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Computers for Beginners. Learn how to use the mouse, use the keyboard, set up email and search the Internet at this free, drop-in class in a relaxed atmpshere. 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. Free. 510-981-6148, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

Open Mic Featuring Dan Cunningham. Featured artist Dan Cunningham has been working as a blues and rock singer since the early '70s, and in the process has become an accomplished guitarist and branched out in recent years into other musical genres, namely jazz standards, urban folk, and classic rock. 7 p.m. March 14. Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. Suggested donation $5-$10. No one turned away. 510-841-4824, tacma.net.

Author Julian Hoffman. Julian Hoffman, winner of the 2011 Terrain.org Nonfiction Prize for the essay "Faith in a Forgotten Place," shares the manuscript containing this prize-winning work, "The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World." 7 p.m. March 14. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St. Free. 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net.


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Free Landlords and Tenants Counseling. Housing Counselors from the Berkeley Rent Board offer free, one-on-one counseling sessions. 11 a.m. to Noon March 15. Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley History Room, 2090 Kittredge St. 510-981-7368, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

Author Andy Douglas. Andy Douglas reads from "The Curve of the World," his seven-year odyssey in Asia as a yogic monk. 3 p.m. March 16. Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave. Free. 510-548-2350, www.asiabookcenter.com.

Author Edith Maxwell. A member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, former organic farmer Edith Maxwell shares the first installment in her new mouthwatering Local Foods mystery series, "A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die." 7 p.m. March 17. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St. Free. 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net.

Author Peter Dale Scott. Peter Dale Scott discusses "Dark Politics, Dark Events," answers questions, and signs books. Hosted by Bonnie Faulkner. 7:30 p.m. March 19. Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. $12 advance. $15 door. 510-967-4495, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/578090.

University Faculty Research Lecture. Harvey Blanch, professor of biochemical engineering, discusses "Biotechnology: Translating Modern Biology Into Products and Processes." 4 to 5 p.m. March 20. International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave. Free. 888-864-8225, www.urel.berkeley.edu.

Lawyers in the Library. Discuss legal matters with a lawyer for free. Sign-ups start at 5. 6 to 7:45 p.m. March 20. Berkeley Public Library, North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley. 510-981-6250, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

Author Brenda Webster. Brenda Webster reads from "After Auschwitz: A Love Story," about Renzo, a once brilliant writer and filmmaker, and Hannah, a death camp survivor. 7:30 p.m. March 20. Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave. 510-704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com.