Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Tuesday February 21, 2006


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

Berkeley Garden Club, “Great Underused Garden Plants” with Bobbie Feyerabend, Landscape Architect, at 1 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. 527-5641. 

The Sudan and Human Rights Law with Mark Massoud, Vision of Hope Essay Contest winner at 7:30 p.m. in the Home Room, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Cost is $5. 642-9460. 

“Runner’s High” with ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

Apartment Management Class begins at the Building Education Center. Cost is $250 for five sessions. For information call 525-7610. 

“Tax Hypocrisy and How it Can Work for You” with Randy Silverman, tax specialist, at 7 p.m. in the third floor Community Room, Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. 981-6100. 

Red Cross Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aquatic Park, 700 Heinz Ave., Building F., and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Claremont Resort, 41 Tunnel Rd. Sign up online at  

Berkeley Salon Discussion Group meets to discuss unexpected pleasures from 7 to 9 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 601-6690. 

Cancer Prevention and Survival Cooking Course begins at 6:30 p.m. at Keller Williams Office, 4341 Piedmont Ave., second floor, Oakland. Class runs for 8 sessions. Free, registration required. 531-2665. 

Mardi Gras History and Costume Making at 7:30 p.m. at Nabolom Bakery, Russell St. at College.  

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. 

A Hard Days Knight Activities to learn about the Middle Ages for ages 5 and up at 6:30 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043. 

“Insight and Inner Peace” a lecture on on Sufism by Nahid Angha at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley Ave. 527-2935. 

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

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

“Sufism: Living in the Spirit of Surrender” with Seyedeh Nahid Angha, at 7:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley. 527-2935. 

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. 

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. 

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


UCB’s Proposed Southeast Campus Expansion Plans will be presented at a sepcial meeting ot the Planning, transportation, Landmarks Preservation and Design Review Commissions a 6 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. The public in encouraged to attend and comment. 981-7474. 

“A Taste of Urban Perma- 

culture” at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

“The Truth and Lies of 9/11” at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Free, but $5 donations accepted. 704-0268. 

“California Cleanup: Get the Money Out of Politics” A discussion of AB583 at the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers meeting at 1:30 p.m. at North Berkeley Senior Center. 548-9696. 

“Let’s Get Conscious” on the role of youth in today’s activism, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Merritt College, Building A, Room 129, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. Hosted by the Black Students Union. 703-3990. 

Bayswater Book Club meets to discuss “Empire of Debt” by William Bonner at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, El Cerrito Plaza. 433-2911. 

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. 

The Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club provides free instruction every Wed. and Sat. at 10:30 a.m. at 2270 Acton St. 841-2174.  

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. 



Public Hearing on Inclusionary Housing Ordinance Proposed Amendments at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5420. 

“Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues” with Sister Helen Prejean at 7 p.m. at 2050 Valley Life Sciences Bldg., UC Campus. Sponsored by International and Area Studies. 

African American Heritage Dinner & Gospel Extravaganza at 5:30 p.m. at International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Cost is $8.50 for the dinner, Cost is $5. 642-9460. 

Report from the Front Lines of Struggle: West Africa, Venezuela and St. Petersburg, Florida with Gaida Kambon, National Secretary of the African People’s Socialist Party at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. 569-9620. 

UnPlug Clear Channel Community meeting to turn 106.1 KMEL into a real People’s Station at 4 p.m. at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Donation of $3 suggested. 849-2568.  

“Arctic Melting: ... Destroying One of the World’s Largest Wilderness Areas” with Chad Kister, Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave., near Dwight Way. 548-2220, ext. 223. 

Question 9/11 A Call to Activism with a film and presentations in a benefit for Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance at 7 p.m. at Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. Oakland. Donation $10. 339-9358. 

Berkeley School Volunteers Training workshop for volunteers interested in helping the public schools, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 1835 Allston Way. 644-8833. 

Ask a Union Mechanic every Thurs. from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at Parker & Shattuck, until the Berkeley Honda strike is settled. They will offer advice on all makes of cars. 

Easy Does It Disability Assistance Board of Directors Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst. All welcome. 845-5513. 

“Understanding Senior Care Options” Learn about residential care facilities and how to find the right one, residents rights and other services, from 2 to 4 p.m. at North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at 58th St., Oakland. 638-6878, ext. 103. 

“Dogs and Children” at 7:30 p.m. at dogTec, 5221 Central Ave., #1, on the border of El Cerrito and Richmond. Free, but donations appreciated. 644-0729. 

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 Luncheon with Frik Scott on “Overview of the Turmoil in Central Asia and Caucasus Region.” 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 or 665-9020.  

McGee Family Night, in celebration of Black History Month at 6:30 p.m. at McGee Avenue Baptist Church, 1640 Stuart St. 843-1774.  

“Spiritual Enlightenment in Classical Islam” with Sufi Master Shaykh Hisham Kabbani at 7 p.m. at the Graduate Theological Union’s Starr King School, 2441 Le Conte Ave. 654-7542. 

How’d You Become Activists? What Now? with Peter Camejo of the Green Party and Jennifer Kidder, long-time peace, labor and voting rights activist, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. at Bonita. Donation of $10 requested. 528-5403.  

Chechnya’s Past and Present: Russia’s “War on Terrorism” with Professor Michaela Pohl, Vassar College and Musa Khasanov, Public Interest Law Initiative fellow and Grozny-based human rights lawyer, at 6:30 p.m. at Vista College, Room 1, 2020 Milvia St. 415-565-0201, ext. 12. 

