FRIDAY, NOV. 4
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Al Young, the California Poet Laureate on “Creativity is Human Survival: A Poet’s View” 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.
Benefit with Dolores Huerta, United Farmworkers at 7:30 p.m., at St Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison. Donation $10. To benefit School of the Americas Watch. 597-0171.
Latinos in Baseball with Tito Fuentes and Diego Segui at 7 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, Tenth and Oak Sts. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
“Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage” with author Heather Rogers at AK Press, 674A 23rd St., Oakland. 208-1700. www.akpress.org
Asian Business Association Benefit Fashion/Variety Show at 7 p.m. at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave. Tickets are $10-$12.
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.
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
Morning Chores at the Little Farm Feed the animals, collect the eggs, and do other chores at 9 a.m. at Tilden Little Farm, Tilden Park. Dress to get dirty. 525-2233.
Kid’s Garden Club for ages 7-12 to explore the world of gardening, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 636-1684.
Bay Nature Hike: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline covering about four miles to see wildlife and learn th elocal history. Begins at 10 a.m. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, water, lunch, and snacks. RSVP to 528-8550. firstname.lastname@example.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.
“Preparing Your Garden for Winter” at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351.
Al Franken “The Truth (with Jokes)” at 7:30 p.m.. at Berkeley Community Theater, 1930 Allston Way on the Berkeley High Campus. Cost is $12, or $5 with pre-purchase of the book from Cody’s. 845-7852. www.codysbooks.com
“Build Cross-Class Alliances” with Betsy Leondar-Wright on how to build stronger movements for social change, at 2 p.m. at the Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. Cost is $5-$25. To register email email@example.com, www.classmatters.org
Berkeley Digital Media Conference on the emergence and implications of the digital lifestyle at the Haas School of Business, UC Campus. Cost is $60 for students, $125 for general admission. 642-0342.
Free Emergency Preparedness Class on Basic Personal Preparedness from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at West Berkeley Senior Center. To sign up call 981-5506.
Global Warming Summit with workshops and panel discussions for high school and college students on the UC Campus. For information see www.energyaction.net/casummit
“The Big Bang” with author Simon Singh at 7 p.m. at Chabot Space & Science Center. Tickets are $7. 336-7373. www.chabotspace.org
“Latest Theories About the Universe” Theoretical Physics Made Easy from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lawrence Hall of Science. Tickets are $80 available from www.ticketweb.com
Anahat Second Annual South Asian Acappella Competition at 6:30 p.m. at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave. Tickets are $15-$20.
East Bay Atheists Berkeley Meeting with Dr. Anthony Somkin on the nature of death at 2 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St., 3rd floor Meeting Room. 222-7580.
Travel Tips for Alaska A day-long workshop beginnning at 8:30 a.m. at Vista Community College, 2020 Milvia St. 981-2931. www.peralta.cc.ca.us
Healthy Oakland Health Fair with food, music, children’s activities, social services booths, and health screenings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Oakland Deliverance Center, 7425 International Blvd. www.blackwallstreet.org
Karamu: A Pan-African Celebration with food, music and artisans, from 5 to 9 p.m. at 338 Ninth St., Oakland. Tickets are $40. 435-5074.
Anime Convention with vendors, contests and original artwork from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union, UC Campus. Cost is $15, children 8 and under $8. amimage.berkeley.edu
Sample Dance Classes at The Beat including tap, tango, jazz, salsa, samba, zydeco, belly dance, ballet, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2560 9th St. 548-5348. www.the-beat.org
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. www.nativeplants.org
Flower Essence Therapy for Animals at 3 p.m. at Rabbitears, 303 Arlington Ave., Kensington. Donation $20. 525-6155. www.rabbitears.org
Heal Your Back and Straighten Your Spine at 10 a.m. at Phamaca Integrative Pharmacy, 1744 Solano Ave. 527-8929.
SUNDAY, NOV. 6
Watershed Hike to explore Wildcat Creek. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Nature Center, Tilden Park. Bring lunch and drink. Dress for rain and mud. Hike is about 3 miles. 525-2233.
Conversations with Nature A journal and art workshop at 2 p.m. at Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Ellsberg on “National Security Whistle-Blowing: Ethics and Law” at noon at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave. Sponsored by the ACLU.
Native Plants and Peoples Tour with demonstrations and hands-on experiences from noon to 3 p.m. at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr. 643-2755.
Haiku and You Make a recycled journal and be inspired to write some haiku poetry from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. For ages 10 and up. 525-2233.
