Reward for information in fatal hit-and-run

A $15,000 reward is being offered by the city for information leading to the driver in a July 15 hit-and-run crash that killed 46-year-old John Patrick Miller. Berkeley police discovered Miller's body at 5:10 a.m. on the University Avenue overpass near 6th Street and determined he had been hit by a car, Officer Jennifer Coats said. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters were unable to revive him.

Police have not released a description of the suspect or their vehicle, and have few leads with which to solve the case, Coats said. Anyone with information about the fatal incident is asked to contact the Traffic Bureau at 510-981-5980, or to leave an anonymous tip by contacting Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS."Any information may be critical to solving this crime," Coats said.

Save the Post Office rally planned downtown

Advocates of efforts to keep the historic downtown Berkeley Post Office building from being sold by the United States Postal Service are planning a rally on July 27.

"A Rally in Direct Defense of our Post Office" will start at 1 p.m. at the landmark building at 2000 Allston Way, where there will be "speakers, music and dance, street theater, public forums, and a birthday cake to celebrate the founding of the Post Office in July 1775." The location is one block from the downtown BART station.

Organizers say the event is part of a National Weekend of Action to save the Post Office.

For more details visit www.savethebpo.com or www.savethepostoffice.com, or call 510-847-8657.

Foundation Awards $120,000 in grants

The Berkeley FILM Foundation has announced the awarding of $120,000 in grants for 2013 to 13 filmmakers, including five student filmmakers. The foundation gave its $20,000 Saul Zaentz Award to "My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond" by filmmakers Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg, described as "The story of the delightful Dr. Diamond and her groundbreaking life in science and the landmark achievements she has logged over 50 years in research."

The foundation (www.berkeleyfilmfoundation.org) has asked Diamond to speak at its annual gala fundraiser on Sept. 25.

The nonprofit foundation has granted $700,000 over the past five years "to projects in the production, postproduction and distribution stages in support of independent filmmakers whose work combines intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium."

Productions assisted by BFF have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, DocuWeeks, and Silver Docs. One also earned an Oscar nomination, the organization notes.

Musical 'Starmites' at Berkeley Playhouse

The Tony-nominated musical "Starmites" is the next KidStage production by Berkeley Playhouse, with performances set for 3:15 and 7 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2 at the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave.

The story of a teenage girl's escape into her own fantasy world of an unrecognized superhero to avoid the hardship of growing up has been a hit in off-Broadway and Broadway productions.

Berkeley Playhouse Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy directs the youth production, with musical direction by Tania Johnson and choreography by Maggie Manzano.

For tickets and details visit berkeleyplayhouse.org or call 510-845-8542, ext. 351.

Boyle to speak at benefit event

Father Gregory Boyle, the founder and director of Homeboy Industries of East Los Angeles, will speak at a fundraising event for St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Saint Mary's College High School, 1294 Albina Ave.

Boyle, former chaplain at the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and Folsom Prison and the pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, is the author of The New York Times Bestselling book, "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion." Tickets are $40 for reception; $25 for general admission (program only); and $15 for youth, 18 and under (program only), available at http://svdpalameda.eventbrite.com/.

Reunion celebrates Pacific Coast League

The late Dick Dobbins, a Berkeley native, was among the foremost collectors and compilers of artifacts from the golden age of baseball's Pacific Coast League during its glory days from 1903 until the arrival of Major League Baseball on the West Coast in 1958.

The 19th annual Northern California Dick Dobbins PCL Player and Family Reunion will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Ryan O'Connell Hall, 575 West Estudillo Ave. at San Leandro Boulevard in San Leandro.

Admission is $24 with lunch (RSVP by Aug. 18) or $8 without. To reserve a seat send a check made out to PCLHS to 420 Robinson Circle, Placentia, CA 92870. For more details call Mark Macrae at 510-538-6245.

-- Chris Treadway

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.

Details: www.ProgressivePortal.org/lanterns.

-- Chris Treadway

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 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 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.

'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.

-- Chris Treadway