BART's car of the future coming to town

A life-size model of BART's train car of the future will tour the Bay Area, making 10 stops over four weeks so the public can have a last say on design before car manufacturing begins.

The tour includes a stop from 2 to 7 p.m. April 29 at BART's North Berkeley station on Sacramento Street.

Car builder Bombardier Transportation has constructed a model of about half a train car, which will be trucked to the viewing sites.

People who check out the cars will be asked to complete a written survey, said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.

Bombardier is scheduled in 2015 to deliver its first 10 train cars for 18 months of test runs. The first 140 new train cars are scheduled to go into service in 2017, with the entire fleet to be replaced by 2021. The new cars will have quieter doors, more efficient air conditioning, padded seats with stronger back support, chairs with easier-to-clean fabric, and onboard digital screens to give transit information.

Benefit at Freight for Camp Tuolumne

A benefit evening of campfire entertainment will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 28 at Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., to benefit Camp Tuolumne, the city summer facility destroyed in the Rim Fire in August 2013. Camp Tuolumne Night is "an evening of table night skits, music, and a chance to hear from the Mayor of Berkeley, Rec and Park staff, and the Tuolumne River Trust on the latest progress and current status of Camp Tuolumne since it burned down in The Rim Fire."

Tickets are $5, with all proceeds dedicated to rebuilding. For details call 510-236-SHOW.

Open house on BART station redesign

An open house to present and get public input of preliminary designs of the revamped plaza at the Downtown Berkeley BART station will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 28 in the Tamalpais Room of the Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way. Plans call for renovation of the station entrances and new bus shelters, along with the redesign of the plaza.

Events examine work of Vivian Maier

The late Vivian Maier is the talk of the photography world and you can learn why at events in town.

Newspaper-themed photography by Vivian Maier makes up the inaugural exhibit of the Reva and David Logan Gallery of Documentary Photography in North Gate Hall at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

The exhibit, "See All About It," opened April 2 and is on display 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

It features 25 black-and-white photos by Maier that each include a newspaper, "being read, rested on, perused in a park, displayed on a newsstand and rolled up in the basket of a delivery boy's bicycle."

Next week, More Moe's, 2476 Telegraph Ave. on the fourth floor, is holding a discussion about Maier at 7:30 p.m. April 26.

Maier has gained posthumous fame as a prolific and talented but reclusive photographer who took tens of thousands of images.

"Maier produced more than 100,000 photographic negatives, and left behind hundreds of rolls of undeveloped film as well as photo journals documenting her artistic forays that began in the 1940s. Much of her treasure was auctioned off in 2007 after she failed to keep up with payments for keeping it in a storage locker. But the sale led to publication in 2009 of some of the images and almost instant acclaim for the 83-year-old recluse, who died a few months later."

Post office groups set New Deal Film Fest

The groups Save the Berkeley Post Office and the National Post Office Collaborate are hosting "New Deal Film Festival -- the 1930s, Saving America from the Great Depression" with screenings at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. April 18 and 25 at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian/Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. The festival is a benefit for the National Post Office Collaborate and Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee. Details: 510-486-8010.

Historical walking tour in West Berkeley

The next Berkeley Historical Society walking tour will be in Oakland, where historian Dennis Evanosky will be the guide of a stroll through Mountain View Cemetery, final resting place for many prominent figures from Berkeley and around the Bay Area. Prepaid reservations are required. Details: 510-848-0181.

Art entries wanted for city exhibition

The city is seeking entries for the annual Civic Center Art Exhibition, which will feature works of about 30 artists at the Martin Luther King Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia St. from mid-2014 to mid-2015. Submissions are open to artists living or working in Berkeley and the deadline to enter is April 18. Entry is free and selected artists will receive a $150 honorarium.

Details and an application are online at berkeleyart.slideroom.com.

-- Denis Cuff and

Chris Treadway