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

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In the city’s CERT Academy training, residents learn how to respond during emergencies. Photo: Khin Chin/Berkeley Fire Department

BE PREPARED A 6.9-magnitude earthquake will hit the Hayward Fault on Saturday, Apr. 27 — simulated in a citywide emergency preparedness drill. Sign up on the city page to participate in local neighborhood drills from 9 to 11 a.m. No matter what your level of community emergency response team (CERT) training, you’re welcome to join in the drills, feedback from experts, and then a citywide debriefing. Earthquake prediction remains a field filled with more noise than signal, but seismologists have consistently warned that the Big One is likely to hit the Hayward Fault in the foreseeable future. Read the Berkeleyside article on the emergency drill.

FarmacologyYOU EAT WHAT THEY FARM Family physician Daphne Miller traveled to seven innovative family farms around the country to uncover the connection between how we care for our bodies and how we grow our food. Miller will be talking about what she found in her visits and, while writing Farmacology, on Saturday, Apr. 27 at 4 p.m. at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave. Miller, who lives in Berkeley, is a practicing physician and professor of family medicine at UCSF, as well as a noted author. Her previous book, The Jungle Effect, looked at the healthy diets of poor native populations around the world. There’s a wine and cheese reception at The Dailey Method around the corner, immediately after Miller’s talk. 

Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 11.52.20 AMGO BEARS So you couldn’t score Warriors tickets, but still hanker for some top-level sports this weekend? Hurry over to the Cal campus to see a water polo championship, national rugby semifinals, a major track & field meet, and the “Lacrosse the Bay” match between the Bears and rivals Stanford. Cal’s fifth-ranked women’s water polo team faces #4 UCLA at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 26 at Spieker. The winner faces top-ranked Stanford at the same time on Saturday. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, the indomitable Cal rugby team (20-0 so far this year) meet Navy is a national semifinal at Witter Field. Runners, vaulters, throwers and jumpers will be active at Edward Stadium on Friday and Saturday for the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. If that’s not enough, the Cal-Stanford lacrosse match is 1 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Both lacrosse and the track meet are free events.

VasenACOUSTIC CUISINART Do you like the sound of this? “The absurdly broad term world music is rendered useless in the face of these musicians who play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires.” That’s what NPR’s All Things Considered had to say about Väsen, the Swedish trio that plays at Freight & Salvage at 8 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 26. Or how about Wired: “a Cuisinart of acoustic bliss.” The trio consists of viola, 12-string guitar and nyckelharpas, a bowed, 16-string instrument related to the hurdy-gurdy and violin.

Spring_Plant_Sale_2008_cactus_and_succulents-5CALLING GREEN THUMBS The UC Botanic Garden spring plant sale opens for members on Friday, Apr. 26 at 5 p.m. and to the public on Saturday, Apr. 27 at 10 a.m. The Botanic Garden specializes in regionally appropriate plants from Mediterranean climates, including California natives, and plants from South Africa (Proteas for the win!), Australia, the Mediterranean, Mexico, and Central and South America. The sale is a particular lure for collectors of rare and desirable plants.

Don’t miss these other events previously featured on Berkeleyside:
‘Pericles’ at Berkeley Rep: An extravagant theatricality [04.26.13]
Berkeley’s Kala Art Institute auction supports local artists [04.22.13]
Feast your soul, feast your eyes: Alvin Ailey is in town [04.25.13]
Big Screen Berkeley: Marketa Lazarová [04.25.13]
Cuban master Ernesto Oviedo makes U.S. debut in Berkeley [04.25.13]
Bites: Latest East Bay food happenings [04.25.13]

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