Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Friday May 19, 2006


City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Edward Holbrock, Prof. of Law on “Estate Planning” 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.  

“A Quarter-Century of Preserving Oakland’s History” Fundraiser for Oakland Heritage Alliance at 6 p.m. at the historic Lake Merritt Hotel, 1800 Madison St. at Lake Merritt, Oakland. TIckets are $40-$50. 763-9218. 

Conscientious Projector: “The Take” A documentary on the worker takeover of Argentina’s factories at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist Hall, 1924 Cedar St. at Bonita. Donation $10. 528-5403. 

International House Garage Sale For Charity for Darfur and Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2299 Piedmont Ave. To volunteer email 

Bay Area Classical Harmonies Benefit Dinner and Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland. Tickets are $60-$100. 290-3604.  

Impeachment Banner Fridays at 6:45 to 8 a.m. on the Berkeley Pedestrian bridge between Seabreeze Market and the Berkeley Aquatic Park, ongoing on Friday until impeachment is realized. www. 

“Organizing Your Life as a Spiritual Practice” with Eve Abbott at 7:30 p.m. at Unity of Berkeley, 2075 Eunice St. Cost is $15-$25, registration required. 528-8844.  

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, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. 548-6310, 845-1143. 


Himalayan Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave. at Berryman. Cost is $8, benefits grassroots humanitarian projects in the Himalayas. 869-3995. 

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. 

California Wildflower Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. from noon to 5 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $5-$8. 

Botanical Illustration Workshop with Catherine Watters using fresh wildflowers from the Museum’s California Wildflower Show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. For reservations call 238-3884. 

Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening Learn how to grow your own food, taught by Herman Yee, an avid gardener who has worked in many community garden projects in the East Bay. Bring sunscreen, hat, and sun protection if needed. Class will be held in Albany, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration required. Cost is $15-$10. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

West Stege Marsh Restoration Volunteers are needed to assist with the on-going effort to restore a portion of West Stege marsh, its surrounding uplands, and adjacent grassland, on the UC’s Richmond Field Station from 9 a.m. to noon. 665-3689.  

Free Box Vigil and Free Market at 1 p.m. at People’s Park. 

Berkeley Progressives Platform Convention at 2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Hall, Cedar and Bonita. 

Berkeley Alliance of Neighborhood Associations meets at 9:15 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Sproul Conference Room, 1st Floor, 2727 College Ave. 

Berkeley History Center Walking Tour: “The Sisterna Tract in West Berkeley: A Small Chilean Ranch Transformed” led by Stephanie Manning, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8-$10. 848-0181.  

Walking Tour of Old Oakland uptown to the Lake to discover Art Deco landmarks. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Paramount Theater at 2025 Broadway. Tour lasts 90 minutes. For reservations call 238-3234. 

“Designing for a Vertical Garden” with Gail Yelland at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Landscape Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. 

Chef Demonstration with Jessica Prentice, author of “Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection” at 11 a.m. at the Farmer’s Market, Center St. at MLK, Jr. Way. 548-3333.  

Emergency Preparedness Class on Fire Supression from 9 a.m. to noon at the Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave. Free, registration required. 981-5506. 

Latino College Day for Chicanos and Latinos in the East Bay Area. Information on admissions, financial aid, scholarships and special programs, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland. 464-3161. 

Foster Youth Alliance Walkathon & Resource Fair in support of youth transitioning from foster care. Registration begins 9 a.m., Walk begins 10 a.m.; Resource Fair open until 1:30 pm. at the Lake Merritt Band Stand Area near Fairyland, Oakland. Walkathon fee is $35, $15 for children and seniors, free for current and former foster youth up to age 24. 428-9821.  

The West County Coalition to Inform Voters Democratic Candidates Forum from 1 to 5 p.m. at John and Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa College, 2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo. 233-2786, 215-5780.  

California Writers Club meets to discuss “Surprise Characters: Animators or Antagonists?” at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, Jack London Square. 272-0120. 

Satsuki Arts Festival & Bazaar with San Jose Taiko, other performers, a variety of Japanese food, Asian arts and crafts, a silent auction and carnival games. From 4 to 9 p.m. , and noon to 7 p.m. on Sun. at Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing Way. Free. 841-1356. 

