Popular Mobilization and the State in Bolivia Today” with Prof. Herbert S. Klein, Columbia Univ. at noon in the CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch St. 642-2088. 

Building Strategic Alliances that Work! at 4 p.m. at Trader Vic’s, 9 Anchor Drive at Powell, Emeryville. Cost is $30-$50. Sponsored by the Institute of Management Consultants 800-462-8910. 

“Music You Can Sing” with Prof. Tom Acord, at 7 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.  

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. 

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. 


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. 

Fall Fruit Tasting from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Derby at MLK, Jr. Way. 548-3333. 

Everest: Friendship Beyond Borders with Tom McMillan and Nawang Sherpa who climbed Everest with a prosthetic leg at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

Diversity Day Community Discussion about ageism, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, anti-GLBT and anti-immigrant issues in Berkeley, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. 981-7170. 

“U.S. Foreign Policy and Social Welfare” with Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch, at 4 p.m. at the YWCA, 2600 Bancroft Ave. 

“Inevitable Surprises” with futurist and business strategist Peter Schwartz at 7:30 p.m. at College Prep School, Buttner Auditorium, 6100 Broadway, Oakland. Cost is $5-$10. 339-7726. 


Sing-A-Long from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. 524-9122. 

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

“Weekend Adventures In San Francisco & Northern California” a slide show with Carole Terwilliger Meyers at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library Community Room, 2090 Kittredge. 981-6100. 

League of Women Voters Membership Meeting with a Panel on the November 8 ballot propositions at 5:30 p.m. at the Northbrae Community Church. Buffet dinner is $15. Please RSVP to 843-8824. 

“A Global Perspective on Investments in Municipal Water Infrastructure” with Dale Whittington, Prof. Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Univ. of North Carolina at 5:30 p.m. at Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 150, Hearst and LeRoy. 642-2666. www.lib. 

Brainstormer Weekly Pub Quiz every Tuesday 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. Monthly field trips. 548-3991. 

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. 

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


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


“CaliVera: Days of the Dead Altars Remixed” Exhibition opens at the Oakland Museum of California, Tenth and Oak St. 238-2200. 

Poetry Writing Workshop with Linda Elkin at 7 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marina Ave., Albany. 526-3720, ext. 16. 

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. 

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 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. 

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. 

Astral Travel and Dreams A free 9-week course begins at 7:30 p.m. at 2510 Channing Way. 652-1583, 

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. 


Kol Hadash Humanistic Yom Kippur Observance at 7:30 p.m. at Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. Please bring non-perishable food for the needy. To RSVP email 


Father Roy Bourgeois on Against Torture, School of the Americas and a video “Crossing the Line, a Journey to Awareness” at 7 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito. 535 6285. 

Spoonbill Migration A display of sculptures and information on how to save the endangered bird from noon to 5 p.m. on the lawn in front of Wurster Hall, UC Campus.  

Grizzly Peak Flyfishers monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. Bob Madgic will speak on fly fishing in the Eastern Sierra. 547-8629. 

East Bay Mac User Group with Stuart Gripman on FileMaker Pro 8 at 6 p.m. at Free Expression College for Digital Arts, 6601 Shellmound, Emeryville. 

“Asthema, Allergies and Adrenal Burnout” Learn about holistic remedies and eating right at 5:30 p.m. at Pharmaca, 1744 Soano Ave. 527-8929. 

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. 

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

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. 


Election Officers Need for Nov. 8th. Must be registered to vote in Alameda County and have basic clerical skills. Training provided. For information call 272-6971.  

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.  

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


Youth Commission meets Mon., Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at 1730 Oregon St. Philip Harper-Cotton, 981-6670.   

Council Agenda Committee meets Tues. Oct. 11, at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St. 981-6900. 


Homeless Commission meets Wed., Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jane Micallef, 981-5426. 

Library Board of Trustees meets Wed. Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at South Berkeley Senior Center., Jackie Y. Griffin, 981-6195. 

Waterfront Commission meets Wed., Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. Cliff Marchetti, 981-6740. 

Community Health Commission meets Thurs., Oct. 13, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Kristin Tehrani, 981-5356. 

Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410.›