October 2

Taste For Art 2009
There’s apparently no such thing as a sedate East Bay Express party, as indicated by two years of blowout Best of the East Bay and gay pride celebrations, and March’s dizzying tribute to Andy Warhol. On Friday, Oct. 2, we’ll hold our annual Taste for Art, which highlights local restaurants, winemakers, breweries, art studios (35 of them), and musicians, in Berkeley’s Sawtooth Building (Eighth St. at Dwight Way). The 2009 iteration features screenings from Oakland International Film Festival, aerial dance performances, glass blowing, sword-fighting demos, an interactive poetry tower, and, of course, tons of delicious culinary samplings.
When: 5:00 PM—9:00 PM
Where: Berkeley’s Sawtooth Building–Eighth St. at Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA
Cost: $10– Proceeds benefit River of Words, Mo Better Food, and Oakland International Film Festival
More Information: EastBayExpress.com

October 3

Iceskating at Jack London Square Theme Weekend
Ice skating in October? Yes, while nice weather can still be enjoyed in the outdoors. Jack London Square will have a skating rink set up at the foot of Broadway.
Oct 3 & 4 –Aloha Days, wear your Hawaiian Shirts
Oct 10 & 11 –Country Days, wear your western wear
Oct 17 & 18 – Disco Days, wear your disco clothes
Oct 24 & 25 – Happy Days, wear your 50’s clothes
Saturday, October 31st – Halloween! Costume contest during every skate session.
When: at 12:00 – 8:00 PM, Sun 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Where:  Jack London Square, Oakland
Cost: $5.00 per session, includes stake rentals and a donation to Meals on Wheels
More Information: http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/newscenter/upcomingevents.html

October 4

Iceskating at Jack London Square Theme Weekend
Ice skating in October? Yes, while nice weather can still be enjoyed in the outdoors. Jack London Square will have a skating rink set up at the foot of Broadway.
Oct 3 & 4 –Aloha Days, wear your Hawaiian Shirts
Oct 10 & 11 –Country Days, wear your western wear
Oct 17 & 18 – Disco Days, wear your disco clothes
Oct 24 & 25 – Happy Days, wear your 50’s clothes
Saturday, October 31st – Halloween! Costume contest during every skate session.
When: at 12:00 – 8:00 PM, Sun 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Where:  Jack London Square, Oakland
Cost: $5.00 per session, includes stake rentals and a donation to Meals on Wheels
More Information: http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/newscenter/upcomingevents.html

7th Annual Berkeley Spice of Life Festival
Gourmet Ghetto gets even yummier during the Spice of Life Festival on Sunday, Oct. 4, when booths lining Shattuck Avenue between Virginia and Rose streets showcase Bay Area food and wines. Chefs’ demonstrations and Vintage Berkeley’s “Wine Tasting on Vine” augment live music and a farmers’ market.
When: 10:00 AM—6:00 PM
Where:  Gourmet Ghetto—Shattuck Ave between Virginia and Rose streets, Berkeley
Cost: Free
More Information: www.gourmetghetto.org

October 5

Exhibition: 10,000 Steps: A Profile of Four Squares
Pro Arts presents 10,000 Steps: A Profile of Four Squares, an exhibition of the artist group marksearch’s multi-year participatory stewardship project in and around Oakland’s historic downtown parks. These parks-Jefferson Square, Lafayette Square, Madison Square, and Lincoln Square, each occupying only one city block-are tiny spots of open space in the urban fabric of downtown, places where tai chi practitioners, men gathering for a pick-up game of basketball, kids in after-school programs, mothers with strollers, and the homeless can all come together.

This multimedia installation at Pro Arts will showcase the history of these parks and the diverse communities that surround them through image, text, maps and video. In celebration of the first phase of the 10,000 Steps project, the exhibit will incorporate an innovative series of events to familiarize the public with the parks and their neighborhoods, including guided walking tours (sponsored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance) and lunchtime demonstrations.
When: 11:00 AM—6:00 PM
Where:   Pro Arts Gallery, 550 Second Street, Oakland, CA
Cost: Free
More Information: http://www.proartsgallery.org/exhibitions/2009_10000steps.html

October 6

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s New York Magazine articles on the science of parenting won the magazine journalism award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a Clarion Award. Their articles of Time magazine have won the award for outstanding journalism from the Council on Contemporary Families. Prior to collaborating, Bronson authored five books, includes the #1 New York Times bestseller What Should I Do With My Life?
Did you know that:
Exposing kids to day-to-day marital conflict may actually be good for them?
Scholars can predict how two siblins interact as grown-ups – before the younder sibling is even born? How they do it: they observe how the older sibling plays with her best friend.
Dishonesty, it turns out, may not be an indication of a troubled child at all, but rather a sign of intelligence, social savvy, and an emerging, unique identity?
The more racially diverse a school, the less likely it is that the child will have a close friend of a different race today – so is school diversity backfiring?
For decades, admissions officers at private schools, and sifted programs administrators in public schools, have tested children as early as kindergarten for placement. Follow up testing in later grades shows that these “gifted” kids have been incorrectly placed 73% of the time? Late bloomers are being left behind.
Join the discussion to learn much, much more.
When: 7:30 PM
Where: Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley CA
Cost: $10-12
More Information: http://berkeleyarts.org/

October 7

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Having ignited wild controversy with 2006’s The God Delusion, Richard Dawkinsbecame one of the world’s most talked-about authors. At the First Congregational Church of Berkeley (2345 Channing Way, Berkeley) on Wednesday, Oct. 7, he discusses The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, which draws on DNA, molecular family trees, geography, fossils, and more. Charles Darwin would cheer.
When: 7:30 PM
Where: Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley CA
Cost: $12-15
More Information: BerkeleyArts.org

October 8

Dine Out For Packard
Join us on Thursday, October 8, for the first-ever Dine Out for Packard day, benefiting the patients and families of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  Participating restaurants throughout Palo Alto will donate a percentage of total sales to the Children’s Fund, which helps the Hospital meet its greatest needs each year.
Check out the website for a list of participating restaurants and more information.
It’s easy, all you have to do is get your friends, co-workers and/or family together to have a meal to support your local children’s hospital!
When:  All day October 8th
Where:  Various Palo Alto Restaurants (see website for a list)
Cost:  Price of dinner
More Information: http://www.lpfch.org/dineoutforpackard/default.htm