Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Friday January 19, 2007


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. 

Understanding the Realities of War A community meeting to help service members cope with returning from combat, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way. Free for veterans and their families, $10 for others. Full day workshop for veterans and families on Sat. 415-387-0800. 

“Palestine Blues” A documentary on the repercussions of the Israeli Security Wall and Settlement expansion by filmmaker Nida Sinnokrot, followed by a discussion with the director at 7 p.m. at California Theater, 2113 Kittredge St., between Oxford and Shattuck. Cost is $6-$8.  

“Tales of the San Joaquin” A documentary on this hardworking and abused river, and “Affluenza” on American’s use of global resources at 7:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donation of $5 acccepted. 

Red Cross Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UCB Unit 2 Dorms, Recreation Room, 2650 Haste. To schedule an appointment go to (code UCB) 

Womansong Circle with Betsy Rose A participatory circle of song for women at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way at Dana. Donation $15-$20 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. 525-7082. 

City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Dr. Linnard-Palmer on “Religion and the Medical Treatment of a Minor” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $14, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. 526-2925.  

Circle Dancing, simple folk dancing with instruction at 7:30 p.m. at Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut St. at University. Donation of $5 requested. 528-4253. 

Key to Life Ministries’ Annual Crab Feed and Fundraiser at 6 p.m. at Richmond Memorial Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. Tickets are $37. 525-0500. 

Movies that Matter “Chicago” at 6:30 p.m. at Neumayer Residence, 565 Bellevue St. at Perkins, Oakland. Free. 451-3009.  

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


Kid’s Garden Club for ages 6-9 to explore the world of gardening, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. Dress to get dirty. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 636-1684. 

Save the Oaks Welcomes Back Students with music, art, food, games and fun at noon at the Oak Grove, on Piedmont Ave., in front of Memorial Stadium.  

North Shattuck Plaza Tour sponsored by the North Shattuck Design Committee. Meet at 9:30 a.m. on the sidewalk outside of Bel Forno Cafe and Bakery. 

Family Bird Walk at the Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Learn birding basics with naturalist Bethany Facendini on this 2 mile walk. For information and meeting place call 525-2233. 

Wildcat Canyon/Alvarado History Walk Join Berkeley Path Wanderers and East Bay Park District Naturalist Dave Zuckermann exploring the historic Alvarado Park section of Wildcat Canyon Park on a 2.5 mile moderately paced walk. Meet at 10 a.m. at the park staging area off of Park Ave., 0.1 mile off McBryde Ave., in Richmond. Bring water and snack; dress in layers and be prepared for mud.  

Understanding the Realities of War Free workshop for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way. Free for veterans and their families, $10 for others. 415-387-0800. 

Progressive Democrats of the East Bay 2007 Planning Meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Fireside Room, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Cedar and Bonita St. All welcome. 636-4149 

“Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan, and Clinton—and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush” with author Robert Scheer at 7 p.m. at the Alameda Public Affairs Forum, Home of Truth Center, 1300 Grand St. Alameda. 

Sustainable Peralta Film Festival on Oil, Energy and Global Warming at 5 p.m. at Laney College, Oakland. Free. 

“Scientists Look at Love” A discussion of the latest research on the brain’s response to romance, arousal and heartbreak, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Berkeley Art Museum, 2621 Durant Ave. Free, but registration required. 

“Which Way the West?” How the 2006 elections will affect the public lands, water and communities of the American West, with former Interior Department solicitor John Leshy, Sierra Club conservation director Bruce Hamilton, Hewlett Foundation environmental program officer Rhea Suh and High Country News publisher Paul Larmer at 7 p.m. in the Krutch Theater, Clark Kerr Campus, UC Campus. RSVP to 800-905-1155. 

California Writers Club meets to discuss “To Be Somebody Else” with Peter Beagle at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, Jack London Square. 272-0120. 

Financial Planning Seminar for Women at 2 p.m. at the Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave. 597-5017. 

Piedmont Choir Placement Auditions for beginners and experienced singers aged 6-10. To schedule an audition call 547-4441.  

Developing a Personal Yoga Practice Series of four classes begins at 9:30 a.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200.  

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. at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. 643-2755.  

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

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. 


“Berkeley: 75 Years Ago” opens at 3 p.m. at the Berkeley History Center, Veterans Memorial Building, 1931 Center St. Hours are Thurs.-Sat., 1 to 4 p.m. Exhibit runs through March. 848-0181.  

Gone Tracking Find tracks and make a plaster cast of a racoon, fox, rabbit or deer that you can take home. All materials provided. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $3. 525-2233. 