Gumbo by the Bay at Sunset An afternoon of food, art and music from 3 to 6 p.m. at Western Drive, Pt. Richmond. Cost is $50-$75. Benefits ArtsChange. 231-1348. www.artschange.org
Flu and Pneumonia Shots from 1 to 5 p.m. at Phamaca Integrative Pharmacy, 1744 Solano Ave. Cost is $25 and $35. 527-8929.
Free Entree for Veterans, in appreciation for their service to our country, at Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto, 1919 Fourth St. 845-7771.
Integrative Medicine and Alternative Health Conference with speakers and workshops from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dwinelle Hall, UC Campus. Free. www.studentsforintegrativemedicine.info
UC Berkeley Folkdancers Reunion at 1:30 p.m. at Ashkenaz. Cost is $7. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com
“Ancient Malta: Crossroads of Mediterranean Cultures” at 1 p.m. in Room 101, Archeological Research Facility, UC Campus. 415-338-1537.
Circus Arts in the Schools with acrobats, clowns, jugglers and musicians at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave., Alameda. 510-4636.
Meet Rescued Rats available for adoption and learn about their care and feeding at 2:30 p.m. at Rabbitears, 303 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 525-6155. www.rabbitears.org
Free Sailboat Rides between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Cal Sailing Club in the Berkeley Marina. Bring warm waterproof clothes. www.cal-sailing.org
“Esoteric Energy Work from Around the World” with Irving Feurst, at 10 a.m. at International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Breath workshop follows. 245-3737, ext. 7.
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, NOV. 7
Sacred Site Shellmound Peace Walk beginning in Vallejo and ending at the Emeryville Huchiun Shellmound on Nov. 25. For information call 453-9002. email@example.com
“Mao: The Unknown Story” a conversations with authors Hung Chang and Jon Halliday with Orville Schell, Dean of the Grad. School of Journalism, at 7 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium, Haas School of Business, UC Campus. http://ieas.berkeley.edu
“About GMOs” Prof. Ignacio Chapela will speak on the introduction of genetically-modified organisms into our food supply at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. at Arch. 843-8724.
Positive Parenting A six-week class on raising healthy, competent children, at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland. 658-7353.
“Greek Hate: Athenian War Propaganda and the Persians” The W. Kendrick Pritchett Lecture with Maureen Miller, Univ. of Sydney at 8 p.m. in the Alumni House, UC Campus. 415-338-1537.
Tour of the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, including access to selections from the GTU’s collection of rare books, at 5 p.m. at 2400 Ridge Rd. Reservations required. 649-2420.
Berkeley CopWatch organizational meeting at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. 548-0425.
TUESDAY, NOV. 8
Remember to Vote Today For information regarding polling place locations please call 663-VOTE (8683). www.smartvoter.org/ca/state/
Birdwalk on the MLK Shoreline from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to see the shorebirds here for the winter. Binoculars available for loan. 525-2233.
Flu Shots for Berkeley Residents age 60 or over or “high-risk” from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Health Clinic, 830 University Ave. For information call 981-5300.
Introduction to Voting for Children from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. Cost is $6 for children, $5 for adult. 647-1111.
“A Climbing Life Reexamined” with David Roberts at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
“Glaciers and the California Waterscape” with Prof. Kurt Cuffey at 5:30 p.m. at Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 150, 2607 Hearst. 642-2666.
“Engineering Communism,” spies, Silicon Valley, and modern intelligence failures with author Steven Usdin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Cost is $5. 415-850-5431.
Guitars in the Classroom Free guitar and music lessons for teachers at 7:30 p.m. at 2304 McKinley Ave. 848-9463. www.guitarsintheclassroom.com
Michael Oren, fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, on current complexities of the modern Middle East at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Hillel Auditorium, 2736 Bancroft Way. www.berkeleyhillel.org
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. In case of questionable weather, call around 8 a.m. 215-7672, 524-9992.
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation at 7 p.m. at the Dzalandhara Buddhist Center in Berkeley. Cost is $7-$10. Call for directions. 559-8183. www.kadampas.org
Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 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. 845-6830.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9
The Hungry Owl Project Fundraiser with dinner and speaker Allen Fish, Director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Tickets are $40, reservations recommended. 415-454-4587. www.hungryowl.org
Save The Bay Native Planting Day from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland. Gloves, tools and snacks provided. 452-9261, ext. 109. www.savesfbay.org
Choosing Infant Care A workshop on the options at 10 a.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. Babies welcome. Registration required. 658-7353.
American Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Orientation at 10 a.m. at 6230 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Advance sign-up needed 594-5165.
“Higher Ground” An action documentary film on skiiing and snowboarding at 8 p.m. at Wheeler Auditorium, UC Campus. Tickets available at REI.
“Chavez: Venezuela and the New Latin America” A documentary interview filmed in 2004, at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donation $5. 393-5685.
Poetry Writing Workshop with Alison Seevak at 7 p.m. at Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 16.
“Supporting Cast or Supporting Caste: Minor Characters in Biblical Narrative” with Prof. GIna Hens-Piazza at 7 p.m. in the Chapel, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. 649-2440.
“In the Footsteps of Jewish Fusgeyers” with Jill Culiner, brown bag lunch at noon at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5. 848-0237.
THURSDAY, NOV. 10
Stephen Hawking “New Perspectives on the Origin of the Universe” at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theater, Oakland. Tickets are $35-$125, available from 625-TIXS. www.ticketmaster.com
Human Rights Watch Panel DIscussion with honorees Omid Memarian from Iran, Salih Mahmoud Osman from Sudan and Beatrice Were from Uganda at noon at the School of Journalism Library, North Gate Hall, UC Campus.
“EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, And Timber” at 7:30 p.m. at Builders Booksource, 1817 Fourth St., 845-6874.
Grizzly Peak Flyfishers meets at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. Stu Stewart will speak on fly fishing in the lakes and streams of the Mt. Lassen area. 547-8629.
Herbs and Remedies to Counteract Overeating at 5 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200.
“Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure” with the Hypertension Work Group of the South and West Berkeley Health Forum at 6 p.m. at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 2024 Ashby Ave. 981-4131.
Flu Shots for Berkeley Residents age 60 or over or “high-risk” from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Health Clinic, 830 University Ave. 981-5300.
Headaches and Heartaches Learn about the relationship between physical and emotional pain at 5:30 p.m. at Phamaca Integrative Pharmacy, 1744 Solano Ave. 527-8929.
Berkeley School Volunteers Training workshop for volunteers interested in helping the public schools, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 1835 Allston Way. 644-8833.
Red Cross Mobile Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1706 Shattuck Ave. To make an appointment call 1-800-448-3543.
“Detained at Angel Island: Stories, True Stories and Statistics” at 1:30 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, Tenth and Oak Sts. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
“Got a Book That Needs Publishing?” Panel discussion with book editors at 7 p.m. at the Journalism Library, corner of Hearst and Euclid, UC Campus. Sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Cost is $5. RSVP to 530-6699.
LGBT Family Night with Family Fun Zone and meetings with national leaders at 7 p.m. at Oakland Marriott City Center. 415-981-1960.
Little Readers and Friends Night with storyteller Ayodele, at 5 p.m. at at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. Free 647-1111.
East Bay Mac User Group meets to discuss mail clients for OS X at 6 p.m. at Free Expression College for Digital Arts, 6601 Shellmound, Emeryville. http://ebmug.org
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.
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.
Creeks Task Force meets Mon. Nov. 7, at the West Berkeley Senior Center. Erin Dando, 981-7410.
Council Agenda Committee meets Tues. Nov. 7, at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St. 981-6900.
Landmarks Preservation Commission meets Mon., Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Gisele Sorensen, 981-7419.
Peace and Justice Commission meets Mon., Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Manuel Hector, 981-5510.
Youth Commission meets Mon., Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m., at 1730 Oregon St. Philip Harper-Cotton, 981-6670.
Commission on Disability meets Wed., Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Don Brown, 981-6346. TDD: 981-6345.
Homeless Commission meets Wed., Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jane Micallef, 981-5426.
Library Board of Trustees meets Wed. Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at South Berkeley Senior Center., Jackie Y. Griffin, 981-6195.
Planning Commission meets Wed., Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Janet Homrighausen, 981-7484. www.ci.berkeley. ca.us/commissions/planning
Police Review Commission meets Wed., Nov. 9, at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-4950.
Waterfront Commission meets Wed., Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. Cliff Marchetti, 981-6740.
Community Health Commission meets Thurs., Nov. 10, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Kristin Tehrani, 981-5356.
Housing Advisory Commission meets Thurs., Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Oscar Sung, 981-5400.
West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thurs., Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., at the West Berkeley Senior Center. Iris Starr, 981-7520.
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. ?