MONDAY, JUNE 23
Stop the Spray-East Bay and Pesticide Watch Community Meeting at 7 p.m. at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., off Grand, Oakland. Speakers include John Russo, Oakland City Attorney, Douglas MacLean, Communications Director, Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, Daniel Harder, Ph.D., Executive Director, Arboretum UC Santa Cruz, Lawrence Rose, MD, MPH, former Senior Public Medical Officer for Cal-OSHA. www.stopthespray.org
The Bread Project Classes in cooking, baking, and job readiness run June 23 to July 31. For infomation call 644-4575.
“Get Tested & Testify!” for National HIV Testing Day. Free testing open to all, Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 655-6114. www.beebeonline.org
Kensington Library Book Group meets to discuss “Dancing at the Rascal Fair” by Ivan Doig at 7 p.m. at 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington. 524-3043.
World Affairs/Politics Discussion Group, for people 60 years and over, meets at 9:45 a.m. at Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave, Albany. Cost is $3.
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 www.dragonmax.org
Free Boatbuilding Classes for Youth Mon.-Wed. from 3 to 7 p.m. at Berkeley Boathouse, 84 Bolivar Dr., Aquatic Park. Classes cover woodworking, boatbuilding, and boat repair. 644-2577. www.watersideworkshops.org
TUESDAY, JUNE 24
Tilden Explorers An after-school nature adventure program for 5-7 year olds. We will learn about terrestial insects from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 1-888-EBPARKS.
Summer Birding from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Albany Adult School, 601 San Gabriel Ave., Albany, followed by six Wed. eve. field trips. Sponosred by the Golden Gate Audubon Society. 559-6580.
“Gardening Under the Oaks” with horticulturist Nathan Smith from 9 a.m. t o noon at UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive. Cost is $25-$30. 643-2755. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
“The Danger of an Attack on Iran” A discussion with Larry Everest and Gareth Porter at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Cedar and bonita. Suggested donation $5-$10. 848-1196.
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.
Rethinking Plastics A presentation by Green Sangha on alternative materials at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave., near Dwight Way. 548-2220, ext. 233.
Berkeley PC Users Group meets at 7 p.m. at 25 Dartmouth Dr. Call for directions 841-4411. firstname.lastname@example.org
End the Occupation Vigil every Tues. at noon at Oakland Federal Bldg., 1301 Clay St. www.epicalc.org
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. www.watersideworkshops.org
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. www.ecologycenter.org
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. www.berkeleycameraclub.org
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 Masonic Ave., Albany. 524-9122.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25
Birding with the Golden Gate Audubon Society at Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the large spherical cage near the Nature Center at Perkins and Bellevie. 834-1066, 528-2093.
Tilden Explorers An after-school nature adventure program for 5-7 year olds. We will learn about terrestial insects from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Cost is $6-$8, registration required. 1-888-EBPARKS.
Walking Tour of Historic Oakland Churches and Temples Meet at 10 a.m. at the front of the First Presbyterian Church at 2619 Broadway. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.
“How We Make A Difference!” with Joan Lee, Gray Panther Advocate for legislation in Sacramento at 1:30 p.m. at North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst. 548-9696.
“Grant Seeking Basics for Non-Profits and Community Based Organizations” sponsored by the Richmond Public Library and the Foundation Center, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Madeline F. Whittlesey Commnity Room, 325 Civic Center Plaza. Resevations suggested. 620-6561.
Safeway on Shattuck Community Meeting to discuss plans for the redevelopment of the Safeway store at 1444 Shattuck Ave., at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. www.safewayonshattuck.com
“Root of All Evil” A documentary with with Richard Dawkins, including the uncut interviews, at 7:30 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland. Donation $5. www.Humanist Hall.org
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.
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.
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. www.
Teen Chess Club from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the North Branch Library, 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins. 981-6133.
Morning Meditation Every Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 7:45 a.m. at Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way at 6th. 486-8700.
Berkeley CopWatch Drop-in office hours from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2022 Blake St. 548-0425.
Stitch ‘n Bitch at 6:30 p.m. at Caffe Trieste, 2500 San Pablo Ave., at Dwight. 548-5198.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26
Tilden Tots Join a nature adventure program for 3 and 4 year olds, each accompanied by an adult (grandparents welcome)! We’ll look for insects from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $6-$8. Registration required. 636-1684.
Haiti Report Haiti Action Committee members report from recent trip to Port-au-Prince, at 7 p.m. at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Suggested donation $7-$10 sliding scale, no one turned away. www.Haitisolidarity.net
Indigenous Permaculture Benefit with a slideshow, music, and food at 7 p.m. at theEcology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Donation of $10-$35 sliding scale suggested, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 548-2220, ext. 233. ecologycenter.org.
National Institute of Art & Disabilities “Fashion Show” with clothes and accessories, at 6 p.m. at NIAD, 551 23rd St., Richmond. 620-0290. www.niadart.org
“Intellectual Origins of Jewish National Renewal” by Dr. Revital Amiran-Sappir at 7 p.m. at Brit Tzedek V'Shalom at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave. email@example.com
Teen Book Cub with author Peter Beagle at 4 p.m. at the Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue at Ashby. 981-6107.
