And yet another way to enjoy and appreciate Berkeley outdoors….

CHAIN REACTION Street Game, Oct. 17

It’s year 2020. Berkeley has been successfully privatized down to the very last brick. The University now only accepts students that are guaranteed to contribute directly to the global economy – that is, students of Business, Economics, Engineering and Law. The University is now a corporation.

Chain Reaction is a playful mix of street game and performance that takes place across the city of Berkeley. Players are challenged to explore the city environment, play with their surroundings and complete mystifying tasks. A series of smaller game moments lead up to a big finale in which the players must use all their creativity to help the corporation reach its goal of total world domination. The team that best helps to spread the joyful message of total corporatization gets an extremely valuable prize 🙂

The game begins on Saturday 17th at 1pm in upper Sproul Plaza in Berkeley. Bring comfortable clothes and footwear, and something to drink (in case corporate talk makes you thirsty)!

RSPV for the game on Facebook at

Information at
Recent SF Chron article on “Pervasive Gaming” at

May 2: Hidden Gems of Berkeley Ride and Walk – Experience the Treasures of Central Berkeley

Rain, unless heavy, will not cancel tour – walking or biking editions of it.  Bring an umbrella for walking, rain gear for the bike ride and give thanks for the rain we need.

Hidden Gems of Berkeley Ride and Walk – Experience the Treasures of Central Berkeley, Saturday May 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The 7th annual Hidden Gems of Berkeley Ride and Walk will feature the unique and vernacular treasures and grassroots’ greening initiatives of Central Berkeley.  As in the past, we’ll have vivid interpretive tours – by bike and by foot.  This year, we’ll explore the hidden fabric of gardens, paths, and the curious cultural and natural features and buildings of Central Berkeley (by bike) and Downtown (by foot).

Ride and walk start will be at the Civic Center fountain (off Allston between Milvia and Martin Luther King Blvd.)  Bring lunch and water.  The event is family friendly (over the age of 10).   Updated Hidden Gems of Berkeley maps will be available for a donation of $5.

Bike Tour to be led by John Steere and John Coveney; Walking tour to be led by Jen English and Georgia Silvera Seamans.  Check out for more information.   Co-sponsored by Berkeley Partners for Parks (BPFP), Livable Berkeley, and the Bicycle Friendly Berkeley Coalition.