Berkeley's Lost Businesses and Institutions. Exhibit exploring selected businesses and institutions that highlight changes that have brought Berkeley from early farms and dairies to a center for academic and scientific achievement and freedom of expression and the arts. 1 to 4 p.m. Through March 30. Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St., Berkeley. Free. 510-848-0181, www.berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org.
California Writers Club--Berkeley Branch. "Leveraging New Technology," a talk by David Mitroff, explores ways writers can improve their marketing via social media, websites, home pages, blogs, key words, search engines. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Oakland Public Library Main Branch, 125 14th St., Oakland. Free. 238-3134, cwc-berkeley.org.
Rare Fruit Growers Exchange. Hundreds of varieties of fruit trees, shrubs and vines for propagation, rootstocks for sale, grafting classes, custom grafting service, plant drawing, silent auction, and more at the Golden Gate Chapter California Rare Fruit Growers' 25th annual Fruit Wood Scion Exchange. Friendly expert advice for all. Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 19. Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley. $4 donation requested. 415-246-8834, www.crfg.org.
The Shape of Our Thoughts. This Science@Cal event explores that while most people think "seeing" happens in the eyes, Dr. Mark Lescroart's research shows the brain perceives shape and depth, and this affects how we view the world. 11 a.m. Jan. 19. Genetics and Plant Biology bldg, Rm 100, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. Free. 510-642-0352, scienceatcal.berkeley.edu/lectures.
"Wizard of Oz" Sing-Along. Celebrate prolific lyricist Yip Harburg by singing along with the iconic American classic film "The Wizard of Oz." 2 p.m. Jan. 20. Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Berkeley Branch, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. $5/$10. 510-848-0237, www.jewishmusicfestival.org.
Author Erica Lorraine Scheidt. Erica Lorraine Scheidt reads from "Uses for Boys," her hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age debut. 4 p.m. Jan. 20. Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley. 510-704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com.
The State of the Book Arts. A moderated, round-table discussion about the state of book arts with Alisa Golden, who'll talk about her "Curiosity Boxes" and her print-on-demand book Sidewalk Story that evolved out of a flash fiction blog, and Jonathan Clark, who'll present his latest project Carmine, a book of digital photographs with letterpress text. Berkeley scholar-printer Alastair Johnston moderates. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. More Moe's, 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. Free. 510-849-2133, www.moesbooks.com.
Very First Concerts: The Art of Listening. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Crowden Music Center present two performances of "The Art of Listening," just for families with young children from infants to 7-year-olds. 11 a.m. and Noon Jan. 21. Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St., Berkeley. Free. 510-559-6910, www.crowden.org.
Defeat the War on Women. Meeting and orientation discussing abortion on demand and without apology, ways to defeat the war on women, and organizing for a Jan. 26 event. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22. Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way, Berkeley. Donations accepted. 510-848-1196, stoppatriarchy.tumblr.com and www.revolutionbooks.org.
Author Oliver Burkeman. Oliver Burkeman, author of "The Antidote" and feature writer for Britain's The Guardian, explains how the constant search for happiness can actually deprive us of it. 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St., Berkeley. Free. 510-525-7777, booksinc.net.
Author Susan Steinberg. Susan Steinberg, short story author and recipient of the Pushcart Prize, reads from "Spectacle." Also, a reading by poet Randell Mann, author of "Breakfast With Thom Gunn." 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. Free. 510-849-2087, www.moesbooks.com.
Job Club. Job seekers spend the morning honing their networking skills with a professional. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23. Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley. 510-981-6278, berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
Author Melvin Goodman. Melvin Goodman, formerly a professor at the National War College, brings over 20 years of experience in the CIA to his book "National Insecurity," his case for how too much military spending is damaging our economy and making us less safe. 7 p.m. Jan. 23. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St., Berkeley. Free. 510-525-7777, booksinc.net.
Public Blood Drive. The American Red Cross holds a public blood drive. Noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 23. UC Berkeley Alumni House, Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.
Author Ward Wilson. Ward Wilson discusses of the dangers of nukes and blows holes through the misinformation surrounding them and their benefits with "5 Myths About Nuclear Weapons." 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St., Berkeley. Free. 510-525-7777, booksinc.net.
Author Oliver Burkeman. Oliver Burkeman's "The Antidote" explores the idea that it's a constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley. 510-704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com.