TUESDAY, SEPT. 19
Berkeley Garden Club “Dry Gardening” with Richard Ward, owner of The Dry Garden Nursery in Berkeley, at 2 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. 524-7296.
“Making a Difference in Africa” with environmental justice activist Frank Muramuzi on big dams in Africa at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland. Sponsored by the International Rivers Network, 848-1155.
Strike at Half Dome with Bob Madgic, author of “Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome” at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
“Aging Artfully” with author Amy Gorman and music from Greg Young’s CD “Still Kicking” at 1:15 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst. 981-5190.
WriterCoach Connection seeks volunteers to help students improve their writing and critical thinking skills. Training session from noon to 3 p.m. and also 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information call 524-2319. www.writercoachconnection.org
Torture Teach-in and Vigil every Tues. at 12:30 p.m. at the fountain on UC Campus, Bancroft at College.
American Red Cross Blood Services is holding a volunteer orientation in Oakland from 6 to 8 p.m. Various East Bay opportunities available. Advanced sign-up is required. 594-5165.
Workshop on Wills for Parents with Paula Liebovitz, attorney and tax specialist at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Limited, on-site child care available. 658-7353. www.bananasinc.org
Discussion Salon on How to Stay Young at 7 p.m. at JCC, 1414 Walnut.
Handbuilding Ceramics Class from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John’s Senior Center, 2727 College Ave. Also Mon. from noon to 4 p.m. and Wed. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center, Ashby at Ellis Sts. Free, except for materials and firing charges. For information call Diana Bohn, 525-5497.
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. www.berkeleycameraclub.org
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. We offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20
Walking Tour of Oakland Chinatown Meet at 10 a.m. at the courtyard fountain in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza at 388 Ninth St. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours
“The Motherhood Manifesto” A documentary on the lack of support for families in the U.S. at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Donation $5. Free for children. www.momsrising.org
“Powerdown” a documentary on resource depletion and population pressures at 7:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., between Broadway and Telegraph, Oakland. Cost is $5. www.HumanistHall.net
“When God is on Your Side” A film about the rise of the religious right at 7 p.m. at Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers, 1403 Addison St. 548-9696.
Spirited Child Series Learn how temperament affects children’s behavior and how to best live and work with inborn traits at 7 p.m. at Bananas. To register call 752-6150. If you need child care, at $5 per child, call 658-7353.
Prostate Cancer Screening from 7:45 -11:15 a.m. and Thurs. from 1:45 to 5:15 p.m. at Markstein Cancer Center, Peralta Pavilion, 450 30th St., Oakland. Free, but appointments required. 869-8833.
New to DVD: “An Inconvenient Truth” at 7 p.m. at JCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $3-$5. 848-0237.
Current Events Discussion Group meets on Wed. at 7 p.m. at the Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland. 597-4972.
“Believing the Bible in a Global Context” with Philip Kenkins at the GTU Convocation, at 3:30 p.m. at 1798 Scenic Ave. Reception to follow. 649-2440.
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. 548-9840.
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. www.ecologycenter.org
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil 6:30 p.m. at the Berkeley BART Station, corner of Shattuck and Center. www.geocities.com/vigil4peace/vigil
THURSDAY, SEPT. 21
Berkeley Path Wanderers Berkeley After the “Big One” with local historian Richard Schwartz on how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake changed Berkeley, at 7 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. 848-9358. www.berkeleypaths.org
Solutions Salon on “Green-Collar Jobs” with Aya de Leon, Nancy Nadel, Van Jones, at 7 p.m. at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland. www.ellabakercenter.org
“Maquilopolis” City of Factories A documentary by Vicky Funari and Sergio de La Torre at 7:30 p.m. at Grand Lake Theater, Oakland. Benefit for the Wellstone Democratic Club and Global Exchange. Tickets are $10, available from 415-255-7296.
