Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Tuesday February 14, 2006


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 repl ace 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. 981-690 0. 

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 Mis s 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 Chamb ers, 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 St rategy” 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. 52 4-3 043. 

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. Fre e, a ll 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. Materials and firing charges not included. 525-5497. 

Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Communit y Church, 941 The Alameda. 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 adventur e 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 a fter-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. 6 36-1684. 

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 1 4th 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, B uilding 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 he alth an d 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. F ree, 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 Com munity 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. 



Berkeley Fire Dep artment Versus Berkeley Police Third Annual Charity Basketball Game at 7:30 p.m. in the Berkeley High Donahue Gym on Milvia at Kittredge. Tickets are $5, $2 for BHS students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Public Safety Building, 1st floor, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

“Realizing Our Power” Visions for Youth Organizing A panel discussion on building a movement that will fight for young people and win, at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. Oakland. Sponsored by The Action Caucus and the East Bay Young Democrats. 


“Seabirds: Their Travels and the Impact of Plastics at Sea” with Carol Keiper, director of Oikonos-Ecosystem Knowledge, at 12:30 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. 23 8-2200.  

“Rough Cut: Return to Kirkuk” a KQED-Frontline screening of the documentary at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Cost is $5. 642-9460. 

“Preparing for the End of Cheap Oil” A panel discussion by the Post Carbon I nstitute at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Requested donation of $5-20 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

“Beyond Deep Throat: the Press, Confidential Sources and Your Right to Know” with Seth Rosenfield, SF Chronicle and Erica Craven, media lawyer, at 7 p.m. at Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave. 649-1320. 

Simplicity Forum “Sufism and Simplicity” Two practicing Sufis telling their story about finding this path at 6:30 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, Claremon t Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave.  

MGO Democratic Club will discuss the Oakland Teachers’ Contract and the Clean Money Bill at 7 p.m. at Piedmont Gardens, 110 41st St. 834-9198. 

“The Education of Shelby Knox” The documentary of a youn g girl’s t ransformation from conservative Southern Baptist to feminist at 7 p.m. at College Prep School, Buttner Auditorium, 6100 Broadway at Brookside, Oakland. Free.339-7726. 

African American Cultural Celebration at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Churc h, 2501 Har rison St., corner of Harrison and 27th. Presented by St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Free and open to the public.  


The Golden Gate Audubon Society Ravinder N. M. Sehgal will speak on “The Infectious Diseases of Birds” at 7:30 p.m. at Northbrae C ommunity Chu rch, 941 The Alameda.  


“Japan and China: Toward a Better Understanding” with Akira Chiba from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 2:30 p.m. in the IEAS Confe rence Room, 2223 Fulton St., 6th Floor. http://i 


“Life and Legacy of Theos Bernard” early pioneer of Indo-Tibetan religious studies with Paul Hackett, visiting scholar, at 5 p.m. at 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Campus.  

Ask a Union Mecha nic from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Parker & Shattuck, u ntil the Berkeley Honda strike is settled. They will offer advice on all makes of car. 

“New Hormonal Treatments in Breast Cancer” with Dr. Tom Lee, medical oncologist at 6:15 p.m. at Alta Bates Summit, Merrit Pavilion, 350 Hawthorne St., Oakland. Free, bu t registration required. 869-8833. 

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. 


City Commons Club Noon Lunch eon with Daniel McFadden on “Consumers and Par t D.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $13.50, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. 526-2925.  

“WELLSTONE!” A documentary sponsored by the Conscientious Projector Film Series at 7 p.m. a t Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. at Bonita. Donation of $5 suggested. 528-5403.  


Circle Dancing Simple folkdancing in a circle, no partners; no experience needed, at 8 p.m. at Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut at University Ave. 528-4253. 

American Red Cross B lood Drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at Gelateria Naia, 2106 Shattuck Ave. To schedule and appointment call 1-800-GIVELIFE. 

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 C hess 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. 

Meditation, Peace Vigil and Dialogue, g ather at noon on the grass close to the West Entrance to UC Berkeley, on Oxford St. near University Ave. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 655-6169. 


