Daily Archives: March 11, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 3.11.10

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First Berkeley Wine Festival opens tomorrow

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The Claremont hosts the first annual Berkeley Wine Festival starting tomorrow. The two-month long festival celebrates wines from the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The festival opens with a grand reception and tasting of more than 50 wines from top wineries including Far Niente, Duckhorn Wine Company and Cliff Lede Vineyards.

Following the opening, there will be a series of receptions, dinners and seminars hosted by local winemakers.

The Berkeley Wine Festival is modeled after the Boston Wine … Continue reading »

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Pick of the listings: More than a dash of 30s style

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With spring in the air, there’s a rush of new home listings in Berkeley. A quick search found 25 homes had come on the market in the past three days alone.

My pick for the week has to be 1120 Miller Avenue in the north Berkeley hills. I have a weakness for this style of 1930s home with its clean lines and large, black-metal framed windows. There’s also a nice Californian vibe about the wood paneling and … Continue reading »

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Julia Morgan homes the stars of BAHA’s spring tour

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The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s annual spring tour will this year focus on homes designed by architect Julia Morgan in the Elmwood and Claremont neighborhoods.

The tour, which takes place on Sunday, May 2, 1-5 pm, is titled “Looking at Julia Morgan: Early Residences in Berkeley”.

BAHA has this to say about Morgan and her work:

Berkeley is a treasure trove of early Morgan-designed residences. These welcoming and refined houses are paragons of comfort and beauty — quintessential Berkeley homes.

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Enjoy the rain this weekend at “Singin’ in the Rain”

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On our family’s to-do list for the weekend is the show, Singin’ in the Rain, produced by Berkeley Playhouse.

It promises to be a delight, with excellent singing, great dancing, and a wonderful sense of fun.

How do I know, when I haven’t seen the production? Because I have loved every other performance this Berkeley group has done.

From Seussical to Once on This Island to Peter Pan and others, Berkeley Playhouse, led by artistic director Continue reading »

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Council approaches BRT ‘study’ decision

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Alan Tobey, a citizen of Berkeley since 1970, has been closely following the plans for Bus Rapid Transit in Berkeley. He reports on the latest developments:

In 2001, the Berkeley City Council unanimously approved its choice for an AC Transit “major improvement” project: Bus Rapid Transit on Telegraph Avenue and on into Downtown. Only nine years later, the Council will soon choose the details of what may actually be built.

Bus Rapid Transit is said to improve service by … Continue reading »

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Woman struck by car and killed in Berkeley

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A woman crossing the intersection at Adeline and Harmon streets was struck by a car and killed at 9:05 pm last night, according to Berkeley police.

The 58-year-old woman was from Oakland, but her identity has not yet been released, said Andrew Frankel, the public information officer for the Berkeley Police Department.

The driver Jesse Donald Kelly, 42, of Oakland, did stop after striking the woman, he said. Kelly was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under … Continue reading »

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