Meetings on streets and watershed improvements

A series of meetings has been scheduled for the community to learn about and comment on how the $30 million raised by the Measure M bond issue approved by 73 percent of voters last November.

The bond is for work on the city's extensive backlog of streets and related watershed systems work and the paving work will include "green environmental infrastructure, where possible," according to the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville.

The first of three community meetings will be at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. "Commissioners will explain and answer questions about the planning process, the schedule, and the ways the public can contribute their views," the league announced. "City staff will provide technical background on street paving, watershed management, and transportation programs."

Meetings will also be held June 8 and July 18.

"We want to be sure that the public process is open and that everyone who may be affected by these decisions -- the stakeholders -- will have a real chance to participate. Their views will be taken very seriously," said league President Sherry Smith.


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The league strongly supported Measure M and is working with the city's Public Works, Community Environmental Advisory and Transportation commissions, and other city boards and staff.

Free collection of unwanted medications

A free unwanted Prescription Drug Take Back event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Mobile Health Vehicle, which will be parked at 2830 Sacramento St. at Oregon Street.

The collection is part of the daylong "Heart 2 Heart Neighborhood Celebration" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that will have free food, activities and information on community resources.

During the collection, drugs will be accepted, no questions asked, for safe disposal, preventing accidental poisonings, medication abuse or contaminating water by improper disposal. Syringes and controlled substances will not be accepted.

Details: Katherine Brown at kbrown@cityofberkeley.info or 510-981-5289; or Kelly Moor, kmoor@lifelongmedical.org or 510-981-4182.

LHS seeks families for planetarium shows

The Lawrence Hall of Science is trying out new shows at its planetarium and is looking for reviews and feedback from families with children between the ages of 8 and 13.

Interested families can inquire about the The Northern Lights show (ages 11-13) on May 4, Our

Very Own Star show (ages 11-13) on May 11 or the Colors from Space show (ages 8-10) May 19.

For more details contact Maia Werner-Avidon at maiaw@berkeley.edu or 510-643-1984 and indicate the age and gender of children and the preferred show date.

Citywide emergency drill this weekend

Berkeley is holding a citywide emergency readiness exercise on April 27 and is inviting everyone who lives, works, or visits in the city to participate.

Participation can be as simple as choosing an out-of-state contact for post-disaster communications or joining more advanced exercises being held by neighborhood groups.

To register visit www.cityofberkeley.info/quake.

Premiere coming to Danse Lumiere

The premiere of "Secrets on the Way," based on the poetry of Nobel Prize-winner Tomas Transtromer, is being prepared by Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumiere for performances at 8 p.m. April 27 and 2 p.m. April 28 in the new Osher Studio at 2055 Center St.

Tickets or details: 510-233-5550 800-868-3006, or www.dlkdance.com.

Edible Schoolyard sale and celebration

The annual Plant Sale at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley will have a full day of festivities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 at 1781 Rose St.

Activities will include tours of the program's garden and kitchen, free workshops, children's activities, live music and food, along with plants for sale, including tomatoes, vegetables, fruit trees and berries, herbs, perennials and annual flowers. Gardening advice will also be available. Details: http://edibleschoolyard.org/plant-sale.

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 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

-- Doug Oakley and Chris Treadway