"CHOCOLATE AND CHALK ART FESTIVAL," -- June 5. The sidewalks along North Shattuck Ave. in the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood in Berkeley will host artists young and old, professional and greenhorn at this annual event, including a chalk art contest judged at 4 p.m. with prizes up to $250, chocolate sampling and more.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.(510) 548-5335, www.chocolateandchalkart.com.<
"TEMESCAL STREET FAIR," -- June 6. Enjoy food and drinks from Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub, La Calaca Loca Taqueria, Bakesale Betty, The Avenue, Barlata, Sr24 and much more. Event also features fine crafts and community booths. Event takes place on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland between 45th and 51st Streets.
Noon-6 p.m.(510) 860-7327, www.temescaldistrict.org.<
"I Like My Bike Night," First Friday of the month, 9 p.m. This monthly series brings bicycle innovators, enthusiasts, artists and organizations together under one roof, as well as encourages regular Ashkenaz show-goers to leave their cars in the driveway and arrive at the venue by bicycle instead. $8-$25.
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. (510) 525-5054, www.ashkenaz.com.<
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
"ArtiFacts: A Lecture Series for Collectors," Guest curators, scholars and conservation experts from throughout the Bay Area discuss the art of collecting. First Sunday of every month, 3 p.m. $7.
Auctions by the Bay Theater-Auction House, 2700 Saratoga St., Alameda. (510) 835-6187, www.auctionsbythebay.com.<
BAY AREA FREE BOOK EXCHANGE
"Free Books," Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Donate your unwanted books and receive new titles for free.
10520 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. (510) 526-1941, www.bayareafreebookexchange.com.<
CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY AND LIBRARY
"California Genealogical Society and Library Free First Saturday," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Event takes place on the first Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Trace and compile your family history at this month's open house event. Free. www.calgensoc.org.
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland. (510) 663-1358.<
CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
HISTORY WALKABOUTS -- A series of walking tours that explore the history, lore and architecture of California with veteran tour guide Gary Holloway. Walks are given on specific weekends. There is a different meeting place for each weekend and walks take place rain or shine so dress for the weather. Reservations and prepayment required. Meeting place will be given with confirmation of tour reservation. Call for details.
678 Mission St., San Francisco. (415) 357-1848, www.californiahistoricalsociety.org.<
CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE CENTER State-of-the-art facility unifying science education activities around astronomy. Enjoy interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, indoor stargazing, outdoor telescope viewing and films.
Center Admission: $10.95-$14.95; free children under 3; Movies and evening planetarium shows: $6-$8. Telescope viewing only: free. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Also open on Tuesdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. after June 29. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. (510) 336-7300, www.chabotspace.org.<
DUNSMUIR HOUSE AND GARDENS HISTORIC ESTATE Nestled in the Oakland hills, the 50-acre Dunsmuir House and Gardens estate includes the 37-room Neoclassical Revival Dunsmuir Mansion, built by coal and lumber baron Alexander Dunsmuir for his bride. Restored outbuildings set amid landscaped gardens surround the mansion.
ESTATE GROUNDS -- Self-Guided Grounds Tours are available yearround. The 50 acres of gardens and grounds at the mansion are open to the public for walking Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Booklets and maps of the grounds are available at the Dinkelspiel House. Free.
GUIDED TOURS -- Docent-led tours are available on the first Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (except for July) and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors and juniors (11-16), children 11 and under free.
Dunsmuir House and Gardens, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland. (510) 615-5555, www.dunsmuir.org.<
FRANK OGAWA PLAZA
"Oakland Artisan Marketplace," Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The City of Oakland and Cultural Arts & Marketing Department presents a weekly market featuring fine arts and crafts of local artists. Free. (510) 238-4948, www.oaklandartisanmarketplace.org.
14th Street and Broadway, Oakland. <
GAIA ARTS CENTER
"Superfest International Disability Film Festival," June 4 through June 5, Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Event shines a spotlight on 13 remarkable films in this two-day festival celebrating disability culture. $5-$20. www.culturedisabilitytalent.org/superfest/index.html.
2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. <
JACK LONDON AQUATIC CENTER
"Oakland Artisan Marketplace,"' Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The City of Oakland and Cultural Arts & Marketing Department presents a weekly market featuring fine arts and crafts of local artists. Free. (510) 238-4948, www.oaklandartisanmarketplace.org.
