Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Tuesday March 07, 2006


Rally in Support of IRV Voting at 6 p.m. on th esteps of Old City Hall, before the City Council meeting. 

“The Right to Culture as a Human Right: Law in a Multi-cultural World” with Alison Dundes Renteln at 6 p.m. at the Great Hall, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Cost for dinner is $15. Call for reservations. 642-4128. 

“Quest for the Seven Summits” A slide presentation with mountain climber John Christiana at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

National Nutrition Month Cooking Demonstration with Mary Vance from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market, Derby St. at MLK. 548-3333.  

Public Hearing on Sewer Laterals which would establish a fee for certificates of satisfactory condition of homeowners’ sewer laterals upon sale or remodel, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6901.  

Free Quit Smoking Class from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center., 2939 Ellis St. Also on the 21st. Free hypnosis also available. To register call 981-5330. 

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

Berkeley Salon Discussion Group meets to discuss “Living Poor with Style” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 601-6690. 

“Wild Alaska: Whales, Glaciers and Bears of Wilderness Southeast Alaska” with travel photographer Ronn Patterson at 7 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.  

Raging Grannies of the East Bay invites new folks to come join us the 2nd and 4th Tues, of each month, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to sing(any voice will do), help plan our next gig, or write outrageously political lyrics to old familiar tunes, and have fun at Berkeley Gray Panthers office, 1403 Addison St., in Andronico’s mall. 548-9696. 

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. 

Magic Show with Alex Gonzales at 6:30 p.m. at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 524-3043. 

Naturopathic Cancer Support A talk with Marianne Marchese at 7:30 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200. 

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

Compassion in Action A practical 4-week Buddhist meditation course with ordained nun, Kelsang Choyang, Tues. at 7 p.m. at Dzalandhara Buddhist Center, Berkeley. Cost is $7-$10 per class. Call to register 559-8183. 

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. 

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 Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 548-3991.  


“Fashion Resistance to Militarism” a documentary in honor of International Women’s Day, follwed by a discussion with Aimee Alison and Tina Garnanez at 6:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St. Tickets are $5-$10 sliding scale. Sponsored by Women of Color Resource Center. 444-2700. 

International Women’s Day March and Rally at 4 p.m. at the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. 384-1816. 

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Association Lecture “The U.S. and Iran” with Dariush Zahedi, at 10 a.m. at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. Cost is $40 for the eight lecture series. 526-2925. 

Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Planning Meeting at 4 p.m. in the Redbud Room, 2180 Milvia St. 981-7170. 

East Bay Genealogical Society with Susan Snyder of Bancroft Library on the availability of materials during the remodeling process, at 10 a.m. in the Library Conference Room of the Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. Guests are always welcome. 635-6692.  

Choosing Infant Care at 10 a.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. Babies welcome. To register call 658-7853.  

“Microcurrent Therapy for Pain Relief” at 9:30 a.m. at Alta Bates Summit, Cafeteria Annex B and C, 350 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland. Cost is $5, free for Health Access members. Registration required. 869-6737. 

Poetry Writing Workshop, led by Alison Seevak, at 7 p.m. at the Albany Library ,1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17. 

“Struggles with Homo- 

sexuality in the Orthodox Jewish Community,” with a screening of the documentary “Keep Not Silent” at noon at the Gender Equity Resources Center, 202 Cesar Chavez Student Center, UC Campus. 

Breema Open House with sample exercise class at 6 p.m. at 6210 Florio St., Oakland. 428-1234.  

The Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club provides free instruction 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. 548-9840. 

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.  

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.  

Meditation and Discussion Sessions Wed. evenings at 7 p.m. near the El Cerrito Plaza BART station. No commitment to a particular religious or philosophical viewpoint is required. Free. 

Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkeley BART Station. 


“Exploring The Adirondacks: An Architectural Tour of A Great Rustic Tradition” with Steven Engelhart, Executive Director, Adirondack Architectural Heritage, at 8 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Tickets are $8-$12. 843-8982.  

