IMAGINE NONVIOLENCE In response to the March 16 shooting at the club, which injured two employees, and violence in general, Ashkenaz is sponsoring an event called “Imagining Nonviolence” on Friday April 19. “This event explores, celebrates, and shares numerous ways that we heal from violence, individually and within community. Starting with a hands-on healing art workshop, participants will collage and may post their art to build a Wall of Peace in our Back Studio. There will be counselors available and a drum circle for kids. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a kids’ drumming circle and then a community drumming circle. At 9:30 p.m.,  SambaDá and cosmos Percussion Orchestra – the same bands that were playing the night of the assault – will perform. Tickets are $10-$12. The Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center is at 1317 San Pablo Ave.


HELP OUT THE EARTH Berkeley will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday with a series of events around the region. The city is sponsoring a three-hour cleanup of the shoreline. Participants are asked to bring their own gloves and buckets (if possible) and go to the Shorebird Park Nature Center at 9 a.m. to pick up trash and other debris.

Kids and their families are invited to celebrate Earth Day at the Family Bikes in Berkeley Festival at Washington Elementary School, 2300 Martin Luther King . Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Unified School District, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, and the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools, the day will kick off with a Family Cycling Clinic from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (pre-registration preferred.) The festival starts at noon and will feature a bike swap, a unicycle exhibition basketball game, a scraper bike station, bike checks, a cargo-bike expo, helmet decorating and more. People are encouraged to Donate their old and outgrown bikes to the Youth Bike Swap. Drop-off for that begins at 10am

Livable Berkeley is sponsoring a Berkeley Earth Day Downtown Scavenger Hunt at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. After gathering at the Downtown BART station, people will be sent out to answer questions about the neighborhood. “What became of Berkeley’s disappeared Downtown train station? Where can you find Berkeley’s first LEED platinum building? What’s the Peace Wall? “ Those who come up with the most answers will win prizes. After the scavenger hunt, participants are invited to gather at Comal restaurant on Shattuck Avenue to see some of the best photos of the day and celebrate.

The Berkeley Path Wanderers will carry bags and pick up trash on a walk on Saturday that starts at Live Oak Park and meanders through some north Berkeley paths.


CAL DAY It’s that time of year again when dozens of departments, museums, exhibition halls and other places on the UC Berkeley campus throw open their doors and invite the community to take a peek. Cal Day’s theme is “300 unique events. One unforgettable day.” You can fly an unmanned aerial drone,  watch Cal students dance and sing at Sproul Plaza, see the robot that folds laundry, learn to make origami, and much more. Protests against British Petroleum outside the Biosciences building are planned as well, although not as part of the official event. Plan your Cal Day here. Saturday, April 20.


TEDx As if Cal Day wasn’t enough, TEDxBERKELEY is rolling into town again. The theme of the day-long conference in Zellerbach Auditorium is Catalyzing Change. There will be a dozen thought-provoking speakers including Chris Anderson, founder of 3D Robotics and the former editor of Wired magazine; Louann Brizindine, the author of The Male Brain and The Female Brain, and many others. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $100; student tickets are $30.

Don’t miss these other events previously featured on Berkeleyside:
Molly Holm: Permission to soar
The Arsonists: A provocative play has resonance today
Wanted: Coders and thinkers for countywide ‘Hackathon’
Join the Berkeley-wide emergency drill April 27

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...