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Tuesday, June 28

NASA’s Amazing Exploration of Earth-Like Planets: Wine & Hors d’oeuvres | Berkeley
NASA's Amazing Exploration of Earth-Like Planets: Wine & Hors d’oeuvres | Berkeley

Humans have long wondered about other planetary systems and if potentially Earth-like worlds exist around other stars. NASA’s Kepler mission was designed to answer these questions. 
Jonathan Fortney, UC Santa Cruz Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysicsm, focuses on understanding the structure and composition of planets in our …

Wednesday, June 29

Free One-Day Gentle Tibetan Yoga Class | Berkeley
Wednesday, June 29 – 6:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley
Free One-Day Gentle Tibetan Yoga Class | Berkeley

Join instructor, Jack van der Meulen, for this free one-day only event on a “Kum Nye: Releasing Tension and Restoring Balance” class.
Kum Nye movement and awareness exercises help us to release physical and emotional tension. Practices in this class focus on giving us tools to restore …

Friday, July 1

Astronomy Night: Lecture & Stargazing on The Roof | Berkeley
Friday, July 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Campbell Hall (UC Berkeley)
Astronomy Night: Lecture & Stargazing on The Roof | Berkeley

We’ll discuss how the seeds of galaxy formation were planted during the Big Bang, how budding galaxies collect the food for new stars, and how, like a cosmic autumn, this rampant growth transitioned into the fading colors and staid calm of our current galactic epoch.
Doors: 7:30 …

Sunday, July 3

Sunday Morning Wellness: Meditation & Yoga |
Sunday, July 3 – 9:00 am | Cost: $5 | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley
Sunday Morning Wellness: Meditation & Yoga |

An opportunity to deepen your meditation practice and to introduce your friends or family to the benefits of Nyingma meditation. Each session includes brief meditation instruction followed by silent sitting.
You are welcome to attend any Sunday session. No pre-registration or prior experience necessary. Come in …

Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley
Sunday, July 3 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to it’s incredible fun, and recurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the ...

Monday, July 4

Berkeley Marina | 4th of July Fireworks & All Day Festival | 2016
Monday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Marina
Berkeley Marina | 4th of July Fireworks & All Day Festival | 2016

The Berkeley Marina plays host to one of the best July Fourth celebrations around featuring a great lineup of bands, free dragon boat rowing, a kids’ carnival, live pony rides, mini-train rides, giant slides, and Afro-Cuban drumming, all culminating in the grand fireworks at 9:35 pm over the …

Wednesday, July 6

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, July 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

LaborFest 2016: “The Hand That Feeds” Movie Screening | Berkeley
Wednesday, July 6 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley City College
LaborFest 2016:

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling …

Thursday, July 7

Adventure Run, Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Thursday, July 7 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Road Runner Sports (Berkeley)
Adventure Run, Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley

Adventure Run is a free, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with hundreds of friends, giveaways, raffle prizes, music and even a beer garden happening on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Berkeley Road Runner store. Free, but an RSVP is required. Your Adventure ...

Plastic Free July Solutions: Short Films & Discussion | Berkeley
Thursday, July 7 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian-Universalists
Plastic Free July Solutions: Short Films & Discussion | Berkeley

Led by plastic-free activist and author Beth Terry, Ecology Center, Transition Berkeley, and the bfuu Social Justice Committee present an evening of short films and plastic-free ideas to inspire your zero waste efforts.
Join them to view an assortment of short films about plastic pollution and …

Friday, July 8

Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays
Friday, July 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ashby BART
Berkeley Critical Mass | 2nd Fridays

Berkeley Critical Mass is group bike ride that begins at the Ashby BART Station, where riders meet at 6 pm on the 2nd Friday of each month. A local rider frequently brings a powerful bicycle sound system to the rides making this into a rolling bike ...