Forum on Teen Drinking at 7:30 p.m. at Albany High School multipurpose room, 603 Key Route Blvd. 

“Refugee Cultures in Transition: From Southeast Asian Mountains and Plains to the Central Valley” at 1 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. 238-2200.  

“Rising Tides of White and Christian Supremacy: A Cross Atlantic Comparison of 9/11 and 7/7 with Jaideep Singh at 7 p.m. at the Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. 849-8225. 

“Paradise Now” The Oscar-nominated Palestinian film at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. Discussion to follow the film. Suggested donation $10. Benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance. 548-0542. 

“Corporate Responsibility in the Global South” at 7:30 p.m. at the Home Room, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Sponsored by the Association for India’s Development. Cost is $5. 642-9460. 

“The Union Busting Epidemic and How to Fight It” with a screening of “Lockout 484” and “Solidarity Has No Borders” at 7 p.m. at Fellowship of Humainity Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donation of $3 requested. 415-867-0628. 

“Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific” Panel discussion at 5 p.m. in the IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton St., 6th floor. 

Choosing Infant Care at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. Babies welcome. To register call 658-7853.  

Grizzly Peak Flyfishers with Bill Carnazzo, a guide who specializes in the Upper Sacramento River, on winter fishing, at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 547-8629. 

American Red Cross Blood Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Metro Center Auditorium, 101 Eighth St., Oakland. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-GIVELIFE.  

Historical & Current Times Book Group meets on Thurs. at 11 a.m. at the Albany Library, 1249 Marin Ave. 548-4517. 

East Bay Mac Users Group meets at 6 p.m. at Expression College for Digital Arts 6601 Shellmound St., Emeryville. Netopia will present Timbuktu 8.5. 


Tibetan March for Freedom beginning at 9 a.m. at Berkeley City Hall and ending at 12:30 p.m. at the Chinese Consulate, Laguna and Geary, SF., 

City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Kevin Tellis, engineer, on “The Delta Levies.” 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.  

Piedmont Choirs’ 2006 Gala Celebration at 6 p.m. at the Oakland Rotunda. Tickets are $135. 547-4441. 

Womansong Circle Participa- 

tory singing for women at 6:45 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. Donation $15-$20. 525-7082. 

Trinity Poets, a poetry writing group, meets at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, 2362 Bancroft Way.  

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 at 8 p.m. at the East Bay Chess Club, 1940 Virginia St. Players at all levels are welcome. 845-1041. 

Kol Hadash Family Purim Potluck and Shabbat at 6 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. RSVP with food choice to 


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. 

Stream Bioengineering Workshop Learn how to use natural materials and non-structural techniques to combat soil erosion and restore creeks, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Codornices Creek Restoration Site, 5th and Harrison. Cost is $25. To register call 452-0901.  

Free Worm Composting Workshop Find out how to compost kitchen scraps into free, nutritious fertilizer using red wiggler worms, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

Mt. Wanda Wildflower Walk in the hills where John Muir took his daughters. Meet at 9 a.m. in the Park and Ride lot at the corner of Alhambra Ave. and Franklin Canyon Rd., Martinez. Wear walking shoes and bring water. 925-228-8860. 

“Does God Love War?” Does religion offer a way toward reconciliation? Or has it instead become part of the problem? Discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges and American-Muslim Hamza Yusuf at 6:15 p.m. at Martin Luther King Middle School, 1781 Rose St. 582-1979. 

Burma Human Rights Day with a screening of “Our Cause,” speeches by former political prisoners and a Burmese dinner at 6 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. Proceeds benefit Burmese American Democratic Alliance. 220-1323.  

Repainting Willard Community Peace Labyrinth from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave. between Derby and Stuart, Berkeley. Rain date March 18. Volunteers needed. 526-7377. 

Progressive Democrats of the East Bay with Stefanie L. Faucher from Death Penalty Focus, at 2 p.m. at Temescal Library, 5205 Telegraph, Oakland. All welcome. 524-4424.  

