Learn how to publish your own comic

Comic Arts Festival at the Berkeley Library presents a Handmade Comics Workshop with Ed Luce from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 7 at the Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St.

Luce is a professor at California College of the Arts and creator of his own comic series. He will talk about equipment, materials and methods in the workshop series on creating handmade comics and zines.

The free events are co-sponsored by Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. For more details on the Comic Arts Festival series, call 510-981-6287 or visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

YMTC will present "Sweeney Todd"

Youth Musical Theater Company of Berkeley will present the classic musical "Sweeney Todd," featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, in performances opening July 12 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St.

Jennifer Boesing directs and David Möschler is musical director for the production by the acclaimed youth theater company.

Performances are at 7 p.m. July 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. July 14 and 21. Tickets are $13 to 26, available at ymtcsweeneytodd. bpt. me.

Actors Ensemble holding barbecue

The Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is hosting a Supporter Appreciation Barbecue from 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 14 at Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., at Berryman Street. Come to the barbecue pit near the art center.


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Meet the actors, directors, and behind-the-scenes folks of the all-volunteer company, the city's oldest stage troupe, and hear about the fall production of the comedy "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," set to open Oct. 4.

An RSVP to info@aeofberkeley.org is requested.

Program will update post office situation

As advocates continue efforts to keep the downtown post office building from being sold, Gray Brechin and Attorney Adam Ford will discuss "Who Owns Our Post Offices, and Who Sells Them While the Nation Sleeps?" at 7 p.m. July 17 at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St.

"Brechin will update us on the magnificent buildings, unique art works, and the postal system itself that Americans are now losing to privatization," according to the publicity. "Ford, attorney from the firm of Ford & Huff, will explain how he is challenging the right of U.S. Postal Service to sell the public's property with little consideration for the public's input."

Admission is $20 sliding scale and proceeds benefit legal action by the Berkeley-based National Post Office Collaborate.

Summer Reading Program at library

The Berkeley Public Library will have free events and activities for young people in first through eighth grade who join its Summer Reading Program, which is themed "Reading is So Delicious" and runs through Aug. 17.

The program is intended to keep students engaged during their off time from class and avoid regression in reading skills over the summer.

Participants can earn prizes by reading books they choose and visiting library branches at least three times during the program.

"In keeping with this year's theme, we will be offering a variety of food related events and other deliciously fun activities," the library announced.

Participants are also encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items to their local branch.

Preregistration is required for some events. Details: 510-981-6223 or berkeleypubliclibrary.libguides.com/summer.

Events will celebrate architect Maybeck

A new documentary on architect Bernard Maybeck is one of the highlights of the Maybeck Legacy Celebration Weekend from June 28 to 30.

The Paul Bockhorst documentary "Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck" will be presented by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association at 7:30 p.m. June 28 at the historic Town and Gown Club, 2401 Dwight Way. Maybeck designed the club in 1899.

Tickets to the premiere screening are $30 advance or $35 at the door.

The celebration will also have free events, including a guided tour of the Faculty Club at UC Berkeley at 1 p.m. June 28; a guided tour of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at 10 a.m. June 29; and a guided walking tour of the neighborhood by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Berkeley at 1:30 p.m. June 30.

There will also be a reception at the Maybeck-designed Guy Hyde Chick House, in the Claremont neighborhood. Admission to the reception is $35, by reservation only.

For details and reservations, visit berkeleyheritage.com, email baha@berkeleyheritage.com, or call 510-841-2242.

-- Chris Treadway