Library seeks input on hours at branches
The Berkeley Public Library is seeking input on options for increasing hours at its branches for fiscal 2014-15.
"This has been a prominent budget priority in past years but was deferred while the library focused on the Branch Facilities Master Plan, the success of Measure FF, and everything that has gone into building and renovating four branch library buildings," the library said in announcing a survey.
Patrons through Jan. 28 can take the survey online at www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org or fill out a form available at all branches.
Company issues recall of its frozen pizza
Berkeley-headquartered Annie's initiated a voluntary recall Tuesday of Annie's Homegrown Frozen Pizza due to possible fragments of metal caused by a faulty screen at a flour mill.
The affected pizza products are distributed at grocery, mass and natural food stores throughout the United States, the natural and organic foods company said. Berkeley-based Annie's said the fragments consist of flexible metal mesh.
All varieties of Annie's Rising Crust Frozen Pizza that have a "best by" date including or between Jan. 9, 2013, and Sept. 14, 2013, are affected, the company announced.
The Rising Crust Frozen Pizza represented Annie's first foray into the pizza sector and is one of the company's
Fragments of flexible metal mesh were found in the flour and pizza dough. All Annie's manufacturers have comprehensive metal control programs that include magnets and metal-detection devices.
"While no metal has been found in Annie's finished product, as a precaution, Annie's initiated this voluntary recall," Annie's said.
Pieces of the fine wire were too small to be detected and could have found their way into the finished product, the company announced.
"There have been no consumer complaints, illnesses or injuries reported to date," Annie's said.
Crab feed fundraiser at St. Mary's
Tickets are on sale for the annual crab feed at Saint Mary's High School on Feb. 2 and the deadline to order is Jan. 21 or until the event is sold out. The feast (chicken dinners are also available) in the gymnasium is sponsored by the Saint Mary's Parent Association and includes a silent auction and raffle, with proceeds benefiting the school.
Tickets are $45 each or $425 for a table of 10, available along with more details at www.saintmaryschs.org. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Documentary on sustainable farming
A free screening of "American Meat," described as a "pro-farmer" documentary, will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Sibley Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus.
The screening will be followed by an 8:30 p.m. panel discussion moderated by author Novella Carpenter on sustainable farming practices. Panelists will include ranchers Bill Niman and Nicolette Hahn Niman, UC Berkeley Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management Lynn Huntsinger, and director and cinematographer Graham Meriwether, the producer of the documentary.
The presentation is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, a sponsor of the documentary. For details or to RSVP for the screening visit www.americanmeatfilm.com
Students welcome at Mathematics Festival
Math-loving students in grades 6-12 are invited to sign up for the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, taking place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at UC Berkeley's International House.
The challenging but noncompetitive festival is a program of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and named for Robinson, a longtime UC Berkeley mathematics professor.
"The festival is ideal for students who love math, games, or puzzles, for contest-goers seeking another side of math, or for those who prefer a collaborative, noncompetitive approach to problem-solving," say organizers. "At the festival, students can spend an entire morning exploring mathematical activities designed to inspire curiosity, encourage collaboration and promote creative problem-solving."
Participants spend about 20-30 minutes on each activity and get support from adult volunteers. Some problems will engage middle school students, "while others are advanced enough to challenge the brightest high school students."
There are limited spaces at the festival to allow individual attention for each student.
The cost is $10 per student and registration and details are online at https://hosted.msri.org/jrmf/2013/berkeley/register. Full and partial scholarships are available.
Donors needed for blood drive at UC Berkeley
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Toll Room at Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus. To make an appointment call 800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code UCB.
-- George Avalos and Chris Treadway