Saturday, July 9

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Schooled” | Berkeley
Saturday, July 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a donation is requested.
| Live Oak Park
San Francisco Mime Troupe's

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 57th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2016 production “Schooled.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2016 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

Sunday, July 10

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Schooled” | Berkeley
Sunday, July 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a donation is requested.
| Live Oak Park
San Francisco Mime Troupe's

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 57th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2016 production “Schooled.” San Francisco Mime Troupe | 2016 Free political theater & music in parks all over the Bay Area ...

Monday, July 11

LaborFest 2016: “Gold Mountain” Staged Reading | Berkeley
Monday, July 11 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*$10 Suggested Donation
| Aurora Theatre
LaborFest 2016:

A staged reading of the new musical, Gold Mountain, by critically acclaimed actor, composer and playwright Jason Ma. Gold Mountain is directed by nationally renowned director Alan Muraoka.
The reading features a cast of local Sag-Aftra actors. Proceeds from the reading will benefit their foundation.
Gold Mountain is …

Wednesday, July 13

Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley
Wednesday, July 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Berkeley)
Free AcroYoga Class | Sports Basement Berkeley

Come learn the skills, balance and art of acrobatic partner yoga every second Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 pm Using basic yoga poses, we’ll learn how to combine them into partner balancing and dynamic movements. No previous experience and no partner needed.

Sunday, July 17

Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland
Sunday, July 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South Berkeley Senior Center
Sunday Assembly: Communty Sing & Meetup | Oakland

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the third Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, and ...

“Eats, Beats & Brews” Block Party: Salsa Dancing, Games & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Sunday, July 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Shattuck & Center (Berkeley)

Downtown Berkeley’s Eats, Beats & Brews block party is back with Salsa Sundays featuring live salsa music, along with a Drake’s Brewing outdoor beer garden every third Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm from June through October. Also, Games of Berkeley will be taking over part ...

Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley
Sunday, July 17 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cal Sailing Club
Free Sailboat Ride Day: Cal Sailing Club | Berkeley

Come out and enjoy almost-monthly free sail boat rides aboard a fleet of keelboats and dinghies with Cal Sailing Club, a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club on the Berkeley Marina. Please try to arrive early as possible – depending on the conditions and the amount of people, the sign-up/rides may ...

Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley
Sunday, July 17 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are encouraged.
| La Peña Cultural Center
Cuban Rumba Jam: Play, Sing, Dance & Enjoy | Berkeley

This free, participatory event has been a staple at La Peña Cultural Center for 12 years due to it’s incredible fun, and recurs every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the ...

Tuesday, July 19

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley
Tuesday, July 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tibetan Nyingma Institute | Berkeley
Full Moon Tibetan Chanting Ceremony | Berkeley

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. The Tibetan Nyingma Institute continues this tradition at the through holding a chanting ceremony on full moon nights from 8-9:30 pm. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra ...

Sunday, July 24

LaborFest 2016: WPA Berkeley Walk | Berkeley
Sunday, July 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Main Berkeley Post Office
LaborFest 2016: WPA Berkeley Walk | Berkeley

This walk will explore the “New deal nexus” in Berkeley that includes Berkeley High School, the Community Theater, Civic Center Park, Post Office art, the old UC Press Building (now being repurposed as the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), and the old Farm …

Monday, July 25

Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley
Monday, July 25 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | La Peña Cultural Center
Salsa Dura: Dance Party & Live Salsa Orchestra | Berkeley

Every last Monday of the month, the Josh Jones and the La Peña Salsa Orchestra brings the raw power of salsa dura to La Peña’s stage. They will perform songs from your favorite salsa artists including Eddie Palmieri, Beny Moré, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, El ...

Friday, July 29

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, July 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
| Grace North Church
Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley

Walk the free labyrinth at Grace North Church in Berkeley with 97 candles lighting the path, while listening to music every last Friday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, ...

Wednesday, August 3

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, August 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

Thursday, August 4

Adventure Run, Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Thursday, August 4 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Road Runner Sports (Berkeley)
Adventure Run, Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley

Adventure Run is a free, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with hundreds of friends, giveaways, raffle prizes, music and even a beer garden happening on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Berkeley Road Runner store. Free, but an RSVP is required. Your Adventure ...