MONDAY, JULY 7
Mel Lavine, author and journalist will speak at the Brown Bag Speaker’s Forum, at 12:30 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17.
Freedom from Tobacco Quit Smoking Class A free and confidential quit group provided by the City of Berkeley Tobacco Prevention Program, Mon. July 7 to Aug. 11 at South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St., at Ashby Ave To register call 981-5330. QuitNow@ci.berkeley.ca.us
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, JULY 8
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 Richmond Marina. Call for meeting place and if you need to borrow binoculars. 525-2233.
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Park A presentation on local history and the latest park development plans, at 10 a.m. at the Richmond Marina, Harbor Master’s Building. Registration required. 1-888-EBPARKS.
Audubon Nature Studies “Birds & Butterflies: Easy Garden Enchantment” A series of four Tues. eve. classes at 7 p.m. and a field trip, at Albany Adult School, 601 San Gabriel, Albany. Cost is $40. 559-6580.
Vitamin D Deficiency & Sun Screens at 7:30 p.m. at Elephant Pharm, 1607 Shattuck Ave. 549-9200.
Family Storytime at 7 p.m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.
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.
End the Occupation Vigil every Tues. at noon at Oakland Federal Bldg., 1301 Clay St. www.epicalc.org
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, JULY 9
Nature’s Engineers Learn how creatures in the rain forest make their homes at 12:30 and 2 p.m. at Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive. 642-5132. www.lawrencehallofscience.org
Sudden Oak Death Preventative Treament Training Session Meet at 1 p.m. at the Tolman Hall portico, Hearst Ave. and Arch/LeConte, UC Campus for a two-hour field session, rain or shine. Pre-registration required. SODtreatment@
“Discussion with Oakland CEO’s & Executives” featuring Tim Westergren of Pandora at 11:45 a.m. at Oakland Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall, 14th and Broadway. 238-3627.
“Growing Up in the Universe” A film by Richard Dawkins 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.
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.
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.
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, JULY 10
East Bay Mac Users Group meets to discuss REALbasic & REALSQL at 7:15 p.m. at Expression College for Digital Arts, 6601 Shellmound St., Emeryville. http://ebmug.org
Temescal Street Cinema “Runners High” 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.
Baby & Toddler Storytime at 10:15 and 11:15 a..m. at Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave. 524-3043.
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. http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
FRIDAY, JULY 11
LaborFest 2008 International Working Class Film and Video Festival “The International/Beynelmilel” at 7 p.m. at Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Donation requested.
Fearless Meditation I The practice of the body from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Center for Urban Peace, 2584 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Cost is $20-$30, no one turned away. RSVP required. 1-866-732-2320.
“Raising the Rail: Suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge” with two different kinds of survivors: David Hull & Kevin Hines at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. Free, donations accepted. www.bridgerail.org
Arts & Crafts Lover’s Sale Gala Early Bird Party at 7 p.m. at Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. at Arch. Cost is $20. 527-6399. www.hillsideclub.org
Bauman College Open House “Careers in Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts” from 6 to 9 p.m. at 3901 Grayson St. 800-987-7530. www.baumancollege.org
Summer Outdoor Movie Series “Like Water for Chocolate” at 8:30 p.m. at Charles Chocolates, 6529 Hollis St, Emeryville. Free. Bring a chair or blanket. 652-4412, ext. 311.
“What is the Jewish Bible?” at 6:15 p.m. at JGate, near El Cerrito Plaza. RSVP to 559-8140.
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, JULY 12
Botanic Art Workshop with Andie Thrams on techniques for working outdoors to capture botanical detail, pattern color, light and shadow. For ages 12 and up. From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak, Oakland. Cost is $60-$70. Registration required. 238-2365. www.museumca.org
Walking Tour of Temescal sponsored by Oakland Heritage Alliance. Meet at 10 a.m. at Genova Delicatessen, 5095 Telegraph Ave., in the shopping center, to explore the commercial district that developed around the Oakland Street Car Barn. Cost is $10-$15. 763-9218. www.oaklandheritage.org
Mini-Farmers in Tilden A farm exploration program, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 4-6 years, accompanied by an adult. We will explore the Little Farm, care for animals, do crafts and farm chores. Wear boots and dress to get dirty! Fee is $6-$8. Registration required. 1-888-EBPARKS.