Safe Medicine Disposal Day Don’t flush or trash medicine! Bring medicines to Walgreens, 5055 Telegraph, Oakland, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for safe disposal.  

Lead-Safety for Remodeling, repair and painting of older homes. A HUD & EPA approved class held in Oakland from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register, call Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 567-8280. 

Pre-School Storytime for 3-5 year olds at 11 a.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave., through June 22. 526-3720, ext. 17. 


Himalayan Fair from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave. at Berryman. Cost is $8, benefits grassroots humanitarian projects in the Himalayas. 869-3995.  

Celebration of Old Roses with heritage, hard-to-find, miniature, and modern roses from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the El Cerrito Community Center, on Loeser at Ashbury. Free.  

Community Labyrinth Peace Walk at 3 p.m., Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave. between Derby and Stuart. Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Rain cancels. 526-7377.  

Teens Touch the Earth Community Service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Damon Marsh, Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline. Help remove invasive plants and shoreline debris while learning about protecting watersheds, wildlife and native plants. For ages 12-19. Registration required. 636-1684. 

Unselt Lecture on “Urban Bee Gardening” with Dr. Gordon Frankie of the College of Natural Resources, UCB, at 10 a.m. at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Free, but registration required. 643-2755. 

“Plentiful Poppies” Wildflower discovery day for children and their families from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $5-$8. 

“Shake it, Don’t Break It” A family earthquake program from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $5-$8. 

Bug Patrol for ages 6 to 12 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to hunt for local creepy crawlies around the Tilden Nature Center. Fee is $3. 525-2233. 

California Wildflower Show from noon to 5 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Cost is $5-$8. 

Botanical Illustration Demonstration with Catherine Watters using fresh wildflowers from the Museum’s California Wildflower Show, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. 

Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland invites the public to view the ongoing preservation projects at the Cohen-Bray House, built in 1884, from noon to 4 p.m. at 1440 29th Ave., Oakland. Donation of $10 requested. 

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley 's “La Place du Marché” French marketplace from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1009 Heinz Ave. 

Berkeley CyberSalon “Is the Future of Music Now?” with Gerd Leonhard, author of “The Future of Music”; Tom Conrad, CTO of Pandora; Ann Greenberg, cofounder of ION; Brian Zisk, founder and board member of the Future of Music Coalition; and Amy Tobin, singer, composer, and multimedia show producer, at 5 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Cost is $15. 

Salem Salutes Recognition Banquet honoring the 2006 recipient of the Milton Moore Award, Joan Roberts, at 5 p.m. at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant at Jack London Square, 2 Broadway, Oakland. Tickets are $100 for dinner and entertainment. 434-2828. 

Young People’s Symphony Orchestra Auditions from 2 to 6 p.m. Rehearsals are every Mon. eve. in Berkeley. For audition time please call 849-9776.  

Hands-on Bike Clinic Learn how to fix a flat at 10 a.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Bring your bike and tools. Free. 527-4140. 

KIDsational Fashion Benefit for Music in the Community at 5 p.m. at Black Repertory Group, 3201 Adeline St. Tickets are $15-$20. 652-2120. 

Meet the Guinea Pigs Learn all about guinea pigs and how enjoyable they can be as companion animals for every family member, from 2 to 4 p.m. at RabbitEARS, 303 Arlington Ave., behind ACE Hardware, Kensington. 525-6155. 

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 Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek on “The Healing Mantras” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812.  


Free Bone Density Testing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200. 

Cancer Prevention and Survival Cooking Course meets for four Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Keller Williams, 4341 Piedmont Ave., 2nd Floor, Oakland. Free. Sponsored by the Cancer Project. To register call 531-2665. 

Kensington Library Book Club meets at 7 p.m. to discuss Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” at 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 524-3043. 

Soroptimists International of Oakland Tea and Fashion Show at 5:30 p.m. at Zazoo's Restaurant, 15 Embarcadero West, Oakland. Benefit for the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, assisting women in recovery from cancer. Donation $25. 444-2386. 

World Affairs/Politics Discussion Group for people 60+ years old meets Mon. at 10:15 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave, through June 19th. Cost is $2.50. 524-9122. 

