Fire damages home on Blake Street

Fire investigators say a discarded cigarette accidentally sparked a one-alarm house fire on March 31 that caused $75,000 in damages.

Fire crews were called just before 2:30 p.m. to the single-story home in the 1700 block of Blake Street after someone reported seeing smoke, said Deputy Chief Avery Webb.

When fire crews arrived, they found neighbors attempting to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, Webb said.

No one was inside the home when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported. The fire spread to the attic, but firefighters had the blaze under control about 3:30 p.m., Webb said.

Investigators on Monday said they determined the fire started on the front porch of the home from what appeared to be a cigarette butt.

The fire caused about $75,000 in damage to the home and its contents, Webb said.

Knuffle Bunny musical opens on Saturday

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The Bay Area Children's Theatre production of the family show "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical" opens at 2 p.m. April 13, at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.

"Washing machines burst into life and clothes dance up a whirlwind when toddler Trixie and her beloved stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, go off to the laundromat with her somewhat distracted dad." The all-ages musical is an adaptation of the 2004 Caldecott Honor book, "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale" by Mo Willems, who also wrote the play's script and lyrics, with music by Michael Silversher. Shows 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 5. Tickets or details: www.bactheatre.org or 510-296-4433.

Jazz photography exhibit at library

The images of Oakland-based photographers Kamau Amen-Ra, Edward Miller, Tumani Onabiyi and Wanda Sabir are highlighted in an exhibition in the Central Catalog Lobby of the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

The Oakland Renaissance Jazz Series exhibit, curated by Amen-Ra, presents photos taken at a variety of Bay Area venues over the past 25 years. Details: 510-981-6100 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

School will hold Boys to Men program

A free instructional program on ways educators and parents can support the healthy development of young men will be held on April 10 at the East Bay School for Boys, 2340 Durant Ave.

"Discipline and Boys" will feature a panel discussion with Bay Area educators and professionals exploring ways to promote self-discipline.

The keynote speaker and moderator will be educator Juan Carlos Arauz, an artist and social justice activist who is the founder and executive director of E3: Education, Excellence & Equity.

Panelists will include educator and performer Colin Ehara; educator and baseball coach Cameron Yuen-Shore; Stuart Hall School for Boys counselor Gabrielle Holder; Capoeira instructor, entrepreneur and youth advocate Malandro Mandinga; and Jonathan Herzenberg, director of counseling at the Drew School.

The program opens with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the panel discussion at 7 p.m. To reserve a seat visit www.ebsfb.org/boystomenregistration or call 510-621-3272.

BAHA looks for board of directors candidates

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association is seeking nominees to its board. Prospective candidates must be BAHA members, but do not need to be Berkeley residents.

Nominations and a description of skills and volunteer activities can be submitted at baha@berkeleyheritage.com.

Afro-Peruvian dance program at library

The Berkeley Library will mark National Dance Month with a free Afro-Peruvian performance by Cunamacue at 3 p.m. April 6 on the fifth floor at the Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St. Details: 510-981-6139 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

Wine auction to benefit French school

A wine auction at the Claremont Hotel is set for May 4 to benefit Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, a French immersion school for preschoolers through eighth grade, with proceeds going for tuition assistance, technology purchases and teacher training. The Wine Auction Soiree of the East Bay includes rare bottles of wine and wine-themed food and travel packages. The two featured merchants, among others, are Silver Oak and Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant.

The event will have a silent auction during a two-hour cocktail party followed by a live auction during a gourmet dinner with wine pairings.

Tickets to the event and wine purchases at the auctions are tax deductible. Tickets are $175. A table for 10 with free valet parking for five cars costs $1,500. For more details visit www.wineauctionsoiree.com

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Doug Oakley and Chris Treadway