Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Friday November 30, 2007


“The Camden 28” a documentary on the nonviolent antiwar resistors who were arrested in the summer of 1971 for the break-in at the Camden NJ draft board, at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Friends Church, Sacramento & Cedar. 923-1853. 

East Bay Paratransit A community meeting with Assemblywoman Loni Hancock at 1 p.m. at North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, entrance at parking lot at 58th St., Oakland. 559-1406. 

Teen Playreaders meets to read “Hamlet” and other plays based on the classic, at 4 p.m. at Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue at Ashby. 981-6121. 

Berkeley School Volunteers Orientation from noon to 1 p.m. at 1835 Allston Way. Come learn about volunteer opportunities. 644-8833. 

City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Donald H. Blevins, Chief Probation Officer, Alameda County, “How the Alameda County Probation System Serves its Citizens” 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.  

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. 


Native American Pow Wow with drumming, dancing, Native American crafts and foods, and activities for children, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sun. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Laney College Gymnasium, 900 Fallon St. at 10th, Oakland. Benefits American Indian Child Resource Center. 208-1870, ext. 310. 

Spinning a Yarn Listen to fairy tales inpired by spinners and watch the spinning wheel turn at 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Alternative Gift Market, with gifts that can change the world - medical supplies for Darfur, reforestation in Haiti, or shelter for our neighbors here in the East Bay, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier St., El Cerrito. 236-4348. 

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant’s Crafts Fair with world crafts and art from Africa, Central America, Haiti, Palestine, Afghanistan and Tibet, Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way at Dana.  

California College of the Arts Holiday Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oliver Art Center, CCA’s Oakland campus, 5212 Broadway, at College Ave.  

Berkeley Artisans Open Studios Sat and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 16. 845-2612. 

Richmond Art Center Holiday Art Festival with art and craft sale, hands-on art activities for children and silent auction, from noon to 5 p.m. at 2540 Barrett Ave., at 25th St., Richmond. 620-6772. 

Alameda Artists Holiday Open Studios Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A map of open studios is available at 

Masala Artist Collective Holiday Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Swarm Gallery, 560 Second St., Oakland. 654-9180. 

Small Press Distribution Holiday Open House with a book sale and readings from noon to 4 p.m. at 1341 7th St. at Gilman. 524-1668.  

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library Holiday Book Sale with books, pamphlets, and more, at 10 a.m. 595-7417. 

Berkeley Historical Society Walking Tour of “The Hillside School” Built in 1925 by Walter Ratcliff, led by Kay Dolit and Carolyn Adams. Walk is from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8-$10. To register and for information on meeting place call 848-0181. 

Plant Natives on Berkeley Paths Join Friends of Five Creeks and Berkeley Path Wanderers to plant natives along pathways in the Upper Codornices Creek watershed. Call to RSVP. 848-9358. 

Weed-Pull on the Bay Trail Help remove broom, fennel and ice plant from 10 a.m. on, at Pt. Isabel, Rydin Road, off Central Ave. Richmond. Please bring gloves if you have them, water, some lunch, hats, and sun block. 

Walk the Upper Claremont with Berkeley Path Wanderers Explore history, trails, and hidden open spaces in the upper Claremont area on a Berkeley Path Wanderers Association walk. Meet at 10 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee, 2916 Domingo. 849-1969. 

French Broom Removal Volunteers needed to remove the broom in Redwood Regional Park. We provide the tools. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Skyline Gate staging area, 8500 Skyline Blvd. 812-8265. 

Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms Explore the mysteries of the mushroom, with exhibits, slidetalks, mushroom marketplace, tasty mushroom soup for sale, and hands-on fungus fun for the whole family, Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. from noon to 5 p.m. at Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., at 10th St., Oakland. Cost is $5-$8. 238-2200. 

Book Drive for West County Reads Bring your book donations to Jenny K at 6927 Stockton Ave. and Well Grounded Coffee and Tea, 6925 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito, Sat. and Sun. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  

“Sowing Seeds” Humane Education Workshop for teachers and advocates for social justice and environmental preservation, Sat. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 240 Mulford, UC Campus. Registration is $125, students $35. Financial aid available. 

Behind the Scenes at Pixar Animation Studios Benefit for the Emery Ed Fund at 11 a.m. at Pixar Animation Studios, 1200 Park Ave., Emeryville. Tickets are $100 and up. 601-4911. 

Political Affairs Readers Group “Class Struggle in a Socialist Market Economy” A discussion at 10 a.m. at the Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Sponsored by the Communist Party USA, Oakland Berkeley Branch. Articles available at 

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 a.m. at 2270 Acton St. 841-2174.  


Oak Grove Tree-Sit One Year Anniversary from noon to 6 p.m. at Memorial Oak Grove, Piedmont Ave. just north of Bancroft. Berkeley Grandmothers for the Oaks request that non-perishable food and water in 1 to 5-gal. jugs be brought to the tree sitters at 2 p.m. 938-2109. 

The Before Columbus Foundation announces the winners of the 27th Annual American Book Awards at 4 p.m. at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St. Free and open to the public. 228-6775. 

