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Photo gallery: A great day out for all at Solano Stroll 2014

Solano Stroll 2014 drummers. Photo: gina g10
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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

Hummingbird. Photo: Steve Napoli
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LIVE OAK PARK’S 100TH BIRTHDAY North Berkeley’s first nature park, Live Oak Park, celebrates its 100th anniversary Saturday afternoon. The Live Oak Park Centennial Celebration and Ice Cream Social will include an old-time BYO community picnic and traditional games like croquet and three-legged races. Wavy Gravy and the Berkeley High Jazz Combo will be there. And, at 2:30 p.m., the 100 Dog March will see dogs and their companions ramble around the park’s perimeter. Everyone is encouraged to wear period costume, or at the very least a straw hat! The Berkeley Art Center is organizing outdoor art activities on the bridge that leads to the Art Center. The Live Oak Park Centennial Celebration is on Saturday Sept. 13, noon to 4 p.m., 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
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Uncharted speakers just keep doing extraordinary things

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One of the thrills about putting together Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2014 is that our speakers keep doing extraordinary things. It’s hard to keep up. We have Nobelists, Pulitzer winners, and Grammy recipients. And more and more is happening in the run-up to Uncharted on Oct. 24-25!

We just wrote on Berkeleyside about astronomer Josh Bloom‘s $110 earthquake early warning alarm. It’s more than a clever bit of tinkering – it could herald a new era of safety devices for all of our homes.

Tanya Holland has just published her Brown Sugar Kitchen cookbook, with a forward by Berkeley’s Michael Chabon who wrote that Holland and her Oakland restaurant are a way to “ponder the historical spirit of the city or skip straight to the fried chicken.” … Continue reading »

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Obituaries

Remembering entrepreneur, humanitarian Rudolph Hurwich

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Rudolph Hurwich – serial entrepreneur and mentor, international businessman, inventor, philanthropist, investor and a behind-the-scenes supporter of numerous liberal causes and creative endeavors – died peacefully at his Oakland home on August 2, 2014. He was 92.

The self-effacing, MIT-trained mechanical engineer was the founder and longtime CEO and Chairman of Dymo Industries, best known for its hand-held device that stamped out adhesive strips of embossed labels with a rotating wheel. It was used in homes and businesses in more … Continue reading »

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Events

40th Solano Stroll, one mile of free family fun, on Sunday

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The East Bay’s largest street festival is back for its fortieth year on Sunday Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors to the Solano Stroll can look forward to a mile-long stretch of attractions, including food, music, rides and live entertainment.

The annual festival, which is hosted each year by the cities of Albany and Berkeley, will feature 500 street vendors, as well as all the businesses and organizations that line Solano Avenue’s 26 blocks, and also boasts 50 entertainers, 50 food booths, 150 government and non-profit agencies, 150 juried hand-crafters, a 75 entry parade, and state-of the-art mechanical rides.

As in previous years, the event is expected to draw 250,000 visitors,  including folks from across California and from neighboring states. … Continue reading »

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The B-Side: Has Berkeley lost its cool?

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The Free Speech Movement was launched in Berkeley exactly 50 years ago. From that point on, Berkeley was a beacon for young people. But what does Berkeley have to offer adventurous youth today? “Cool” is an amorphous concept, but has Berkeley lost it?

This the question that will be addressed at the second B-Side talk presented by Berkeleyside and Impact Hub Berkeley on Tuesday Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m.

For the “Has Berkeley Lost its Cool?” talk Jennifer Cogley, Sustainable Business Coordinator at the City of Berkeley, will go head to head with media relations, marketing and communications strategist Emunah Hauser in a discussion moderated by Berkeleyside co-founder Lance Knobel. This promises to be a lively debate, and one participants will be encouraged to join. … Continue reading »

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Michael Lewis begs people to help boy who needs donor

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On Friday last week, best-selling author Michael Lewis posted the two photos of Baylor Fredrickson shown above on his Facebook page.

“I want for people to see two pictures of Baylor Fredrickson,” he wrote. “The first was taken before his latest round of chemotherapy, the second after — and just before he received a cord blood transplant. The transplant failed. Baylor’s mom relates below what this means for Baylor — another round of ever more dangerous chemotherapy followed by an even more experimental bid for a cure. It’s lucky that Baylor is unusually brave; it’s sad that he is being forced, at seven years old, to prove it.” … Continue reading »

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5 Berkeley stories you will not want to miss

Target plans to open a TargetExpress store in downtown Berkeley in March 2015. This is a photo of the first TargetExpress store, which opened in July in Minneapolis. Photo: Target
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By far the biggest splash this week was the news that Target will be opening a small city store in downtown Berkeley. But this week also had thousands of readers poring over the latest on the so-called soda tax; questions about perceived overcrowding at Berkeley schools; continued debate about whether our police force should have Taser guns; and our report on an “alcohol-alternative” bar coming to town.

