Native plants on sale at six locations

The organizers of the popular Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour are promoting a "Native Plant Sale Extravaganza" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at six East Bay locations, including the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive.

The event offers a large selection of hard-to-find native plants compatible with various East Bay climates and experts will be available to answer questions.

Other participating locations include Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda, Markham Arboretum in Concord, East Bay Wilds in Oakland, and Annie's Annuals and the Watershed Nursery in Richmond.

For details visit www.bringingbackthenatives.net/fall-plant-sale.

Library hosting Magic: The Gathering event

Aldo Jackson of the group Games Count! will teach about and oversee the card game Magic: The Gathering in weekly sessions starting Oct. 19 in the Children's Room of the downtown branch of the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. Children 10 and up can bring their own decks to the six-week series or use provided sample decks. Parents are invited to receive instruction as well. Details: 510-981-6223.

Crowden School hosts free Musical Carnival


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Crowden School, 1475 Rose St., is opening its doors for its annual Community Music Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20.

The popular free "musical carnival" is suitable for the entire family and includes an Instrument Petting Zoo that allows children and adults to handle and make sounds on the instruments of a symphony orchestra, assisted by student Zookeepers.

The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will perform "Small Instruments, Tall Instruments: the Highs and Lows of the Orchestra" at 10:40 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.

There will also be instrument crafts, demonstrations, face painting, games, prizes, barbecue and a bake sale, along with performances all day by Crowden students and faculty and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

Details: concerts@crowden.org, 510-559-6910, or www.crowden.org.

Arts and crafts furniture program

Sitting in Style: The Birth of a New Furniture Design is the topic of a Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association program at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St.

Arts and Crafts scholar Timothy L. Hansen will give an illustrated talk on the beginnings of American Arts and Crafts Mission-style furniture, focusing on the Bay Area, New York and Grand Rapids, Mich,

Admission is $15, available with more details at berkeleyheritage.com/calendar.html.

Free compost available for residents

The city's Parks Recreation and Waterfront Department will have free compost for residents available on Oct. 26, the final distribution of the year, at the Marina, 201 University Ave., across the street from the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.

The self-serve event is weather-permitting and residents should bring identification, shovels, containers and safety gear. Compost is available first come, first served.

Pickup trucks must tarp their loads. Details: 510-981-6740 or www.cityofberkeley.info/marina

Dinner theater show at St. Mary's High

St. Mary's College High will present the play "You Have the Right to Remain Dead" on Oct. 25 and 26 and Nov. 1 and 2 in the auditorium at the school, 1294 Albina Ave.

The performances will be in true dinner theater fashion, featuring a catered, sit-down pasta dinner or appetizers during the 1950s-era whodunit murder mystery based on the 1958 film "The Long Hot Summer."

The audience will get to actively help solve the murder and the ending changes nightly.

Only 100 tickets will be available for each performance and the Oct. 26 show will include prizes for audience Halloween costumes (must be appropriate).

Ticket prices: Friday shows with served appetizers and dessert are $15 adults 18 and older, $10 students and children. Tickets for the three-course catered dinner show are $25 adults 18 and older; $15 students and children. All tickets are advance sale only.

For tickets and details contact Caiti Kelly at 510-559-6250 or ckelly@stmchs.org.

Golden Gate Fields will host 10 K run event

Golden Gate Fields is holding a 10K run on Oct. 19 that features a finish on the racetrack itself. Entrants into the first-ever Let's Go 510 10 K run will be given a commemorative medallion and admission to the races that day.

The run, which starts at 10 a.m., benefits the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

"All runners will start at Golden Gate Fields, run along the Bay shoreline and finish on the actual racetrack -- a privilege exclusive to this event," says event organizer Brazen Racing.

For details or to register, visit letsgo510.com.

-- Chris Treadway

Grant applications for UC Berkeley fund

UC Berkeley is now taking applications for grants from the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund, a $253,000 pot of money for arts, culture, community safety, economic development, environmental stewardship and education projects in Berkeley. The fund makes grants to 20 to 25 projects each year. Applications are due by Dec. 9.

A workshop for applicants is set for Oct. 30 at the Berkeley Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Ave. For more information on the workshop and the application process visit http://communityrelations.berkeley.edu or call 510-643-5299.