Temescal Street Cinema “Girls Rock” at 8:30 p.m. outdoors at 49th and Telegraph. Bring a chair. www.temescalstreetcolletive.org
Fitness Class for 55+ at 9:15 a.m. at Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St. 848-0237.
Easy Does It Board of Directors’ Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 1636 University Ave. 845-5513.
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.
FRIDAY, JUNE 27
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with Kyoko Woodhouse on “Art of Japan” 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 524-7468. www.citycommonsclub.org
“Peacemaking after Deadly Conflict” with David Zarembka, who saw violence after the recent elections in Kenya at 7:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Friends Church, Sacramento and Cedar. 486-1391.
“Get Tested & Testify!” for National HIV Testing Day. Free testing open to all from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 655-6114. www.beebeonline.org
“Heretical Jews: What Can We Learn from Them” at 6:15 p.m. at JGate, near El Cerrito Plaza. RSVP to 559-8140.
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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 28
Plenty: A Potluck of Books and Beats A community exchange of books and CDs, records and tapes from noon to 3 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center. 849-2568. www.lapena.org
Walking Tour of Old Oakland around the 1870s business district. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of G.B. Ratto’s & Co. at 827 Washington St. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Reservations can be made by calling 238-3234. www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours
“Walk to Talk” A walkathon to raise awareness and funds for aphasia services, at 9:45 a.m. at Downtown Oakland Senior Center, 200 Grand Ave., at Harrison St. 336-0112. www.aphasiacenter.org
In Our Own Backyard: A Celebration of the East Bay Regional Parks A virtual tour in photographs at the Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak St., Oakland. Cost is $5-$8. 238-2200. www.museumca.org
“Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children” with author Shelly Rivoli, at 11 a.m. at El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito. 526-7512.
Ratapalooza Learn about the care of a pet rat, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at RabbitEars, 377 Colusa, Kensington. 525-6155. www.rabbitears.org
Sushi Basics Learn the natural and cultural history of this ancient cuisine and you prepare and taste seven different types of sushi. Parent participation required for children 8-10 years. Cost is $25-$39. Registration required. 1-888-EBPARKS.
Summer Board Game Days from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17.
“Squish, Drip and Drool” Acitvities for the family including painting with shaving cream, soap bubbles and more from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Museum of Children’s Art, 538 9th St., Oakland. Cost is $7 per child. 465-8770.
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. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
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.
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, JUNE 29
Berkeley International Food Festival from noon to 5 p.m. for several blocks in either direction of the San Pablo and University Avenues intersection, with live music, cultural activities and cooking demonstrations in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot. Free and open to the public. 845-4106. www.berkeleyinternationalfoodfestival.com
California Cool A family exploration day with activities for all from 1 to 4 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak at 10th St., Oakland. Cost is $5-$8. 238-2022. www.museumca.org
Six Legs and Crunchy Learn about insects and what it means to have a skelton on the outside, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $3. 525-2233.
Ponds of Our Lives Discover the secret underworld of ponds with a dip-net from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. For all ages. 525-2233.
Free Hands-on Bicycle Clinic Learn how to repair a flat, from 10 to 11 a.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Bring your bike and tools. 527-4140.
35th Anniversary of the Tibetan Nyingma Institute with yaga, talks and tours from 1 to 7 p.m. at 1815 Highland Palce. Free and open to all. 809-1000.
Social Action Forum with Rachel Shigekane on “Preventing Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities” at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensigton. 525-0302, ext. 306
Free Garden Tours at Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Call to confirm. 841-8732. www.nativeplants.org
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. lmno4p.org
Berkeley Chess Club meets every Sun. at 7 p.m. at the Hillside School, 1581 Le Roy Ave. 843-0150.
Tibetan Buddhism with Syliva Gretchen on “Tibetan Wisdom for the Modern World” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 809-1000. www.nyingmainstitute.com
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. Also on Fri. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 per hour. 644-2577. www.watersideworkshops.org
Summer Lunch For Kids & Teens from June 16 to August 15 Meal sites are located at various schools and community centers throughout Oakland and Alameda County. For information call 800-870-3663 for a meal site near you or visit www.summerlunch.org To make a donation see www.accfb.org
Design Review Committee meets Thurs., June 19, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7415.
Fair Campaign Practices Commission meets Thurs., June 19, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-6950.
Transportation Commission meets Thurs., June 19, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7010.
Zero Waste Commission Mon., June 23, at 7 p.m., at 1201 Second St. 981-6368.
City Council meets Tues., June 24, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil
Civic Arts Commission meets Wed., June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7533.
Energy Commission meets Wed., June 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5434.
Planning Commission meets Wed., June 25, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7484.
Police Review Commission meets Wed., June 25, at the South Berkeley Senior Center. 981-4950.
Mental Health Commission meets Thurs., June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at 2640 MLK Jr. Way, at Derby. 981-5213.
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., June 26, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. 981-7410.