TUESDAY, MARCH 8
International Women’s Day Proclamation at Berkeley City Council, 7 p.m. City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.
“Best Mountain Bike Rides in the Bay Area” A slide presentation with mountain bike racer Lorene Jackson at 7 p.m. at REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave. 527-4140.
“Guadalajara: The Silicon Valley of Mexico?” with Kevin Gallagher, Asst. Prof, Dept. of International Relations, Boston Univ., at Noon in the CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch St. 642-2088. www.clas.berkeley.edu
“The Gravel Pirates: Strip-Mining the Russian River Water Supply” with L. Martin Griffin, Jr., Founder, Friends of the Russian River, at 5:30 p.m. in 105 North Gate Hall, UC Campus. Sponsored by the Water Resources Center Archives. 642-2666.
WriterCoach Connection Volunteer Training Help students improve their writing and critical thinking skills. Training session from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. To register call 524-2319. www.writercoachconnection.org
Berkeley School Volunteers Training workshop for volunteers interested in helping in Berkeley Public Schools at 3 p.m. at 1835 Allston Way. 644-8833.
International Women's Day Dance Party at 7 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. Cost is $10. Proceeds go to benefit Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) and a scholarship for the Belladonna Mystery Camp for Girls. 282-2486. www.belladonna.ws
Shivaratri - Night of Shiva A benefit for tsunami relief with yoga, rituals, food and music, from 4 to 10:30 p.m. at Yoga Mandala, 2807 Telegraph Ave. 486-1989.
Berkeley Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda. 548-3991.
St. John’s Prime Timers meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. 845-6830.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
Great Decisions 2005: “China” with Prof. Emeritus Joyce Kallgren, UC Davis, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. Cost is $5, $40 for the series. For information and reservations call 526-2925.
Information Night for BHS Class of 2009 at 7 p.m. at the BHS Community Theater and the C Building. Presentations on academic departments, the 9th grade curriculum, small schools, athletics and activities. 644-6320.
“Memorial Party for Judi Bari” a film screening at 7 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland.
AARP Free Tax Assistance for taxpayers with middle and low incomes, with special attention to those 60 years and older. From 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. This service will continue through April. Appointments must be made in advance. 526-3720, ext. 5.
Home Buyer Assistance Information Session at 6 p.m. at 1504 Franklin St., Oakland. Sponsored by the Home Buyer Assistance Center. Reservations required. 832-6925, ext. 100. www.hbac.org
Poetry Writing Workshop with Alison Seevak at 7 p.m. at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. 526-3720.
“Does God Exist?” A talk on the Reconstructionist, Humanist and Other Jewish Views about God’s Existence with Rabbi Jane Litman at 11 a.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5. 848-0237, ext. 110.
“Faith and Politics” at 7:30 p.m. at All Souls Parish, 2220 Cedar St. Part of the Journey of Faith Lenten Series. 848-1755.
Winter Walk Berkeley for Seniors meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Sea Breeze Market, just west of the I-80 overpass. Heavy rain cancels. 548-9840.
Fresh Produce Stand at San Pablo Park from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the Frances Albrier Community Center. Sponsored by the Ecology Center’s Farm Fresh Choice. 848-1704. www.ecologycenter.org
Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil at the Berkeley BART Station. Vigil at 6:30 p.m. Peace Walk at 7 p.m. www.geocities.com/
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
Bird Walk along the Martin Luther King Shoreline to see marsh birds at 3:30 p.m. for information call 525-2233.
Hidden Lodges of Berkeley An illustrated lecture on the Senior Men’s Hall and Senior Women’s Hall, with Harvey Helfand, Campus Planner, at 7:30 p.m. at Senior Hall, UC Campus. Cost is $10. For information contact Berkeley Architectural Heritage at 841-2241. www.berkeleyheritage.com
Community Meeting on the Future of Old City Hall at 7 p.m. at Old City Hall Annex, 1835 Allston Way.
“Diet for a Dead Planet” with author Christopher Cook at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. 548-2220.
“The Great Conspiracy: The 9-11 News Special You Never Saw” benefit screening with producer Barrie Zwicker, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand Lake Theater Oakland. Tickets are $10, available at local bookstores. 452-3556.
“So How’d You Become an Activist?” with Carolyn Scarr and Dr. Marc Sapir at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., at Bonita. Donation $5. 528-5403.
Grizzly Peak Flyfishers meets at 7 p.m at the Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave. Steve Beck will discuss fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada National Parks.
“The Universal Grammar of Religion” with Prof. Huston Smith at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Chapel, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave. 848-9788.
“Awakening the Heart of Enlightenment” with Dr. Gaylon Ferguson, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Shambhala Center, 2288 Fulton St. Donation $25. www.norcal.shambhala.org
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
City Commons Club Noon Luncheon with I. Michael Heyman, Prof. Boalt Hall on “Life at the Smithsonian.” Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for $13, speech at 12:30 p.m., at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. For information and reservations call 526-2925 or 665-9020.
