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  • School Board considers name change at Le Conte

    Berkeley school officials are considering changing the name of Le Conte Elementary after community members raised concerns about its namesake, Joseph Le Conte, a deeply respected UC Berkeley faculty member and a passionate conservationist who helped found the Sierra Club.

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

    EARTH DAY The Brower Center is hosting its first-ever Earth Day Festival, on Saturday, April 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be hands-on workshops, live music, family arts activities and organic food tastings, all focused on “protecting and honoring the planet we call home.” Three panels during the afternoon look at carbon farming, climate-friendly consumption and fighting climate change at the neighborhood level. The Ecology Center hosts workshops to show how to reuse common household items and there will be screenings of film shorts on carbon farming. The full schedule is here. Berkeleyside is a media sponsor of the Earth Day Festival. Admission free ($10 suggested donation), The Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way.  (more…)

  • How Quirky is Berkeley? The former Rivoli Theatre

    I venture to say that most people who have driven by the 99¢ Only Stores on San Pablo Avenue just north of University Avenue have never stopped and gone inside. I further venture to say that most people who have shopped at the 99¢ Only Stores have never stopped and looked up. Those who stop and those who look up are in for a quirky treat.

  • 3-D models bring Berkeley’s train history back to life

    Before it housed a smoothie shop and an SAT prep building, the island on Shattuck Avenue and Center Street was a bustling train station. The trains and streetcars that ran along the avenue for decades gave way long ago to cars and buses, but one man is bringing them back — in 1/160th of their original size.

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

    CAL DAY This year, Cal Day‘s theme is “One day. A million stories,” but it should probably be “One day. A million things to do.” The annual UC Berkeley open house is filled with lectures, tours, family-friendly events and information sessions for prospective students. Highlights include an exhibit featuring “the most disgusting animal on earth,” a panel of Cal’s Nobel laureate professors, and a student fine-art sale. The campus will be abuzz with activity beginning 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 12. For full details, visit Cal Day 2014 online. (more…)

  • How quirky is Berkeley? Check out these dinosaurs

    For the last few years, Tom Dalzell has been wandering the streets of Berkeley, camera in hand, to document all the strange, fascinating, and unusual items he can spot in yards and gardens. They range from animal-themed birdhouses to Hansel and Gretel cottages to wild lawn art to unusual signs to art cars. The only criterion he has: they must be quirky.

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

    ART HAPPENING  It may not be the size of Oakland’s Art Murmur, but Berkeley has its own evening art outing called Second Friday Art Walk. Two cooperative art galleries and a host of cafés and shops will stay open late Friday April 12 and offer artist receptions and food and wine specials. The Firehouse North Gallery, at 1790 Shattuck, will hold a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, to present “33 years of being Tom Franco” (above).  The ACCI Gallery, at 1652 Shattuck, will host a party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the opening of its 6th Annual Printmaking Exhibition. Nearby, the Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop at 2113 Vine Street will have a wine tasting and art show from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Time Out Quartet will perform at Oggi Restaurant, 1801 Shattuck, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (more…)