Sherrif's cruisers catch fire at offramp

A Lexus being chased early Monday by Contra Costa Sheriff's deputies on Interstate 80 wound up in ice plant and dry grass near a freeway offramp, as did two patrol cars pursuing it, officials said.

The Lexus got away. The patrol cars caught fire.

The chase started about 3:45 a.m. near El Sobrante and ended at the Ashby Avenue exit on westbound I-80, Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

Once the pursuit reached Ashby Avenue, the Lexus and the two deputy patrol cars went into ice plant and dry grass. But the driver of the Lexus was able to drive away, Lee said.

The two patrol cars each caught fire after becoming stuck in the ice plant. One vehicle was damaged beyond repair, while the other car sustained only minor damage, Lee said.

The deputies were uninjured, Lee said.

The pursuit began after one of the deputies noticed something suspicious about the Lexus and tried to pull it over in the area of Olinda Road and Castro Ranch, Lee said. The chase, which according to Lee, reached speeds of up to 100 mph, went onto Valley View Road, Appian Way, San Pablo Dam Road and then westbound I-80, Lee said.

The cause of the fires are under investigation. A description of the Lexus driver was not released.

World Music Festival on Telegraph Avenue

Celebrate the summer solstice at the 10th annual Berkeley World Music Festival from noon to 9 p.m. June 22 on Telegraph Avenue.

The free festival will feature acts performing in Telegraph cafes and shops, as well as a concert and crafts market sponsored by Amoeba Music from 1 to 6 p.m. in People's Park.

Acts scheduled to play at the park include Tri Tip Trio opens (Cajun, Zydeco and blues); Tunisian MC Rai; Baraka Moon (Sufi riffs) KPFA music host Stephen Kent (didgeridoo) and singer Sukhawat Ali Khan (ragas).

Participating locations hosting artists around the avenue include The Village, Caffe Mediterraneum, Amoeba Music, Remy's Mexican Restaurant, Cafe Milano, Musical Offerings, Moe's Books, Berkeley Hat Co. and at the Berkeley Art Museum.

There will also be an AfterFestival Party downtown at Ashkenaz.

For a complete schedule of acts and locations visit www.berkeleyworldmusic.org.

Workshop on retirees, health care expenses

"Managing health care expenses in retirement" is the topic of a workshop being presented by wealth adviser George Noceti of Morgan Stanley at 6 p.m. June 24 in the third floor meeting room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

The session, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will provide an overview of Medicare, a discussion on long-term care and steps people can take now to be ready before care decisions need to be made.

For details call 510-981-6148.

Summer Reading Program at library

The Berkeley Public Library will have free events and activities for young people in first through eighth grade who join its Summer Reading Program, which is themed "Reading is So Delicious" and runs through Aug. 17.

The program is intended to keep students engaged during their off time from class and avoid regression in reading skills over the summer.

Participants can earn prizes by reading books they choose and visiting library branches at least three times during the program.

"In keeping with this year's theme, we will be offering a variety of food related events and other deliciously fun activities," the library announced.

Participants are also encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items to their local branch.

Preregistration is required for some events. For details call 510-981-6223 or visit http://berkeleypubliclibrary.libguides.com/summer.

Events will celebrate architect Maybeck

The screening of a new documentary on architect Bernard Maybeck is one of the highlights of the Maybeck Legacy Celebration Weekend from June 28 to 30.

The Paul Bockhorst documentary "Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck" will be presented by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association at 7:30 p.m. June 28 at the historic Town and Gown Club, 2401 Dwight Way. Maybeck designed the club in 1899.

Tickets to the premiere screening are $30 advance or $35 at the door.

The celebration will also have free events, including a guided tour of the Faculty Club at UC Berkeley at 1 p.m. June 28; a guided tour of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at 10 a.m. June 29; and a guided walking tour of the neighborhood by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Berkeley at 1:30 p.m. June 30.

There will also be a reception at the Maybeck-designed Guy Hyde Chick House, in the Claremont neighborhood. Admission to the reception is $35, by reservation only.

For details and reservations, visit berkeleyheritage.com, email baha@berkeleyheritage.com, or call 510-841-2242.

-- Rick Hurd and Chris Treadway