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EAST BAY OPEN STREETS Thousands are expected to take to the streets of North Oakland and Southwest Berkeley this Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for car-free fun at the second annual Love Our Neighborhood Day, a production of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) in association with the Downtown Berkeley Association and North Shattuck Association. A one-mile stretch of San Pablo from Ashby to Stanford will be closed to traffic to make way for the public to walk, bike, skate, dance, stroll, play and experience these evolving neighborhoods in a whole new way. More than 60 interactive health, fitness and arts activities will take place hosted by local artists, performers, community organizations, churches, neighborhood groups and area businesses. Sales are limited to food from local vendors and area brick-and-mortar businesses. Highlights include: “Riveropolis,” an interactive play river curated by North Oakland artist Gregory Gavin; egg-carton gardens with City Slicker Farms; pedal-powered sewing machine art; recycled art with Sticky Art Lab; Berkeley Maynard Academy student science fair exhibit; and community story boards and chalk art activity. There’s also a plethora of live music all along the one-mile footprint, as well as delicious food offerings. Visit www.eastbayopenstreets.org for full details. (more…)
Every kindergarten and first grade teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District will soon have the opportunity to buy $100 worth of books, thanks to an offer made by Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore and the best-selling author James Patterson.
Wendy Lesser started The Threepenny Review in 1980 in Berkeley with the intent of highlighting art, literature, and music, not just in the Bay Area, but around the country. Over the years, the quarterly journal has evolved into one of the most respected, and idiosyncratic, intellectual publications in the country.
FREE PARK LIFE The East Bay Regional Park District is celebrating its 80th birthday by offering “free third Fridays” in its parks, including Tilden. From April to December, fees will be waived for a variety of park services, every third Friday of each month, which includes Friday, Aug. 15. On those days, you get free parking, free boat launching (note, boat launchers still have to pay for the required invasive mussel inspection); free entry for horses and dogs, free swimming, free fishing permits (anglers still have to possess a California state fishing license, for which there’s a fee. And there will still be fees for camping and for group picnic reservations); and there’s free entry to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont (normally $2-$6). The Park District says Free Fridays are its way of thanking the public for eighty years of support. “A grass-roots movement provided the political momentum for establishment of the district back in 1934, and public support has been key to the district’s successes ever since.” (more…)
For his new collection of images, Berkeley photographer Richard Nagler spent a lot of time in museums. He also spent a lot of time waiting. Stationed in front of a work of art, he would wait for someone to come along and complete it. The serendipitous, unposed results come from both Nagler’s creative eye as well as his patience.
Free Comic Book Day, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Associations’s spring home tour, the first ever California Bookstore Day, Hip Hop in the Park, a Nutty Run, a riot of color at the Hindu Holi Festival, and a Native American style pow wow… never let it be said that there’s nothing to do on a spring weekend in Berkeley.
BAHA SPRING HOUSE TOUR Maybeck, Morgan, Ratcliff… This Sunday is the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s annual who’s-who tour of Berkeley architecture. The 39th annual Spring Tour follows Rose Walk, which was designed by Bernard Maybeck 100 years ago. Participants will see the storybook houses that were built by the Berkeley architectural greats following the destructive 1923 fire, and will visit the beautiful secret gardens that abound in the neighborhood. Tickets cost $45 or $35 for BAHA members. A tour map, illustrated guidebook, and refreshments are provided on the self-guided walk, which lasts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4. Be prepared to climb some stairs. (more…)
The holiday shopping season will kick off with a bang on Friday, and the possibilities for staying close to home and supporting the local economy are many. Read on… (and let us know if we’ve missed some options and we’ll add them to the story or the comments below).
New coffee shop in the Dimond, Ad Hoc chef pop-ups, hot restaurants, and much more fresh East Bay food news.
New restaurants and coffee shops, foodie tours and book readings: it's all there in the new edition of Bites.
Berkeley author Michael Lewis sauntered into Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore on College Avenue on Monday, dressed for the 85-degree weather in a white cotton jacket and pants.