BERKELEY -- Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, the scene of a robbery and shooting last month, will be hosting a night of peace Friday night.

The event, entitled Imagining Nonviolence, invites the community to spend the evening building a Wall of Peace, where people can make prayer flags or a collage with their own interpretation of peace using construction paper and different fabrics.

Two employees were shot last month during a robbery at Ashkenaz, a music, dance and teaching center. It was the second in only two violent incidents since the venue opened 40 years ago; in 1996, Ashkenaz founder David Nadel was shot to death.

Friday's event will feature healing drum circles, with a separate drum circle for children, followed by musical performances by SambaDa and Cosmos Percussion Orchestra.

"On this particular night we are embracing the theme of imagining nonviolence and healing from nonviolence," said Kristen Sbrognam, program director for Ashkenaz. "We continue to heal as a community and this is part of that process."

Imagining Nonviolence will be from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, April 19, at the Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave.

Admission is a sliding scale cost of $10 to $20. Children ages 12 and under are free.

Proceeds are on behalf of the recovery process for the two employees.


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For more information call 510-525-5099 or go to http://www.ashkenaz.com/