Edible Schoolyard. Photo: Nancy Rubin
The annual Edible Schoolyard plant sale, with plenty of activities for the whole family, is on Saturday. Photo: Nancy Rubin

EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD The annual plant sale and celebration at King Middle School’s Edible Schoolyard opens on Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Get your garden off to a strong start with tomatoes, vegetables, fruit trees and berries, herbs, perennials, annual flowers, and more. Plenty of gardening advice for novices and experts alike. In addition to the plants, there’s locally food, student-guided tours of the garden, music, and raffle prizes (dinner for two at Chez Panisse Café anyone?). Edible Schoolyard, King Middle School, 1781 Rose St.


EISNER PRIZE If you enjoy spotting rising talents, hie on over to the Pacific Film Archive theater at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9 to see the film and video work from this year’s Eisner Prize, the highest award for creativity on the UC Berkeley campus. The program presents work by the 2014 winners in film and video, Laszlo Bolender and John Scott, along with a diverse sampling of videos from the competition — narratives, documentaries, experimental videos, and animations. PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way.

Waiting for the library

BIG BOOK SALE Friends of the Berkeley Library’s Big Book Sale opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 at the downtown Central Library. You know the real bibliomanes will be there when doors open, but if you’re more casual about your books, the sale continues until 4 p.m. Proceeds support the Berkeley Public Library. All books are 50 cents, which is probably less than the electricity your computer uses to reach Amazon.com (not that you do). Books are donations from Berkeley book lovers — no library discards. Cash and check only. Bring your own bag to carry your treasures away. 3rd floor meeting room, Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

Avotcja Jiltonilro

BERKELEY POETRY FESTIVAL The 12th annual Berkeley Poetry Festival will be held in the auditorium of Berkeley City College at from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, free admission. Readings by Nanette Deetz, Tim Donnelly, Rosa Lane, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Maisha Johnson, Grace Marie Grafton, Arisa White, Harold Terezón, Denise Jolly, Jezebel Delilah X, Rafael Jesús González & Aya de Leon, and by Milvia Street journal poets Wilfred Galila, Nusaibah Coleman, Michael Hartman, and Fred Dodsworth. The City of Berkeley lifetime achievement award for poetry will be presented to Avotcja Jiltonilro. There are also open mike opportunities for other poets. BCC Auditorium, 2050 Center St.

Orquestra Z

GOT TANGO? Orquestra Z, self-described as “Berkeley’s hippest tango orchestra,” holds its monthly tango concert and dance in the social hall of St. Clement’s Church from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11. There’s a free tango dance lesson in the first hour for beginners. Orquesta Z has a commitment to perform the most beautiful Argentine tango from the golden era to modern, plus new compositions and some surprise alternative songs. “Stay and listen, dance, or just watch some of the best tango dancers in the Bay Area and enjoy the live music.” $15 ($10 students). Palache Hall, St. Clement’s Church, 2837 Claremont Blvd.

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