FRIDAY, NOV. 16
Iraq Moratorium Action from 2 to 4 p.m. at the corner of University and Acton. Sponsored by the Strawberry Creek Lodge Tenants Assoc. and the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers. 548-9696.
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Dr. Don Gibbs on “The Surprising China” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $14.50, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For information and reservations call 526-2925.
“When the Levees Broke: An American Tragedy” Parts 3 and 4 of Spike Lee’s documentary a 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar at Bonita.
“Day of Empire” with Amy Chua, Prof. of Law, Yale Law School on the world’s hyperpowers, at noon at 145 Dwinelle, UC Campus. 642-7747.
Community-Seekers’ Fair Presentation on how to find and evaluate an ecovillage or other kind of intentional community, at 7:30 p.m. at Green City Gallery, 1950 Shattuck Ave. Donation $15-$20. RSVP at www.norcalcoho.org
Berkeley Women in Black weekly vigil from noon to 1 p.m. at Bancroft and Telegraph. Our focus is human rights in Palestine. 548-6310.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour of “In Celebration of Berkeley’s Downtown Parks” Led by Steve Finacom. Walk is from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8-$10. To register and for information on meeting place call 848-0181. www.cityofberkeley.info/histsoc/
Berkeley Path Wanderers explores Oakland’s historic paths and stairways. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Morcom Amphitheater of Roses entrance, 700 Jean St., off Grand Ave. for a hilly walk in Grand Lake and Trestle Glen neighborhoods. 848-9358.
Plant Natives on Berkeley Paths with Friends of Five Creeks and Berkeley Path Wanderers. Meet at 10 a.m. at the bottom of lower Glendale Path, Glendale Ave. at Campus Dr. Light picnic follows. 848-9358.
Berkeley Alliance of Neighborhood Associations meets to discuss Berkeley’s vision of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) with Gregory Harper, President of AC Transit’s Board of Directors, at 9:15 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St., Room 208, second flr.
Visions of Peace & Justice Slideshow and discussion examining the role of political posters and graphics as mass communication tools for social justice movements, celebrating the publication of “Visions of Peace & Justice: 30 Years of Political Posters from the Archives of Inkworks Press 1974-2007” at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St. www.inkworkspress.org
Arts and Crafts Benefit Show from 11:30 to 5 p.m. at the Hillside Club 2286 Cedar St. Cost is $5. Early admission at 10:30 a.m. for $20.
Fall Plant Sale at Merritt College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Landscape Horticulture Grounds, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. 531-4911. www.merrittlandhort.com
Basic Gardening Techniques Learn soil preparation, planting techniques, mulching choices and pruning dos and don’ts at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. www.magicgardens.com
“Facing State Violence: Truth, Justice and Healing” A conference sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. Cost is $40-$80, scholarships available. 415-565-0201, ext. 24. www.
Jobs, Housing & Justice in Oakland A community meeting on developing the good jobs, affordable housing, and healthy communities that Oaklanders need. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s School Gym, 1500 15th St., Oakland. Conference runs to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served. Childcare and translation will be available. RSVP to 893-7106, ext. 20.
Green Career Conference with the Solar Living Institute from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the UC Campus. Cost is $100-$175. RSVP to 707-744-2017. http://www.solarliving.org/workshops
Ecovillages, Cohousing Neighborhoods, & Intentional Communities A conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Green City Gallery, 1950 Shattuck Ave. Cost is $45-$75 sliding scale. To register see www.norcalcoho.org
“Screwed Pooch” with author Jan Millsapps on Laika the Russian dog who rode Sputnik 2 as the first creature to orbit Earth at 6:45 p.m. at Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. 336-7300.
Common Agenda meeting on reordering federal priorities from the military to human and environmental needs at 2 p.m. at Peace Action West, 2800 Adeline. 527-9584.
The Friends of the Albany Library Book Sale with vintage, collectible and rare books and a silent auction, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Albany Library/Community Center, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720 ext. 16.
California Writers Club, meets to discuss “Two Writers and a Publisher, the Latest News” at 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, Jack London Square, Oakland. 272-0120.
A Sufi Celebration “Hidden Angles of Life” with lectures meditation poetry and music at 7 p.m. at Wheeler Auditorium, UC Campus. 866-393-1706. :www.sufiassociation.org
Mr. Potato Head Beauty Pageant Create your own potato personality, for all ages, at 1 p.m. at The Museum of Children’s Art, 528 Ninth St., Oakland. Cost is $7. 465-8770.
