Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Friday March 02, 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. 

City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Leonard Syme on “Preventing Disease and Promoting Health.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $14, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For reservations call 526-2925.  

“The Life and Thought of Slain Salavadoran Jesuit, Ignacio Ellacuria” with Robert Lassalle-Klein at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker School, Marian Hall, 2nd Flr., 2125 Jefferson St. Not wheelchair accessible. 499-7080. 

“Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform” with author Stephan Haggard at 4 p.m. in the IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton St., 6th Floor. 642-2809. 

“Power Trip” a film about electricity in the Republic of Georgia at 7:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., midtown Oakland. Donation $5. 

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. 


Turtle Time Meet the turtles of Tilden Park and learn the difference between native and non-native, male and female, at 11 a.m. at the Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Kids Garden Club for ages 6-9 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. 

Sick Plant Clinic Dr. Robert Raabe, plant pathologist, and Dr. Nick Mills, entomologist, will diagnose plant illnesses and recommend remedies. Bring a piece of the plant in a securely sealed container. A zipperlock bag is ideal. From 9 a.m. to noon at Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr. 643-2755. 

Bay Area Seed Interchange Library Annual Seed Swap potluck hoedown to share music, food, and home grown garden seeds. From 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $10, free if you bring seeds and a dish to share. 548-2220 ext. 233. 

The Architecture of Oakland’s Downtown Walking Tour Meet at 10 am at the below-street-level fountain just outside the 12th St. BART station. Walk ends at the 19th Street BART. This is a moderately paced, level walk. Wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers, and bring water and snack. 848 9358.  

Kayak and Walking Tour of Brooks Island with Save the Bay. From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $85-$95. To register call 452-9261, ext. 109. 

Gardening Basics: What is Really Important with Aerin Moore at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursey, 729 Heinz Ave., off 7th St. 644-2351. 

“Christian Responses to the World Water Crisis” a workshop with Marian Ronan, professor at the GTU from 1 to 5 p.m. at American Baptist Seminary of the West, 2606 Dwight Way. Sponsored by Corporate Accountability International. 644-4956. 

“Immigration: The Impact Beyond Mexico” with Arnoldo Garcia, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Larisa Cafilla, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, Nunu Kidane, Africa Priority Network at others at 11 a.m. at the Prescott Joseph Center, 920 Peralta St., Oakland. Sponsored by the John George Democratic Club.  

Making Sense of the Medicare Enrollment Period a free workshop at 2 p.m. at the Oakland Public Library, 125-14th St. Presented by Jess Strange of Health Insurance Advocacy Program. 238-3138. 

“The Legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade” A luncheon with the men and women who volunteered to defend the Spanish Republic against fascism in 1936 at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 27th and Harrison Sts., Oakland. Tickets are $35. 582-7699.  

Fundraiser Crab Dinner for Golden Gate Boys Choir at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 6013 Lawton, Oakland. Tickets are $35. For reservations call 887-4311. 

“Finding the Creative and Spiritual in Everyday Life” a conference from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. 527-2935. 

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party at 11 a.m. at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. All ages welcome. Free but reservations required. 524-3043. 

Oakland Museum of California White Elephant Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 333 Lancaster St. at Glascock, Oakland. free shuttle bus from the Fruitvale BART. 238-2200. 

Hopalong Animal Rescue Come meet your furry new best friend from noon to 3 p.m. at 2940 College Ave. 267-1915, ext. 500.  

Produce Stand at Spiral Gardens Food Security Project from 1 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon St. 

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

Petite Pooches Playgroup for small dogs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., one block north of Solano on Ensenada at Talbot. 524-2459. 

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. 


Shoreline Discovery Walk along San Pablo Bay with Bethany Facendini, naturalist, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Call for meeting place. 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.  

“Climate Change” the first of a series of Sunday talks on Climate Change by Karen Street at 1 p.m. at Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2151 Vine. 653-2803. 

Salon in the Grove Discussion of the tree-sitting protest at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Oak Grove, east side of UC campus just off of Gayley Rd. 548-3609. 

International Women’s Day “Criminal of Poverty” presented by memoir author “Tiny” aka Lisa Gray-Garci from 10 am. to noon at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. 841-4824. 

Berkeley Playreading Group meets at 2 p.m. at 1471 Addison St. at the rear of 1473 Addison. 655-7962.  

Free Sailboat Rides from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cal Sailing Club, Berkeley Marina. Wear warm, waterproof clothing and bring a change of clothes in case you get wet. 

Cyber Salon with Scott Rosenberg, founder of on his new book “Dreaming in Code” at 5 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Donation $10. 

Holistic Pet Evaluation with animal crisis consultant from 1 to 3 p.m. at Rabbit Ears, 303 Arlington Ave., Kensington. To schedule an appointment call 525-6155. 

“The Spiritual Journey of a Lifelong UU” with Sue Amgidson at 9:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302, ext. 306. 

Tibetan Buddhism with Sandy Olney on “Walking on the Roof of the World” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812.  


“Tule Elk: Biggest Wild Animals in the East Bay” A slide show with Mike Moran on one of California’s largest land mammals, at 7:30 p.m. at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Rd., Oakland. Cost is $5, children free. 

“The Big Bang, COBE, and the Relic Radiation Traces of Creation” with George Smoot, 2006 Noble Prize winner at 5:30 p.m. at Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St. Free. 486-5183. 

