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.
RH MUSIC AT THE GREEK Tonight, catch three talented emerging artists at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre for RH Music’s “A Night at The Greek! On stage: The Brixtons, Larkin Poe and EDEI. RH Music is a new platform created by Restoration Hardware, that curates and collaborates with artists from around the world, giving them the opportunity to create the music they love. Want to score free tickets? The first 20 readers to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Free RH Music tickets/Berkeleyside” will win a pair. For information on the concert, which starts at 8pm tonight, visit RHMusic.com
ELMWOOD STREETS ALIVE! The Elmwood community invites one and all to attend a street party this Sunday where merchants and residents will showcase the energy and creativity of their cozy neighborhood. The Elmwood Streets Alive festival is a family-friendly event with stages for live music and yoga fitness, and a “kickboxing throw down,” as well as a children’s play area. Adults can relax at the beer and wine garden, or at any of the numerous local businesses that will have outdoor booths. The festival — which takes place on College Avenue from Russell Street to Webster Street — is on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Metered parking is free on Sundays.
BARK AND MEOW FOR PETS The Berkeley Humane Society is hosting a community “Bark & Meow Around the Block” party for people and animals on Carleton Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. Tribal Blues Band will perform, and attendees can sample artisan foods along with locally brewed beer and wine. Visitors can enter raffles to win prizes and there will be craft booths for the kids. Dog owners should be sure to bring their favorite canine along for the Doggie Dance Party. People without pets can meet and greet with numerous animals that are up for adoption at booths run by the Berkeley Humane Society, the Milo Foundation, Norsled and other animal rescue organizations. The event happens Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 4 p.m.
BERKELEY OLD TIME MUSIC CONVENTION Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. This five-day music festival showcases square dancing, cabaret, string band contests and more. Get started by checking out a free panel discussion at 12:10 p.m. Friday at U.C. Berkeley’s Morrison Hall and, if you feel like it, jam with the panelists afterward. Later that day, check out the musical offerings of the Foghorn Stringband with Dirk Powell at Freight & Salvage. On Sunday, put on your dancing shoes for a family square dance at Ashkenaz. The event runs from Sept. 18-24. For a full list of events, venues and ticket prices, check out the convention website.
Don’t miss these other events featured on Berkeleyside:
Vivek Wadhwa, Donald MacDonald and Kalimah Priforce at the Bay Area’s first ideas festival
Pianist Sarah Cahill plays Berkeley Arts Festival
Calling all artists: chances to make your mark in Berkeley
Berkeley’s Christian Burns: drawing with his dancing
Check out Berkeleyside’s event calendar for much more, and make sure you post your community happenings there.
-By Eli Wolfe