22nd Annual Holiday Appeal for Class-War Prisoners from 3 to 6 p.m. at Berkeley Unitarian Universalists, 1606 Bonita Ave. at Cedar. Cost is $5-$10. 839-0852. 

Making Natural Holiday Wreaths Learn about fir, bay and other flora and how to use them, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Please bring a pair of small hand-clippers, a large flat box and a bag lunch. Not appropriate for children under 8. Cost of $25-$34. Registration required. 1-888-EBPARKS. 

Berkeley Artisans Open Studios from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 16. 845-2612.  

Richmond Art Center Holiday Arts Festival with arts and crafts, silent auction, children’s art activities from noon to 5 p.m. at 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond. 620-6772. 

Albany Holiday Art Show and Sale, with watercolors, drawings, paintings and etchings, acrylic paintings, cards, bookmarks and more, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave., Albany. 559-7226. 

Masala Artist Collective Holiday Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Swarm Gallery, 560 Second St., Oakland. 654-9180. 

Berkeley Green Party meets at 7 p.m. at the Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., with a special guest, food and drinks, and planning action for 2008.  

Old Time Radio East Bay Collectors and listeners gather to enjoy shows together at 5 p.m. at a private home in Berkeley. For more information email DavidinBerkeley at 

“Using Filters in Photoshop” with Don Melandry, photoimager, at 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. 981-6107.  

Cool Schools Warming Campaign for middle and high school students to learn how to take action against global warming in their schools and communities, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the College and Career Center, Berkeley High School, 1980 Allston Way, at Milvia. RSVP to 704-4030. 

“The Cross-Walk Walk” for war resistance, every Sun. at noon at the corner of Solano and San Pablo. Bring signs, ideas, young people. 

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 Jack Petranker on “Are We Ready for the Truth?” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 809-1000  


“Protecting North Richmond Wetlands” with Rich Walkling of Natural Heritage Institute at 7 p.m. at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin at Masonic. Free. 848-9358.  


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 Point Pinole. Call for meeting place and if you need to borrow binoculars. 525-2233. 

Tilden Mini-Rangers Hiking, conservation and nature-based activities for ages 8-12. Dress to ramble and get dirty. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 1-888-EBPARKS. 

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. 

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. 

Tai Chi for Peace at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Marine Recruiting Station, Shattuck Square. Open Sidewalk Studios at 3 p.m. 524-2776. 

“Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita” A doumetary on the work of Dr. Jack Kessler at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak St., Oakland. Cost is $5-$8. 238-2022. 

“Hiking the Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia” A slide presentation with Treve Johnson at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

“A Japanese Religion in Brazilian Religious Milieu: How Brazilians have accepted the Church of World Messianity” with Prof. Hideaki Matsuoka, Shukutoku Univ., at 6:30 p.m. at Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Ave. 809-1444. 

Berkeley School Volunteers Orientation from 10 to 11 a.m. at 1835 Allston Way. Come learn about volunteer opportunities. 644-8833. 

Family Storytime at 7 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.  

Train Week at Habitot Children’s Museum with a mini-train exhibit and hands-on activities at 2065 Kittredge St. 647-1111. 

End the Occupation Vigil every Tues. at noon at Oakland Federal Bldg., 1301 Clay St. 

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. 

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. 


Indigenous Autonomy and Resistance: A Report from Chiapas and the Indigenous Encuentro in Sonora at 7:30 p.m. at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Suggested donation $7-$10. Proceeds Benefit Zapatista Autonomous Health Care in San Manuel. 654-9587. 

Cancer Prevention and Survival Cooking Class on Favoring Fiber at 8:30 a.m. at Bella Vista, 1025 E. 28th St., Oakland. To register call 595-6445. 

“Avalanche Awareness” A lecture at 6:30 p.m. at Marmot Mountain Works, 3049 Adeline St. Cost is $15. 209-753-6556 ext. 1.  

American Red Cross Blood Services is holding a volunteer orientation from 10 a.m. to noon. Various East Bay opportunities available. Advanced sign-up is required; call 594-5165.  

Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Breeze Market, just west of the I-80 overpass. Heavy rain cancels. 548-9840. 


America’s Current and Impending Wars: From Campus to the Middle East. A teach-in at UC Berkeley at 7 p.m. in 155 Dwinelle. 

It’s the Economy, Stupid: The Growing Anxiety of the Middle Class and the Future of American Politics with Jacob Hacker, Yale University Political Science, professor and author of “The Great Risk Shift” at 6:30 p.m. at UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way. 642-6371.  

The Homeschool Make-and-Take Craft Fair with handcrafted items, and opportunity to make some; food, entertainment and raffle, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St. Benefits the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center in Berkeley. 

Teen Book Club meets to discuss post-apocalyptic futures at 4 p.m. at Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue at Ashby. 981-6121. 

Juggling for Peace Learn juggling and plate spinning at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Marine Recruiting Station, Shattuck Square. 524-2776. 

Babies & Toddlers Storytime at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.