“Black Jews, Jews, and other Heroes” A talk with Howard Lenhoff at 6:30 p.m. at JCCEB, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237. 

Red Cross Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. at East Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union, UC Campus. To schedule an appointment go to (code UCB) 

Free Diabetes Screening from 9 to 11 a.m. at the West Berkeley Senior Center.Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours beforehand. 981-5332. 


Tuesdays for the Birds Tranquil bird walks in local parklands, led by Bethany Facendini, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Today we will visit the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline. Call for meeting place and if you need to borrow binoculars. 525-2233. 

Tilden Tots Join a nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome)! We’ll learn about the water cycle, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684. 

Documentaries by Lebanese Women including “Here and Perhaps Elsewhere” at 7 p.m. at the California Theater, 2113 Kittredge St. Tickets are $6-$8. 415-564-1100. 

Civil Rights Tales with Stagebridge Theater at 1:15 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5190. 

“Universal Health Care: What are the next steps?” with Richard Quint, MD, MPH, at noon at the Albany Library, at Marin and Masonic Aves, Albany. Brown Bag Luncheon Series of the League of Women Voters. Bring your lunch, hot drinks provided. 843-8824. 

“A Short Trip to Italy” multi-media presentation by Countess Alessandra Ranghiasci on her family's 150 room ancestral palace in Gubbio, Italy's best preserved medieval village, at 6 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. Cost is $15. 848-7800.  

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. 

Free Legal Assistance the first Tues. of the month at 6 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Advance registration required. 526-3720, ext. 5. 

Discussion Salon on Schools and Gangs at 7 p.m. at JCC, 1414 Walnut.  

Fresh Produce Stand at San Pablo Park from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Frances Albrier Community Center. Sponsored by the Ecology Center’s Farm Fresh Choice. 848-1704. 

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. 

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. 


Walking Tour of UC Berkeley Campus with retired East Bay Regional Park District Naturalist Alan Kaplan. Meet at 10 a.m. at the campus entrance gate at Euclid and Hearst for this moderately paced, 2-hour walk. Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. 526-7609.  

Tilden Tots Join a nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome)! We’ll learn about the water cycle, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684. 

Teach-In and Vigil Against American Torture every Wed. at noon at Boalt Hall, Bancroft Way at College Ave.  

“Torture, Human Rights and Terrorism” a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhbition of paintings of Abu Graib by Frenando Botero, at 4 p.m. at Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall, UC Campus. 

Walk, Talk, Buck the Fence What’s at stake in the Ecology of Berkeley’s Strawberry Canyon A walk at 5 p.m. every Wed. with guests to discuss what is at stake in the next proposed steps for the filling of the Canyon by the UC-LBL Rad-Labs, and now British Petroleum.  

“Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic” Chalmers Johnson in conversation with Gray Brechin at 7:30 p.m. at King Middle School auditorium, 1781 Rose St.Tickets are $12-$15. 848-6767, ext. 609. 

“Black Gold” a documentary expose of the coffee-industry at 6 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. Oakland. Free. 238-2200. 

New to DVD: “L’Enfant” at 7 p.m. at JCCEB, 1414 Walnut St. Discussion follows. 848-0237. 

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Alternative Careers for Asia Specialists, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton St., 6th Flr. RSVP required. 642-2809.  

Red Cross Blood Services Volunteer Oreintation from 10 a.m. to noon at 6230 Claremont Ave. Registration required. 594-5165. 

Accessible Telephones, for those with vision, hearing, speaking and memory loss, on display from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5190. 

Lomi Lomi Hawaiian form of bodywork, at 7 p.m. at Elephant Pharmacy, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200. 

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 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 524-2319. 

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. 

Stitch ‘n Bitch at 6:30 p.m. at Caffe Trieste, 2500 San Pablo Ave., at Dwight. 548-5198.  


“Unseen and Unheard: Finding Bats in the Night Sky” with Dr. Joe Szewczak, from Humboldt State Univ., at the East Bay Scence Cafe, at Spud's Pizza, 3290 Adeline St. 558-0881. 

The Natural History of the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220, ext. 233. 

Activism in the Americas for International Women’s Day at at 7 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center. Sliding scale donation $5-$20. 849-2568.  

Documentaries by Lebanese Women including “Lebanon/War” at 7 p.m. at the California Theater, 2113 Kittredge St. Tickets are $6-$8. 415-564-1100. 

Movies and Speakers on the Anti-G8 Movement at 6:30 p.m. at the Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave. 540-0751. 

Free Diabetes Screening from 8 a.m. to noon at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours beforehand. 981-5332. 

“The Care Crisis: The Problem That Has No Name” with Prof. Ruth Rosen at noon at Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center St. 981-2884. 

Family Story Time for children ages 3-7 at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, at Hopkins. 981-6107. 

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.  


Tax Help at the Berkeley Public Library Sat. from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the South Branch. Call for appointment. 981-6260. Also every Tues. and Thurs. at the West Branch from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. Call for appointment. 981-6270. 

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 call 908-0709. 


Council Agenda Committee meets Mon., March 5, at 2:30 p.m., at 2180 Milvia St. 981-6900. 

Peace and Justice Commission meets Mon., March 5, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5510.