Street harassment turns violent Sunday
A street harassment incident turned violent Sunday morning when two men who asked two others to stop bothering a pair of women were attacked by the suspects, police said.
Police found and arrested Aaron Raphael Carmona, 23, and Sean Carter, 26.
The assault was reported about 1:37 a.m. near the Top Dog restaurant, a popular late-night hangout just south of the Cal campus. Two men and two women were walking separately near the restaurant when two other men began harassing the women, according to a statement from UC Berkeley police.
The male victims asked the men to stop; instead, the suspects began punching them, police said. One of the suspects picked up a plastic milk carton and began hitting one of the men with it, while the other suspect threw a milk carton at one of the women, striking her on the leg.
The suspects tried to flee when UC police arrived. Officers arrested one man in the parking lot, and found the other hiding in a car nearby. The victims were treated at the scene for facial injuries suffered in the attack.
Carmona was in custody at Santa Rita Jail on $10,000 bail on suspicion of battery and obstructing a police officer. Carter's charge and bail information was not available on the jail website.
Persian New Year Festival March 12
Celebrate Persian New Year Festival at a free festival from 6 to 9 p.m. March 12 at the Persian Center, 2029 Durant Ave.
"A Persian ritual passed down since ancient Zoroastrian times, the Persian New Year Festival, called Chahar-Shanbeh Souri, literally means Eve of Wednesday because the fire festival is usually held on the last Tuesday of winter, just before the Vernal Equinox or first moment of spring," says the publicity from Lisa Bullwinkel. "In Iran (and parts of Afghanistan and India), it is customary for people to create bonfires in front of their homes throughout the neighborhood and jump over them as the sun is setting."
The rain-or-shine celebration will include Persian food, music and dancing, and art activities for children. Details: www.AnotherBullwinkelShow.com.
Berkeley Barb and Sexual Revolution talk
"The Berkeley Barb and Gender Revolution" will be the topic of a lecture by historian Diana Stephens 2 to 4 p.m. March 16 in the third floor Community Meeting Room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge.
"Ms. Stephens will explore how the Sexual Revolution became an impetus for the radical women's movement in 1960s Berkeley, as seen through depictions and images of women in the Berkeley Barb," says the library promotion. "Nationally renowned, the Berkeley Barb was one of the forerunners of underground newspapers, representing radical Berkeley for 25 years (1965-1980)."
Families invited to Egg Hunt and Learning Festival
The 19th annual Egg Hunt and Learning Festival is a free family event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 on Memorial Glade at UC Berkeley.
The rain-or-shine festival will have arts and crafts and egg hunts for children 12 years of age and under and education booths and activities.
Eggster is a Cal campus group with a mission "to nurture the creativity, curiosity, and welfare of Bay Area youth" by holding campus events for families, organizing campus and city resources and volunteering in the community.
Youth Musical Theater performances
Youth Musical Theater Company will present "Wonderful Town," a musical set in Greenwich Village, in performances this weekend and next at the Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave.
The show tells the story of two sisters from Ohio trying to make it on their own in New York.
Berkeley-based YMTC is a nonprofit program providing theater training to students from seventh grade through college level.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. March 10.
Tickets are available online at ymtcwonderful.brownpapertickets.com.
Temple holding family Passover gathering
Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central in Richmond, is holding a Passover Community Seder at 6 p.m. March 26.
The family friendly observance at the synagogue will include a telling of the Passover story, ritual foods, drinking wine or grape juice and singing Passover melodies led by Cantor Howard Cohen and Rabbi Dean Kertesz. A feast (with vegetarian option can be requested) is included.
Tickets are $30 each for nonmember adults, $18 for children ages 7 to 12 and $8 for ages 3 to 6.
Bring a Passover dessert to share.
Seating is limited so early reservations are advised.
For reservations or details call 510-223-2560 or visit tbhrichmond.org.
-- Daniel Jimenez and Chris Treadway
Get information at city's Passport Day
Albany is observing "Passport Day In The USA 2013" with a free event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.
The city's Passport Office will have information on applying for passports and will be accepting applications, an opportunity not normally available on a Saturday. Regular passport office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays. Service is on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary.
Information on passport costs and how to apply is available at www.travel.state.gov and on the city's information hotline at 510-528-5720.
-- Daniel Jimenez and Chris Treadway