Chapel of the Chimes Historical and Botanical Tour at 10 a.m. at 4499 Piedmont Ave. RSVP to 228-3207.
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. www.nativeplants.org
Around the World Tour of Plants at 1:30 p.m., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. 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.
SUNDAY, NOV. 18
Family Explorations: Tales and Traditions of CA Indians with storytelling and hands-on activities from 1 to 4 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, Oak at 10th St., Oakland. Cost is $5-$8. 238-2022. www.museumca.org
“Acknowledging the Legacy: Rethinking Thanksgiving” Artists and activists discuss the complex history of Thankgiving and the legacy of US colonialism and genocide against Native Americans at 7 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center. Cost is $10-$25. 849-2568.
Kindergarten Information Reception for preschool parents to learn about Berkeley public schools from 4 to 6 pm. at Easton Great Hall, 2401 Ridge Rd. Free but RSVP to 644-6244.
“Solar Hot Water Heater Workshop” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St. Enter via the garden entrance on Peralta. Cost is $15, sliding scale, no one turned away. 548-2220, ext. 242.
Community Labyrinth Peace Walk at 3 p.m. at Willard Middle School, Telegraph Ave. between Derby and Stuart. Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Rain cancels. 526-7377. firstname.lastname@example.org
George Pauley Memorial at 4 p.m. at Caffe Mediterraneum, 2475 Telegraph Ave. Bring stories and memories to share. 848-2995.
“What is Post-Modernism, and Why is it so Threatening to Marxism—or Is It?” at 10 a.m. at NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland. 595-741.
East Bay Atheists meets to view and discuss a video of two talks from the American Atheists April Convention, at 1:30 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge St. 222-7580.
Dharma Dialogue with Catherine Ingram, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, at 7 p.m. at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. www.eastbayopencircle.org
BAY-Peace Open House & Youth Performance Showcase and a chance to support young people who are fighting back against military recruiting and war, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 470 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. 809-7416.
Seedball Making Learn how to mold clay, compost and seeds into small balls to be dried and scattered, perhaps in a neglected vacant lot. The seeds are protected until the seedball gets wet in the rain, and the seeds are ready to grow. From noon to 3 p.m. at Green City Gallery, 1950 Shattuck Ave. Bring your own cup, if possible, and a bag or box to carry home your seedballs. Children welcome. 655-8252. http://digcity.coop/greencitygallery/
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. www.cal-sailing.org
MONDAY, NOV. 19
Assemblywoman Loni Hancock on Public Service Brown bag lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17.
“Solar 101 for Homeowners” A presentation by Jay Hermon, solar energy consultant at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 524-3043.
Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St. To schedule an appointment go to www.BeADonor.com
Berkeley CopWatch organizational meeting at 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Join us to work on current issues around police misconduct. 548-0425.
TUESDAY, NOV. 20
“Darwin’s Nightmare” A film on the food supply and the global commodities trade at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, at Arch. www.agrariana.org/film-series
End the Occupation Vigil every Tues. at noon at Oakland Federal Bldg., 1301 Clay St. www.epicalc.org
Middle School Book Group at 4 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, 4th floor, 2090 Kittredge St. 981-6223.
Family Storytime at 7 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.
Street Level Cycles Community Bike Program Come use our tools as well as receive help with performing repairs free of charge. Youth classes available. Tues., Thurs., and Sat. from 2 to 6 p.m. at at 84 Bolivar Dr., Aquatic Park. 644-2577.
Community Sing-a-Long every Tues, at 2 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. 524-9122.
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. 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.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21
Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets 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. Heavy rain cancels. 548-9840.
After-School Program Homework help, drama and music for children ages 8 to 18, every Wed. from 4 to 7:15 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. Cost is $5 per week. 845-6830.
Stitch ‘n Bitch at 6:30 p.m. at Caffe Trieste, 2500 San Pablo Ave., at Dwight. 548-5198.
THURSDAY, NOV. 22
Food Not Bombs Thanksgiving Feast Pot-luck at 6 p.m. at Ashkenaz. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com
Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck Sponsored by the East Bay Vegans from 2 to 5 p.m. in North Berkeley. RSVP to 213-3250. Howarddy2@att.net
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board meets Mon., Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers. 644-6128 ext. 113.
City Council meets Tues., Nov. 20, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.
Commission on Aging meets Wed., Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5344.
Downtown Area Plan Advisory Commission meets Wed., Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7487.