Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Friday February 10, 2006


City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Michael Perleman, international financier. 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.  

Memorial Service for Jean Siri at 11 a.m. at the Miller-Knox Shoreline, Dornan Drive, Pt. Richmond. For infromation call the East Bay Regional Parks District at 544-2206. 

“Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts & Crafts Home” with Leslie M. Freudenheim at 7:30 p.m. at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 2619 Dwight Way at Bowditch. Tickets are $15. Sponsored by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. 841-2242. 

“Whooping Cranes: Recovering from the Brink of Extinction” with Dr. George Archibald, Co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, at 7:30 p.m. at San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, corner of 9th Ave/Lincoln Way, San Francisco. Sponsored by The Golden Gate Audubon Society, Berkeley. 843-2222.  

“From the Panthers to the Zapatistas,” a talk with Ashanti Alston at 7:30 p.m. at Eastside Cultural Center, 2587 International Blvd., Oakland. Cost is $5-$10. Sponsored by Chiapas Support Committee. 654-9587. 

Womansong Circle An evening of participatory singing for women at 6:45 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. DOnation $10-$20. 525-7082. 

Berkeley Critical Mass Bike Ride meets at the Berkeley BART the second Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m.  

Berkeley Chess School classes for students in grades 1-8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1581 LeRoy Ave., room 17. 843-0150. 

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. 


Toddler Nature Walk for 2-3 year olds. We’ll look for our salamander friends from 2 to 3 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 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. 

16th and Wood Train Station and Black History Month Celebration with tributes to the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Pullman Porters, at 5 p.m. at Jubilee West, 1485 Eighth St., West Oakland. Co-Sponsored by Just Cause 763-5877. 

Presentation on the Ashby BART Development Proposal with Councilmember Max Anderson at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s AME Church, Ashby at Adeline. 981-7130. 

Energy Efficiency Workshop for your home, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Truitt and White Conference Room, 1817 Second St. Free, but registration required. 649-2674. 

Ask a Union Mechanic from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Parker & Shattuck. They will offer advice on all makes of car. 

War Tax Resistance Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at 3122 Shattuck Ave. Sponsored by Northern California War Tax Resistance. 843-9877. 

Open Conference on the Electoral Crisis on the failures of the “two party system” at 2 p.m. at Redwood Gardens, 2951 Derby St. 

East Bay Impeach Bush Group meets at 5 p.m. at the Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 527-9584. 

“Women in Ancient Arabia” a visual presentation by Max Dashu, at 7:30 p.m. at Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave., near Alcatraz, Oakland. Cost is $10-$20 sliding scale, no one turned away. 415-561-7752. 

Solo Sierrans Sunset Walk at the Emeryville Marina Meet at 3:30 p.m. on the west side of Chevy’s Restaurant. Rain cancels. 234-8949. 

The Rotary Club of Albany Second Annual Celebration, “Service Above Self” at 7:30 p.m. at Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. Tickets are $20. 558-1534. 

Lead-Safe Painting & Remodeling Free class to learn about lead safe renovations for your older home at 10 a.m. at the Eastmont Branch Library 7200 Bancroft Ave #211, Oakland. Presented by Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. 567-8280. 

Bridging the Gap Conference with hip hop historian, and community activist Davey D and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the UC Campus. Free and open to all ages. Benefit for the Graduate Minority Students’ Project. 642-2876, ext. 4. 

Sistaz N Motion, helping women start their own business, meets at 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Crescent Park Multi-Cultural Family Resource Center, 5004 Hartnett Ave., Richmond. Cost is $10 for non-members. Please RSVP to 

Make a Valentine Workshop with Adria McCuaig from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free for all ages. 526-3720, ext. 17. 

Love Mission to Mars A simulated space mission to share with your Valentine at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. at Chabot Space and Science Center. Also on Sun. at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per couple. 336-7373. 

The Great War Society meets to discuss “General George C. Marshall, Organizer of Victory” at 10:30 a.m. at 640 Arlington Ave. 527-7118. 

“Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature - Identity and Imagination” Discussion led by Led by Dr. Naomi Seidman, at 2 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. Registration is recommended. 524-3043. 

Small Business Seminar on Market Analysis at 9 a.m. at Vista College, 2075 Allston Way. Cost is $26. To register see 

“Self Image/God Image” Writing workshop for believers and doubters with Beth Glick-Rieman from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. Donation $40. Bring a bag lunch. To register, call 524-2858. 

“Scars of War/Wounds of Peace” with Shlomo Ben-Ami, fromer Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5. 839-2900, ext. 253. 

Preschool Storytime for 3-5 year olds at 11 a.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17. 

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. 

Tibetan Buddhism with Jack van der Meulen on Opening the Heart Yoga from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. Cost is $80, registration required. 843-6812.  


Reptile Rendevous Meet the resident reptiles of the Tilden Nature Center from 11 a.m. to noon at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Waste Not, Want Not A recycling adventure for 8-12 year olds from 1 to 3 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Green Sunday: Why Three Alameda County Greens are running for state-wide office at 5 p.m. at Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland. 

Mending Bee and Repair-a-thon Bring your latest repair project, share skills and materials, and watch a slideshow by local artists of their recent small and largescale repair projects. From 4 to 7 p.m. at Rock Paper Scissors Gallery, 2278 Telegraph Ave. Cost is $5-$10. 238-9171. 

Love, Kisses, Wills, Trusts Get your legal affairs in order. Open forum discussion and private consultations from 9 a.m. to noon at Chapel of the Chimes, 449 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Free. 228-3207. 

Celebrate Black History Month with interactive storytelling and jazz from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. Nubia at 1 p.m., Derique the Clown at 3 p.m. Free. 647-1111.  

Family Film Sunday Series “101 Dalmations” at 11 a.m. at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave. Tickets are $5.  

