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

Octopi fly through the sky during the Berkeley Kite Festival. Photo: California Travels
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BERKELEY KITE FESTIVAL  The 28th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships is this weekend, July 27 and 28, at the Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. Sponsored by Highline Kites of Berkeley, the festival includes activities like kite making, kite flying lessons, and a rokkaku kite battle. The Bay Area Sport Kite League will be at the festival, as well as the Sode Cho Kite Team, all the way from Hamamatsu, Japan. Also featured at the event will be the world’s largest octopus kite, as well as kites that are “bigger than a house and longer than a train.” The event finishes off with a Sunday evening dinner cruise on the Empress Hornblower Dining Yacht. July 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park in the Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way. Free. More information at the Berkeley Kite Festival website. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Community Media puts spotlight on local stories

Berkeley Community Media is waiting for your story. Photo: Michael Vaughn
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Starting Sunday, public access station Berkeley Community Media is inviting city residents to “come on down” to share stories, jokes, songs and more.

“We really want to give Berkeley residents a voice,” said Michael Vaughn, an operations manager for the station, Channel 28 on Comcast. (It also streams live online.) “We want to know: what’s going on? What is their concern? They may have an idea about the community. They may have an idea for the world.”

“Story Sundays” will run Sundays through November, from noon to 3 p.m. If the effort takes off, it will continue on a monthly basis in December, said Vaughn, who also teaches world literature and composition at Berkeley High School.

The public access station has a membership program, but participation in Story Sundays is free and open to the community, no membership is required. The station has been around since 1994, and offers workshops and events, along with studio space and equipment use. (Community members maintain the copyrights to their own work, but grant the station first-airing rights.) … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyans make environmental art with Zach Pine

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A patch of dirt on the unremarkable corner of Shattuck Avenue and Lincoln Street was brought to life last Friday after an outbreak of public-made environmental art, led by environmental artist Zach Pine.

A “welcome sign” of three sticks in a pyramid shape with an array of flowers and rocks, on a coconut shell foundation, steered passerbys to several buckets of shells, sticks, flowers and leaves. The empty space across the sidewalk was the canvas, and soon several people were building towers, mandalas, and … Continue reading »

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