LeConte Neighborhood Assn. meets at 7:30 p.m. in the LeConte School Cafeteria, Russell St. entrance. The agenda includes a candidates’ forum for District 7 between George Beier and Kriss Worthington, and other items on the Nov. 7 ballot. 843-2602. email@example.com
Diversity Films presents “Homeless in Paradise” at 7 p.m. at Ellen Driscoll Theater, Frank Havens School, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont. Free. www.diversityworks.org
“Ready or Not: The Consequences of a Pandemic Flu” with Dr. Arthur Reingold, M.D. and disaster planning expert, at 7:30 p.m. at The College Preparatory School, 6100 Broadway, Oakland. Tickets are $12.50-$15. www.college-prep.org/livetalk
Community Peace Vigil on the United Nations International Day of Peace at 7 p.m. at Indian Statue Park in downtown Point Richmond. 236-0527.
Poetry Workshop with Donna Davis from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. Offered by the Berkeley Adult School. 644-6130.
Stress Reduction for Health and Peace of Mind an 8-week course at 7 p.m. in Berkeley. For information call 524-8833. MindfulnessforHealth.com
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.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 22
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 Fridays until impeachment is realized. www. Impeachbush-cheney.com
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with John Sutter on “What is New in the Regional Parks?” 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.
Declaration of Peace Benefit Dinner with panel discussion with Sarad Seed, Michael Eisenschauer, Magot Smith and Jim Haber at 6:30 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall, 1924 Cedar at Bonita. Donation $25, no one turned away. 495-5132.
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. firstname.lastname@example.org 548-6310, 845-1143.
Kol Hadash Humanistic Rosh Hashanah Service at 7:30 p.m. at Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. 428-1492.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 23
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour of Old and New in the North Shattuck Neighborhood, led by Robert Johnson, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8-$10. To sign up and for meeting place call 848-0181. www.cityofberkeley
Family Nature Hike to meet the creatures around Jewel Lake in Tilden Park. Meet at 10 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center. 525-2233.
Farm Friends Meet the latest additions to the farm and say hello to the established residents on an interactive tour at 2 pm. at Tilden Little Farm, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Latino Art, Health and Community with vendors, support groups, social services and complementary treatments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, 5741 Telegraph Ave., OAkland. 420-7900.
Banned Books Week Celebration with a community read-aloud, for all ages, of Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” at 4 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. 981-6133.
Poison Oak Learn to identify, prevent and heal poison oak at 11 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
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. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234.
Solo Sierrans Hike in Tilden Park Meet at 5 pm at Lone Oak picnic area for an hour hike through the woods. Optional dinner afterward. 234-8949.
Autumnal Equinox Gathering Led by Rabbi David Cooper at 6:15 at the Interim Solar Calendar, in Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina. www.solarcalendar.org
Free Market Day of Exchange from noon to 4 p.m. at People’s Park. Bring your extra things to give away, and find treasures from others. Everyone welcome. email@example.com
Know Your Rights Training and CopWatch Orientation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. 548-0425.
“The Fight for Immigrant Rights and Black Liberation” with Don Alexander, Spartacist League Central Committee, at 4 p.m. at the YWCA, 1515 Webster St., Oakland. 839-0851.
Urban Releaf Tree Tour of Oakland and workshops in urban forestry that teach tree planting, maintenance, GIS/GPS systems, and community advocacy. For information call 601-9062.
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.
Animal Healing Cicle, a guided meditation to send healing energy to pets at 5 p.m. at RabbitEars, 303 Arlington Ave. Suggested donation $5. 525-6155.
Yoga for Peace at 9:30 a.m. at Ohlone Park, MLK at Hearst. Bring a yoga mat, warm blanket, and peace sign.
Adult Fast Pitch Softball at noon. For location call 204-9500.
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.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 24
Farm Stories and Songs Come clap your hands or your paws and sing along at 11 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
“Bee Keeping in the City” A hands-on workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Berkeley Eco-House, 1305 Hopkins St. Cost is $15 sliding scale, no one turned away. For information on what to bring call 547-8715.
BCA Endorsement Meeting for candidates and ballot measures at 3 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 549-1208.
Military Families & War Resisters Speak Out at 1 p.m. at Grand Lake Theater, Oakland. Donation of $10 to $25 at the door, and $5 for students and seniors. 415-864-5153.
