Daily Archives: December 7, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 12.07.12

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Berkeley’s Education Foundation announces latest grants

BPEF awarded a $7,000 grant last year to purchase 20 high-quality microscopes for King Middle School. Photo: Berkeley Public Education Foundation
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More than 400 Berkeley public school teachers have received nearly $200,000 in grants from the Berkeley Public Education Foundation for 2012-13, the organization announced on Thursday Dec 6. The foundation will celebrate teachers Friday afternoon at a special reception at Northbrae Community Church.

The total number of grants increased this year by 15% to 285. Molly Fraker, director of the nonprofit organization, said in a written statement that it was the highest number of grants the group has ever awarded. (See a full list of the grants here.)

The grants, which are a central program of the education foundation, support educator-initiated projects at every grade, in every school, she said. Teachers can apply either individually or in teams. … Continue reading »

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This week on NOSH: Tea cake, soul food, New York cookies

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Nosh on the town: Hopscotch Nosh explores East Bay restaurants in photos. This week: Hopscotch in Uptown Oakland, a spot that’s getting lots of buzz, not least for its signature first base burger (pictured, above).

Rib-sticking soul food: The original Oakland cuisine? Nosh picks four top spots where you can tuck into a hearty platter of soul food: Lois the Pie Queen, Home of Chicken and Waffles, Brown Sugar Kitchen, and Holiday Fish Market.

Cheap eats with kids in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood Cheap banh mi, steam table dishes like chicken skewers and noodles, pad thai and bowls of pho: all kid-friendly food on offer in Eastlake. … Continue reading »

The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS   For some, the holiday season would not be the same without seeing a performance of The Nutcracker featuring Clara, the Nutcracker, the MouseKing, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Dr. Drosselmeyer dancing to the music of Tchaikovsky. Over the next two weekends, Berkeley Ballet Theater will present a “fresh retelling of this classic tale” at the Julia Morgan Theater. New York Times Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay called the BBT production “more touching than San Francisco Ballet’s performance.” Children can meet the dancers at a Sugar Plum Fairy party after the 2 pm performances on Sat. Dec. 8 and 15.

THE ZINE SCENE is alive and well in the East Bay and will be on full display on Saturday Dec. 8 at the 3rd Annual East Bay Alternative Press Zine Fest. More than 60 local writers, artists, comic makers and publishers will sell their wares . Adam Mansbach, author of Go the F*#k to Sleep and Rage is Back, and author and illustrator Eric Drooker will also speak. (3 p.m, and 2 p.m. respectively) “Come discover those lovely treasures to wile away the long winter nights.” The fair takes place at Berkeley Community College from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. … Continue reading »


Nosh on the town: Hopscotch in Uptown Oakland

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Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on Hopscotch in Uptown Oakland. (See the menu.) If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. If you’d like to submit your own photo gallery for consideration from a meal you enjoyed, please email nosh@berkeleyside.com for more information. You can also add photographs to our Flickr group. Caption info is under the fold. … Continue reading »

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Plans to put a beehive in every Berkeley middle school

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A new initiative, spearheaded by Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard Project, aims to put beehives in the city’s three middle schools by next spring.

King Middle School’s one-acre garden, home to the Edible Schoolyard, has already jumped in having acquired a hive of Russian bees six weeks ago, under a program the organizers named Bee Experimental Education in Schools (BEES).

The idea, said Edible Schoolyard Director Kyle Cornforth, is to extend King’s existing hands-on gardening and cooking education to include learning about pollination. … Continue reading »

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Be alert to crime this holiday season: Berkeley Police tips

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The holiday season is, unfortunately, when many communities experience an increase in crime. The Berkeley Police Department is offering a few holiday safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday.


  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination.
  • Park in well-lit areas. … Continue reading »
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Cheap eats with kids in Oakland’s Eastlake

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Eastlake — a small Southeast Asian enclave along International Boulevard, just east of Lake Merritt — can be a great neighborhood to take kids to for some ethnic noshing. 510 Families contributor Lisa Tsering is a journalist and mom to a 7-year-old and also a Bollywood fan. Here, she shares her favorite affordable restaurants for families in Eastlake, a place she got to know when she was living in Oakland and her son attended a bilingual Chinese and English preschool in the area.

Cam Huong is a neighborhood favorite, often packed with locals lined up for cheap banh mi and kid-friendly steam table dishes such as chicken skewers and noodles (Vietnamese). 920 Webster St.

Chai Thai Noodle has fantastic Pad Thai and very fresh vegetable dishes. 545 International Blvd., Suite B.

Pho Hoa Lao’s leafy interior and aquarium, and tasty Laotian food, makes it a comfortable place to bring kids. 720 International Blvd.

Kevin’s Noodle House (also known as Pho Huynh Hiep) welcomes kids and serves cheap, gigantic bowls of pho; my little boy is partial to their beef balls (Vietnamese). 1402 E 12th St. … Continue reading »

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