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. 

Jewish Holiday of the Trees and support Rabbis for Human Rights at 5:30 p.m. at Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $10. RSVP to 415-789-7685.  

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

Tibetan Buddhism with Sylvia Gretchen on the Buddhist writings of Longchenpa at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. 


Neighborhood Meeting on Kragen Auto Site and the proposal for a Traders Joe’s at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave., between MLK and Grant. 

Sweatshop Workers Speak Phannara Duangdej from Thailand, Branice Linugu Musavi from Kenya and Siti Malika from Indonesia, speak of their experiences working in the global garment industry at 6 p.m. at FSM Café at Moffitt Library, UC Campus. 760-519-7725. 

Tuskegee Airman, Samuel Broadnax introduces his new book “Blue Skies, Black Wings” at 7:30 p.m. in the Home Room, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Cost is $5. 642-9460. 

“The Global Class War” with author Jeff Faux, founding president of the Economic Policy Institute, and a critic of pro-business free-trade, at 7:30 p.m. at Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave. 486-0698. 

Valentine Making Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tues. from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Art Studio at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. Cost is $5 for adults, $6 for children. 647-1111. 

Berkeley School Volunteers Training workshop for volunteers interested in helping the public schools, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 1835 Allston Way. 644-8833. 

Free Business Loan and Business Plan Writing Boot Camp Mon. and Fri. from 9 a.m. to noon at 519 17th St., 2nd Floor, Ste. 200, Oakland, through March 31. 395-6003. 

World Affairs Discussion Group for seniors at 10:15 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center. Cost is $2.50.  

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. 

Introduction to Meditation at 6:45 p.m. at Bay Zen Center, 315 Alcatraz near College Ave. Suggested donation $10. Advance registration required. 596-3087. 

Spice Up Your Love Life A workshop with Dot Claire at 7 p.m. at Unity of Berkeley, 2075 Eunice St. Cost is $27. 925-287-9594.  


Birdwalk on the MLK Shoreline from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to see the ducks: Scaup, Goldeneye and Bufflehead. Beginnners welcome, binoculars available for loan. 525-2233. 

“Take Me Instead” Grandmothers Against the War will try to enlist to replace young people in military in Iraq as act of love on Valentine’s Day at noon at the Army Recruiting Station, 2116 Broadway at 21st St., Oakland. 526-5075. 

Public Hearing on the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. 

Valentine’s Day Celebration with community participation in poetry, song, dance and prayer at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. midtown Oakland.  

“Black Beauties: The History of Oakland’s Miss Bronze Pageant” with author Maxine Leeds Craig at 10:30 a.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. 238-2200. 

Health Education Presentation by Dr. Robert Cooper of the West Oakland Health Council at 7 p.m. at the El Cerrito City Council Chambers, 7007 Moeser Lane. Sponsored by the NAACP El Cerrito Branch. 233-5460. 

Travel Photography in Venice and Tuscany with Don Lyon at 7 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. 654-1548.  

“Doing Business in China: Panasonic’s Growth Strategy” with former Matsushita Executive Vice-President Yukio Shohtoku,at 4:30 p.m. at the IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton St., 6th Floor. 642-2809. 

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Stories for Children at 7 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043. 

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. 

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

Free Handbuilding Ceramics Class 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John’s Senior Center, 2727 College Ave. Also, Mon. noon to 4 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Materials and firing charges not included. 525-5497. 

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. 548-3991. 

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation at 7 p.m. at the Dzalandhara Buddhist Center in Berkeley. Cost is $7-$10. Call for directions. 559-8183. 

Sleep Soundly Seminar at 6:30 p.m. at New Moon Opportunities, 378 Jayne Ave., Oakland Free, but registration required. 465-2524. 

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


Tilden Tots Join a nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome)! We’ll search for our amphibian friends, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684. 

Tilden Explorers An after-school nature adventure program for 5-7 year olds, who may be accompanied by an adult. We will search for newts, slender salamanders, ensatinas and more, from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 636-1684. 

Creeks Task Force Public Hearing at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Erin Dando, 981-7410. 

“New Era, New Politics Walking Tour” at 10 a.m. at the African American Museum, 659 14th St., at Jefferson, Oakland. A two-hour guided tour of the points of interest in African American history in Oakland. 238-3234. 

“Exploring the Place, Meaning and Purpose of the Black Studies Movement” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Merritt College, Building A, Room 129. 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. 434-3935. 

Disaster Preparedness and Wilderness Safety with Michael St. John of Marin County Search and Rescue at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

“Water The Matrix of Life” What to drink for health and eco-living at 7 p.m. at Teleosis Institute, 1521B 5th St. Cost is $5-$10. Registration required. 558-7285.  

“Celcius 9/11: Full Spectrum Dominance and the War of Terror” a film by Jeremy Wright at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. Free, but $5 donations accepted. 

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 Wed. and Sat. at 10:30 a.m. at 2270 Acton 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. Heavy rain cancels. 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 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. 



City Council meets to hold a Public Hearing on the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance Tues., Feb. 14, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. 

Berkeley Unified School Board meets Wed., Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers. Queen Graham 644-6147 or Mark Coplan 644-6320. 

Creeks Task Force meets Wed., Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Erin Dando, 981-7410. 

Citizens Humane Commission meets Wed., Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Katherine O’Connor, 981-6601. 


Downtown Area Plan Advisory Commission meets Wed. Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Sitka Spruce Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 2118 Milvia St. 981-7487. 

Library Board of Trustees meets Wed. Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. at South Berkeley Senior Center., Jackie Y. Griffin, 981-6195. 

Design Review Committee meets Thurs., Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Anne Burns, 981-7415. 


Transportation Commission meets Thurs., Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Peter Hillier, 981-7000.