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.
By Camille Baptista
YEAR OF THE SNAKE Thank your lucky stars that you don’t need to brave Beijing Railway Station, reportedly the busiest spot on Earth this weekend, to find Lunar New Year celebrations. Berkeleyans can instead stroll over to Solano Avenue for a Lunar New Year parade and performance celebrating the Year of the Snake on Sunday. The performances kick off at 1o a.m. in Landmark Theatre’s Albany Twin, and include acrobatics by members of the SF Circus, Chinese dance by Ah-Lan Dance and Lion Dance and a martial arts display by Golden Lion. After the performance, there will be a parade up the entire length of Solano (on the sidewalk), starting at noon. Performance at Albany Twin, 1115 Solano Avenue, Albany, at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
The abandoned chickens appeared one afternoon in December, in the parking lot near Tilden Park’s Little Farm. Nine of them, right next to the bus stop. Whoever dumped them had sprinkled feed on the ground, and apparently hoped the Little Farm would adopt them. Not so.
In February, some people were sitting on a wall in Berkeley when one of them jumped off and accidentally landed on the leg of a puppy, HarleyQuin.
By Rachel Gross
Every year, the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (BEBHS) holds a fundraising event for dogs and people called Bay to Barkers. This year is the 13th year of the Bay to Barkers tradition, and may also be the most important for the BEBHS.
By Becca Freed
This Sunday, as part of Animal Shelter Awareness month, a vaccine and microchipping clinic for cats and dogs will be held outside the city’s animal shelter. Rabies, DHLPP, kennel cough, and FVRCP vaccines will be available for $10 each, but those in need will not be turned away for lack of funds. Microchips, which identify lost pets and help return them to their owners, will be available for $15, but this fee can also be waived for those in need. Dog licenses and low-cost spay/neuter vouchers are also available to Berkeley residents.