Man fatally shot on Eighth Street

A man was shot and killed in Berkeley on Sept. 8, the city's fourth homicide of the year, police said.

Police received reports of gunshots in the 1400 block of 8th Street in West Berkeley around 5:45 p.m., said Officer Jennifer Coats.

The man was found lying in the street suffering from gunshot wounds, Coats said. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Walking fundraiser for Behcet's Disease

Participants are being encouraged to join the 2013 Walk for Behcet's Disease and Uveitis-California from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Cesar Chavez Park, 11 Spinnaker Way.

Every dollar raised will help the mission and provide information, support and hope for the thousands affected by the rare and debilitating autoimmune disease that causes, among other things, blindness.

Registration is a $30 donation for adults and teenagers, which includes a T-shirt on the day of the walk while supplies last.

Children 12 and younger can participate for free when accompanied by a registered adult.

A welcome reception and panel discussion for registered walkers will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at XOMA Corporation, 2910 Seventh St.

Details and registration are available online at www.behcets.com.

Taste of Berkeley benefits Ala Costa Centers

Ala Costa Centers, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities, is holding a Taste of Berkeley community fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at its offices at 1300 Rose St.

Along with food, wine and beer from Berkeley vendors, the event will feature live music from local artists and DJs.

Proceeds benefit center programs. Tickets are available at taste_of_berkeley.charityhappenings.org or contact Courtney Bracke at courtney@alacostacenter.org or 510-856-6771 for details.

Free program on return of urban farming

A panel discussion on "Resurgence of Urban Farming in Berkeley" will be presented from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St.

The program, hosted by the Berkeley Historical Society, is in conjunction with the exhibit Berkeley: From Farm to Urban Farming, 1850-2013.

The documentary "Edible City" will be presented by local filmmaker Andrew Hasse and Joy Moore will moderate a panel that includes author and Merritt College instructor Christopher Shein of Wildheart Gardens; Spiral Gardens Urban Farm founder Daniel Miller; and Terika Franklin of the Berkeley farmers market.

Admission is free, donations are welcome. Details: 510-848-0181 or www.BerkeleyHistoricalSociety.org.

BAHA Arts & Crafts lecture series opens

"Living with Arts & Crafts"is the theme of the fall lecture series hosted by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St.

The series starts with a talk at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 by Kirby William Brown and Riley Doty about the California Faience company, a prestigious Berkeley ceramics manufacturer of handcrafted tiles and pottery from 1913-59. Brown is the grandson of California Faience founder William Bragdon.

Tickets are $15 per lecture or $40 for the series of three, available by mail or online at berkeleyheritage.com/ticket_order.html.

Give Scottish country dancing a fling at new class

A nine-week introductory Scottish country dancing class, with live music, begins on Sept. 13 and continues through Nov. 8 at 2138 Cedar St. The class meets from 8 to 10 p.m. and the cost for the series is $30.

"Learn the basic steps and figures of the traditional social dancing of Scotland, and put them to use in fun dances dating from the 1700s to the present, say the organizers. "You don't need to bring a partner or a kilt; you do need to wear flat non-slippery shoes."

The series concludes with a dance party. Details: dnewitt@sbcglobal.net. A class for ages 7 and up is also available. Contact boldmary@aol.com for more details on the youth class.

Historical walking tours return for fall

The Berkeley Historical Society has announced its schedule of fall walking tours, which starts with "New Deal Nexus in Berkeley" at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, led by Harvey Smith.

The outing will cover downtown buildings of the New Deal era, including Berkeley High School, the Community Theater, Civic Center Park, the art in the downtown post office art, the Old Farm Credit Bank Building, and a mosaic mural on the Cal campus.

Tours start at 10 a.m., last about two hours and are limited to 30 paid participants. Prepaid reservations are required and can be made at www.berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org/walks.html.

-- David DeBolt and Chris Treadway