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Officials: Illegal grow be cause of fire

An illegal marijuana grow and hashish production operation likely caused a North Berkeley fire that sent one man to a burn center May 27, authorities said last week.

The call came in around 6:48 p.m. reporting a fire at a makeshift deck above the Royal Robbins Clothing store at 841 Gilman St., according to Berkeley fire officials.

Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said fuel used during the hashish conversion for the operation may have ignited the fire, but it remains under investigation and no arrests had been made Wednesday.

Firefighters found smoke and embers and one victim, a man who suffered burns severe enough to send him to the Bothin Burn Center at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital ¿in San Francisco. The man's name and age were not released, and it was not clear if he was connected to the business. His condition was not available Wednesday.

Officials did not provide a damage estimate.

Free jazz, art, story program at library

Jazz Art at 3:30 p.m. June 7 at the Berkeley Library South Branch, 1901 Russell St., is listed as a children's program, but it's really for all ages. The free presentation combines art, story, and jazz and features artist Lisa diPrima leading an art activity, music with Don Robinson on drums and Lisle Ellis on bass, and stories.

'Kid-friendly' blood donation drive set

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held at the mobile donation bus at the Bill Lewis Teen Center parking lot at Ocean View Park, 900 Buchanan St. in Albany, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10.

The event is co-hosted by Albany and the USDA Lab, and "Adult donors are welcome to bring children onto the mobile with them to teach the importance of blood donation," according to organizers.

To make an appointment (not required) visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation, or call 866-236-3276.

Youth production of 'Mulan Jr.' on stage

"Disney's Mulan Jr." will be presented by students in third through seventh grade in the KidStage program at Berkeley Playhouse, with matinee and evening performances on June 7 and 8 at the Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave.

The production is codirected by Elizabeth McKoy and Matthew McCoy.

For tickets and details visit berkeleyplayhouse.org/mulan/.

Block party series starts 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.

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.

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.

-- Kristin J. Bender and Chris Treadway