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Dec. 4 Panel on Native American History and Wisdom

Four highly accomplished Ohlone cultural practitioners join with three of Berkeley’s most knowledgeable scholars and historians to discuss “Native Berkeley: Ancient Wisdom for Troubled Times,” 2 PM Sun., Dec. 4, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, MLK at Hearst. The event is sponsored by BPFP partner group Friends of Ohlone Park (FOOP).

  • Vincent Medina of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival will tell stories and discuss his work in bringing back language and culture of the Chochenyo Ohlone, who inhabited the Berkeley area. Quirina Luna-Geary will talk about her revival of the Mutsun Ohlone language and Native dance traditions and regalia. Linda Yamane, Rumsien Ohlone, will discuss revival of traditional Native arts she has mastered, from basketry to boat building.
  • Corrina Gould, executive director of People Organizing for Change, will discuss efforts to block construction on the parking lot opposite Spenger’s Fish Grotto, once the site of a a village and shellmound thousands of years old. Kent Lightfoot, archeologist and Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, will discuss that ancient settlement.
  • Malcolm Margolin, author of The Ohlone Way and other books, will give an overview of 12,000 years of human habitation of the Berkeley area, and Richard Schwartz, historian and author of several books on local history, will show slides of mortar holes, petroglyphs, shell beads, and other signs of the Native American past.

    More info and tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are $8 – $10, with no one turned away for lack of funds. But seats are limited; advance purchase is strongly recommended. For other queries email berkeleyfoop@gmail.com.

  • Oct. 18 walk for 50+: Charming small gardens

    Walkers age 50+: Join Friends of Five Creeks Vice President Shirley Jowell in an Indian Summer exploration of North Berkeley and Albany gardens that are water-saving and Bay-friendly as well as beautiful. Meet at the garden next to Berkeley Bagels, 1281 Gilman near Santa Fe, Berkeley. This is an easy, level, unhurried walk. Information: sjowell@att.net, 510 525 7012.

    The walk is free, but please RSVP to co-sponsor Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic, 510 524 9122.

    Aquatic Park walk

    Saturday, Sept. 22, meet at 10 AM at Waterside Cafe, 84 Bolivar Drive (between Addison and Bancroft)Monkeyflower blooming at south end of Aquatic Park, for a clockwise loop walk around the beautiful manmade lagoons. Leaders Mark Liolios and Aquatic Park EGRET and Toni Mester of Citizens for Eastshore Parks will talks about upcoming public processes that could affect the park: Landmarking some of the WPA-era structures as historic, changes to hydrology under the Aquatic Park Improvement Program, and zoning of adjacent land along Bolivar Drive.

    This is a 2-mile, level loop suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, except for a few off-road stops. Fall migrant birds are returning to the park — though it’s not a bird walk, bring binocs if you have them! Information at 510 848 8234.

    Rose Garden 75th Anniversary Celebration Sept. 23

    Berkeley Rose GardenThe City of Berkeley and Berkeley Partners for Parks invite everyone to a glorious day celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Berkeley Rose Garden, Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Tours, advice on roses, garden expo, music including the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, dance, great food, Navarro Vineyards wine garden (21 and over). For kids of all ages, juggling, games, face-painting, and balloon animals.

    Before the festival, at 10 AM, Berkeley Path Wanderers lead a walk exploring the garden and its area; meet at the Rose Garden entrance, Euclid between Eunice and Bay View Place (information: walks@berkeleypaths.org).

    May 12: Rock-rolling, weed-corralling party, Schoolhouse Creek Common

    Schoolhouse Creek Common during native-garden tourSchoolhouse Creek Common, the beautiful community-build park at Curtis and Virginia, urgently needs help weeding and spreading new gravel on the paths! Join them 9 AM – noon, Saturday, May 12.

    Work for all, all ages welcome! Snacks and drinks provided. Bring your own work gloves if you have them.

    For information contact Jamie Day, day7715@gmail.com.