July 9 talk on local pollinators — Bee there!

UC Professor of Entomology Gordon Frankie speaks on native bees and other pollinators and how to create habitat for them in your garden, at noon this Saturday, July 9, at Peralta Comunity Garden, 1400 Peralta Ave., Berkeley. Enjoy bee-related refreshments and this beautiful community garden, too! An added bonus for making your yard a haven for native bees: they don’t sting!

Free, all welcome. More information on native bees at http://nature.berkeley.edu/urbanbeegardens/.

Painting a Participatory Mural at South Berkeley Santa Fe Right of Way

Come and take part in a Painting a Participatory Mural

as a community-based Vision for the South Berkeley Santa Fe Right of Way!

Saturday, April 24 anytime from 10 am to 3 pm

At the Frances Albrier Community Center  in  San Pablo Park (2800 Park St, Berkeley)

SPONSORS of the Santa Fe “Mobile Mural” Project: Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative (BCGC), Berkeley Partners for Parks (BPFP); Office of Council member Darryl Moore in cooperation with the City of Berkeley, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department

FUNDED by: UC Chancellors Partnership Grant

Conveners: John Steere (BPFP), Beebo Turman (BCGC), Alan Leon (Community based muralist); Julie Hamilton (lecturer, UC Berkeley Art Practices Dept.) and the students in her community arts class.

You are warmly invited to help paint a vision for the revitalization of the South Berkley Santa Fe Right of Way (ROW) as a multi-purpose greenway and linear commons.   For Earth Day, for a greener community, and for yourself —  come to our third Mural Workshop, for as little or as long as you like — on April 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  You will have the chance to collaboratively create one of two murals that will be hung on the Santa Fe ROW fences when done.  Choose between: 1) painting in the outlines of a vision of the past and future for one mural; or 2) creating a mixed media mural with collage and painted dimensions you can contribute to!

BRING: Your enthusiasm and open mind;  and if you can, photographs (or photocopies of photos), drawings, and other mementos of the people, places, or objects that conjure up feelings and memories of your neighborhood and contribute to your sense of community.  These can be incorporated into the mural directly, or can be used as inspiration for on-the-spot drawings to be incorporated in the mural.

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Please R.S.V.P. to  Beebo Turman at beebot@pacbell.net or 527-3773, as we need to know how many are coming to plan for paints and food.

This will be a Creative Day for all, please come!