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Services and Celebration for Dona Spring This Sunday

Thursday August 07, 2008 - 11:52:00 AM

A memorial service for former councilmember Dona Spring, who died July 13, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Civic Center Park (Martin Luther King Jr. Way, between Center Street and Allston Way). Seating at the memorial service is park-style, so those who attend are asked to bring blankets or folding chairs. Wheelchair users will be given priority for the paved areas in front. 

Everyone is invited afterwards to the North Berkeley Senior Center (1901 Hearst St.) from 4-8 p.m. to celebrate Councilmember Spring’s life by sharing food, music, and their memories and feelings about her. Guests are also invited to see a recent documentary about her life. 

“Councilmember Spring represented District 4 on the Berkeley City Council for 15 years, and served the Berkeley community for much longer,” said City Manager Phil Kamlarz in a statement. “With her passing, we lose a true public servant who was devoted to her district and to Berkeley. She was a passionate advocate on behalf of her constituents, her city and the people of all walks of life who she cared so deeply about. Her focus, her energy and her commitment have set a high standard for community service, and she will be missed.” 

Declaration of an annual “Burma Day” was Councilmember Dona Spring’s last major piece of successful legislation. The city will celebrate “Burma Day” at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, with the raising of the Burmese flag in Civic Center Park to recognize the struggles of the Burmese people and commemorate the 20th anniversary of their uprising.