“Current Land Struggles in Brazil” with Andreia Ferreira of the Landless Worker’s Movement at 4 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center. Cost is $5-$15. 849-2568. 

Used Book Sale to benefit the scholarships fund from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The College Preparatory School, Buttner Auditorium, 6100 Broadway, Oakland. 528-7070. 

School Readiness Fun Fair Learn about quality child care and pre-school programs, register your children for kindergarten. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend. 272-6686. 

East Bay “Birth” Day with information, resources, food and entertainment on pregnancy and birth, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Performance of “Birth” at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $20-$40, sliding scale. Child care is available during performance. 540-7210. 

Heart Truth: What Women with Different Abilities Need to Know A workshop for women with mobility limitations at 2:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 326-8718. 

American Red Cross Free CPR and Preparedness classes at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and in Spanish at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Patten University, 2433 Coolidge Ave., Oakland. 1-888-686-3600.  

Alameda’s Altarena Playhouse 68th Anniversary at 6 p.m. at the Grandview Pavillion, Alameda, with dinner and music. For reservations call 523-1553.  

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” Benefit for California Shakespeare Theater at 6 p.m. at the Rotunda Building, 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Tickets are $185. 

“Jewish Literature - Identity and Imagination” Discussion led by Dr. Naomi Seidman of the Graduate Theological Union at 2 p.m. at Kensignton Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Registration is recommended. 524-3043. 

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. 


Weather Whizzes Make your own tools to measure the wild weather and test them outside, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684. 

Frog Chorus Learn about their life cycle and where they live and thrive, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

“Songs Against the War: Voices of Anti-warriors” with Barbara Dane and the San Francisco Mime Troupe Band, in honor of the Veterans and Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and Veterans for Peace at 1 p.m. at the Florence Schwimley Little Theater, Berkeley High School, 1980 Allston Way. Reception follows. Tickets are $35. 582-7699.  

Community Labyrinth Peace Walk to rededicate the Willard Community Peace Labyrinth at 3 p.m. at Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave. between Derby and Stuart. Guided by Margie Adam. Rain reschedules to March 19. 526-7377. 

African/African Diaspora Film Society presents “Le Silence de la Foret” at 2 p.m. at Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd. Tickets are $5. 

Oakland Voters Meet the Candidates, hosted by The MGO Democratic Club from 4 to 7 p.m. at 170 Roble Rd., Oakland. Tickets are $25. 834-9198.  

“Confronting Anti-Semitism” Town Hall Forum at 7 p.m. at El Cerrito High School, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. 839-2900, ext. 217. 

Music for Babies at 9 a.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. Donation of $4 suggested. To register call 658-7853.  

Creating a Family for LGBT Parents at 3 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. To register call 658-7853.  

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 Lee Nichol on “Dialog of Being” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. 


Parenting Class in Spanish at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave. To register call 658-7853.  

Introduction to Meditation with Diane Eshin Rizzetto at 6:45 p.m. at Bay Zen Center, 315 Alcatraz Ave. Suggested donation $10. Registration required. 596-3087. 

“Timbrels and Torahs: A Celebration of Wisdom” with local filmmaker Miriam Chaya at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 524-3043.  

Yoga and Meditation Every Sun. in March from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200. 

Natural Solutions for Depression & Insomnia at 7:30 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200. 

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. 


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 


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

Commission on Disability meets Wed., Mar. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-6346. TDD: 981-6345.  

Homeless Commission meets Wed., Mar. 8, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5426.  

Planning Commission meets Wed., Mar. 8, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7484.  

Police Review Commission meets Wed., Mar. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-4950.  

Waterfront Commission meets Wed., Mar. 8, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. 981-6740.  

School Board meets Wed. Mar. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers. 644-6320. 

Housing Advisory Commission meets Thurs., Mar. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5400.  

Commission on Early Childhood Education meets Tues. Mar. 9, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5428.  

West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thurs., Mar. 9, at 7 p.m., at the West Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7520.  

Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., Mar. 9, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. 981-7410. ?