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Friday October 21, 2005


City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Phillip F. Elwood, “Jazz, Recordings and American Social History.” 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.  

Benefit for OXFAM Katrina Relief Fund with Cajun and Creole music, readings and refreshments at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Donation $10 and up. Sponsored by Balck Oak Books. 486-0698. 

Country Faire with homemade crafts and food, from noon to 4 p.m. and Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 201Martina St., Pt. Richmond. 964-9901. 

Conscientious Projector Film Series “Redemption” The life of Stanley “Tookie” WIlliams at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship, Cedar at Bonita. Suggested donation $10. 

“The EcoVIllage at Ithaca” with Liz Walker at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $5-$10 sliding scale. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

“China’s Cultural Revolution” with photographer Li Zhensheng, talk at 3 p.m., panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. at North Gate Hall, UC Campus. 

“Osama” A screening of the film followed by a discussion at 7:30 p.m. at Buttner Auditorium, College Prep School, 6100 Boradway, Oakland. Free. 

“Demystifying Activism One Breath at a Time” with Holly Near at 8 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, One Lawson Rd. Suggested donation $20. 525-0302, 306. 

Battle of Trafalgar Victory Ball, sponsored by the Bay Area English Regency Society, at 8 p.m. at Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Ave., Kensington. Tickets are $15-20. 650-365-2913. 

French Conversation Night at 6:30 pm at the Alliance Francaise of Berkeley, 2004 Woolsey St. Potluck, bring a dish to share or a bottle of wine. 548-7481.  

Spirit Walking: Chi in Water Class Meets Fri. at noon at Berkeley YMCA, through Dec. 9. Cost is $21-$50. 665-3228. 

Berkeley Chess Club meets at 8 p.m. at the East Bay Chess Club, 1940 Virginia St. 845-1041. 

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


Where Do All the Leaves Go? Learn about why leaves change color and fall, and other signs of autumn, for ages 7 and up, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $5-$7, reservations required. 525-2233. 

Walking Tour of Oakland Chinatown Meet at 10 a.m. at the courtyard fountain in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza at 388 Ninth St. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. 

Groceries from the Garden A hands-on after-school workshop for educators on how sustainable agriculture and locally grown food benefit the health of students and the environment. From 4 to 6 p.m. at UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station, 1327 South 46th St., Richmond. Cost is $20. Registration required. Sponsored by the Watershed Project. 665-3430. 

Dolores Huerta Interviewed by Amy Goodman at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St. at 27th, Oakland. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $50 for reserved seats and reception. Benefits Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. 268-8765. 

Options for Youth in Times of War A counter-recruitment conference Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Campus. Free for youth under 25. Donation $10-$25. 268-9006. 

Haiti Action with attorneys representing Haitian political prisoners at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2362 Bancroft Way. Cost is $15-$30, includes dinner. RSVP to 548-4141. 

Sports 4 Kids Benefit Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon at Rosa Parks School, 920 Allston Way at 8th St . 

Alameda Public Affairs Forum with Peter Schrag, discussing “The California Special Election: What are the Issues?” at 7 p.m. at the Home of Truth Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda. 

NAACP Life Membership Banquet with Belva Davis and Byron Williams at the Elks Lodge in Alameda. Tickets are $50. 232-2171. 865-1151. 

Friends of the Richmond Public Library Booksale from 11 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room adjacent to the Main Library at 525 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. 

The Misty Redwood Run A 10 K fun run to benefit the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters. Starts at 8:30 a.m. at Redwood Regional Park, Redwood Gate entrance, 7867 Redwood Rd., Oakland. Cost is $20-$25. Register online at 548-3113.  

Brew at the Zoo a benefit for the Oakland Zoo with live music, animal feedings and behind-the-scenes tours from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oakland Zoo. Tickets are $30. 632-9525.  

Origins of Halloween, Celtic and South American stories at 6 p.m. in Oakland. Cost is $7-$10. Call for location and to reserve a space, New Acropolis Cultural Association, 986-0317. 

Evergreens in the Garden with garden designer Aerin Moore at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

East Bay Genealogical Society with Marston Watson, the direct descendant of sixteen patriots who served in the Revolutionary War, at 10 a.m. in the Library Conference Room of the Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 635-6692.  

Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League Clinic for grades 2-9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Grove/ Russell Park. Please RSVP to 

Free Help with Computers at the El Cerrito Library to learn about email, searching the web, the library’s online databases, or basic word processing. Workshops held on Sat. a.m. at 6510 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito. Registration required. 526-7512.  

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. 


United Nations 60th Anniversary Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jack London Square, Oakland. Peace ceremonies at noon, multicultural dance and music and international foods. 849-1752. 

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. 

Solo Sierrans Sunrise Hike Meet at 6 a..m. at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park. We’ll start by moonlight, and watch the sun rise from Wildcat Peak and return before noon. Bring warm clothing and flashlight. Rain cancels. 601-1211. 

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

Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour of the transformations around the Old Santa Fe Station, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8-$10. For information call 848-0181. 

Days of the Dead Family Festival with craft activities, music, dance, cermonia and mercado, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. 238-2200. 

House Tour of the Homes of Haddon Hill from 1 to 5 p.m. A self-guided tour of nine beautiful homes and the Cleveland Cascade. Cost is $25-$35. For reservations call 763-9218.  

Peace It Together A collaborative art festival for healing and peacemaking from 1 to 5 p.m. at Charlie Dorr Park on Acton St. between Bancroft and Allston.  