American Sign Language Conversation Group at 4 p.m. at 604 56th St at Shattuck. A Free Skool class. 

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 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 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. 

“Jews In The Modern World,” the third annual Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Seminar, sponsored by Kol Hadash and the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, through Feb. 26 at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. The fee for the series for non-members is $100. Individual sessions are $40 each. 415-543-4595. 

Kol Hadash Humanistic Shabbat with Madrikha Susan Averbach, at 7:30 p.m., Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. Please bring finger dessert to share, and non-perishable food for the needy. 


“Honoring Our Community Legends” A Black History Month Celebration with music and performances, at 1 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St. 981-6674. 

African American Quilters of Oakland Demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Oakland Branch of the Oakland Public Library, 1801 Adeline St. 238-7352. 

Haiti Resistance Two Years After the Coup with Duclos Benissoit, President, Federation of Public Transport Workers of Haiti, a message from Father Gerard Jean-Juste, and music, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. Donation $5-$10. 483-7481.  

“World Social Forum: Report Back” with Earl Gilman at 2 p.m. at the Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 

Puppet Theater Workshop for ages 8-11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17. 

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party with a dramatization of “Green Eggs and Ham” at 11 a.m. at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. Tickets required. 524-3043. 

Disaster Preparedness Workshop on Neighborhood Organizing from 10 a.m. to noon at 997 Cedar St. Sponsored by the Office of Emergency Services. To register call 981-5506. 

“Healthy Schools Inside and Out” A workshop for Alameda educators, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tyrrell Elementary, 27000 Tyrrell Ave., Hayward. The cost is $25, and scholarships are available. 665-3430. 

“Energy Efficient Homes” from 9 to 11 a.m. at Truitt and White Conference Room, 1817 Second St. Free, but registration required. 649-2674. 

Vegetarian Cooking CLass “Demystifying Tofu and Tempeh” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St. at Castro. Cost is $45. Registration required. 531-COOK. 

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 Sylvia Gretchen on Compassion Teachings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. Cost is $80, registration required. 843-6812. 

QiGong Healing Energy Session with Master Zi Sheng Wang at 7:30 a.m. at Chinese Garden Center, 275 Seventh St., Oakland. Cost is $35. 415-983-5303. 


A Cover Up! Learn about the new spring ground covers and new leaves on the trees on a guided hike at 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

“Frederick Douglas on Slave Music” with Dr. P. Sterling Stuckey at 3:30 p.m. at the West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline St. Oakland. 

“The Half Note Club, Then and Now” at 2 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. A Black History Month presentation. 238-2200. 

Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement Panel discussion with Jimmy Rogers, Chud Allen and Donald Jelinek at 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. 981-6100. 

“Teens Touch the Earth!” Habitat Restoration work and fun. Meet at 10 a.m. at Skyline Gate of Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. RSVP to 636-1684.  

“One Nation Under God: The History of Prayer in America” with author James P. Moore and music by Peter B. Allen at 3 p.m. at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 2619 Dwight Way at Bowditch. 925-376-3908. 

Report from the Front Lines of Struggle: West Africa, Venezuela and St. Petersburg, Florida with Gaida Kambon, National Secretary of the African People’s Socialist Party at 4 p.m. at Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland. 569-9620. 

“Have a Heart for Farm Animals” Benefit at 5:30 p.m. at New World Vegetarian, 464 8th St., Oakland. 925-487-4419.  

“Creating An Ecological House” with Skip Wenz on modeling houses on ecosystems, natural building materials, solar design and alternative construction methods, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Building Education Center, 812 Page St. Cost is $75. 525-7610. 

Berkeley City Club free tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are sponsored by the Berkeley City Club and the Landmark Heritage Foundation. Donations welcome. The Berkeley City Club is located at 2315 Durant Ave. For group reservations or more information, call 848-7800 or 883-9710. 

Wu-Wei Acupuncture & Healing Center Community Workshop on about health and wellness from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 2880 Sacramento St. 704-0593. 

Interfaith Families at the Movies: “Rashevski’s Tango” at 4 p.m. at Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. 

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. 

Tibetan Buddhism with Rosalyn White on “Tibetan Sacred Art” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812.  


“Jamaica: The History, Politics and Culture of the Black World” at 11 a.m. at Merritt College, Building A., Room 218, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. 434-3935. 

East Bay Impeach Bush Meetup at 7 p.m. at Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. 527-9584. 

“How do Tissues Turn into Tumors?” The role of the Microenvironment in Breast Cancer with Dr. Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, at 5:30 p.m. at Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2015 Addison St. 486-7292.  

Kensington Library Book Club meets to discuss “The Dive From Claussen’s Pier” by Ann Packer at 7 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043. 

Positive Parenting Classes begin at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Registration required. 658-7353. 

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

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. 

Berkeley CopWatch organizational meeting at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. 548-0425. 

Sing-A-Long from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. 524-9122.  

Beginning Bridge Lessons at 11:10 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. Cost is $1. 524-9122. 


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 800-358-8832 or visit 

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 Tues., Feb. 21, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. 

Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533.  

Disaster Council meets Wed., Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. William Greulich, 981-5502.  

Energy Commission meets Wed., Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434.  

Fire Safety Commission meets Wed., Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at 997 Cedar St. David Orth, 981-5502.  

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Thurs. Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Pam Wyche, 644-6128 ext. 113.  

Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410.