Breathexperience?Classes “Oh, My Aching Back!” 12-1 p.m, $10; “Restoring Viitality” 5:30-6:45 p.m. $10; “The Experience of Breath” 7-8:15 p.m.$12, at MIBE, 830 Bancroft Way, #104. 981-1710. 

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. 


“Hiking the America Discovery Trail” with Ken and Marcia Powers who have walked more than 13,000 trail miles through 30 state, at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Free. 527-4140. 

Aging & Health Care with Judith Steinberg Turiel on “Our Parents, Ourselves: How American Health Care Imperils Middle Age and Beyond” at 7 p.m. at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. El Cerrito. 526-7512.  

Berkeley High School Site Council meets at 4:30 p.m. in Conference Room B. 525-0124. 

Classroom Safari meet real wild animals at 6:30 p.m. at the Kensington Branch Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. Free, all ages welcome. 524-3043. 

Embracing Diversity Films “Out of the Shadow” a documentary of a woman with paranoid schizophrenia, at 7 p.m. at Albany High School Library, 603 Key Route Blvd. Enter through gym doors on Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suitable for children over 12. Free. Discussion follows 527-1328. 

Berkeley PC Users Group Problem solving and beginners meeting to answer, in simple English, users questions about Windows computers. At 7 p.m. at 1145 Walnut St. corner of Eunice. 527-2177. 

Being in the World: Transforming Our Relationships with “Opponents” and “Enemies” with Donald Rothberg at 7:30 p.m. Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley. 527-2935.  

Raging Grannies of the East Bay invites new folks to come join us 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. 

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. 

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. 

Walking Tour of Old Oakland “New Era/New Politics” highlights African-American leaders who have made their mark on Oakland. Meet at 10 a.m. and the African American Museum and Library at 659 14th St. 238-3234. 

“The Immigration Dilemma: What Kind of Country Are We?” with Cary Sanders, Policy Analyst for The California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative, at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst. Sponsored by the Berkeley East-Bay Gray Panthers. 548-9696. 

“In Harms Way: Toxic Threats” with Dr. Brian Linde of Kaiser Oakland and Physcians for Social Responsibility at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Donation $5. 848-0237, ext. 127. 

“Electile Dysfunction: Take Back Your Right to Vote” a film at 7:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donations of $5 accepted. 

“How to do Space Age Work with a Stone Age Brain” analyze your productivity with Eve Abbott from 8 to 10 a.m. at Linen Life, 1375 Park Ave. Emeryville. 601-5550.  

Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Breeze Market, just west of the I-80 overpass. 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.  

Prose Writer’s Workshop at 7 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237.  

Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station. Sing for Peace at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m.  


Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association Preservation Awards with Jane Powell on “Travels in Preservation: Success Stories of Restoration and Adaptive Reuse” at 7 p.m. at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. 841-2242. 

Richmond Greenway Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new community bicycle and walking trail, at 10 a.m. at the 6th St. crossing of the Greenway at Ohio. For more information call 415-397-2220. 

Teen Book Group meets to discuss “Cheaters” by Eric Jerome Dickey at 4 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, South Branch, 1901 Russell St. 981-6147. 

An Evening with Father Michael Hensley Lapsley, South African anti-aparthied activist at 7:30 p.m. at BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Donation $10-$20. 848-0237. 

Easy Does It Disability Assitance Board of Directors meets at 6:30 p.m. at 1744A University Ave., behind the Lutheran Church. Fully accessible and all 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. 

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.  


Parks and Recreation Commission meets Mon., May 22, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Virginia Aiello, 981-5158.  

Zero Waste Commission Mon., May 22, at 7 p.m., at 1201 Second St. Tania Levy, 981-6368. 


City Council meets Tues., May 23 at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. 

Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Mary Ann Merker, 981-7533. 

Disaster and Fire Safety Commission meets Wed., May 24, at 7 p.m., at the Emergency Operations Center, 997 Cedar St. Gil Dong, 981-5502. us/commissions/disaster 

Energy Commission meets Wed., May 24, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Neal De Snoo, 981-5434. 

Mental Health Commission meets Wed. May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at 2640 MLK Jr. Way, at Derby. Harvey Turek, 981-5213. 


School Board meets Wed., May 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers. Queen Graham 644-6147 or Mark Coplan 644-6320. 

Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., May 25, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410.