Memorial at UC Berkeley for Henry Ramsey Jr.

A public memorial for former judge and law school dean Henry Ramsey Jr. is scheduled for May 3 in Wheeler Auditorium at UC Berkeley, and is expected to include remarks by former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The memorial is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium, and a reception for reflections will be held at Memorial Stadium immediately following the ceremony.

Ramsey, a politician, lawyer, judge, professor and law school dean, died last month after suffering a massive stroke five days earlier at his Berkeley home, his son Charles Ramsey said. He was 80.

Charles Ramsey said his father was one of two African-Americans, along with Eugene Swann, to integrate the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office in the 1960s.

He was a member of the law faculty at Boalt Hall from 1971 to 1980 and served on the Berkeley City Council from 1973 to 1977. Later, Ramsey became a Superior Court of California judge and then dean of Howard University School of Law from 1991 until 1996, according to his online biography.

Harris and Brown were friends of Ramsey, and are expected to deliver remarks about his contribution to the area and civil rights. Former Richmond Councilman Jim McMillan is also expected to speak.

California Bookstore Day at local shops


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The first-ever California Bookstore Day on May 3 has several local locations participating with authors, activities, special offers and other events.

Among some 100 participating independent bookstores around the state are the following shops:

Mr. Mopps Children's Bookshop, 1405 Martin Luther King Way in Berkeley (www.mrmopps.net);

Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave. in Berkeley (www.mrsdalloways.com);

Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley (www.pegasusbookstore.com);

Pegasus Books Rockridge, 5560 College Ave. in Oakland;

Pegasus Books Solano, 1855 Solano Ave. in Berkeley;

University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley (www.universitypressbooks.com).

"While there," according to the announcement, book lovers "can also purchase exclusive, CBD-only books and book-related items from authors such as Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Don DeLillo, Lemony Snicket, Michael Pollan, Lisa Brown and many others. These books and items are not available anywhere else on any other day."

Backyard vegetable garden program

Gardener and edible landscaper Gary Crandall will help novices and experienced gardeners prepare to grow backyard vegetables at a free program at 6 p.m. May 7 at the Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave.

Advice will include how to plan, start and plant a vegetable garden including tools, materials, soil prep, seed starting and ongoing maintenance as well as selecting what to plant when to plant it. Details: 510-981-6280 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

Professional dance series downtown

Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumiere presents Dance on Center, a new series of dance choreography in downtown Berkeley that launches at 8 p.m. May 3 at the Osher Studio, 2055 Center St. The series will feature new works by Lissa Resnick, Dalia Rawson, Kathryn Roszak and a film by Amy Seiwert.

A youth program recital is at 5 p.m. followed by the 8 p.m. Dance on Center show. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door, $15 seniors and students. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com, event number 574975.

Judge to decide fate of radio station director

An Alameda County judge will rule on May 6 whether the fired director of a nonprofit that runs Berkeley radio station KPFA can be removed from the office she has occupied since March 13.

Judge Ioana Petrou will decide if board members of Pacific Foundation Radio can have Summer Reese removed from the office she broke into and where she has been living with her mother and supporters after she was fired on an 11-7 vote. Pacifica runs KPFA and four other radio stations around the country.

The judge will also conduct a hearing in a lawsuit brought by supporters of Reese who want her reinstated.

Free presentation and talk on K2

Jim Lindsay will give a talk and slide presentation and talk on "A Mountaineers Dream -- Trek to Mt. K2" at 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the North Berkeley Library, 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins.

Lindsay is "a retired Australian diplomat who loves the high mountain regions of the world" and is organizing a small group for a three-week hike in September to the seldom visited Mt. K2 base camp on the Chinese side. The free program starts with refreshments and conversation at 5:30 p.m.

-- Robert Rogers and Chris Treadway