Native American Spiritual Celebration Weekend with Jerry Farlee, Lakota Spiritual Leader from the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Fri. eve. through Sun. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington. 525-0302. www.uucb.org
“Beyond the Age of Innocence - A Worldly View of America” with Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, at noon at 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor. Sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies. 642-2809. http://ieas.berkeley.edu
“Transforming Our Communities: An Inclusive Approach to Environmental Justice” A forum of open dialogue with scholars, policy makers, activists, community organizers and environmental lawyers, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boalt Hall, UC Campus. For more information please see http://els.boalt.org/ej2005/
“So How’d You Become an Activist?” with Roy Campanella II, new General Manager of KPFA Radio and Andrea Buffa, Global Exchange Peace Campaign Coordinator at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., at Bonita. Suggested donation $5. 528-5403.
Berkeley Critical Mass Bike Ride meets at the Berkeley BART the second Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m.
“Three Beats for Nothing” a small group meeting weekly at 10 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center to sing for fun and practice, mostly 16th century harmony. No charge. 655-8863. email@example.com
Berkeley Chess Club meets Fridays at 7:15 p.m. at the East Bay Chess Club, 1940 Virginia St. Players at all levels are welcome. 845-1041.
Women in Black Vigil, from noon to 1 p.m. at UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph. firstname.lastname@example.org 548-6310.
Meditation, Peace Vigil and Dialogue, gather at noon on the grass close to the West Entrance to UC Berkeley, on Oxford St. near University Ave. People of all traditions are welcome to join us. Sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. 655-6169. www.bpf.org
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
Kids Garden Club For children 7-12 years old to explore the world of gardening. We plant, harvest, build, make crafts, cook and get dirty! From 2 to 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. Cost is $5-$7, registration required. 525-2233.
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
Junior Rangers of Tilden meets Sat. mornings at Tilden Nature Center. For more information call 525-2233.
Green Building 101 Learn about healthier building materials and how to lower your utility bills and reduce home maintenance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. Cost is $10-$15, no one turned away. 548-2220, ext. 233.
Seeds for Spring and Summer at 10 a.m. at Magic Gardens Nursery, 729 Heinz Ave. 644-2351. www.magicgardens.com
“Historic Hotels--Could They Be Built Today?” with Henrik Bull, FAIA, at 3 p.m. at the Claremont Hotel, Horizon Room, followed by hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar at 4 pm. Cost is $15, $20 at the door. www.mitcnc.org/www/Events_Single.asp?eventID=1083
Berkeley Youth Arts Festival Making Plays with Beth Templeton, for children in grades 3-5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Center. Cost is $5-$15 sliding scale. 644-6893. www.berkeleyartcenter.org
Berkeley Youth Arts Festival Monoprinting with Karen Weil from 1 to 4 p.m. at Artists at Play Studio, 1649 Hopkins Ave. Families welcome. Cost is $5-$15 sliding scale. 644-6893. www.berkeleyartcenter.org
Berkeley Youth Arts Festival Dance of India with Purnima Jah from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Center. Cost is $5-$15 sliding scale. 644-6893.
Poets’ Dinner with contest winners and poet James Keller at 11:30 a.m. at Spenger’s Restaurant. 1919 Fourth St. Cost is $23. For reservations call 235-0361.
“Democracy, Maoists and the Monarchy: Nepal at the Crossroads” Experts brainstorm on solutions to Nepal’s political crisis at Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, 8th floor, UC Campus, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 643-4487. http://igov.berkeley.edu
Radio Camp Build an FM transmitter and learn the fundamentals of micropower broadcasting in this 4-day workshop in Oakland. Class runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mar. 12-13, 19-20. Cost is $150-$200 sliding scale. For information and to register call 625-0314. www.freeradio.org
Kol Hadash Family Brown Bag Shabbat/Purim Celebration at 10:45 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 8465 Masonic Ave. Come in costume and bring lunch for your family and finger food to share. Free, all ages welcome. 428-1492.
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, MARCH 13
Prehistoric Life Today Join us for a hike back in time to discover ferns, liverworts and silverfish at 2 p.m. at Tilden Nature Center, Tilden Park. 525-2233.
Berkeley Youth Arts Festival Making Musical Instruments from Recycled Materials with Fran Holland, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Center. All ages and families welcome. Cost is $5-$15 sliding scale. 644-6893. www.berkeleyartcenter.org
Amnesty International Conference “A Turning Point for Human Rights” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Room 126, Barrows Hall, UC Campus. Free and open to the general public. RSVP to email@example.com
Book Release Party for “From Ike to Mao and Beyond - My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist” a memoir by Bob Avakian, at 6:30 p.m. at Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way. 848-1196.
CancerGuides, a workshop to train integrative cancer care counselors through March 19 at The Claremont. Sponsored by Center for Mind-Body Medicine. 202-966-7338, ext. 222.
