Hidden Gems of Berkeley – Magical Mystery Bike Tour


Join us for the 9th annual tour of Berkeley’s eclectic fabric of gardens, paths, strange and familiar cultural and natural features…This year we’ll explore the many inventive and artful hidden gems of West Berkeley – from wetland and creek restoration projects, to community gardens and Victorian historic districts.

The tour will be led by John Steere, John Coveney, Marleen Fouche, and guest historians/guides who will lead participants in a 4 mile ride through the curiously historic and creative features of Berkeley’s bayside district. It will be sure to delight and surprise, and to provide you with ideas for shaping your community… Bring a lunch, water, and your curiosity!

The bike tour begins at a hidden gem:  San Pablo Park in the lawn area near at its southwest corner (by Russell and Mabel) and will end at Codornices Creek’s restoration or day-lighting, near 9th Street and Albany Village.

**More Information Here**

Harry Shearer’s “The Big Uneasy” at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (July 8th – July 14th)

“The Big Uneasy” is the first documentary by long-time “mockumentarian” Harry Shearer (of Spinal Tap and The Simpsons). The film follows three remarkable people–the leaders of two scientific investigation teams, and one whistleblower–as they reveal the true story of why New Orleans flooded, and why it could happen in other cities across America.

Shearer speaks to the tireless investigators and experts who poked through the muck as the water receded, and uncovers a courageous whistle-blower from the Army Corps of Engineers. His dogged pursuit of facts reveals that some of the same flawed methods responsible for levee failure during Hurricane Katrina are being used to rebuild the system expected to protect the “new” New Orleans from future peril.

To learn more about the film and watch the trailer you can visit www.thebiguneasy.com.

The Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Clubs Learn to Row Day Features a Fun-Filled Day For People of All Ages


May 16, 2011

BERKELEY, Calif. – The Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club (BPRC), a non-profit organization, announces its annual Learn to Row Day on Saturday June 4, 2011, from 9am to 12pm, at the Aquatic Park in Berkeley. This is a free public event and no experience is needed.

The event will feature a drop-in Learn to Row Clinic, where participants will be taught the basics of rowing. Participants will also be given the opportunity to have time on the water. The clinic will cover topics such as: rowing safety tips, rowing technique demonstration, rowing lingo and etiquette, boat handling and dock discipline, and much more.

Anyone interested in rowing or learning more about this unique sport is encouraged to attend. All ages and skill levels are welcome. The event will include food, fun, facts about rowing and time out on the water. Participants are encouraged to bring items such as: sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a water bottle and an extra pair of socks.

Learn to Row Day

Information and directions can be found by visiting the website www.berkekeleyrowingclub.org or contact Charlie, the event coordinator, at (510) 913-3669. The Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club is a non-profit community organization that aims to support, promote and educate the public about the amateur sports of rowing and paddling. This club was formed in 1968. The Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club is open to the public and anyone interested may join.

Comments_or_questions: Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club

Contact: Charlie, Event Coordinator

510.913.3669, caltekruse@caconsult.org

Reconnecting Communities the Living Legacies of BPFP and BPWA talk on May 7

Please join us for a double␣treat as Berkeley Public Library’’s series – Local Places…Sacred Space-
presents the Berkeley Path Wanderers (BPWA) and the Berkeley Partners for Parks (BPFP) in the Central Library’’ (2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, downtown Berkeley) 3rd floor Community Meeting Room, Saturday, May 7, 2011, 2 – 4pm. Presentations by representatives from the two organizations will be followed by Q & A␣ and discussion.

The Path Wanderers will␣ be␣ offering their newest edition of their splendid Berkeley paths map as well as paths cards for sale at the program.

For more information, see Park Paths Document and Event Flyer.

Berkeley Bay Festival – This Saturday

This Saturday (April 16) is the Berkeley Bay Festival, with lots of fun activities. Free sailboat rides, tidepool walks, live music, dragon-boat rides, hands-on science exhibits in the brand-new nature classroom, dedication ceremony for the Berkeley Meadow, and lots more.

More info: www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=62584

BPFP will have a table at the event from Noon-4:30pm, near the Shorebird Park Nature Center (on the left just a little before you get to the long pier). We’d love to say hi if you are at the festival, please come by our table. Or if you could come for an hour and join us at the table, that would be great–please reply to me or phone me at 540-7223. If you have any hand-outs that would be interesting, let me know that too.

Charlie Bowen (Ms), Chair
Berkeley Partners for Parks–BPFP