Man charged for anti-gay graffiti at UC

A 23-year-old Southern California man faces a felony hate crime charge after officers spotted him spray painting anti-gay graffiti on campus buildings over the weekend, UC Berkeley police said Tuesday.

Anthony Garcia of Huntington Park was booked on a hate crime charge after officers caught him following a foot chase on Saturday night. During the chase, police said Garcia fell and cut his forehead. Garcia is not enrolled as a student at UC Berkeley, police said.

Police said Garcia, and another suspect who got away, spray painted the graffiti on La Ka Shing Center for Biomedical Sciences, Mulford Hall and a campus tree.

One injured in morning apartment fire

A man was injured in an apartment fire Monday morning, but he is expected to survive his injuries.

Fire crews put out the blaze at the single-story complex that houses five units in the 2300 block of Acton Street. The apartment's resident was taken to a hospital with smoke inhalation and some minor burns but is expected to be OK, Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong said.

The fire, which started around midnight, was burning in the entry way to the unit when crews arrived, Dong said. Crews extinguished it before it spread to other parts of the complex.

Investigators are still trying to piece together what started the blaze, which caused approximately $25,000 in structural damage and $5,000 in property damage, Dong said.


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At least one media report indicated the injured man tried to put out the fire himself with a hose, but fire crews could not confirm that.

Talk on city's movie house history

Author Dave Weinstein will give a free talk on "Berkeley's Movie Theaters -- the Lost and the Found" at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Berkeley Historical Society's offices at 1931 Center St.

Weinstein is the chairman of Friends of the Cerrito Theater and author of "It Came from Berkeley."

The discussion will include the city's once-high number of theater screens in a concentrated area, efforts that preserved some movie houses and others that were lost, and the city's role in the start of repertory cinema.

Free opera program at Berkeley Library

A lecture and concert previewing West Edge Opera's production of "L'incoronazione di Poppea" will be held 12:15 to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 in the fifth floor Art and Music Room of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

General Director Mark Streshinsky will introduce upcoming production and MusicSources Artistic Director Gilbert Martinez will provide harpsichord accompaniment as cast members perform selected arias from the Monteverdi opera.

The West Edge Opera opens Feb. 1 at the Performing Arts Theater at El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Ave. For more details about the production visit www.westedgeopera.org.

Martial arts self-defense class for girls

A class teaching girls ages 9 to 12 how to handle bullies and introducing them to basic self-defense will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at 1447 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville.

The class is sponsored by the nonprofit Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists and will be taught by women martial arts teachers from Albany, Berkeley and Emeryville. Cost of the class is $35 and some scholarships are available.

To register or get more details visit www.emeryvillemartialarts.com or call 510-525-8185.

Children's museum event for King holiday

Habitot Children's Museum, 2065 Kittredge St. in Berkeley, will have extended hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Attractions for wee ones will include a Wall of Remembrance honoring King and his commitment to civil rights and peace, and space in the art studio to make peace medals. Admission is $10 children and $8 adults. Details: www.habitot.org.

Family music show at Freight & Salvage

A morning family music show featuring Charity and the JAMband with The Crosspulse Rhythm Duo will be at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., at 11 a.m. Jan. 19.

Tickets are $8 advance, $9 at the door. Details: 510-644-2020 or www.freightandsalvage.org

Red Cross will hold blood drive at Cal

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Toll Room at Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus.

To schedule an appointment call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code UCB.

Native plant workshop planned at Garber Park

Volunteers are welcome to join the stewards of Garber Park for a workshop and work day devoted to "passive restoration" at 10 a.m. Jan. 19.

Participants are advised to be prepared to get dirty and dress accordingly. The park is off Alvarado Road behind the Claremont Hotel on the Berkeley/Oakland border. From Alvarado take Slater Lane, then right on Evergreen Lane, where the park entrance is at the end of the street.

Birthday concert by Anna Carol Dudley

Anna Carol Dudley, a longtime teacher of special programs at the UC Berkeley Department of Music, will continue her tradition of performing birthday concerts by singing on her 82nd birthday at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. Admission is by donation. To reserve a seat or get more details call 510-848-3696.

Learn about new Berkeley Rep show

A Berkeley Repertory Theatre docent will discuss the company's current production, "Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright," at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave.

The production is a world premiere commissioned by Berkeley Rep from young playwright Dan LeFranc.

Details: 510-524-3043.

Students welcome at Mathematics Festival

Math-loving students in grades 6-12 are invited to sign up for the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, taking place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at UC Berkeley's International House. The challenging but noncompetitive festival is a program of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and named for Robinson, a longtime UC Berkeley mathematics professor. Details: https://hosted.msri.org/jrmf/2013/berkeley/register. Full and partial scholarships are available.

-- Chris Treadway and Doug Oakley