Man dies in hit-and-run on I-80 overpass

A pedestrian who died in a hit-and-run encounter July 15 with a vehicle on an overpass on Interstate 80 has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Office.

Police say transient John Patrick Miller, 46, was found by officers on patrol at around 5:10 a.m. on the University Avenue overpass near 6th Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car that hit him hasn't been located, according to Berkeley police. Police have not released a description of the vehicle.

Anyone with information or who may have seen the collision is urged to call Berkeley police at 510-981-5900.

Free home improvement task instruction

A daylong event featuring do-it-yourself home improvement workshops will be presented at participating businesses from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 20.

The Get In The Loop! event is presented by the West Berkeley Design Loop, an alliance of more than 25 independent home improvement businesses, including Ohmega Salvage, Metro Lighting, and Truitt and White.

A schedule of classes and other details is online at WBDesignLoop.org or Facebook.com/WestBerkeleyDesignLoop.

Members of the West Berkeley Design Loop "are located on or near the continuous loop on San Pablo Avenue, Ashby Avenue, Seventh Street, Hearst Street, Eastshore Highway, Gilman Street and San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley."

Talk on historic library buildings

Author and historical geographer Gray Brechin will give a presentation on the postal system and its New Deal era buildings and art works, including the historic Berkeley Post Office building at a free talk to the Berkeley/East Bay Gray Panthers at 1:30 p.m. July 24 at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. All ages are invited to attend.

Details: 510-548-9696.

Peace lantern ceremony will be held on Aug. 3

The Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony, a memorial observance of the World War II atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945, will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 at the north end of Aquatic Park near Interstate 80.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m. people can make lanterns and socialize. The program starts at 7 p.m. with music, cultural performances, messages from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and a report from a survivor of the bombing.

The ceremony, when lanterns will be floating on the water, is at 8 p.m., followed by contemplation time.

Details: www.ProgressivePortal.org/lanterns.

Film series continues at Central Library

The Berkeley Public Library's film series Super Cinema continues with free film screenings on this month's theme, Resisting Injustice, at 3 p.m. Fridays at the Central Library third floor Community Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge St. The film for July 19 is "The Counterfeiters," the story of a man arrested for forging papers for Jews in Nazi Germany who is conflicted when forced to train counterfeiters to undermine the Allies' economies. On July 26 "The Rosa Parks Story" will examine the life of the woman who inspired the Montgomery bus boycott and sparked the civil rights movement.

For details on the series call 510-981-6148.

Aurora Theatre adds dates for production

Aurora Theatre Company has added five additional performances of its production of the Neil LaBute comic drama "This is How it Goes" at the Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St. Added dates for the closing production of the company's 21st season are 7 p.m. July 23, 8 p.m. July 25, 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. July 28. Tom Ross directs a cast that includes Aldo Billingslea, Gabriel Marin, and Carrie Paff.

Tickets and details: 510-843-4822 or auroratheatre.org.

Free cooking demo at farmers market

Joy Moore will demonstrate preparing beets and beet greens at a free cooking demonstration from 3 to 6 p.m. July 23 at the South Berkeley farmers market at Adeline and 63rd streets. Moore is a co-founder of the Ecology Center's food justice program, Farm Fresh Choice; a producer at KPFA Radio; and garden and cooking instructor at Berkeley Technology Academy.

Details: 510-548-3333 or www.ecologycenter.org.

'The Wiz' coming to Berkeley Playhouse

Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion will ease on down to the stage at Berkeley Playhouse, 2640 College Ave., for performances of the soulful musical "The Wiz" through Aug. 25.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays; and noon and 5 p.m. Sundays.

Ticket discounts are available for donations to Habitat for Humanity. For tickets or details visit www.berkeleyplayhouse.org/the-wiz or call 510-845-8542, ext. 351.

-- Rick Hurd and Chris Treadway