115 Embarcadero, Oakland. <
JACK LONDON SQUARE
"Dancing Under the Stars," June 4 and June 11, 8:30-10 p.m. The Linden Street Dance Studio provides free dance lessons to all at the foot of Broadway.
"East Bay Open Studio," June 5 through June 6 and June 12 through June 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Pavilion Building hosts over 35 local artists presenting their work.
"Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Cooking Demonstration," June 6, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join Chef Sim Peyron for a cooking demonstration that utilizes fresh seasonal ingredients that can be purchased from local farmers.
"Dog Days of Summer," June 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Take your dog for a walk and join the Oakland SPCA in getting a photographic portrait of your pet.
Foot of Broadway, Oakland. (866) 295-9853, www.jacklondonsquare.com.<
LA PENA CULTURAL CENTER
"Like Brand New: La Pena Celebrates its 35th Anniversary," June 5, Noon-6 p.m. Celebrate with this street carnival and fair at Prince and Shattuck streets. Free.
"Sounds of A New Hope," June 10, 8 p.m. FIST UP Film Fest presents a documentary film about the life of Filipino-American MC Kiwi. $5.
"Trust Your Struggle Collective, World Bridges, and ALAY," June 11, 8 p.m. Event features music, art, photography, food and live silk-screening. $10.
3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org.<
LAFAYETTE VETERAN'S MEMORIAL HALL
"Governing According to Garamendi," June 7, 6:30 p.m. Meet California's newest face in Congress. $7-$22. www.commonwealthclub.org.
3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. <
LAWRENCE HALL OF SCIENCE
$6-$12; free children ages 2 and under. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. University of California, Centennial Drive, Berkeley. (510) 642-5132, www.lawrencehallofscience.org.<
LIVE OAK PARK
"Live Oak Park Fair," June 12 through June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Event features over 100 premier artists and crafts people showcasing contemporary art, fine crafts, handcrafted jewelry and accessories, couture clothing, handmade quilts and baskets and more. Free. (510) 227-7110, www.liveoakparkfair.com.
1300 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. <
OAKLAND ASIAN CULTURAL CENTER
"Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival 2010," through June 5. Event features culinary workshops, a film screening, a literary night and jazz performances. See website for full line up, times and more. $8-$20.
Free. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Renaissance Plaza, 388 Ninth St., Suite 290, Oakland. (510) 637-0455, www.oacc.cc.<
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE Exploring cinema from the Bay Area and cultures around the world, the Pacific Film Archive offers daily film screenings, including rare and rediscovered prints of movie classics; new and historic works by world famous directors; restored silent films with live musical accompaniment; retrospectives; and new and experimental works. Check Web site for a full schedule of films.
"First Impressions: Free First Thursdays," first Thursday of every month. Special tours and movie presentations. Admission is free.
Single feature: $5-$8; Double feature: $9-$12 general. PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-5249, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.<
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, MORRISON LIBRARY
"Lunch Poems," First Thursday of the month, 12:10-12:50 p.m.
2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-3671.<
USS HORNET MUSEUM Come aboard this World War II aircraft carrier that has been converted into a floating museum. The Hornet, launched in 1943, is 899 feet long and 27 stories high. During World War II she was never hit by an enemy strike or plane and holds the Navy record for number of enemy planes shot down in a week. In 1969 the Hornet recovered the Apollo 11 space capsule containing the first men to walk on the moon, and later recovered Apollo 12. In 1991 the Hornet was designated a National Historic Landmark and is now docked at the same pier she sailed from in 1944. Today, visitors can tour the massive ship, view World War II-era warplanes and experience a simulated aircraft launch from the carrier's deck. Exhibits are being added on an ongoing basis. Allow two to three hours for a visit. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb steep stairs or ladders. Dress in layers as the ship can be cold. Arrive no later than 2 p.m. to sign up for the engine room and other docent-led tours. Children under age 12 are not allowed in the Engine Room or the Combat Information Center.
$6-$14; free children age 4 and under with a paying adult. Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pier 3 (enter on Atlantic Avenue), Alameda Point, Alameda. (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org.<