Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Friday April 21, 2006


City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Ron Parsons on “Wildflowers of California” 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.  

“Haiti at the Crossroads” A discussion with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, Haitian human rights activist and coordinator, and Brian Concannon, human rights lawyer and director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, at 7 p.m. at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, 2362 Bancroft Way. Enter from church parking lot between Bancroft & Durant. 483-7481.    

“Votergate” a film followed by discussion with Jim Soper at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall, 1924 Cedar St. at Bonita. Donation $7. 528-5403.  

“A Large Pill to Swallow: Navigating the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Program” with health insurance counselors at 1 p.m. at the Center for Independent Living, 2539 Telegraph Ave. Please bring a list of your medications and dosages with you. 559-1406. 

Knit and Crochet Show and Marketplace Fri. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oakland Marriott City Center. 

Berkeley Chess School classes for students in grades 1-8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A drop-in, rated scholastic tournament follows from 7 to 8 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. 845-1041. 

Women in Black Vigil at noon at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 548-6310. 


Berkeley Earth Day Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. and Civic Center Park. Cultural performances, food, craft and community booths and activities. To volunteer call 654-6346, ext. 2. 

West County Earth Day with crafts, workshops, entertainment and food from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 101 Pittsburg Ave., one block off the Richmond Parkway. 215-3125. 

Earth Day Cleanup of the Berkeley Shoreline from 10 a.m. to noon at the Eastshore State Park in Berkeley. To sign up call 544-2515. 

Earth Day Computer Recycling Drop-off from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elephant Pharmacy parking lot, 1607 Shattuck Ave.  

Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bowling Green, 2270 Acton St., corner of Bancroft. Lawn bowling lessons and refreshments. 898-1931. 

Kid’s Garden Club for ages 7-12 to explore the world of gardening, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 636-1684. 

Earth Day at Habitot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the environment and make hand-made recycled paper, nature collages, and art sculptures at 2065 Kittredge St. 647-1111.  

Rhododendron Flower Show and plant sale, by the American Rhododendron Society, with rare and unusual varieties in all colors, Sat. from noon to 5 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. Free. 

Bioforum: Water and California A look at current research on California’s waterways and water uses from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $15-$30. To register call 415-321-8104. 

Berkeley History Center Walking Tour: “Earthquake Relief Efforts on the UC Campus in 1906” led by Bruce Goodell, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8-$10. 848-0181. 

Celebration of Children’s Literature Book fair with author signings and costumed characters, storytelling, music and a drop-in art activities for children, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at Tolman Hall, UC Campus. 


“No Toddler Left Behind? The Pros and Cons of California’s Preschool for All Act” with Bruce Fuller, David Kirp and Louis Freedberg, moderator, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Graduate School of Education, Tolman Hall, Room 2515, UC Campus. 642-0137. 

Creating Your Garden Paradise with Aerin Moore at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Landscape Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures with a focus on Switzerland, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. at Bancoft. Cost is $5-$7. 642-9461. 

“President Bush: Reckless Disregard for the Truth—and the Law” with Elizabeth de la Vega, former Chief of the San Jose Branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Home of Truth Center, 1300 Grand St., Alameda. Sponsored by the Alameda Public Affairs Forum. Free, donations accepted. 

“Cancer in Other Words” A series of four writing workshops for women on Sat. through May 13 at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus, 450 30th St., Oakland. Registration required. 869-8833. 

Guide Dogs for the Blind A presentation by Jan Robitscher and her dog Christmas at 11 a.m. at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. All ages welcome. 524-3043. 

Emeryville’s Spring Festival with fun for the entire family from noon to 2 p.m. at Bay St., Emeryville. 655-4002.  

Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk orientation meeting at 1 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, 3rd floor meeting room, 2090 Kittredge St. The walk will take place in July. Benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. RSVP to 

Noetic Sciences Earth Day Conference from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, Oakland. Cost is $75. 

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.  

Around the World Tour of Plants at 1:30 p.m., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. 643-2755.  

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. 


Turtle Time Meet the awakening reptiles from 1 to 3 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

“Draft Registration and Conscientious Objection—What Every Teenager Needs to Know” A workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Berkeley Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento St. Free. 925-274-0900. 

Celebrate People’s Park 37th Anniversary from noon to 7 p.m. with music, dancing, children’s activities, spaekers and food. 390-0830. 

Create a Perennial Border Using California Natives. A workshop with horticulturist Nathan Smith, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $20-$25. Registration required. 643-2755. 

“Berkeley Architecture of Bernard Maybeck” with UC Architecture Professor Emeritus Kenneth H. Cardwell at 3 p.m. at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St. 848-0181.  

Berkeley Cybersalon meets to discuss “Asperger’s: The Geek Syndrome?” with Steve Silberman, Ellen Ullman, Annette Blackman and Philip Rosedale, at 5 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Donation $15. Please RSVP to 527-0450. 

Dog Park Behavior Training from 10 a.m. to noon in Ohlone Dog Park, Grant St. and Hearst Ave., and on Sun. April 30. Cost for both sessions is $15 and free for ODPA members. People (and dogs) must attend both sessions. 845-4213. 

Loose leash Walking Workshop at 3 p.m. at Grace North Church, 2128 Cedar St. Cost is $35. Registration required. 849-9323. 

“Don’t Be Six Feet Under Without a Plan” Learn about creating a living will, powers of attorney and end of life services at 2 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. 228-3207. 

Fashion Fusion 2006 Show Annual charity fashion show at 3 and 7 p.m. in the Pauley Ballroom, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, UC Campus. Tickets are $5-$10. 