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

East Bay School for Girls Raffle and Auction from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian CHurhc, 2727 College Ave. 849-9444. 

International Women’s Writing Group meets to discuss writing about ancestors at 3 p.m. at Cody’s Books on Fourth St. 559-9500. 

“In the Shadow of Gaza” a report-back with Wendy Kaufmyn who volunteered with the International Women’s Peace Service at 2 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, Community Room, 2090 Kittredge St. 981-6100. 

Berkeley City Club free tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2315 Durant Ave. 848-7800. 

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


Flu Shots for Berkeley Residents age 60 or over or “high-risk” from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 2 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5300. 

Berkeley Reads Together Free copies of “House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros in English and Spanish will be distributed at 2 p.m. at all Berkeley Public Library locations, while supplies last. 981-6100. 

“Watershed Consciousness” A conversation with Michael Rochette, at 5:30 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, Kittredge at Shattuck. Sponsored by Friends of Strawberry Creek. 

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

Amazon Gathering: Healing Arts of the Rainforest at 7 p.m. at the Teleosis Institute, 1512B Fifth St. Donation $15. RSVP to 558-7285. 

AARP Driver Safety Certification Program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., also on Oct. 31, at Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 828 San Pablo Ave., Albany. To register, call 558-7800. 

“Contemporary Drug Therapy for Parkinson’s Patients” at 10:30 a.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave.  

Family Storytelling Night with Muriel Johnson telling African folk tales, at 6:30 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. Registration required. 658-7353. 

Kensington Book Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043. 


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. at Tilden Nature Area. For information and to register call 525-2233.  

Celebrate Halloween with Bats with Maggie Hooper of the Bat Conservation Fund at 6:30 p.m. at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043. 

“Einstein the Peacenik” with Dr. Lawrence Badash, Professor Emeritus, History of Science, UC Santa Barbara, at 7 p.m. at the Florence Schwimley Little Theater, Berkeley High School. Free, all welcome. 

Berkeley High School Site Council meets at 4:30 p.m. in Conference Room B in the Admin. Building. On the agenda are Intervention updates (including 10th grade counseling), a discussion of the IB process and timeline and subcommittee sign ups. 525-0124. 

Exploring Argentina, a slide presentation with Wayne Bernhardson at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

Flu Shots for Berkeley Residents age 60 or over or “high-risk” from 10 a.m. to noon at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. For information call 981-5300. 

“Living with Threes and Fours” with Meg Zweiback, nurse practitioner, at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. Registration required. 658-7353. 

“Land Resititution in South Africa” at 4 p.m. in 652 Barrows Hall, UC Campus. 642-8338. 

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. 

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

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. 527-2177.  

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

St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. 845-6830. 


Flu Shots for Berkeley Residents age 60 or over or “high-risk” from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5300. 

Berkeley Community Fund Awards Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at H’s Lordships, Berkeley Marina. Tickets are $50. 525-5272.  

November Election Propostion Review with Phil Hayes of SEIU on Props 73-78 and TURN on Prop 80 at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Sponsored by the Berkeley Gray Panthers. 548-9696.  

Future of the Supreme Court with Bob Egelko, Legal Affairs Reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, at 1 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic. 524-9122. 

“Lessons of Katrina” Panel discussion of New California Media’s Multilingual Poll at 4:30 p.m. at 109 Moses Hall, UC Campus. 

“Exposing the Imposters: Public Deception & Animal Cruelty at Foster Farms” at 7 p.m. at 200 Wheeler, UC Campus. 

Smoke Detector Safety Day at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. 647-1111, ext. 16. 

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. 

“Girl Trouble” A documentary about three local teenagers in the juvenile justice system at 7 p.m. at Ellen Driscoll Auditorium, Frank Havens Elementary School, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont. Sponsored by Piedmont Diversity Committee, Piedmont League of Women Voters and DiversityWorks. 835-9227.  

Bayswater Book Club meets to discuss “The Lost Christianities” by Bart D. Ehrman at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Coffee Shop, El Cerrito. 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. 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. 

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. 

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 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.geo 


Flu Shots for Berkeley Residents age 60 or over or “high-risk” from 10 a.m. to noon at the West Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5300. 

Seymour Hersh on “The Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib” at 7:30 p.m. at MLK Student Union, UC Campus.  

“Natural Textiles and Weaving Cooperatives of Southeast Asia” with Rebecca Burgess at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

Parent Voices Policy Debate on the ballot propositions for November at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. Registration required. 658-7353. 

Celebrate Hallowe’en at 5:30 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. 620-6557. 

Easy Does It Disability Assitance Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at North Berkeley Senior Center. All welcome. 845-5513. 

Mars Lecture and Telescope Viewing at 7 p.m. at the Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Tickets are $8. 336-7300. 

Democratic World Federalists with Byron Belistos at 7:30 p.m. at International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Cost is $5. 642-9460. 

Holiday Card Stamping Learn how to make greeting cards for the holidays at 10 a.m. at Albany Senior Center. 559-7225. 

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. 524-9122. 

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. 


Parks and Recreation Commission meets Mon., Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Virginia Aiello, 981-5158. 

City Council meets Tues., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900.  

Citizens Budget Review Commission meets Wed., Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7041.  

Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533.  

Disaster Council meets Wed., Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. 981-5502. 

Energy Commission meets Wed., Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. 

Planning Commission meets Wed., Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Janet Homrighausen, 981-7484.  

Police Review Commission meets Wed. Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-4950. 

Commission on Early Childhood Education meets Tues. Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Angellique De Cloud, 981-5428. 

Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. ¶