Gathering will remember traffic victims

The city annually observes Zachary Cruz Pedestrian Safety Month in memory of a 5-year-old who was killed by traffic while crossing the street at the intersection of Warring and Derby streets.

As part of the month observance, the Disabled People Outside Project (www.facebook.com/disabledpeopleoutsideproject) will hold a memorial gathering for those killed by autos and trucks in Berkeley at 5:30 p.m. March 23 at the intersection of Ashby Avenue and Adeline Street. The group says that "in the recent past," two children and two wheelchair users have been killed within 100 yards of the intersection.

Skate shop opens on San Pablo Avenue

Cruz Skate Shop is now open in Berkeley after the roller derby and quad roller skating retailer closed its store in San Francisco last month. The shop held an official grand opening celebration last weekend at 2505 San Pablo Ave.

The shop, which is owned by local female skaters and sells gear and protective equipment, offers education to skating newcomers and sponsors women's roller derby leagues.

Store hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

College preparation workshop at library


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A free college preparation workshop for high school sophomores and juniors will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 23 at the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

Facilitators Raymond Barglow and Cynthia Robey will cover how to write a high-scoring SAT essay, how extracurricular activities can strengthen your application and how to develop your college resume.

For details or to enroll, contact Barglow at ray@barglow.com or 510-486-1050.

Free Book into Film program at library

The Book into Film group at the Berkeley Public Library is reading "The Princess Bride" and will join to watch the 1987 comedy adventure film version of the story from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 24 in the third floor community meeting room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

"After viewing the film, participants will discuss the book, the movie and the adaptation."

The free series, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is held every other month and is open to adult and teen patrons.

Participation is limited and registration is recommended. To register call 510-981-6233.

BAHA looks for board of directors candidates

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association is seeking nominees to its board.

"BAHA directors are expected to attend monthly board meetings and actively participate in one or more of BAHA's committees."

The group wants "a few dynamic individuals," preferably with experience working for a public causes or in the nonprofit sectors.

Prospective candidates must be BAHA members, but do not need to be Berkeley residents.

Nominations and a brief description of skills and volunteer activities can be submitted at baha@berkeleyheritage.com.

Cindy Sheehan to speak at free program

Activist Cindy Sheehan will give a Women's History Month talk on Women and Politics at 1:30 p.m. March 27 at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst St.

The free Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers program is open to the public.

Afro-Peruvian dance program at library

The Berkeley Public Library will mark National Dance Month with a free Afro-Peruvian performance by Cunamacue at 3 p.m. April 6 on the fifth floor at the Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St.

Cunamacue is a local troupe that "combines Afro-Peruvian movement vocabulary, dances of the African Diaspora and modern dance aesthetics," the library announcement notes. "Their work communicates themes universal to the human experience."

Details: 510-981-6139 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

Actors Ensemble staged readings auditions

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, the city's oldest stage company, is holding its 2013 Spring Staged Reading Series at 7 p.m. April 14, 21 and 28 in Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave. at Berryman Street.

For those interested in taking part, cold read auditions for the readings will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, March 31.

The company says that "Each reading will require two to three rehearsals in the week(s) leading up to the performance."

To schedule an audition time or get more details send an email to readings@aeofberkeley.org.

-- Heather Somerville and Chris Treadway