Berkeley Cybersalon “Information Wants To Be Free, But Programmers Want To Get Paid,” with Paulina Borsook, Jon Callas, and Phil Zimmermann at 6 p.m. at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. 843-3733.
“Prisoner of Paradise” Film about Kurt Gerron, German-Jewish actor in pre-war Berlin at 2 p.m. at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St. Cost is $5. 848-0237, ext. 110.
Family Film Sunday Series ”The Wizard of Oz” at 11 a.m. at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave. Cost is $5 at the door.
Free Sailboat Rides between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Cal Sailing Club in the Berkeley Marina. Bring warm waterproof clothes. www.cal-sailing.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
Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek on “The Healing Mantras” at 6 p.m. at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Pl. 843-6812. www.nyingmainstitute.com
MONDAY, MARCH 14
Tea and Hike at Four Taste some of the finest teas from the Pacific Rim and South Asia and learn their natural and cultural history, followed by a short nature walk. At 4 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park. Cost is $5-$7, registration required. 525-2233. www.ebparks.org
Mercury in View The best evening views of the planet Mercury are during the next two weeks. Join us at Tilden’s Inspiration Point at 6:30 p.m. and we’ll walk down Nimitz Way. 525-2233.
“US Military Operations and Militarized Prostitution” The resistance of the women of Olongapo, Philippines, at 7 p.m. at Mills College Student Union, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. Free. 430-2019.
“Problems in Argentine Commercial Law” with Carlos Rosenkrantz, Prof. of Law, Univ. of Buenos Aires, at 4 p.m. in the Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall, UC Campus. 642-2088. www.clas.berkeley.edu
“Brazil’s Global Leadership: The Role of Civil Society” with Luiz Dulci, Secretary General, Brazil, at 4 p.m. in the Morrison Room, Doe Library, UC Campus. 642-2088. www.clas.berkeley.edu
World Affairs/Politics Discussion Group for people 60 years and over meets Mondays at 9:45 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. Join at any time. Cost is $2.50 with refreshments. 524-9122.
Senior Health with Dr. McGillis on molds, mildews, and their relation to health at 10:30 a.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center.
Introduction to Conscious Bookkeeping with Bari Tessler at 7 p.m. at Belladonna, 2436 Sacramento St. Cost is $15. 883-0600. www.belladonna.ws
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.
Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour The tour, on May 1, will showcase Alameda and Contra Costa County gardens that contain at least 30% native plants, don’t use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and provide habitat for wildlife. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Kathy@KathyKramerConsulting.
net or 236-9558.
All Net Basketball for boys and girls ages 9 to 11, begins Tues. Mar. 8, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and runs for five weeks. Fee is $10-$15. For information call Berkeley Youth Alternatives, 845-9066. firstname.lastname@example.org
Domestic Violence Training for people interested in volunteering at Oakland’s battered women’s shelter, Sat. March 12 - April 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 986-8600, ext. 316.
“Half Pint Library” Book Drive Donate children’s books to benefit Children’s Hospital. Donations accepted at 1849 Solano Ave. through March 31.
Spring Break Program for Children offered by the City’s Recreational Division, March 28-April 1, for children ages 5-12, at the Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St. For information call 981-6640.
City Council meets Tues., Mar. 8, at 7 p.m in City Council Chambers. 981-6900. www.ci.
Commission on Disability meets Wed., Mar 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Don Brown, 981-6346. TDD: 981-6345. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/disability
Homeless Commission meets Wed., Mar. 9, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Jane Micallef, 981-5426. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/
Library Board of Trustees meets Thurs. Mar. 9, at 7 p.m. at South Berkeley Senior Center. Jackie Y. Griffin, 981-6195. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/library
Planning Commission meets Wed., Mar. 9, Wed., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Janet Homrighausen, 981-7484. www.ci.berkeley. ca.us/commissions/planning
Police Review Commission meets Wed., Mar. 9 at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 981-4950. www.ci.berkeley.
Waterfront Commission meets Wed., Mar. 9, at 7 p.m., at 201 University Ave. Cliff Marchetti, 644-6376 ext. 224. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/waterfront
Commission on Early Childhood Education meets Thurs., Mar. 10, at 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Angellique De Cloud, 981-5428. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/earlychildhoodeducation
Community Health Commission meets Thurs, Mar. 10, at 6:45 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. William Rogers, 981-5344. www.ci.berkeley.
Housing Advisory Commission meets Thurs. Mar. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Oscar Sung, 981-5400. www.ci.berkeley.ca.
West Berkeley Project Area Commission meets Thurs., Mar. 10, at 7 p.m., at the West Berkeley Senior Center. Iris Starr, 981-7520. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/westberkeley
Zoning Adjustments Board meets Thurs., Mar. 10, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers. Mark Rhoades, 981-7410. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/commissions/zoning V