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

2012 Sunday Streets. Photo: Alan Tobey
Sunday Streets on Shattuck Avenue in 2012. Photo: Alan Tobey

SUNDAY STREETS This Sunday, Shattuck Avenue will be transformed into a 28-block car-free playground. It’s the fourth annual Sunday Streets, and thousands are expected to bike, walk and enjoy more than 100 activities, live music, and street performances. Expect a diverse and eclectic mix of live music and street performances, lots of artisanal and gourmet foods from popular area eateries, and tons of family fun. The free East Bay Open Streets event runs from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Shattuck Avenue from Rose to Haste, along a 28-block corridor connecting Downtown and North Berkeley. The route will be closed to vehicle traffic to allow the public to walk, skate, bicycle, dance and explore the hundreds of businesses that call the bustling two-mile corridor home. In addition to live music on four stages, the Sunday Streets Berkeley will feature a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities including everything from beekeeping and bike repair to yoga and Zumba. Scores of merchants and eateries along the route come out for the day with street seating, sidewalk sales, special foods and other offerings. Visit Sunday Streets Berkeley website for details.

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Kids can go on a bear hunt on Saturday on the Cal campus courtesy of the Berkeley Path Wanderers

BEAR HUNT BINGO On Saturday at 2 p.m. the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association is putting on a special walk, led by Sandy Friedland, specifically aimed at kids. “Hunters” between the ages of four and eight are encouraged to come and track down bears — plus a few other critters — in the wilds of the UC Berkeley campus. Mark off each bear’s picture on your bingo card as you go. This free walk for kids will cover about two miles and last 90 minutes with frequent stops, including one for refreshments. An adult must accompany every sharp-eyed stalker. The paved route has some gentle hills and crosses a few streets. Start at 2 p.m.: Sproul Hall Steps (Cal campus near Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave.) Please rsvp to berkeleywalker@gmail.com with your child’s name and age.

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 3.40.48 PMYOUNG LIVES MATTER On Saturday, La Grayson Entertainment and McGee Center for Food Faith & Justice presents “Young Lives Matter,” an event that hopes to promote peace and unity among the youth of Berkeley. There will be free food, a coat drive and special guest speakers, and young people like the late Malik Grayson will be remembered. The “dopest artist in the Bay,” Nick Motley, is expected to be there, participating in the Young Lives Matter Berkeley movement. The event will be held at McGee Baptist Church on 1640 Stuart St. from 1-4 p.m. The Young Lives Matter festivities are free and all are invited.

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 8.07.01 PMUC BOTANICAL GARDEN DINNER Enjoy a benefit Fall Harvest Dinner for the UC Botanical Garden on Saturday, 5:30-8 p.m. The dinner is by Gather Restaurant, Masse’s Pastries, Donkey & Goat Winery, with St. George Spirits cocktails, and is held in the garden’s recently restored, award-winning Julia Morgan Hall. Pre-dinner remarks by Director Paul Licht and professor Tom Carlson. Funds raised will go to the UC Botanical Garden’s Education programs. Tickets: $125 per person ($75 of which is eligible for tax deduction.) Visit UC Botanical Garden’s website for details.

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 8.29.29 PMZELENKA’S MISSA VOTIVA Artistic Director Paul Flight and California Bach Society present “Missa Votiva” by Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. Described as a “Bohemian masterpiece,” and a “sparkling tour de force,” the piece is by one of J.S. Bach’s contemporaries. For chamber chorus, Baroque strings, oboes, and bassoon, and soloists Rita Lilly, Elizabeth Kimble, Gabriela Estephanie Solis, Chris McCrum, and Sepp Hammer. Tickets: $10-$33. First Congressional Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Visit California Bach Society’s website for details.

Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:

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For more events in and around Berkeley, check out Berkeleyside’s new-look Events Calendar. Submit your own events there — the calendar also offers options for making your event stand out.