COASTAL CLEAN UP DAY On Saturday Sept. 20 citizens throughout Alameda County will join volunteers worldwide for the 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year the international event drew close to 650,000 participants in 92 countries, who picked up more than 12.3 million pounds of trash, according to the Ocean Conservancy. To help Alameda County residents find an event near them, the Clean Water Program Alameda County has compiled a list of local creek and shoreline cleanup events organized by its member cities and agencies. Visit Clean Water Program online for details of how to get involved.
ASHBY VILLAGE PHOTO SHOW Ashby Village is sponsoring a juried photography exhibit featuring the work of its members. The winning photographs will be on view through Oct. 10 at the LightRoom gallery, 2263 Fifth Street, Berkeley, and at Tomate Café, located next door to the LightRoom. The works were selected by renowned Berkeley-based photographers Judy Dater, Rob Reiter and Russel Kiehn. The public is invited to attend a reception for the Ashby Village community on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 2pm to 5pm. Ashby Village is a community-based network of people over age 50 living in the greater Berkeley area. It is part of a growing national movement of about 20,000 people, participating in 130 villages, with 100 more in development. Villages are networks of people who act like extended family, filling the gaps in members’ support systems as they age.
GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH REOPENING The 136-year old Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, which was severely damaged in a fire nearly two years ago, reopens with a festive, kid-friendly service (at 11 am) and a block party at 12:30 pm on Sunday Sept. 21. Everyone is invited to join in the celebrations at Berkeley’s oldest landmark, which will include a pot luck, BBQ, bar, kids’ activities, and local bands. The Church of the Good Shepherd is at 1823 Ninth St. (at Hearst), in West Berkeley.
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