Soroptimist series presents Elayne Savage

Dr. Elayne Savage, a marriage and family therapist, author and acclaimed speaker, will be the next guest in the "Every Woman has a Story -- Women in the Media" series presented by Soroptimist International of El Cerrito at 7 p.m. March 3 in the Parlor Room at Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda in Berkeley.

Savage, known as "The Queen of Rejection," is the author of "Don't Take It Personally! The Art of Dealing with Rejection" and "Breathing Room -- Creating Space to Be a Couple (New Harbinger)."

She is a member of the National Speakers Association, has been widely quoted by national and international media outlets and is known as a skilled and compelling storyteller, as well as a veteran in relationship and workplace coaching.

Tickets to the talk are $20, available by calling Barbara Lanier at 510-527-8796.

The fourth annual Soroptimist chapter series continues on March 24 with talks by award-winning documentary and public television producer Andrea Torrice, and Paloma Pavel, president of Earth House Center and co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project.

Secret Garden Family Walk at UC garden

Learn about hidden paths and secret spots at UC Botanical Garden during a guided walk for families from 1 to 2 p.m. March 3.

The walk is a companion to the world premiere of the original production of the classic tale book "The Secret Garden" by Cal Performances and San Francisco Opera running through March 10.


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Families can bring a picnic to enjoy before the walk through the garden's collection of plants from around the world.

The walk is free with regular garden admission or with proof of ticket purchase to "The Secret Garden performance." Space is limited and advance registration is recommended.

Get information at city's Passport Day

Albany is observing "Passport Day In The USA 2013" with a free event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.

The city's Passport Office will have information on applying for passports and will be accepting applications, an opportunity not normally available on a Saturday. Regular passport office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays. Service is on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary.

Information on passport costs and how to apply is available at www.travel.state.gov and on the city's information hotline at 510-528-5720.

Youth Musical Theater performances

Youth Musical Theater Company will present "Wonderful Town," a musical set in Greenwich Village, in performances this weekend and next at the Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave.

The show tells the story of two sisters from Ohio trying to make it on their own in New York.

Berkeley-based YMTC is a nonprofit program providing theater training to students from seventh grade through college level.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. 1, 2, 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. March 3 and 10.

Tickets are available online at ymtcwonderful.brownpapertickets.com.

Temple holding family Passover gathering

Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central in Richmond, is holding a Passover Community Seder at 6 p.m. March 26.

The family friendly observance at the synagogue will include a telling of the Passover story, ritual foods, drinking wine or grape juice and singing Passover melodies led by Cantor Howard Cohen and Rabbi Dean Kertesz. A feast (with vegetarian option can be requested) is included.

Tickets are $30 each for nonmember adults, $18 for children ages 7 to 12 and $ 8 for ages 3 to 6.

Bring a Passover dessert to share.

Seating is limited so early reservations are advised.

For reservations or details call 510-223-2560 or visit tbhrichmond.org.

Snail People making their Ashkenaz debut

Folk duo Mindy Dillard and Eric McEuen, aka Snail People, bring their participatory family show to Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave., at 3 p.m. March 3.

Their Ashkenaz debut will include traditional and original folk songs that encourage "sustainability and slowing down" to sing and dance along with.

Admission is $6 adults and $4 children. Details: www.snailpeople.com.

Editor's note

Due to a production error, the Feb. 22 Berkeley Voice omitted several regular features. The Martin Snapp column, Ned McKay Park It column and a story about the Albany Middle School science team can online at insidebayarea.com.

-- Chris Treadway