San Francisco Mime Troupe in Berkeley Parks

Last Supper?
The San Francisco Mime Troupe celebrates another year of free performances in parks.

This summer it’s Godfellas.

The San Francisco Chronicle writes:

“…one of the company’s sharpest, funniest and most fundamentally patriotic, original musical comedies…penetratingly pertinent political satire, expertly performed by six remarkably versatile and tuneful actors and staged with comic snap.”

Berkeley performances:
July 8 & 9 at Cedar/Rose Park
August 12 & 13 at Live Oak Park
August 26 & 27 at Willard Park

For their complete summer schedule, visit

Berkeley Marina 4th of July celebration

Itís a day full of fun starting at noon on the 4,th, of July. The south shore of the Berkeley Marina at the bottom of University Ave. is filled with great stuff to do all day. Decorate your bike, trike, stroller, or even your head with recyclables at Madame Ovaryís booth. Adventure Playground, always a favorite, is open 11am-8pm. Get your face painted or wear a balloon hat. Try the giant slide or splash in the water at the beach!

Plenty of fun stuff for adults, too! No need to cook – lots of international food booths.
Live entertainment from noon until 9PM includes Emeryville Taiko, Troupe Tangiers belly dancers, Guru Garage jazz band, Adrianne Serna folk band, The Back Pages 60s rock & roll, Lee Waterman & Jazz Caliente – Latin jazz, Dana Smith & his performing dog Lacy, Jeremy Shafer fire juggler, Tribal Drums, and Andean music by Kollasuyo.

Thereís art & craft booths, massages, free sailboat & dragonboat rides from 1-4pm, and much more including the grand fireworks off the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30pm.

And don’t forget that University Avenue is closed west of 6th Street, starting at 5:00 pm.

City of Berkeley 4th of July page

Spring Equinox Gathering at Cesar Chavez Park

A great event to stop by before the BPFP membership meeting.

Spring Equinox Gathering 2006

Monday, March 20th
5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
Sunset @ 6:15

Interim Solar Calendar
Cesar Chavez Park

Includes a brief workshop on the earth in relation to the seasons. What does the Equinox mean to you, to a traditional culture? Bring your questions about the workings of sun, earth and moon.

The site has been recently upgraded. Berms were rebuilt, and a new center gnomon and platform were added that will facilitate mid-day (11am to 1 pm) self-directed activities.

The Spring Equinox begins the Cesar Chavez Commemorative period in Berkeley (March 20th – April 23rd). He was born on March 31, 1927 and passed away on April 23, 1993. The park was named for Chavez in 1996. Community-wide commemorative activities and resources along with an update on the Chavez Memorial at the park can be accessed at This years theme is on environmental justice and community service.

Gathering led by David Glaser, Science Teacher

For directions:

Our dog friends have been and will continue to be welcome to the gatherings. However, since the Interim Solar Calendar site is located in the “On-Leash” area of the park, we ask that you respect at all times the city’s effort to keep the park a multi-use one that includes a 17-acre Off-Leash area.

It took several years to achieve the designated “Off-Leash” area of the park, and we do not want to lose the privilege. The City monitors compliance and it is our understanding that there is about 25% non-compliance in general in the park, and about 75% non compliance in the area around the Interim Solar Calendar. Please help by reminding others of the On-Leach and Off-leash areas. It is estimated that about 50% are not fully familiar with the boundaries.

Whale watching with the Farallones Marine Sancturay Association, Sunday March 19

The FMSA invite you to witness the annual coastal migration of gray whales amid the stunning backdrop of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Spend the day in some of the most productive waters on the planet and surround yourself with seabirds, whales and other marine mammals. Our experienced professional naturalist, Carol Keiper, will lead us in this exciting journey of whale exploration.

Sunday, March 19, 2006
Leaving from SF Marina on the Marina Green

$85 per person
$78 with FMSA membership discount

Call 415.561.6625 x 310
or email
to reserve your spot or for more information

Trip departure is weather dependent.

Minimum age for participation is 10 years old.

See other FMSA trips at