Bay Festival opens week of Earth Days

The free Berkeley Bay Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at the Marina is the kickoff event to Berkeley Earth Days, a week of environmentally themed activities around the city coordinated by the Ecology Center.

The Bay Festival -- an annual continuation of the original events celebrating the opening of the marina in 1937, will have food, entertainment and activities, informational resources, sailboat rides and more. Waterfront locations of the festival will include Shorebird Park and Adventure Playground. A rundown of the day's events is online at www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/BayFestival.

Berkeley Earth Days, meanwhile, is a weeklong expansion of the national Earth Day observance first held in 1970, the same year the Ecology Center was incorporated.

The week's schedule of programs will include an Introduction to Seed Saving; Creek Exploration Field Trip; Meet the Bees and Taste Their Honey; The State of Fracking in California; Growing Our Future; Promise and Peril, Art Gallery Tour; Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup; Berkeley Vegan Earth Day; Berkeley Path Wanderers Earth Day Walk; and Bikes in Berkeley Earth Day Festival.

The full schedule of events in online at www.berkeleyearthdays.org.

Federal fugitive caputed at Berkeley home


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A Northern California man who had evaded capture for four years in connection with a massive marijuana grow has been captured in Berkeley, federal authorities said.

John David Beck, of Fort Bragg, was arrested on Friday as he left a home on Slater Lane in Berkeley, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Joe Palmer.

Beck, 36, had eluded authorities since 2009, when Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies found over 600 marijuana plants and 10 pounds of processed marijuana on properties they say were owned by Beck.

He had been on supervised release from a 2005 earlier marijuana-related conviction at the time, Palmer said.

Beck tried to flee the Slater Lane home but was captured by deputy marshals. He was taken to the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland pending an appearance in federal court.

Court records showed he was being held without bail on Monday.

Ramp closures set for I-80 upgrade work

Caltrans has scheduled overnight ramp closures on eastbound Interstate 80 this week to allow work on its integrated corridor mobility project.

The eastbound Ashby Avenue and University Avenue onramps were scheduled to be closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. this week through April 12.

The eastbound Gilman Avenue on-ramp will be closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. April 15 to 19.

The work and closure schedule are weather dependent, the agency says.

The integrated corridor mobility project is intended to increase traffic flow during commute hours, increase safety and provide travelers with real-time traffic information via integrated technology.

For more details about the project visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects/80icm/.

Aurora Theatre program at library

The Aurora Theatre Company will present "Max Frisch and Remembering to Be A Citizen" at a free program at 6:30 p.m. April 15 in the third floor Community Meeting Room of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St. at Shattuck.

Aurora education director Michael Mansfield will lead an interactive discussion on Swiss playwright Max Frisch and his 1958 work "The Arsonists."

The program will cover "Timeless topics of politics, silence, evil, class warfare, and the inability to act invite us to adjust our moral compass and conscience, whether it's 1948 during the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, 1953 in a radio-play called Mr. Biedermann and the Arsonists, 1958 in a play called The Arsonists, or 2013 as we reflect on our world and our lives toda," says the library.

Not coincidentally, Aurora Theatre Company (www.auroratheatre.org) opened its production of Bay Area "The Arsonists," directed by Mark Jackson and based on a translation by Alistair Beaton, last week, with performances running through May 12 at 2081 Addison St.

Film series returns with animation screenings

The free "Super Cinema" film series at the Berkeley Public Library returns with films at 3 p.m. Fridays in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge, featuring a different monthly theme. April's theme is Animation Adults Love and the film on April 12 will be "The Triplets of Belleville (2003)."

On April 19 the presentation will be the 2008 film "Waltz with Bashir" and on April 26 the "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009) will be screened.

Details: 510-981-6241.

Jazz photography exhibit at library

The images of Oakland-based photographers Kamau Amen-Ra, Edward Miller, Tumani Onabiyi and Wanda Sabir are highlighted in an exhibition in the Central Catalog Lobby of the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Doug Oakley and Chris Treadway

Wine auction to benefit French school

A wine auction at the Claremont Hotel is set for May 4 to benefit Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, a French immersion school for preschoolers through eighth grade, with proceeds going for tuition assistance, technology purchases and teacher training. The Wine Auction Soiree of the East Bay includes rare bottles of wine and wine-themed food and travel packages. The two featured merchants, among others, are Silver Oak and Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant.

The event will have a silent auction during a two-hour cocktail party followed by a live auction during a gourmet dinner with wine pairings.

Tickets to the event and wine purchases at the auctions are tax deductible. Tickets are $175. A table for 10 with free valet parking for five cars costs $1,500. For more details visit www.wineauctionsoiree.com