Brooks Island Boat Trip Join a guided boat trip across the Richmond Harbor to Brooks Island to explore the island’s natural and cultural history, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For experienced boaters who can provide their own kayak and safety gear. Cost is $20-$22. Registration required. 1-888-EB-PARKS.
“Feast for the Beast” Bring your fresh produce and help feed the elephants, and build enrichment boxes for the lions and tigers. Breaksfast for humans at 9 a.m. For more information 632-9525, ext. 131.
Arts & Crafts Lover’s Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. at Arch. Cost is $5. 527-6399. www.hillsideclub.org
Live Art for Progress Hip Hop and Graffiti art to get youth involved in political ativism, from 1-5 p.m. at Peoples Park. www.wearstrong.org
East Bay Baby Fair, with resources for new and expecting parents, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Albany Veterans Memorial Building, 1325 Portland Ave., Albany. 540-7210.
US-Nepal Technology Development Conference Sat. and Sun. in the Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Campus. Detailed information is available at www.can-usa.org/description.php.
The East Bay Chapter of The Great War Society meets at 10:30 a.m. at the South Branch of the Berkeley Library, Russell at MLK. The speaker will be Robert Denison on “The Role of Topography in the Battles of the Western Front & The First World War-Birth of Modern Style Warfare.” 527-7718.
Summer Board Game Days from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720, ext. 17.
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
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.
SUNDAY, JULY 13
Introduction to Fly-Fishing Learn how to cast at Lake Anza, then learn the details of knots, fly selection, reading the water and more, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Anza, Tilden Regional Park. Cost is $60-$66. Registration required. 1-888-EBPARKS. www.ebparks.org
Creative Outdoor Fun, in conjunction with the Oakland Museum of California’ exhibit “In Our Own Backyard” for children ages 7 and up from noon to 4 p.m. in a local park. Cost is $15-$35. Registration required. 238-2365. www.museumca.org
Walking Tour of Mountain View Cemetery sponsored by Oakland Heritage Alliance. Meet at 10 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave. Cost is $10-$15. 763-9218.
The Ponds of Our Lives Learn about life in the ponds, then use nets to investigate this dynamic habitat, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Free Hands-on Bicycle Clinic Learn how to do a safety inspection, at 10 a.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. Bring your bike and tools. 527-4140.
LaborFest 2008 “19th Century Working Pepole of Berkeley” A walking tour with author Richard Schwartz, at 1 p.m. at the north east corner of Shattuck and Haste.
“Congregational Song and the Arts: Gifts for Worship and Ministry” A conference of The Hymn Society, Sun.-Thurs. in Berkeley. Free, and open to the public. For details see www.thehymnsociety.org
Magnes Friends and Family Day at the new future home of the Magnes Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2222 Harold Way, across from the Berkeley Public Library. 549-6950.
Social Action Forum with Marilyn Langlois on “Arbitration in Community Conflict Resolution” 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 Jack Petranker “Right Here, Right Now: The Heart of Who You Are” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 809-1000. www.nyingmainstitute.com
Ecstatic Dance East Bay, freeform dance and movement every Sun. at 10:30 am. at Historic Sweets Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland. Cost is $15. www.ecstaticdanceeastbay.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
Landmarks Preservation Commission meets Thurs., July 3, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7419.
Community Environmental Advisory Commission meets Thurs., July 3 , at 7 p.m., at 2118 Milvia St. Nabil Al-Hadithy, 981-7461.
Housing Advisory Commission meets Thurs., July 3, at 7 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Oscar Sung, 981-5400.
Peace and Justice Commission meets Mon., July 7, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Manuel Hector, 981-5510.
City Council meets Tues., July 8, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.
Commission on Disability meets Wed., July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-6346. TDD: 981-6345.
Homeless Commission meets Wed., July 9, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5426.
Police Review Commission meets Wed., July 9, at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 981-4950.
Commission on Early Childhood Education meets Thurs. July 10 , at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5428.
Community Health Commission meets Thurs., July 10, at 6:45 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-5356.
Public Works Commission meets Thurs., July 10, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. 981-6406.
West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thurs., July 10, at 7 p.m., at the West Berkeley Senior Center. 981-7520.
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., July 10, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. 981-7410.