“Open Garden” Join the Little Farm gardener for composting, planting, watering and reaping the rewards of our work, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. Cancelled only by heavy rain. 525-2233.  

Sustainable Peralta Film Festival on Protecting Our Native Lands at 4:15 p.m. at Laney College, Oakland. Free. 

“Tilden Sublime” a reception for artist Sheila Sondick at 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.  

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

Tibetan Buddhism “Tibetan World Peace Ceremony” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812.  


“The Motherhood Manifesto” A documentary film based on the book by Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, about the need for true family-friendly social policies, at 7 p.m. at Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland. 658-6177. 

Berkeley School Volunteers Training workshop for volunteers interested in helping the public schools, from 2 to 3 p.m. at 1835 Allston Way. 644-8833. 

“Having a Healthy Heart” with Cathy Luginbill, Coordinator of Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs at Alta Bates Summit, at 12:30 p.m. at Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany. Brown-bag lunch event. 526-3720. 

Introduction to Meditation at 6:45 p.m. at Bay Zen Center, 315 Alcatraz Ave. Donation $10. To register call, 596-3087. 


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 the Albany Bulb. For meeting location or to borrow binoculars, call 525-2233.  

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

Berkeley High School Governance Council meets at 4:15 p.m. in the Community Theater Lobby. 644-4803. 

El Cerrito Democratic Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Makemie Hall, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury, El Cerrito. 526-4874. 

Berkeley PC Users Group meets at 7 p.m. at 1145 Walnut St., near corner of Eunice. 

Pirate School Interactive Program for ages 3 and up at 6:30 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. Free. 524-3043. 

MySpace Safety Program A discussion for parents at 7 p.m. at the Oakland Public Library, Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. 482-7844. 

Learn How to Tune and Wax Your Skis/Snowboard at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

Copwatch Report Mailing Party Help mail out the Winter 06-07 Copwatch Report at 6 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. 548-0425. 

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, at 3:15 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. We will learn about bird migration. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684. 

Bobby Seale, a founder of the Black Panthers will speak at the Gray Panthers meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst. All welcome. 548-9696. 

The Stewardship Council Public Meeting to discuss the Land Conservation Plan and the Youth Investment Program from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Preservation Park, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland. 650-286-5150. 

“Nanotechnology – The Power of Small” a production of Fred Friendly Seminars, will be taped at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Rep, Roda Theater, 2015 Addison St., for broadcast on PBS. Audience members should plan to be seated by 6:45 pm. Free but registration required ffs registration.htm  

New to DVD “Eternity and a Day” at 7 p.m. at the JCCEB, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237. 


“Berkeley’s Economic Future” with Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, at 1 p.m. at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St. Light lunch served at noon. RSVP to 981-7100. 

Tom Hayden, former California Legislator and peace activist will speak on “The Politics of Iraq in the Democratic Party” at the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club meeting at 7 p.m. at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., between Telegraph and Broadway, Oakland. 

YMCA Martin Luther King Community Banquet at 7 p.m. at 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oaklnad, to raise funds for YMCA programs. Tickets are $150. 451-8039, ext. 457. 

Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans A review of proposals for Alameda County at 5:30 p.m. at ACTIA, 426 17th St., Suite 100, Oakland. 

Easy Does It Emergency Services Board of Directors’ Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 1636 University Ave. 845-5513. 

WriterCoach Connection seeks volunteers to help students improve their writing and thinking skills. Commit to 1-2 hours per week during the school day and work one-on-one with students in their English classes. Training from noon to 3 p.m. 524-2319. 

Home Remodeling Seminar: How to Make it a Success, at 6:30 p.m. at Truitt & White Conference Room, 1817 Second St. Free, registration required. 653-7288. 

“Redefining Our Relationships” with Wendy O. Matick at 7 p.m. at AK Press, 674A 23rd. St., Oakland. Cost is $10-$15, sliding scale, no one turned away. 208-1700. 

Storytime for Babies & Toddlers at 10:30 a.m. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043. 


Berkeley Winter Campaign for Cats We are providing free trapping assistance and spay/neuter to feral and homeless cats in Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville and Piedmont, through March 2007. The cats will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas and returned safely back to their neighborhoods. To report a neighborhood in need or to volunteer, please contact Caitlin at 908-0709. 


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

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

Police Review Commission meets Wed., Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-4950.  

Mental Health Commission meets Wed., Thurs. Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at 2640 MLK Jr. Way, at Derby. 981-5213.  

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