The It List: 5 things to do in Berkeley this weekend

Tim Moellering

Tim Moellering

TIM MOELLERING FIELD  The Tim Moellering Field, on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Derby Street, will open to the public Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. Celebrate the return of baseball and additional practice fields to Berkeley: there will be a few short speeches, refreshments and a softball game. The field can accommodate all field sports (there’s also a basketball court) and features Berkeley High’s first regulation baseball field, where attendees can enjoy pick-up baseball games and hotdogs.) Construction on the field, named after a Berkeley High teacher and coach who died in 2011, began more than a year ago. The field is designed for use by the athletics programs at Berkeley High and Berkeley Tech and there will be times when the general public may be able to use it.

RH_GREEKPOSTER_LGRH MUSIC AT THE GREEK Tonight, catch three talented emerging artists at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre for RH Music’s “A Night at The Greek! On stage: The BrixtonsLarkin Poe and EDEI. RH Music is a new platform created by Restoration Hardware, that curates and collaborates with artists from around the world, giving them the opportunity to create the music they love. Want to score free tickets? The first 20 readers to send an email to with the subject “Free RH Music tickets/Berkeleyside” will win a pair. For information on the concert, which starts at 8pm tonight, visit

Elmwood Street's Alive! festivalELMWOOD STREETS ALIVE! The Elmwood community invites one and all to attend a street party this Sunday where merchants and residents will showcase the energy and creativity of their cozy neighborhood. The Elmwood Streets Alive festival is a family-friendly event with stages for live music and yoga fitness, and a “kickboxing throw down,” as well as a children’s play area. Adults can relax at the beer and wine garden, or at any of the numerous local businesses that will have outdoor booths. The festival — which takes place on College Avenue from Russell Street to Webster Street — is on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Metered parking is free on Sundays.

1157553_10151780647914630_1513620504_nBARK AND MEOW FOR PETS The Berkeley Humane Society is hosting a community “Bark & Meow Around the Block” party for people and animals on Carleton Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. Tribal Blues Band will perform, and attendees can sample artisan foods along with locally brewed beer and wine. Visitors can enter raffles to win prizes and there will be craft booths for the kids. Dog owners should be sure to bring their favorite canine along for the Doggie Dance Party. People without pets can meet and greet with numerous animals that are up for adoption at booths run by the Berkeley Humane Society, the Milo Foundation, Norsled and other animal rescue organizations. The event happens Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 4 p.m.

1014130_707525249263676_2121609521_nBERKELEY OLD TIME MUSIC CONVENTION Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. This five-day music festival showcases square dancing, cabaret, string band contests and more. Get started by checking out a free panel discussion at 12:10 p.m. Friday at U.C. Berkeley’s Morrison Hall and, if you feel like it, jam with the panelists afterward. Later that day, check out the musical offerings of the Foghorn Stringband with Dirk Powell at Freight & Salvage. On Sunday, put on your dancing shoes for a family square dance at Ashkenaz. The event runs from Sept. 18-24. For a full list of events, venues and ticket prices, check out the convention website.

Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:

Vivek Wadhwa, Donald MacDonald and Kalimah Priforce at the Bay Area’s first ideas festival
Pianist Sarah Cahill plays Berkeley Arts Festival
Calling all artists: chances to make your mark in Berkeley
Berkeley’s Christian Burns: drawing with his dancing

Check out Berkeleyside’s event calendar for much more, and make sure you post your community happenings there.

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  • G4Real

    Yes I think they need to raise those nets quite a few feet. Someone is underestimating the power of some of these high schoolers!

    Also, if games extend in to the late afternoon/sunset, the batters will have a helluva time trying to see the pitches!

  • BerkeleyPariah

    the pitcher will be north-west from the batter at san pablo park where BHS has been playing forever the pitcher is almost due-west from the batter (looking right into the sun) this will be a huge improvement.

  • G4Real

    Well, I’ve visited the new park, and during late afternoon in the spring/summer the batters box looks directly into the sun, which sets in the NW during the long days. I would have put home plate in the SW corner, although then it would be the outfielders who will have vision problems. I guess there’s no easy solution…

  • Kemosabe

    Rain spoiled the planned games this afternoon, but the dedication was a memorable event: poignant remembrances by friends and family of Tim Moellering; exhortations to play ball well and proudly for Berkeley; and salutes to Tim’s tenacious pursuit of a home field for generations to come.

  • Devin

    Yeah, I agree its going to be rough on the batter during late-season evening games, but they probably viewed the alternative as a waste of space because spectators don’t watch from the outfield at a high school game. This layout gives them two sides of the plate for bleachers with the redwoods / grass adjacent for younger kids. It also leaves space for the court and grass field in left. Of course the plate could have been in the NW corner… Mostly I’m glad BHS finally has a nice ball field and that I got to post this Palindrome comment!

  • Charles_Siegel

    “Palindrome comment”

    I am looking for a palindrome in there, but I can’t find one. A palindrome is something that is the same when you read it forwards or backwards, such as:

    Madam, I’m Adam.

    Able was I ere I saw Elba.

  • Devin

    thank you Charles for the definition of a palindrome. I am disappointed that you can’t figure this one out. Its not in the body of my comment is the only hint I’ll give you. I expect more out of you :-)

    and since we’re giving examples, my favorite since I was little has always been racecar

  • Charles_Siegel

    Now I see. The commenters are

    Berkeley Pariah

    I could have made it a longer palindrome if I had posted my question as Kemosabe.