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Review: Hilarious 'Avenue Q' signals new direction for Berkeley Playhouse

The company known for its family-friendly fare presents a first-rate production of the not-for-kids musical. 
Cal Golden Bears safety Stefan McClure tries to be a positive influence when he visits kids at Alameda Juvenile Hall.
The Berkeley City Council heard a report from a group of researchers from the Stanford Criminal Justice Center on the pros and cons of Tasers, seeking clarity on whether it would be a good idea to equip Berkeley police with Tasers.  
The all-day celebration, which honors ancestors and the struggle of indigenous people today and on into the future, will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.  
This year, the candidates are taking their cue from Donald Trump. The Donald says he'd still let a few immigrants in; namely, the rich ones and those with Ph.Ds. But that totally misses Emma Lazarus' point: What made America great wasn't aristocratic newcomers; it was ordinary people whose potential for greatness was untapped back in the old country.  
Tony Rowell, who grew up in Albany and did some of his earliest photography in the area, is the author of "Sierra Starlight: The Astrophotography of Tony Rowell," published by Heyday Books of Berkeley.  
See shorebirds at free walk Oct. 15Friends of Five Creeks is holding a free shorebird walk for ages 50 and older from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 15 co-sponsored by the Albany Senior Center.  
Emma Doud, Austin Jones, Sarah Obasi, Sarah Obasi, Victoria O'Sullivan, Carina Salazar and Gabe Watson are stars of the week  
House that Cares -- Hosting Celebrity Golf Tournament benefitting Women's Daytime Drop-In Center. Oct. 9 at Tilden Golf Course in Berkeley, with registration at 11 a.  
The fourth annual event will open Shattuck Avenue from Rose Street to Haste Street for recreation, strolling, activities, socializing and dining on Oct. 18.