Man hospitalized after running across I-80

A man who ran across Interstate 80 and jumped into the water at Berkeley Aquatic Park on July 27 appeared to be having a crisis and was hospitalized for evaluation, police said Monday.

Police briefly shut down lanes of the freeway in both directions just before 6:20 a.m. to search for the man for about 30 minutes after Berkeley police were called to a disturbance near Fourth Street and Hearst Avenue, Officer Jennifer Coats said.

Officers were told the man was running around in some bushes, Coats said. When they tried to contact him, he ran onto the University Avenue off-ramp and onto the freeway. Police then notified the CHP, and after the freeway closed, the man ran back toward Aquatic Park and jumped into the water, Coats said.

A negotiator talked the man out of the water after a lengthy time, and an ambulance took him to a hospital.

Lanes of traffic reopened at 6:24 a.m.

Celebrate Peace Day at Central Library

An observation of Hiroshima Peace Day, when people from around the world stop to remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Children's department on the fourth floor of the Central Library. 2090 Kittredge St.

The program, which the library has hosted since 1995, features a reading of Eleanor Coerr's acclaimed children's book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" by members of the library's playreaders group, accompanied by original music by koto players Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and Brian Mitsuhiro Wong.


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The book "tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Hiroshima resident who was two years old when the bomb fell. Sadako died ten years later from leukemia caused by the radiation from the bomb. Before she died, she tried to fold 1000 paper cranes, as legend has it that doing so will make her wish come true. Sadako folded 644 cranes before her death."

After the reading, participants can take part in folding paper cranes. For more details call 510-981-6236.

Library branches join National Night Out

The Central Library and Claremont Branch are taking part in the National Night Out crime prevention event from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

The Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave., will have bubbles, sidewalk chalk and other family-friendly activities for those who want to come and participate and meet their neighbors.

The Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St., will host children's crafts, have information about library services and offer "a surprise" for adults outside the entrance.

Berkeley fire and police personnel will make visits to the gatherings.

To learn more about National Night Out in Berkeley visit https://local.nixle.com/alert/5209371/ or contact Officer Stephanie Polizziani at 510-981-5772. For details on activities at Claremont call 510-981-6280. For questions about at Central Library activities call 510-981-6223.

Country Joe headlines benefit show

Berkeley music legend Country Joe McDonald will team with Bob Reid at a concert to benefit Earth Island Institute at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Theater at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way.

Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to Earth Island Institute.

"Joe has been a longtime, tireless advocate for Vietnam veterans, nurses, as well as for animals and the environment," says the institute. "He performed at the recent Earth Day concert, 'Kiss the Sky -- Orca Freedom Concert,' which raised awareness and support for orca organizations, including Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project."

For tickets or more details on the show visit www.eii.org/CountryJoe/.

Peace Lantern Ceremony is Aug. 9

The annual Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony, held in remembrance of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the north end of Aquatic Park. Those attending can begin arriving at 6:30 p.m. to make lanterns and socialize.

The ceremony will include music and cultural performances, messages from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and remarks by a survivor of the bombing. A symbolic floating of lanterns on the park water at 8 p.m.will "reaffirm our commitment to building a better future."

Details: www.ProgressivePortal.org/lanterns.

West Edge Opera continues Summer Fest

West Edge Opera continues the opening of its 35th season with its Summer Festival, next featuring Philip Glass's "Hydrogen Jukebox" at 8 p.m. Aug. 2 and 8; and the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie's "The End of the Affair" at 3 p.m. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 p.m. Aug. 9 in the atrium of the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St. at the Ashby BART Station. All performances are preceded by a lecture beginning 45 minutes before curtain. Tickets and details: www.westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903.

-- Rick Hurd and Chris Treadway