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. 636-1684. 

Wildflower Restoration Join us for a morning o f planting to restore rare grassland habitats, from 9 a.m. at noon. Watershed Project, 1327 S 46th St. Bldg. #155, Richmond. 665-3689. 

Sushi Basics Learn the natural and cultural history of sushi. We will prepare seven basic ty pes. Parent participation required for children 8-10 years old. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center. Fee is $35, $30 for seniors and $25 for children age 8-12. Registration required. 636-1684. 

Black History Month Celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St., with entertainment, community dialog and soul food. 981-5218. 

West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Awards Show at 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive. Tickets a re $20-$25, children 12 and under free. 836-2227. 

“Follow the Drinking Gourd” film and other activities in celebration of Black History Month from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chabot Space and Science Center. 

Alt ernatives to Water Needy Lawns & Landscapes at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Landscape Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

Berkeley Alliance of Neighborhood Associations meets at 9:15 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Sproul Conference Room, 1st Floor, 272 7 College Ave. www.berkel 

“Inherit the Wind” John Russo, Oakland City Attorney and and Matt Gonzales, former SF Supervisor, discuss creationism v. evolution theory, at 8 p.m. at the Parkway Theater, Oakland. Youth particularly encouraged to atte nd.  

Friends of the Albany Library Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. All paperbacks and hardback books including library discards will be sold for 50 cents each, magazines are 25 cents each or 5 for $1. For more inform ation, or to volunteer for the sale, call the Albany Library at 526-3720, ext. 5. 

California Writers Club meets to discuss screenwriting with James Dalessandro at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, Jack London Square. 272-0120. 

“The War at Home: The Corporate O ffensive from Reagan to Bu sh” with author and economist Jack Rasmus at 7 p.m. at Home of Truth Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda. Sponsored by the Alameda Public Affairs Forum. 

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

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. 

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 Abbe Blum on “Freedom to Change” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. Cost is $80, registration required. 843-6812. 


Reptiles at Tilden Touch a snake and meet a turtle at 10:30 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Native and Non-Native Trees of Tilden Park. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Tilden Nature Center, Ti lden Park. 525-2233. 

“Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money” with vegetarian and animal rights activist Erik Marcus at 7:30 p.m. at Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave. 486-0698. 

Musical Masterpieces: Making Art, Making Music, in celebration of Black History Month from noon to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. 238-2200.  

Spartacist Black History Month Educational on Class Struggle and the Road to Black Freedom at noon and The Fight to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal at 3 p.m. at the YWCA Tea Room, 1515 Webster St., Oak land. Free. 839-0851. 

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

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. 

Reawakening the Chakras with Suzanne Grace at 2 p.m. at Unity of Berkeley, 2075 Eunice St.Cost is $10-$25 donation. 528-8844.  

Tibetan Buddhism with Mary Gomes and Erika Rosenberg on “Mind ful Parenting” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812.  


Monday Night Movies “Lolita” at 7:30 p.m. at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave. Cost is $5.  

World Affair s Discussion Group for senior s at 10:15 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center. Cost is $2.50.  

McGee Avenue Toastmasters meets at 7:30 p.m. at McGee Ave Baptist Church, 1640 Stuart St. 501-7005. 

Berkeley CopWatch organizational meeting at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Join us to work on curren t issues around police misconduct. Volunteers needed. For information call 548-0425. 


“Sprout Hope” Half-Pint Library Book Drive to benefit the library at Children’s Hospital, Oakland, is looking to register schools i n the book drive. To register s ee 

Free Tax Help—United Way’s Earn it! Keep It! Save It! program provides free filing assistance to households that earned less than $38,000 in 2005. To find a free tax site near you, call 800-358-883 2 or visit www.EarnitKeepitSavei 

Albany Library Free Drop-in Homework Help for students in third through fifth grades, Mon. - Thurs. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Emphasis is placed on math and writing skills. No registration is required. 526-3720, ext. 17. 


City Council meets t o 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. Q ueen 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. 

Citize ns Humane Commission meets Wed., Fe b. 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 Berke ley 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.