Daily Archives: May 25, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 5.25.10

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In Berkeley: Free pre-kindergarten programs

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Three new programs are on offer to Berkeley residents whose kids are heading off to kindergarten in the Fall. The programs are offered by the City of Berkeley’s recreation division and funded by First 5 Alameda County.

Over the course of a 10-week session, children ages 3-4.9 years old build literacy, problem-solving and social skills such as sharing and impulse control. Classes are ongoing at two locations. Bilingual-Spanish speaking teachers are available and the priority for enrollment is: 1) Low-income South & West … Continue reading »

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Local students earn support and funds for college

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Tonight, 25 minority students from Oakland will each be awarded a $16,000 scholarship and the guarantee of support and mentoring for the duration of their college careers.

The students are recipients of scholarships awarded by the Berkeley-based East Bay College Fund, which is holding its annual awards ceremony this evening at Nile Hall in Oakland’s Preservation Park.

Guest of honor at the ceremony is Pearl Fryar, whose inspiring story is the subject of a documentary, A … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: Invaders from Mars

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Some images stick with you for a lifetime: here’s one that’s been haunting me since the 1970s. The alien brain from 1953’s Invaders from Mars gave me quite the scare when I was ten, and now you can experience the same frisson of fear thanks to Pacific Film Archive’s Friday night L@te program.

Helmed by William Cameron Menzies,  Invaders from Mars screens at 7:30 pm this coming Friday, May 28 in the Berkeley Art Museum’s Gallery … Continue reading »

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Let roast rage begin: Philz Coffee opens in Berkeley

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SFoodie is predicting swords drawn at dawn — or at least fierce barista competitions — with the opening of Philz Coffee in North Berkeley yesterday (pictured above).

The store — its seventh — takes over the Cafe de la Paz space at 1600 Shattuck at Cedar and is within a few feet of Guerilla Coffee (which serves Blue Bottle), and not a million miles away from the original Peet’s.

Co-owner Jacob Jaber said Philz was already pulling in the … Continue reading »

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