Here are the 5 stories from last week that you won’t want to miss:

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Berkeley Ideas Festival is just 6 weeks away; marriage equality pioneers Sandy Stier and Kris Perry will be there

Sandy Stier and Kris Perry. Photo: William Newton
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This year’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2014 is just six weeks away.

Happening in downtown Berkeley on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25, the Bay Area’s only ideas festival promises to be one of the most memorable events of the fall. 

Buy your tickets now and take advantage of the special early bird rate!

Berkeleyside created and produces Uncharted, and we have been working furiously behind the scenes to make the festival an event you will love. We’ve signed some wonderful new speakers for you to meet, including:

  • Brian Christian, author of The Most Human Human
  • Steve Coll, Dean, Columbia Journalism School
  • Sandy Stier and Kris Perry, marriage equality pioneers
  • Dale Dougherty, Founder, Maker Media
  • Andrés Roemer, Consul General of Mexico, San Francisco

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

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DATE NIGHT — WITH THE KIDS! On Saturday, Sept. 6, parents can bring their kids on a date night. Yes, you read that right. The fun evening of entertainment and cocktails being held at the Kala Art Institute will benefit CEID, an innovative local school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Parents get the cocktail date night where Lisa Rothman, a former producer and host for KPFA and KALW, will perform the one-woman show “Date Night at Pet Emergency,” while the kids attend the preschool’s pajama pizza party, learning sign language and meeting a service dog. Rothman says she’s doing the show as her way of saying thank you to the school which helped her son (who was born with a neurological disorder called apraxia) speak. Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Show and cocktail reception, $60, pizza party for kids, $25. Advanced registration for childcare required. Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Oxtail Studio & Gallery at xxxx Adeline Street (at Ashby). Photo: Oxtail
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OXTAIL STUDIO & GALLERY South Berkeley’s Oxtail Studio & Gallery has been open now for a few months, but not yet reported here. Reader Catherine Sands alerted us to the locally owned art shop and studio space that focuses on promoting Bay Area makers. Sands describes it as “delightful.” You’ll find prints, jewelry and ceramics there, as well as greeting cards, textiles, original artwork and other handmade goods, all of which are independently produced. Oxtail is owned by siblings Kingston and Serena Lim, who were born and raised in Berkeley, and UC Berkeley grad Jessie Zechnowitz. Oxtail also offers studio-residency opportunities for those looking to produce and sell their work in one place. Writing on Oxtail’s website, the owners say: “We enjoy a diversity of styles – from playful line drawings to elegant oil paintings, and rusty garden sculpture to hand-sewn bags. We love to see raw, rustic naturalism beside by bold, simple color and design.” As for why they chose the name “Oxtail,” the Lim siblings say it came from the wholesome soul food that they enjoyed as youngsters, specifically oxtail stew. Oxtail Studio is at 2976 Adeline St. at Ashby in Berkeley. Visit its website, and connect with Oxtail on Facebook.Continue reading »

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Sundays on Telegraph street festival continues to Sept. 21

Sundays on Telegraph. Photo: Ted Friedman
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Sundays on Telegraph is continuing on Telegraph Avenue through Sept. 21. The street festival, which started last year, closes Telegraph to vehicle traffic on Sundays from July through September, and offers a smörgåsbord of entertainment, including live music, street performers, giant board games, model car racing, jugglers and much more.

The photos shown here from previous Sundays offer a flavor of the event. … Continue reading »

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Allegedly armed carjackers escape police hunt

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Authorities conducted a manhunt for two allegedly armed carjackers on Sunday morning after they abandoned their crashed car in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood just before 7 a.m. The suspects were not caught. Berkeleyside broke the news then provided live updates. Read on:

Update, 9:10 a.m.: Police called off the manhunt at around 8:45 a.m. after realizing that the two men they were searching for had “got away,” according to Lt. Ed Spiller of the Berkeley Police. Lt. Spiller confirmed audio scanner reports that two African American men who were seen walking on Russell Street during the search were picked up in a dark colored Honda at the median where Russell intersects with Piedmont Avenue. The two men were believed to have been involved in a carjacking in Oakland this morning, Lt. Spiller said. … Continue reading »

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