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. 2315 Durant Ave. 848-7800 or 883-9710. 

Hands-On Bicycle Clinic on flat repair from 10 to 11 a.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Free. 527-4140. 

Tibetan Buddhism with Jack Petranker “Structures of the Ego” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. 


Holocaust Rememberence Day at noon at City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Featuring Chana Bloch, Paula Fass, David Joseph-Goteiner, Joseph Rothberg, Ruth Atkin, and Ljuba Davis. Honoring Ben Sieradski and all Survivors present . 981-7170. 

Berkeley High Red & Golden Girls Reunion Luncheon for women graduates of BHS 50 or more years ago, at 11 a.m. at Double Tree Hotel, Berkeley Marina. Cost is $30. For reservations call 524-6877. 

“Perspectives on Berkeley: Past and Present” Chuck Wollenberg’s Berkeley history class at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. Meets Mon. evenings through May 22. Free. 981-6150. 


Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration with actors scholars and musicians on “Shakespeare and his religion, from Agnosticism to Zen” at 7 p.m. at the Northbrae Church, 741 The Alameda. 843-6798. 

Return of the Over-the-Hills Gang For hikers 55 years and older who are interested in nature study, history, fitness, and fun. This month we’ll enjoy spring wildflowers and mining history at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve on a 3-mile hike. To register call 525-2233.  

The BHS Site Council meets at 4:30 p.m. at Berkeley High Conference Room B. On the agenda are a vote on a proposal for a Site Council bylaw change, First Semester Grade Reports, Small Schools Data, Algebra Project Update, Student Coordination Update. 

Cancer Prevention and Survival Cooking Course begins at 6:30 p.m. at Keller Williams, 4341 Piedmont Avenue, 2nd Floor, Oakland, and runs to June 13. Sponsored by The Cancer Projec. To register, call 531-2665. 

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 and have fun at Berkeley Gray Panthers office, 1403 Addison St., in Andronico’s mall. 548-9696. 

Earthquake Retrofitting and Home Safety Seminar at 1:15 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. 981-5190. 

Green Health Care at 7 p.m. at the Teleosis Institute, 1521B 5th St. To register call 558-7285. 

Berkeley PC User Group meets at 7 p.m. at 25 Dartmouth, in the Hiller Highland area. For questions and directions email  

Trance Drumming Workshop with Auntie Matter from 7 to 9 p.m. at Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Ave. at 66th, Oakland. Cost is $40. www.  

Family Story Time at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Branch Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. Free, all ages welcome. 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. In case of questionable weather, call around 8 a.m. 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. Also, Mon. noon to 4 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Materials and firing charges not included. 525-5497. 

“Jewish Insights on Transformation” at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley St. at Bancroft. 527-2935. 

Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 548-3991. 

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


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

Public Workshop on Community Choice Aggregation at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, Classroom A. The cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville are exploring the creation of a public agency that would purchase power and build power plants to serve customers in Berkeley. 981-5434.  

“Iraq: Strategies to Get Out” with Andy Lichterman at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst St. Sponsored by the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers. 548-9696. 

Bayswater Book Club meets to discuss becomming a Democratic Central Committee Chartered Club of Alameda County, and to discuss “Sell Now! The End of the Housing Bubble” by John R. Talbott at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, El Cerrito. 433-2911. 

Lonely Planet Travel Series with Morgan Konn on Thailand at 6 p.m. at Oakland Public Library, 124 14th St. 238-3136. 

Free Prostate Screening for men ages 35-70 at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Herrick Campus, 2001 Dwight Way. Free, but appointments required. 869-8833. 

Early Childhood Safety: Choke Saving Skills at 11 a.m. at Habitot, 2065 Kittredge St. Cost is $5-$6. 647-1111. 

Repetitive Stress Injury Learn how to take care of yourself before you get carpal tunnel syndrome at 7:30 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200. 

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. 

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. 

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

“Kabbalah of Creation: The Mysticism of Isaac Luria” with Rabbi Eliyahu Klein at 7:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Donation $10-$20. 848-0237. 


Teach-In and Vigil on U.S. Torture Policy, every Thurs. from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. outside the classroom of Prof. John Yoo, Boalt Hall, UC Campus. Weekly speakers. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and other organizations. 

Introduction to BASIL Bay Area Seed Interchange Library Learn about what we do and volunteer opportunities at 5:30 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 658-9178. 

Workplace Bullying A special workshop with Gary Namie, Workplace Bullying & Trauma Institute, at 5:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst. Sponsored byt the Commission on Labor. 981-6903.  

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

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. 

Dining Out for Life Over 60 restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to Vital Life Services. For a list of participating restaurants, see 

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

fWorld 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. 

“Dancing with Wonder: Self Discovery Through Stories” with Nancy King and Susan Felix at 7:30 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5, reservations required. 848-0237. 


Poll Workers Needed in Alameda County for June 6 Primary Election. Poll workers must be eligible to register to vote in California, have basic clerical skills. Training classes begin in May. To sign up call 272-6971. 


Parks and Recreation Commission meets Mon., April 24, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Virginia Aiello, 981-5158. 


City Council meets Tues., April 25 at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. 

Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533.  

Disaster and Fire Safety Commission meets Wed., April 26, at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. Gil Dong, 981-5502.  

Energy Commission meets Wed., April 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434.  

Planning Commission meets Wed., April 26, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Janet Homrighausen, 981-7484. 

School Board meets Wed. April 26 at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers. Mark Coplan 644-6320. 

Commission on Labor Special Meeting on Workplace Bullying on Wed., April 27 at 5:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Delfina M. Geiken, 981-7550.  

Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., April 27, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410.