Man found dead at Berkeley High campus
A man was discovered dead in an apparent suicide at Berkeley High School on Feb. 17 while the school was closed for the Presidents Day holiday.
Berkeley police responded to the school at about 2:14 p.m. and found a man who appeared to be in his early 20s. Police believed he hanged himself. They do not know if he had any connection to the high school.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Berkeley Homicide Detail at 510-981-5737 or the non-emergency number at 510-981-5900. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can also call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Arrest on attempted murder charge
A man wanted for a gang-related shooting in Santa Rosa last year was arrested by the FBI and Berkeley police on Feb. 9, authorities said.
Samuel Fessemaye Tewolde, 30, of Santa Rosa, was wanted for attempted murder, weapons charges, conspiracy and racketeering charges related to a Sept. 5 shooting. Authorities did not release further details about the crime.
Tewolde remains in custody and appeared in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday.
The investigation of Tewolde was a joint effort of the FBI, the California Highway Patrol, the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Sonoma County District Attorney's office, the Sonoma County Sheriff's office and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Free Covered California information session
Gayle Atkins of the Northern California NAACP will discuss and answer questions about health care under Covered California at a free event at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.
The free talk is sponsored by the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers and open to the public.
Special screening of Cesar Chavez film set
A free screening of the Diego Luna film "Cesar Chavez" will be hosted by the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies at 7 p.m. March 5 in Wheeler Auditorium near the center of the Cal campus.
The film about the late Chavez, a migrant farmworker who became a groundbreaking labor leader, civil rights activist and the co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, will be followed by a discussion with director Luna, current UFW President Arturo Rodriguez and UC Berkeley Law School lecturer Maria Echaveste.
Tickets will be available from noon to 5:30 p.m. March 5 at the Cal Performances box office at Zellerbach Hall. There is a limit of two tickets per person and tickets must be picked up in person.
Audience members must be in their seats by 6:50 p.m.
Black History Month events at City College
Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St., is showing films and holding events in February for Black History Month.
The Black History Month Film Festival in the auditorium will screen "Ali" at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 28.
At 12:20 p.m. Feb. 24 there will be a screening of the short film "A Living Room Revolution -- The Race Dialogues" by Kate Mayer and Mary Webb, which will be followed by staged dialogue and a question-and-answer session in the college atrium.
At 6 p.m. Feb. 27, author and editor Keenan Norris will read from and discuss his books "Brother and the Dancer" and "Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape."
'The Music Man' is marching to town
Professor Harold Hill and the classic musical "The Music Man" will be on stage through March 23 in a production by Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave. Marissa Wolf directs, with music direction by Kevin Roland and choreography by Matthew McCoy. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon and 5 p.m. Sundays. There is also a performance at 7 p.m. on March 20.
For tickets or more details visit www.berkeleyplayhouse.org or call 510-845-8542, ext. 351.
Intergenerational knitting group to meet
"Ewe" Can Knit at Berkeley Public Library is an intergenerational group knitting hour for the whole family from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. March 8 in the fourth floor Story Room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St. All skill levels are welcome at the free monthly program for ages 8 and older, which will also meet April 5. Details: 510-981-6236.
Homeless Art Show runs through April 18
An exhibit of artworks by and for the homeless runs through April 18 at Expressions Art Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. The Homeless Art Show features creations by more than 60 artists on display and available for sale.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Details: 510-644-4930.
-- Kristin J. Bender, Matt O'Brien and Chris Treadway