Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Friday April 04, 2008


EarthDance: Short Attention Span Film Festival at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak Sts. 238-2200. 

City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Prof. Edouard Mayoral on “Recent Changes in the European Union and Some Consequences of These Changes.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $14.50, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. 524-7468.  

Tim Wise, anti-racism activist and author of “White Like Me; Reflections of Race from a Privileged Son” and “Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White” speaks at 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St.. Tickets are $12-$20 sliding scale. 800-838-3006. 

Friday Films for Teens at 3:30 pm. at the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. For details call 981-6121. 

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. 


Healthy Communities, Healthy Planet Sponsored by the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 685 14th St., Oakland. Cost is $30 at the door. 

Teens Touch the Earth Learn about caring for the environment while earning community service credits, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline. For ages 13-19. Registration required. 1-888-EB-PARKS. 

“Rachel Corrie Speaks” A dramatic reading of her journals by her mother and father and numerous young women peace activists, with original music by composer and cellist Matthew Owens, at 8 p.m. at King Middle School, 1781 Rose St. Tickets are $12-$15. 848-6767, ext. 609.  

Alameda County Office of Education Credentialing Fair for individuals interested in becoming a credentialed teacher in California, from 9 a.m. to noon at 313 West Winton Ave., Conf. room 142, Hayward. 670-4224. 

Models and Designs for a Proposed Center Street Plaza, developed by landscape architect Walter Hood for nonprofit Ecocity Builders, will be on display at Cody's Bookstore in downtown Berkeley, Shattuck Ave. and Allston Way, through April 12. 

Jack London Aquatic Center Ergathon Athletes take turns on a Concept2 rowing machine and pull non-stop for 12 hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jack London Aquatic Center by the Oakland Estuary. You can sponsor a rower, or row yourself. 208-6067. 

Latin Giants of Jazz: Sam Burtis and Sonny Bravo Clinic and master class from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, 1616 Franklin St., Oakland. Cost is $20-$50, Students, $10, youth up to age 15, free. 836-4649. 

“Passport to the East Bay Wine Trail” featuring eight winery tasting rooms in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30-$35. 

Political Affairs Readers Group meets to discuss excerpts from Gerald Horne’s forthcoming book “Blows Against the Empire: US Imperialism in Crisis” at 10 a.m. at Niebyl Procter Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 595-7417. 

AHIMSA's Conference on the Human Capacity for Peace, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Badè Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. 

CopWatch Training Learn your rights when stopped by police, officers, as well as how to observe and document police misconduct, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. Free. 548-0425.  

“Spring Blooming Perennials” with Aerin Moore at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens, 729 Heinz Ave., off Seventh St. 644-2351. 

Auditions for the Woodminster Summer Musicals for adult singers and dancers of all ages and children who appear to be 8-10. For details see 

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. 

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

Oakland Artisans Marketplace Sat. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jack London Square. 238-4948. 


“Why Care About Tibet?The Protests, the Crackdown and the Olympics Connection” with Topden Tsering, former president of San Francisco Chapter of Tibetan Youth Congress and former editor of Tibetan Bulletin, at 4 p.m. at Connie Barbour Hall, BFUU, 1924 Cedar St. at Bonita Ave. 

Family Pond-tacular Learn about metamorphosis as your explore the ponds with naturalist Meg Platt, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Family Footprints Learn about animal tracks and see what you can spot with naturalist Meg Platt, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Tilden Park. 525-2233. 

Berkeley Historical Society 30th Anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Charles Wollenberg will speak about his new book, “Berkeley, a City in History.” There will be music and refreshments. Reservations requested. 

The Crisis at KPFA and Pacifica A community forum with speakers Maria Gilardin, Les Radke, Joe Wanzala, from 2 to 6 p.m. at North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst at M L King Way. 


“What it Takes to Get Your Book Published” with Alan Rinzler at 3 p.m. at Cody’s Books, 2201 Shattuck Ave. 559-9500. 

Friends and Family Day celebrating the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell St. 549-6950. 

“US Labor, Chinese Workers and the Meaning of International Labor Solidarity” with Ellen David Friedman at 12:30 p.m. at SEIU Local 1021, 447 29th St., Oakland. Enter at rear between Telegraph and Broadway. Suggested donation $5-$10.  

“Kiss My Wheels” A film about a nationally ranked wheelchair basketball team at 2 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St., 3rd Flr. 981-6107. 

Films from the Center for African Diasporic Culture “Cubamor” at 6 p.m. and “Favela Rising” at 8:30 p.m. at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Cost is $10 for each film, or $15 for both. 849-2568. 

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

Home Graywater Systems Slideshow & Tour Learn about the permitted greywater system at the Ecohouse. We will discuss the principles and process of safely irrigating with shower, bathroom sink, and laundry waste water. The workshop includes a 1 hour slide show presentation of greywater design and the application process. Tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-registration required. Cost is $15 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. 548-2220 ext. 242. 

Berkeley Rep’s Family Series, a monthly theater workshop for the entire family from 11. a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Nevo Education Center, 2071 Addison St. Free, but bring a book to donate to the library at John Muir Elementary School. 647-2973. 

Free Garden Tours at Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Call to confirm. 841-8732. 

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. 

