Attack leaves victim in critical condition

One person was clinging to life and another person was behind bars Aug. 29 after a brutal early morning attack inside a Berkeley home.

Just after 12:49 a.m., police responded to 911 call reporting a male yelling and making threats inside an apartment in the 2000 block of Durant Avenue, Officer Jennifer Coats said.

Officers heard the shouting and discovered two males inside, one severely-injured, Coats said.

Berkeley fire crews arrived and the victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, Lawrence Landis, 69, of Berkeley was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and booked into Berkeley City Jail.

Anyone with information is asked to call 510-981-5741 or the nonemergency line at 510-981-5900. To remain anonymous call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 800-222-TIPS.

Invasive plant work party at Tilden Park

Volunteers will gather to remove invasive plants such as French broom and cape ivy in the areas around Lake Anza and the merry-go-round in Tilden Regional Park from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

Tools, gloves, "great snacks and good company" will be provided by Friends of Five Creeks for those who want to join the effort and "we'll even treat volunteers to a ride on the 100-year-old merry-go-round," say organizers.


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Because there is a possibility of poison oak being around work areas, volunteers are advised to wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes with good traction. For more details email F5Creeks@gmail.com.

Posters from Great War in new exhibit

A display of vintage posters from World War I is opening on Sept. 13 and runs through Sept. 23 at Vintage European Posters, 2201 Fourth St.

Shop owner Elizabeth Norris will be showing more than 100 original prints from her collection from the Great War, which erupted 100 years ago following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, 1914.

"Recruiting, fundraising, food conservation and volunteerism are all fascinating parts of the war when you see them graphically represented in posters" says Norris. "We didn't have the Internet in 1914, so posters were a crucial tool for world leaders to communicate with their citizenry during wartime."

"A Call to Action; Posters of the First World War" will include pieces from the United States, France, England and Italy.

Volunteers sought for Coastal Cleanup day

All hands are welcome to help at the city's annual trash removal event along the waterfront from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 held as part of the 30th International Shoreline Cleanup day.

Registration and orientation starts at 9 a.m. and closes 10:30 a.m. at the staging area behind the Seabreeze Market at the corner of University Avenue and Frontage Road. Participants will be given safety instructions and a waiver to sign. Gloves, bags and cards to tally types of trash collected will be available, but organizers ask participants to bring their own reusable gloves and buckets to minimize the amount of waste the event generates.

At noon, participants can turn in their tally cards and show the most unusual item collected for judging. Everyone who turns in a completed tally card will get a coupon for a free meal at Rubio's and a ticket for the event raffle at 12:15 p.m.

Car club holding benefit for pediatric ward

The West Side De Berkeley Car Club is set to host a picnic at the Berkeley Marina Sept. 13 to raise funds for Kaiser Oakland's Pediatric ward.

The picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and attendees are asked to donate $6 for adults and $4 for children for barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs and side dishes. There will also be activities including volleyball and face painting.

"The hospital does a great job helping the kids with their illnesses, but they don't have resources for games and toys, and that makes a big difference in these kids' lives," said Anthony Vasquez, a representative of the club, which was founded in 1978. An assortment of classic and custom cars will also be on display at the fundraiser.

Vasquez said 100 percent of donations will go to Oakland Kaiser Pediatric Ward.

Measure D backers hosting programs

Backers of Measure D are holding a series of talks to present their case for approving the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages that will be on the city's ballot in November.

"Soda and Kids" is the topic of a panel discussion moderated by Anna Lappe at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St.

More details and a list of upcoming events in the series are online at www.sodaseries.org

-- Natalie Neysa Alund and Chris Treadway