Daily Archives: March 12, 2010

UC Berkeley

The Berkeley Wire: 3.12.10

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Urban planning

Get on your bike on Sunday

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Berkeley hasn’t quite ridden to the heights of Portland as a bicycle mecca, but it remains a very bike-friendly city. You can celebrate bikes and Berkeley several ways this Sunday, courtesy of the Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition.

First up on Saturday is the Grizzly Peak Cyclists Family Ride. There are two rides starting from Aquatic Park: one group will ride down the Bay Trail to a playground in Richmond, while the other group will continue to Pt Richmond … Continue reading »

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Schools

A tree grows in Thousand Oaks

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Berkeley marked its first day as an official Tree City USA yesterday by planting 13 young trees on and around Thousand Oaks Elementary School in North Berkeley. The city and the school district joined together to help students learn about the importance of trees in the environment and proper planting techniques.

Students planted two Trident Maples in what had long been an empty corner of the school’s blacktop. Students and enthusiastic observers then moved to the park … Continue reading »

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Arts

‘The Art of the Steal’ has it all, or just about

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Money, power, race, a mansion stuffed with treasure, a city plagued by scandal — about all that’s missing from “The Art of the Steal”, a hard-hitting documentary about a high-cultural brawl, is a hot woman with a warm gun…

So begins Manohla Dargis’s New York Times review of The Art of the Steal which is showing at the Landmark Theatres on Shattuck.

The movie tells the story of The Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. In 1922 Dr. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Anand Chokkalingam

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Each Friday in this space food writer Sarah Henry asks a well-known, up-and-coming, or under-the-radar food aficionado about their favorite tastes in town, preferred food purveyors and other local culinary gems worth sharing.

Meet Anand Chokkalingam, UC Berkeley professor by day and chocolatier by night.

This cancer epidemiologist pursues his passion for high-end confections in his off hours and puts his scientific sensibilities to sweet use by hand-crafting artisanal chocolates with top-notch ingredients.

Turns out that Anand is … Continue reading »

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Non-profits

Low-cost pet vaccines Sunday

Low-cost vaccine clinic held at Berkeley Animal Care Services in October 2009. Photo by Patsy Slater
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The city’s animal shelter and the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society are teaming up to hold their second vaccine and microchip clinic this weekend. Vaccines for rabies, dog distemper and parvo (DHPP), dog kennel cough, and common cat infections (FVRCP), will be offered for $5 each.

Microchips, which provide permanent pet ID and help reunite lost pets and owners, will be available for $15. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The clinic will be … Continue reading »

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Sports

Jackets girls continue drive to championship

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Berkeley High’s top-ranked girls basketball team took another step toward a NorCal championship last night, winning its quarterfinal against McClatchy-Sacramento 69-56. The Yellowjackets clinched the North Coast Section championship last Saturday by crushing Deer Valley 62-42.

In the semifinals BHS will play fourth-ranked Kennedy-Sacramento who beat Lowell last night, 54-39.

Update The Oakland Tribune has a good story on the game.

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Local business

Move over bricks and mortar stores; here come kiosks

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While stand-alone DVD stores are having a difficult time in this economy (Videots on College just closed, and rumors are that Blockbuster is struggling), there is a new contender in town: RedBox DVD kiosks.

The 7-Eleven corporation has installed these stand-alone kiosks in its stores on College and Russell, on Telegraph near Parker, on University Avenue, and in other stores in the East Bay. Patrons can rent a movie for just $1 a night.

There are 20,000 … Continue reading »

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