Grocery Outlet plans move to Emeryville
Grocery Outlet will move its longtime Berkeley headquarters to Emeryville, the latest sign of the discount grocery chain's rapid expansion.
The retailer plans to move its headquarters from Fifth Street in Berkeley, which has been home for about two decades, to an office building at 5650 Hollis St. in Emeryville, which currently houses pharmaceutical company Bayer, said Marc Drasin, vice president of real estate for Grocery Outlet. More than 125 employees will move to the new office by early spring 2014, and within four years, the company will occupy the entire 54,000-square-foot building, Drasin said.
Grocery Outlet, a full-service grocer that sells band-name groceries for as much as 50 percent less than conventional supermarkets, is in the midst of a growth spurt, adding dozens of new stores every year. Last month, Grocery Outlet opened a store in Richmond, bringing the third full-service grocery store to the city. Founded in San Francisco in 1946, the retailer now has almost 200 stores.
Film series continues at Central Library
The Berkeley Public Library's film series Super Cinema continues with free film screenings on this month's theme, Resisting Injustice, at 3 p.m. Fridays at the Central Library third floor Community Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge St. The film for July 12 is "Sophie Scholl: the Final Days," covering the history of student members of the German Resistance.
The film for July 19 is "The Counterfeiters," the story of a man arrested for forging papers for Jews in Nazi Germany who is conflicted when forced to train counterfeiters to undermine the Allies' economies. On July 26 "The Rosa Parks Story" will examine the life of the woman who inspired the Montgomery bus boycott and sparked the civil rights movement.
For details on the series call 510-981-6148.
Library workshop will offer resume guidance
Get guidance on updating your resume and making it eyecatching to prospective employers at a free workshop led by Marilyn Tullius from Delta Strategies for Marketing at 6 p.m. July 15 in the third floor Community Meeting Room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.
The session will have advice on "handling gaps in employment, focusing your resume on your targeted job category, and becoming clear about the dilemmas of resume writing, such as one-page/two-page resumes, what to include/delete, handling dates, and many other issues."
Those attending should bring a copy of their resume to get feedback and suggestions at the informal workshop.
For details on the program, call 510-981-6148.
Aurora Theatre adds dates for production
Aurora Theatre Company has added five additional performances of its production of the Neil LaBute comic drama "This is How it Goes" at the Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St. Added dates for the closing production of the company's 21st season are 7 p.m. July 23, 8 p.m. July 25, 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. July 28. Tom Ross directs a cast that includes Aldo Billingslea, Gabriel Marin, and Carrie Paff.
Tickets and details: 510-843-4822 or auroratheatre.org.
Free cooking demonstration at farmers market
Joy Moore will demonstrate preparing beets and beet greens at a free cooking demonstration from 3 to 6 p.m. July 23 at the South Berkeley farmers market at Adeline and 63rd streets. Moore is a co-founder of the Ecology Center's food justice program, Farm Fresh Choice; a producer at KPFA Radio; and garden and cooking instructor at Berkeley Technology Academy.
The cooking demonstration series is hosted by the Ecology Center "to give people knowledge that they can easily take home and put to use in their own kitchens."
Details: 510-548-3333 or www.ecologycenter.org.
Program on life of John Ruskin
Victorian era art critic John Ruskin is the subject of a program being presented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13 at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St.
"No Wealth but Life: Why John Ruskin Matters Today" will feature a presentations by Ruskin scholars Gray Brechin, James L. Spates, and Sara Atwood. Tickets are $45, which includes lunch and a reception after the program. For tickets or details visit http://bit.ly/14LRk14.
'The Wiz' coming to Berkeley Playhouse
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion will ease on down to the stage at Berkeley Playhouse, 2640 College Ave., for performances of the soulful musical "The Wiz" through Aug. 25.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays; and noon and 5 p.m. Sundays.
Ticket discounts are available for donations to Habitat for Humanity. For tickets or details visit www.berkeleyplayhouse.org/the-wiz or call 510-845-8542, ext. 351.
-- Heather Somerville and Chris Treadway
YMTC will present "Sweeney Todd"
Youth Musical Theater Company of Berkeley will present the classic musical "Sweeney Todd," featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, in performances opening July 12 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St.
Jennifer Boesing directs and David Möschler is musical director for the production by the acclaimed youth theater company.
Performances are at 7 p.m. July 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. July 14 and 21. Tickets are $13 to 26, available at ymtcsweeneytodd. bpt. me.