Berkeley Chess Club meets every Sun. at 7 p.m. at the Hillside School, 1581 Le Roy Ave. 843-0150. 

Tibetan Buddhism with Robin Caton on “Compassion and Well-Being” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 809-1000  

Sew Your Own Open Studio Come learn to use our industrial and domestic machines, or work on your own projects, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 84 Bolivar Dr., Aquatic Park. Cost is $5 per hour. 644-2577.  


El Cerrito Green Party Happy Hour at 8 p.m. at The Sky Lounge, 10458 San Pablo Ave, north of Stockton St. 526-0972. 

Yah Village Community Circle with children from Hoover Elementary School who have created Super Heroes who stand against violence at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Center, 925 Brockhurst St., Oakland. 

“Castoffs” Knitting Group meets at 7 p.m. at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 524-3043. 

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. 

Dragonboating Year-round classes at the Berkeley Marina, Dock M. Meets Mon, Wed., Thurs. at 6 p.m. Sat. at 10:30 a.m. For details see 


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 Albany Bulb of the Eastshore State Park. Call for meeting place and if you need to borrow binoculars. 525-2233. 

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. 

Board Games Days, for 4th -8th graders, Tues.-Thurs. from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17. 

“Kayaking 101” at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140. 

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

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.  

Teen Playreaders meets to read and discuss plays at 4:30 p.m. at Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue. 981-6121. 

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 offer ongoing classes in exercise and creative arts, and always welcome new members over 50. 845-6830. 

Sing-A-Long Group from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masoni Ave., Albany. 524-9122. 


Bus Rapid Transit in Berkeley A community discussion at the Planning and Transportation Commission meetings, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 

Sudden Oak Death Preventative Treatment Training Session Meet at 1 p.m. at the Tolman Hall portico, Heast Ave. and Arch/Leconte, UC Campus for a two-hour field session, rain or shine. Pre-registration required. 

Cycling Lecture with Gary Fisher, bicycle racer, at 7 p.m. at Velo Sport Bicycles, 1615 University Ave., enter at 1989 California St. RSVP to 849-0437. 

Board Games Day, for 4th -8th graders, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17. 

Radical Movie Night “Fern Gully—The Last Rainforest” at 8:30 p.m. at the Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave. 

“Behind Every Terrorist There is a Bush” A documentary with stand-up comics and stage artists questioning the “War on Terror” at 7:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donation $5. www.Humanist 

“The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” Learn about toxics in beauty products with author Stacy Malkan at 7 p.m. at Elephant, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200.  

Green Home Improvement 101 A lecture at 6 p.m. at 2619 San Pablo Ave.  

“About Face: The Psychology of Portraiture and the Human Face” A benefit lecture for Ethsix* magazine featuring psychologist and facial expert Dr. Paul Ekman at 7:30 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Donation $10 and up. 849-2568. 

Teen Chess Club from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the North Branch Library, 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins. 981-6133. 

Theraputic Recreation at the Berkeley Warm Pool, Wed. at 3:30 p.m. and Sat. at 10 a.m. at the Berkeley Warm Pool, 2245 Milvia St. Cost is $4-$5. Bring a towel. 632-9369. 

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. 

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. Heavy rain cancels. 548-9840. 

Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station, corner of Shattuck and Center. Sing for Peace at 6:30 p.m. followed by Peace Walk at 7 p.m. 

Morning Meditation Every Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 7:45 a.m. at Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way at 6th. 486-8700. 

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


Alternatives to the Aerial Spray Program A forum on the spray plan for the Light Brown Apple Moth and alternatives to the spray, with agroecologist and UC Berkeley professor Miguel Altieri, Mayor of Albany and registered nurse Robert Lieber, and farmers Robert Shultz and Ames Morison, and healthcare worker John Davis, at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave., near Dwight Way. 548-2220 ext. 233, 

Poverty Truth Commission at 6:15 p.m. at the Bade' Museum Building, Pacific School of Religion Campus, Graduate Theological Union, 1798 Scenic Ave. For more information, contact 845-6232, ext.103 

“Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley” slide talk by author Richard Schwartz featuring highlights of Berkeley’s history from 1850 to 1925, at 7 p.m. at El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito. 526-7512. 

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

Creative Movement and Sign Language for ages 5-10 at 3:30 p.. at Elephant, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200.  

Board Games Day, for 4th -8th graders, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17. 

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

Fitness Class for 55+ at 9:15 a.m. at Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237. 

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. 


E-Waste Recycling St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County accepts electronic waste including computers, dvd players, cell phones, fax machines and many other ewaste products for disposal free of charge at many of its locations throughout Alameda County. Free bulk pick-up available. 638-7600.  

Free Tax Help If your 2007 household income was less than $42,000, you are eligible for free tax preparation from United Way's Earn it! Keep It! Save It! Sites are open now through April 15 in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. To find a site near you, call 800-358-8832. 


Commission on Disability meets Wed., April 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-6346. TDD: 981-6345.  

Homeless Commission meets Wed., April 9, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5426.  

Planning Commission meets Wed., April 9, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7484.  

Police Review Commission meets Wed., April 9, at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 981-4950. 

Waterfront Commission meets Wed., April 9, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. 981-6740. 

Community Health Commission meets Thurs., April 10 at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5356.  

Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., April 10, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. 981-7410.