( Kristopher Skinner )
Berkeley: Pacific School of Religion to partner with operator of retirement communities

Illinois-based Mather LifeWays proposes to build a senior living residence on a portion of Pacific School of Religion's "underutilized property" to serve Berkeley's growing older adult population, says the seminary's president, David Vasquez-Levy 
German planner Werner Hegemann made foresighted and thoughtful recommendations for transportation, streets, port facilities, parks and recreation, and civic centers in Oakland and Berkeley. His "Report on a City Plan for the Municipalities of Oakland and Berkeley" was published in 1915.  
 
The event will feature 90 writers and numerous panels and booths from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 31 at City Hall, 6 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland.  
 
Gala to honor youths overcoming hardshipsThe second-annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala on June 4 will honor 20 young people who have persevered despite major hardships such as homelessness, domestic violence or criminal justice issues.  
 
Administrators aren't listeningThe May 19 Times article, "Contra Costa settles suit," shows me that Contra Costa Juvenile Hall teachers and administrators are still unwilling to reach out to the most needy and damaged children placed in their care by the courts.  
 
Michelle Longega Wilson, who already has two books under her belt, will host a session to help aspiring young authors realize their dream of writing and publishing,  
 
The Berkeley Drop-in Center, Youth Spirit Artworks, LifeLong Medical Care, East Bay Community Law Center, Through the Looking Glass, A Better Way, Ephesians Children's Center, Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, McGee Avenue Baptist Church and South Berkeley Community Church are among agencies slated for cuts in a proposed cycle of community agency funding for the next two fiscal years.  
 
Most rattlesnake sightings in East Bay parks occur in the springtime, when the snakes are out looking for food and mates after the long winter months.  
 
A 32-year-old who called 911 to demand a police helicopter stop following him during a pursuit from Concord to Berkeley has been arrested, authorities said.  
 
From ethnic festivals to foodie gatherings to county fairs, here's a guide to fun events in the Bay Area through the summer.  
 
(Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
Five best cookbooks for spring

From April Bloomfield's 'A Girl and Her Greens' to Hugh Acheson's 'The Broad Fork,' this spring's cookbook bounty is all kinds of produce-centric delicious.  
( Randy McMullen )
Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield reunited?

'The Amazing Spider-Man' co-stars have been spotted together around L.A. amid reports their romance is back on.