“9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out” with David Ray Griffin, Peter Dale Scott, and Ray McGovern at 7 p.m. at Martin Luther King Middle School. Cost is $15-$20. Sponsored by KPFA. 848-5006.
“Are We Still Dinosaurs? The Asteroid Test – Protecting the Earth from the Next Big Collision” at 4 p.m. at Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland. Tickets are $6-$8, seating is limited. 336-7373.
Free Sailboat Rides from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cal Sailing Club in the Berkeley Marina. Bring change of clothes, windbreaker, sneakers. For ages 5 and up. cal-sailing.org
Free Hands-on Bicycle Clinic Learn how to repair flats from 10 to 11 a.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Bring your bike and tools. 527-4140.
Community Peace Tashlick, the start of the Jewish New Year at 3 p.m. at the Emeryville Marina Follow Powell Street towards the bay past the Holiday Inn and Watergate apartment complex. The road curves to the right. Follow it to the end and park. The event is a short walk from the parking lot. www.bayareawomeninblack.org
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.
Balinese Dance Class with Tjokorda Istri Putra Padmini at 11 a.m. at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. 237-6849.
Kickabout at Codornices Park Soccer for all, skill and talent not required. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ancient Tools for Successful Living Workshops in Meditation, the I-Ching, and Qi Gong begin at 5272 Foothill Blvd. Oakland. Cost is $8 per class. 536-5934.
Free Garden Tours at Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Call to confirm. 841-8732. www.nativeplants.org
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. lmno4p.org
Tibetan Buddhism with Jack Petranker on “Awareness, Self-Healing and Meditation” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, SEPT. 25
“Encounter Point” A documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland. www.encounterpoint.com
World Affairs/Politics Discussion Group for people aged 60 and over meets at 9:45 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. Donation $3. 524-9122.
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.
Lead Abatement Repairs Find out about funding for lead hazard repairs for rental properties with low-income tenants or vacant units in Oakland, Berkeley or Emeryville, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2000 Embarcadero, #300, Oakland. Sponsored by Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. 567-8280.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 26
Tuesday is for the Birds An early morning walk for birders through Bay Area parklands. Bring water, sunscreen, binoculars and a snack. This week we will visit Point Pinole. For meeting location or to borrow binoculars, call 525-2233.
WriterCoach Connection seeks volunteers to help students improve their writing and critical thinking skills. Training from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information contact 524-2319. email@example.com
“Encounter Point” A documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland. Q & A with the filmaker after the 7:30 screening. www.encounterpoint.com
Albany Library Homework Center is open from 3 to 5 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. for students in third through fifth grades. Emphasis is placed on math and writing skills. No registration is required. 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720 ext 17.
Torture Teach-in and Vigil every Tues. at 12:30 p.m. at the fountain on UC Campus, Bancroft at College.
“Older and Wiser: Basic Legal Knowledge for Seniors” Estate planning for seniors at 1:15 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. 981-5190.
Choosing Infant Care A workshop for parents at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland. 658-7353. www.bananasinc.org
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.
Handbuilding Ceramics Class from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John’s Senior Center, 2727 College Ave. Also Mon. from noon to 4 p.m. and Wed. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center, Ashby at Ellis Sts Free, except for materials and firing charges. 525-5497.
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. 548-3991. www.berkeleycameraclub.org
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. We always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830.
City Council meets Tues., Sept. 19, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900.
Berkeley Housing Authority meets Tues., Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. 981-6900.
Citizens Humane Commission meets Wed., Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-6601.
Downtown Area Plan Advisory Commission meets Wed., Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7487.
Commission on Aging meets Wed., Sept. 20, at 1:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. William Rogers, 981-5344.
Commission on Labor meets Wed., Sept. 20, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7550.
Human Welfare and Community Action Commission meets Wed. Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Kristen Lee, 981-5427.
Library Board of Trustees postponed to Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-6195.
Berkeley Unified School District Board meets Wed. Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers. 644-6320.
Design Review Committee meets Thurs., Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7415.
Fair Campaign Practices Commission meets Thurs., Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-6950.