Learn about Ashby Village at open house

A 4-year-old community-based nonprofit organization formed to support older residents is seeking new members and volunteers and will hold an open house from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 1 at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way.

The 275-member group Ashby Village "is dedicated to supporting and empowering East Bay residents over 50 to remain independent, active, engaged and inspired as they age."

"Our office is here in Central Berkeley and we're looking forward to meeting neighbors of all ages who might be interested in creating a community where we can age independently, in our own homes," Ashby Village's executive director Andrew Gaines said in a news release.

Membership in the group is for ages 50 and older, but volunteers of all ages are welcome. The open house will provide an overview of the group and members and volunteers will share their experiences and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Town hall with regional officials set for June 5

A special town hall meeting with state Sen. Loni Hancock, county Supervisor Keith Carson, Mayor Tom Bates and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee will be held at 6 p.m. June 5 in the auditorium at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 1781 Rose St.

The representatives will "discuss the ways they collaborate on a variety of issues, including: schools, climate change, health care, economic development, transportation, housing and regional planning, and allow residents to share their concerns" at the free event.

For more details call 510-272-6695.

Pints for Paws at Berkeley Humane

Bring Bowser while you sample brews at the dog-friendly Pints for Paws beer fest benefit at Berkeley Humane, 1050 Parker St., from 2 to 5 p.m. June 7. (Just make sure your canine is on a leash.)

The event, for those 21 and older only, will feature the chance to sample 80 craft beers from more than 20 craft breweries, along with live music and a variety of local food trucks and vendors.

Participating breweries include The Rare Barrel, Triple Voodoo, Elevation 66, Bison Organic Beer, 21st Amendment, Brew Dog, Deschutes, Dogfish Head, Gordon Biersch, Lagunitas, New Belgium, Pyramid, Anchor Brewing, Blue Moon, Leinenkugels, Ommegang Brewery and Rogue, along with ciders from Anthum, Ace and Crispin.

"Sample tastings from participating beverage vendors are included with the price of admission, and each tasting is a 3 ounce pour. Please drink responsibly. We hope that you will also consider taking public transportation, biking or walking, or enlisting a designated driver."

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door and all proceeds go to help Berkeley Humane save cats and dogs.

For tickets or details visit www.berkeleyhumane.org, call 510-845-7735, ext. 211 or email pintsforpaws@berkeleyhumane.org.

New exhibit honors African American trailblazers

"The Originals" an exhibition celebrating the recently completed Regional Oral History Office of 18 pioneering African American faculty and senior administrators at UC Berkeley is on display at the Bancroft Library Rowell Cases through Sept. 1.

The interview subjects "joined Berkeley before the advent of affirmative action policies in the 1970s. By their example, achievements, and professional work these leaders helped lay the groundwork for diversity and access at the university, opening doors of opportunity and economic uplift for all traditionally disadvantaged and underrepresented groups in the state."

The exhibit is open during the operating hours of The Doe Library.

To read the interviews that inspired this exhibit, visit bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/projects/aa_faculty/

-- David DeBolt, Katie Nelson and Chris Treadway

Block party series starting downtown

Center Street between Shattuck and Oxford will be the site of a weekly Eats, Beats & Brews block party from noon to 6 p.m. each Sunday in June, featuring free live music performances, a beer garden and food from around the world. The block will be closed to cars for strolling at the all-ages event.

"Center Street's Restaurant Row will showcase over 15 different international cuisines and offer special meals and bites just for Eats, Beats & Brews."

For more details visit www.downtownberkeley.com/eats-beats-brews-14.

Chocolate & Chalk Festival on Shattuck

The free admission Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival returns to north end of Shattuck Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31 with sidewalk art, entertainment and activities, and the opportunity to buy tickets and sample chocolate treats.

The 18th annual event will assign areas of sidewalk to participants, novice and expert alike, who want to create drawings, with no fee to the artist. The drawings judged best in the chalk art contest will be eligible for cash prizes, while runners-up will get a $25 gift certificate from Andronico's Markets.

Chocolate sampling starts with the purchase of a packet of tickets (20 for $20) at the event booths at 1451 or 1607 Shattuck.

Festival booths, balloon twisters, a pony ride and face painters will be found along Shattuck between Rose and Vine streets, and there will be four music areas. Entertainment will include the Dylan Platt Band, Lee Waterman Trio, Kathryn Rayne, The Queue, The Elderberries Irish Band, Cathy Morris the Violin Lady, Sean Lee's One Man Band and Adrian West Trio.

Free football program at San Pablo Park

A free football mini camp and mentoring program for ages 5 to 18 is offered 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays through July 26 at San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St. in Berkeley.

For more details or to register, contact coach Todd Walker at 510-761-4515.

-- David DeBolt, Katie Nelson and Chris Treadway